VSL Community News

St. Ed, NE: Made with Love

Frances so proudly worked on making scarves to be given to someone in need. We would meet and discuss on how to go about our plan, what to do next, who to donate them to, when to go deliver. The day finally arrived, today was that day. Up to this day Frances worked diligently knitting […]

North Platte, NE: Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Our Thanksgiving Extravaganza this year was bigger and better than ever. We had two different meal settings and served our residents and their family members a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole and pie choices for dessert. It takes the entire team working together plus many volunteers to bring about this […]

Cameo Rogers Named 2017 National Certified Dementia Practitioner of the Year

Cameo Rogers, life enrichment coordinator for Vetter Health Services, has been recognized as the National Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) of the Year by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for her work in the field of dementia care. The award is recognized as one of the Nation’s most prestigious awards in the field of […]

St Paul, NE: Team Member Christmas Party and Award Celebration

Brookefield Park held their Team Member Christmas Party and Award Celebration’s on Thursday, December 7 at 1:30, 2:45 and 5:00p.m. We were privileged to have our representatives from Home Office help us celebrate this wonderful occasion. Everyone was treated to a wonderful meal of beef and pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salads and a […]

St Paul, NE: Christmas Entertainment

At Brookefield Park this week, we had some special little visitors. Little Shimmers Cheerleading squad came to perform some special Christmas cheers to our residents. These little girls put some big smiles on our residents faces! We also had Little Lambs Preschool perform Christmas carols for our residents. They sang beautiful songs that had our […]

Seward, NE: Veterans Sharing Stories

In November we asked Infection Prevention Nurse Amanda W. to share about her experience during her time of service in the Army National Guard. Amanda shared a video from basic training and talked about her time in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina relief, where she worked as security. Some residents also shared some of their memories […]

Seward, NE: Nebraska National Guard Museum Visit

After having Gerald Meyer visit us at Ridgewood in May to share about the work he is doing at the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward, some of our residents took a trip to visit the museum and see it for themselves. Gerald gave us a guided tour of the museum which also included a […]

Alliance, NE: Presenting Sponsor Award Presented to Highland Park

Through the efforts of inspired team members, Highland Park Care Center was recently recognized for the contributions as Presenting Sponsor of the Alliance 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Administrator Robin Powell committed $1500 toward the event which proved to be the necessary seed to grow the contribution amount to over $17,000 so far. Highland Park […]

Seward, NE: Gingerbread Houses with the Builders Club

We love having community groups visit us at Ridgewood! The Seward Middle School Builders Club visited us to build gingerbread houses together. It took lots of teamwork, and trial and error, but both residents and students enjoyed working together to make these sweet projects! What a great way to get ready for the holidays. We […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park: Holiday Soup Luncheon

Brookefield Park in St. Paul Nebraska hosted their Holiday Soup Luncheon on Sunday, December 3. Residents and their families enjoyed 3 different soups (white chicken chili, vegetable, and broccoli/cheese), vegetable platters, and delicious desserts. Thank you to out Dietary department for all their hard work. While everyone enjoyed their meal, entertainment played on two separate […]

Fairbury, NE: It’s a Wonderful Life!

Heritage Care Center was invited to attend an afternoon matinee at the newly remodeled Bonham Theater in downtown Fairbury on November 30th. Playing that day was the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Residents were shuttled down to the movie right after lunch and offered popcorn and pop compliments of Senator Laura Ebke! Many of the […]

David City, NE: Feed the Farmer 2017

It has become an annual tradition for David Place to feed the farmers of our community. Again this year, we headed out to the local co-ops and provided a takeout meal to farmers as they came through the co-op delivering grain. We provided sack lunches at 6 co-op locations, serving over 350 meals. Harvest is […]

Norfolk, NE: A Silver Salute to Heritage of Bel-Air

American Health Care Association’s 2017 Silver Award recognizes Heritage of Bel-air, at a national level, for the continual strive for quality care and dedication to improve the lives of our residents. The proof of the quality that has been achieved at Bel-Air was included in the application that was submitted in 2016. The application process […]

