VSL Community News

Hooper, NE: Nursing Home Week Day 3

The annual Hooper Care Center Free Hot Dogs on Main street was once again a huge success. For the first time in MANY years we enjoyed perfect weather! The community expects to see the advertisement go up the first part of May for this event. This year also coincided with the last day of school, […]

Hooper, NE: Nursing Home Week 2

The theme for Nursing Home Week Day 2 was “Life Stories”. Residents and staff filled out a Life Story questioner about themselves. Information from the questioner was read to the residents and staff and they were tested to see if they could tell who the person was. The afternoon was topped off by a visit […]

Hooper, NE: Hooper’s Mother’s Day Tea

Hooper Care Center held their Mother’s Day Tea on May 12 at 2pm. We were able to host around 70 family members and join them in Celebrating their mothers. The boys for some of our moms were able to come due to the weather having kept them from the field. We enjoyed a musical presentation […]

Norfolk, NE: Spring Fling

To kick off Nursing Home Week and celebrate Mother’s Day, families were invited in for the annual Spring Fling at Heritage of Bel-Air. The dining room was decorated with bright colors and Gerber daisies throughout, making it feel like spring all around. Dessert and punch were served, as the residents and their families enjoyed the […]

Alliance, NE: Taking a Dream To New Heights

Being careful what you wish for was not even in her mind when Dee Dee Behm, Memory Support Household Coordinator, was visiting with a resident about the upcoming events for National Skilled Nursing Care Week. During this conversation about celebrating Life’s Stories, the 2018 theme, the resident mentioned she had always wanted to ride in […]

Elkhorn, NE: Nebraska Resident of the Year

Each year, Nebraska Healthcare Association awards one resident from the State of Nebraska the honor of Resident of The Year. This year Brookestone Meadows resident, Carolyn Howell, was awarded this honor! Our Administrator, Virginia Leacock, shared with the Association that Carolyn “is a living reflection as Resident Council President of our communities Mission, Vision and […]

Garnett, KS: Life Stories through Quilts!

One of our residents Imogene, is 92 and has been quilting for many years. She has a talent beyond belief, her quilts are still all stitched by HAND, the quilting and all! The family brought several of her favorites in as she spoke about how she starts and what inspires her different designs. She has […]

Garnett, KS: Ladies Night to Celebrate!

Parkview Heights held a Ladies Night on the Wednesday before Mother’s Day to help celebrate their day! We invited the various women in their lives whether it be their Sister, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-law or Sister-in-law, even their favorite employees to come and dine with them. The residents had picked out the menu they would like […]

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Lander, WY: Baking Up A Storm

Last Friday, the residents held a Bake Sale with proceeds dedicated to the Vetter Foundation. Rachel Velarde, Life Enrichment Coordinator, says they had so much fun and they had residents involved in the baking anywhere from 2 hours to 11 hours. Wow! On Friday, it was raining all day and a little chilly, so what […]

Hooper, NE: Nursing Home Week Day 1 Take 2

Nursing Home Week at Hooper Care Center always brings in fun, laughter and staff participation. Day one’s theme is Hat Day. Staff and residents enjoyed showing off their different hats ( even those who did not want too right Butch?) Hat day and our Grand-friend Olympics tied together well as each third grader decorated a […]

Hooper, NE: Nursing Home Week Day 1

Day one of Nursing Home week at Hooper Care Center started out with our Grand-friend Olympics. This year is a bit special as we have not seen our Grand-friends since December. The flu season kept the kids from visiting in Jan, Feb and March. April kept them at school for the testing. The third grade […]

Elkhorn, NE: An Unexpected Reunion

The anticipation of a reunion is a real delight. An unexpected reunion after many years is breathtaking.  One of our long-term residents was in the ice cream parlor resting from a long walk when a group of people came into the room. She immediately recognized the back of one person’s head, knowing it had to […]

Lake City, IA: Spring Fling

When team members signed up for a game titled “Spring Fling” they truly had no idea what they were in for! Residents gathered in the dining room ready to be entertained as team members got ready to compete. Two piles of clothing (eighteen pieces in each) were at the starting line. Chairs were spaced down […]

Lake City, IA: Spring Family Picnic

Birds are chirping and the sun is shining. Spring is the perfect time of year to get family and friends together, so we did just that! In lieu of our usual family feast in the fall, we hosted an indoor family picnic. The gathering also served as a meet and greet for our new Administrator, […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air . . . Celebrating Good Times

Heritage of Bel-Air is proud to announce that it has received a “deficiency-free” result on its recent annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous survey is unannounced and conducted over several days. Inspectors cover almost 200 quality, safety and performance issues such […]

Elkhorn, NE: Weather Rain or Shine, We are Ready

You can wake up in Nebraska and it will be 60 degrees and sunny and by 3pm we are having a blizzard, which is why everyone has heard the saying “rain or shine, when the tornado hits, the cows will fly”. OK, so that is not really a saying, but since Nebraska weather can change […]

North Platte, NE: Music in the Air

On Sunday May 6th the residents of Linden Estates were treated to a piano recital. Justina Dean brought her students to play the songs that they have been learning.The students ranged from young beginners to very accomplished older students. The songs and melodies were as varied as the students. It was a joy to hear […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Gets Into The Groove With A 70s Day

Life is never boring at Creekside. Recently, in an effort to spice things up, we hosted a 1970’s Day. The team wore clothes from the ’70s, and hosted a ’70s themed party. The food was fried, and an array of jello-salads. We had a groovy playlist and professional dancers leading us in some smooth moves […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Bridges the Generation Gap with Sister School

Every year, Creekside has at least one event with our sister school, Portland Elementary. This spring, Portland’s Student Council came over and shared pictures and items from their life. Our community members brought in items from their past as well–explaining to the students what they were.The tables were full of objects from the past such […]

Prom Attendees Walk Rose Lane’s Red Carpet

Loup City High School prom attendees recently had the opportunity to walk the “red carpet” at Rose Lane so residents would have the chance to see the beautiful dresses of the young ladies and the sharp-dressed young men of the community. Several ooh’s and ah’s were exclaimed by the residents as the beauty of the […]

Loup City, NE: We Appreciate Our Volunteers

In the month of April, Rose Lane Home was able to extend a much-appreciated evening of dining and entertainment to our wonderful group of volunteers. Invites went out and the volunteers arrived to a catered meal of roast beef, new potatoes, green beans, salad, and a special secret-recipe dessert. As the dining began, words of […]

Loup City, NE: Residents Enjoy Furry Visitors

Little furry visitors arrived at Rose Lane and Rose Court recently to visit with the residents. Cheri Walrath, Life Enrichment Assistant, brought two of her six-toed kittens to spend some quality time. The kittens enjoyed the attention as much as the residents enjoyed cuddles from these adorable little feline friends. Making life richer for our […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Senior Prom 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, Sumner Place held their annual Senior Prom. In early April, formal gowns for the women along with men’s formal wear from Clara’s Closet were delivered. Residents had a couple weeks to choose their attire for the event. Prom day quickly arrived and residents spent the morning getting their hair and make-up […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter’s Giving Spirit Extends to Homes of Hope

A used mini-bus and piles of new shoes will go to good use thanks to team members at Vetter Health Services and the Vetter Foundation. Recently a group of team members from VHS organized a mission trip through Homes of Hope. They spent a week helping build a home for an elderly woman in San […]

Alliance, NE: Promoting Relationships of Memories (P.R.O.M.)

It is always remarkable when you witness the interaction between young and old; the greater the difference in age the more remarkable it becomes. During this PROM season, Highland Park again invited our high school party goers to make a quick stop in our building on their way to the dance. This year’s attendance was […]

St. Paul, NE: Just for Kix’s Dancers Perform

Brookefield Park was thrilled to have the Just For Kix’s dancers from St. Paul perform at our facility. The dancer’s performed on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm. 5 different age groups performed for our residents with dancing that brought so many smiles to our residents. We had a full house with the performers families […]

St. Paul, NE: May Day Baskets

May Day baskets brought back a lot of memories for our residents at Brookefield Park. Stories were shared by the residents of May Day’s of how they made their’s and how they delivered them. They shared their past experiences and how happy it made them feel when they received a May basket when they were […]

St. Paul, NE: Fielders Painting Party

Brookefield Parks, Fielders Team is all about Team member to Team member appreciation. The Fielders group provided a Spring painting party on Thursday, April 26 at Brookefield. Team members came in from 10:00 am-5:00 pm to paint a wooden pineapple for a door decoration. It was so much fun to see all the different designs […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park Volunteer Luncheon

Brookefield Park hosted a luncheon on Wednesday, April 18. Two weeks prior to the luncheon we sent out invites to our volunteers in honor of them. Social services, Angie Helzer, presented a class on Abuse and Neglect for continuing education for our volunteers. Leadership Team Members helped serve roast beef sandwiches, chips, and fruit salad […]

David City, NE: Thank You Volunteers

April is Volunteer month, here at David Place we are thankful for our many volunteers. Every year we thank our volunteers with a salad luncheon. It takes teamwork to get ready for an event like this. We had over 65 volunteers RSVP! A group of residents help put together flower pot bags with a pen […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Honors Their Volunteers

On Tuesday, April 17th, Sumner Place hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Social. This event gives our residents, family members and team members the opportunity to thank our volunteers for their countless hours of dedication. The social started with Life Enrichment Coordinator, Monika Garrett, reading a poem and letting our volunteers know how much they are […]

Red Cloud, NE: Heritage of Red Cloud’s Volunteers are Part of the Heart of our Team

During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, Heritage of Red Cloud’s dedicated volunteers were recognized during an afternoon party. Twenty volunteers were honored by residents and staff for being part of the heart of our team. Entertainment was “Modern Kowboy” by singer and guitarist, Othy, Grand Island. Refreshments, provided by Heritage’s dietary department, included delicious mini […]

Omaha, NE: Recycling and Giving Back

For the last couple years, Brookestone Village has been making sleeping mats for the Open Door Mission, a local homeless shelter. To make the mats, it really does take a village! We have residents, volunteers and staff members that participate in the process. We start with donated plastic grocery bags and flatten them out. We […]