David City, NE: 100 Years Young

We have many special residents that touch our hearts in many ways. This November on Thanksgiving a special lady made a milestone of 100 years old. Lucille had a lovely party with her family and friends from the community the Sunday before her birthday. And a card shower that still has cards coming in at […]

David City, NE: Veterans Day

At David Place we are honored to take care of our veterans. Veterans Day gives us time to thank the one that have served. And remember the loved ones and family members that are also veterans. We had a Veterans Day program with the local color guard that came in even giving a gun salute. […]

David City, NE: Go Big Red

Football season is always a fun time in Nebraska. We had several local schools go to district football and another win state! Husker football has always been a popular Saturday activity to watch. But this year the Volleyball girls are doing great also. Causing many residents to watch several Husker games a week. We gathered […]

Norfolk, NE: Thankful

What is Heritage of Bel Air thankful for? We are thankful for our current residents, past residents and our team members and their families. To show how much we appreciate them, we did our annual pumpkin pie drive. We delivered and handed out 265 pies to former residents and team member for them to enjoy […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place is Deficiency Free!

In the most recent survey administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation was rated deficiency-free on its annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey conducted in November 2017. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous unannounced survey is conducted over […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Week Long Celebration

Dear Friends, I wanted to share the special events that everyone enjoyed recently at Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn, NE. The employees and residents celebrated our 10th Anniversary! My name is Carolyn Howell and I am one of the 10 residents that have lived here for the past 10 years. Our Public Relations Coordinator, Michele Magner […]

Garnett, KS: Sharing, Learning, Growing with Take Time To Care

We finally had all the preparations done, prizes gathered, and schedule figured out for everyone to go through the Take Time To Care Program. It took 3 weeks to work everyone in, but it was time well spent. You could just watch some of the folks that don’t like to talk start to open up […]

Springfield, MO: The Giving Tree

The team member Christmas committee at the Manor came up with a new idea to try this year for our employee Christmas celebrations. This is called “The Giving Tree.” The way this works: Individuals with needs or who are struggling to make ends meet this time of year are able to give a list of […]

Omaha, NE: In Memory of Those Who Called Brookestone Village Home

Often, when residents are first admitted, they long to go back home. This was no different for Lavern “Vern”.  He often told his wife, Lee, that he was eager to get home. Vern lived at Brookestone Village for nearly two years and grew to consider it home. During one of his last trips to the […]

Omaha, NE: Seven Days of Thanks

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season and inspired from Caregiver’s Appreciation Week, we hosted our first annual “Seven Days of Thanks,” at Brookestone Village. The Seven Days of Thanks campaign centered around staff appreciation and everyone pitched in to make it a success! The Leadership Team from each department took to the hallways and […]

Garnett, KS: Fun Fall Travels

We love this time of year at Parkview Heights. The leaves are falling, the fall tours to Pome on the Range and to Louisburg Cider Mill are always on the list of fun activities for the residents. At Pome on the Range the can purchase apples and take tours through their orchard. At Louisburg Cider […]

Garnett, KS: Veteran’s Day Celebration

We were excited and proud to hold our annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. Crossroads Hospice always puts on a very nice presentation for our Veteran’s and the wives of Veteran’s here at Parkview Heights. The DAR local group also comes to share pins and poppies with the residents. It’s just a small token of our appreciation […]

Hooper, NE: Giving Thanks..