Seward, NE: Day 3 – Cape Day

In the VETTER WAY acronym, R stands for Represent – We are to be happy and interested while having fun at what we do. The W stands for Work & Living Space – We are to do our part to make the work environment a place where people love to be. Both of these happen […]

Elkhorn, NE: A World Class Experience

Each spring the University of Nebraska Omaha brings a group of International Business Development professionals to our building to learn about our life at Brookestone Meadows. How we care for our elders in our country is very different than what is done in other countries. The students are all professionals in their home countries who […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Art Show

When someone moves in to one of our communities they each bring with them a vast wealth of rich life experiences and gifts to share. Brookestone Meadows hosted our first art show where 7 of our residents and several team members displayed their work for the community to enjoy. Our artists included a composer, authors, […]

Seward, NE: Birthday Bash!

Today was our monthly Birthday Bash. Each month, we celebrate the with the residents who have birthdays during our Birthday Bash. Entertainment by the Franklin Hronik band is always a hit and residents and family members can be seen singing along to the polka music they enjoy. Cake and drinks are served to everyone who […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Gives Back to the Community

Sumner Place loves our partnership with our local Humane Society. Every Friday the Humane Society brings an animal to visit, but we wanted to give back to them. Over the past couple months we have been collecting items that the Humane Society was in need of. Last Tuesday, Sumner Place residents and team members had […]

North Platte, NE: Painting to Music

This was our fifth painting class and everyone is improving! This time we painted a very spring-like flower. We always find it amazing that we start with the same idea but end with very different products. Painting along to classical music taps into the creative stores and we saw residents actually painting along to the […]

North Platte, NE: A Pie in the Face

A pie in the face was not due to embarrassment this time! Linden Estates raised over $100 for the Vetter Foundation by putting the Leadership Team up for a pie in the face. These good sports took a pie tin of whipped cream straight to the kisser with the random drawing for the lucky team-members […]

Seward, NE: Living in Full Bloom

2018 National Healthcare Volunteer Week is April 15-21. As a part of our “Thanks a Brunch” we wanted to give our wonderful volunteers a special thank you of a flower arrangement. Erin Weides, owner and designer of Flower It, a studio florist in Seward, brought in buckets of flowers, vases and tools, and taught a […]

Elkhorn, NE: 2018 Prom Coronation

The excitement for upcoming Senior Proms are rippling throughout Omaha right now and Brookestone Meadows is no exception! For the last two weeks, Brookestone Meadows has been voting once a day every day for candidates for our very own Prom Coronation. Over 250 votes were cast with every resident receiving votes! Everyone was all smiles […]

Springfield, MO: Spiritual Journey Through the Queen City

World Class service comes in various actions, but for our Community Members and furthering their Spiritual Journey, it’s by visiting area churches. This supports our Vision of Quality Life: radiates love of others, brings peace and spiritual contentment, encourages personal independence by sharing the experience and learning about the community history and faith. As the […]

North Platte, NE: Easter Fun

We had thirty children from a local preschool come over for some Easter fun. They decorated cookies and enjoyed other crafts as the Easter Bunny hopped over for a visit. The residents enjoyed watching the buzz of activity and assisting the children with their crafts. The festivities culminated in a grand Easter Egg Hunt, lead […]

Red Cloud, NE: March Happenings

March came in like a lion here with high winds that could have blown us away, but all carried on anyway with the usual bingo games, card games, music programs, and socials that were well attended. For the Teammates Speech and Sweets Night held at the Red Cloud High School, Heritage’s table was decorated and […]

David City, NE: Easter at David Place

Easter is such a fun time full of blessings, new life and family. This year the resident stuffed about a 1000 eggs for the kids to hunt at David Place. The kids had a wonderful time hunting eggs and looking for prize tickets in the eggs. Adding to the fun for the kids and residents […]

Seward, NE: Jesus Christ is Risen

Mrs. Meyer and the second grade students from St. John Lutheran School came this afternoon to share the story of Easter with our residents. They did a wonderful job acting out the empty tomb, Jesus appearing to Mary, the disciples and on the road to Emmaus. What a great reminder that Jesus died and rose […]

Garnett, KS: Mission Trip to Haiti (Sharing their Experience)

Residents and loved ones got to hear first-hand the experiences of of a local group fresh from a recent mission trip to Haiti. One of our regular visitors and minister participated in the trip, along with a  local doctor who supports the residents at Parkview Heights, and other friends. As part of their mission, they […]

Garnett, KS: Easter Egg Hunt in Garnett

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt took place on the Friday before Easter. The weather wasn’t very pleasant but the sun did shine, the first time in quite a while here in Garnett. Because of that, turn out was small but mighty, the kids that did brave the cooler weather were rewarded with a lot of […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park: Brunch with the Bunny

Brookefield Park hosted a “Brunch with Bunny” on Friday March 30 in the Shibe/Cubs dining room. The Easter Bunny hopped on over to have his picture taken with visitors, team members and residents, and to hand out coloring pages to the children! The dietary department provided delicious cinnamon rolls for all to eat. Face painting […]