It is that time of the year when we should look back on the year and reflect upon all the blessing that we acquired though-out the year. On Nov.14, the staff and residents enjoyed an afternoon of socializing, snacks and filling our thankful tree leaves with all the things that they our thankful for this […]

Elkhorn, NE: BBB Present on Seniors and Scams

Retirees and Seniors with their financial assets, life style changes and isolation have become key targets for the Scammers. Two of Omaha’s Better Business Bureau provided helpful hints to Phone and Computer Scams. It was noted that our security depends on us and not someone else. The bad guys out there are good at what […]

Alliance, NE: Appreciate Every Moment

Like many of the Vetter Senior Living communities, the party season has ignited. Recently we have all gathered around talented (and volunteer) musicians and specially-prepared meals in an effort to realize the importance of enjoying every minute we are given while taking a moment to appreciate this gift. The effort involved to pull off parties […]

Highland Park Hosts Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Seminar

Cameo Rogers, CDP, CDCM, CADDCT, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Vetter Health Services presented the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar Curriculum for the Highland Park Care Center Memory Support Team from our Diamond Valley neighborhood. This training is the required course for those individuals seeking the path to become Certified Dementia Practitioners through the National […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Celebrates 10 Years of Serving our Community

November 5th marked the 10th Anniversary of our first patient at Brookestone Meadows. During the last 10 years we have had the honor to serve almost 10,000 people in our community! Maintaining a World Class WOW experience, the building celebrated in many ways throughout the week, the largest events being two open houses. Over 300 […]

Hooper, NE: Honoring Our Veterans

Hooper Care Center held an afternoon luncheon on November 10, 2017 to honor our Veterans. Each Veteran was presented a Freedom Quilt and told memories of their time in the service. We would like to thank Ann Sprick for making the quilts for us. Ann also helps us out by being the hairdresser for our […]

Limcoln, NE: Veterans Day Celebration at Sumner Place

On November 10th, 2017 Sumner Place honored 14 residents that served our country proudly. Our Veterans Day celebration started with the presentation of colors by AFJROTC from Northeast High School. Each resident entered the program with an escort, patriotic songs were sung, a poem was read by Abby Lehr, People Development Coordinator, a prayer was […]

Norfolk, NE: Decorating for a Cause

Heritage of Bel Air team members paired up to decorate pumpkins. Some of the teams dressed up on Halloween to match their pumpkins. The pumpkins were setup in the lobby for everyone to enjoy. We had jars in front of each pumpkin so everyone could vote for the pumpkin they liked the best with their […]

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Norfolk, NE: Halloween Spirit

The team members of Heritage of Bel Air were in the Halloween Spirit. Our physical therapy department dressed up as Ninja Turtles. The housekeepers dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The administration offices dressed up as Deviled Eggs. This is just to name a few of the creative ideas the team came up with. […]

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Elkhorn, NE: Holiday Shopping

Brookestone Meadows has hosted another successful Holiday Boutique! Twenty-Four vendors set up throughout the Community Room and Grand Foyer to share their talents and passions with us this year. There were several new vendors this year including Hunter Bee Honey, Kay’s Cards, Pour Wine Girl, Essential Oils, Melissa’s Custom Tee Shirts, LuLaRoel, Fala’s Treasures & […]

Springfield, MO: 2017 Golden Age Games

Each year The Manor participates in the Missouri Health Care Associations Golden Age Games. This event is our states version of Senior Olympics. For The Manors theme this year we wanted to display our patriotism as well as our “all loving” peacefulness. Our team was full of stars, we placed in 3 events and one […]

Lincoln, NE: Veteran’s Day Recognition

Veteran’s were honored at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center on November 10, 2017; in conjunction with Asera Care’s Brooke Borer, Lt. Col. Lee and performer Holly Mounce. All Veterans and their service branch were personally acknowledged; a touching rendition of The Star Spangled Banner was sung. Each Veteran was Pinned by Lt. Col Lee […]

St. Paul, NE: Veterans Day Breakfast held at Brookefield Park

Brookefield Park hosted a Veterans Day Breakfast for our Veterans and Auxiliary members in our facility and the community on Friday, October 10. We served pancakes, sausage, coffee, water and orange juice in our community room from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Over 68 people enjoyed the delicious breakfast that was prepared by the Dietary department. I truly […]

Lincoln, NE: Sensory Exploration Triggers Memories

Anyone else recall the Charles Schultz ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”? Lucy and Linus obtain a pumpkin to carve for a jack-o-lantern; to which Linus wails “You killed it!” That was but one of the laughing comments heard during a Sensory activity/intervention at Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center. Memories of making pies without […]

Papillion, NE: Papillion Manor Wins Awards for Senior Care Services and Nursing Home/Long Term Care

Congratulations to Papillion Manor for winning in the Sarpy County Peoples Choice Awards. The two categories that were won are Senior Care Services and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facility. This is the third year of the Sarpy County People’s Choice Awards, which honors the top businesses in Sarpy County, as voted by the readers of […]

St. Paul, NE: Fielders Painting Party

Brookefield Parks, Fielders Team is all about Team member to Team member appreciation. The Fielders group provided a holiday painting party on Tuesday, November 7 at Brookefield Park. Team members came in from 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and could paint and design a wooden Christmas ornament for a door decoration. It was so much fun to […]

Lincoln, NE: Rise & Shine at Sumner Place!

Sumner Place invited many members in our Lincoln community to ‘Drive Thru’ our front circle to pick up a warm homemade cinnamon roll made by our dietary team members and a complimentary tumbler filled with coffee or hot chocolate. Around 50 community representatives came through. This included Aging Partners, Home Heath, Hospice agencies, Assisted Living […]

Elkhorn, NE: 33 Team Members Celebrate 10 Years

Brookestone Meadows kicked off our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration week by honoring over 30 team members who have been with us since our doors opened. The Rehabilitation (East) side opened in 2007 and the Long-Term Care (West) side opened in 2008. Our first patient was welcomed on November 5, 2007. Jack Vetter presented each person […]

Iowa Falls, IA: 1st Annual Chili Competition

Heritage Care Center hosted our 1st Annual Chili Competition in conjunction with our fall Family Appreciation Night. Our Dietary team made chili, cinnamon rolls and cornbread. Team members, families and residents were encouraged to bring their best chili to enter the competition. We had 13 entries and everyone had a tough time choosing their favorite! […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch

What happens when you take pumpkins, a variety of paint, add in sequins, hats and whatever you can find from other projects. Add some creative residents and team members from South Haven. The results are amazing! Among the creations were a pineapple, Frankenstein, a latte and a nurse. South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch was exceptional this […]

Wahoo, NE: Spooks, Goblins and Treats at South Haven

Halloween brought out lots of fun and creative characters at South Haven. Team members were asked to pair up with residents for the Halloween Parade. The Therapy Department also joined in the fun with amazing costumes for themselves and many residents. A Halloween Party with festive treats and a scary video completed the afternoon. Later […]

Fairbury, NE: Happy Halloween from Heritage Care Center

Ghosts, goblins, witches and fairies all were in attendance at Heritage Care Center to help us celebrate Halloween!  We spent the morning dressing up some of the residents and went to lunch a little early so we would all be ready to line the halls as the first grade classes from Central Elementary came by […]

Lincoln, NE: Mom’s Group

Inter-generational programming is a win-win. Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center promotes extensive programming with families and groups, both formal and informal. No need to determine who receives the greatest benefits from youth visits, because everyone wins. A local Mom’s Group came to visit on a chilly fall morning and created works of art with […]

Lincoln, NE: Kate & Friends

Meag began bringing Kate to Southlake when she was just a toddler – as she grew, and gained a baby brother named Thomas, the visits continued. Life intervened, as it often does, and Kate didn’t visit for a period of time, but continued to ask about her friends at Southlake. For Halloween 2017 Kate brought […]

St. Paul, NE: Halloween Fun

Brookefield Park in St. Paul, Nebraska had a Spooktacular day with lots of fun, food and trick or treater’s. Team members and residents dressed up for the fun filled day and Administrator Brenda Ewers Nordhues dressed up as her favorite “Poppy” from the Troll Movie. Residents enjoyed cookies that they had made and decorated and […]