VSL Community News

Fairbury, NE: Alive and “Wool”

We here in Fairbury have been trying to pull out the stops to keep our residents entertained while our building is under lock down in an effort to keep the winter germs at bay! Fortunately we live in a rural community and have a few opportunities that would not be found in urban settings. Thanks […]

Geneva, NE: Annual Couples Dinner at Heritage Crossings

Thirteen of our Heritage couples were treated to an elegant Valentine dinner complete with delicious food, wine, roses and of course, chocolate. Soft music graced the air as the husbands and wives visited while enjoying their meal and each others company. This has become an annual event in the facility that they all look forward […]

Lake City, IA: 30 Years of Excellence

Thirty years of hard work and dedication deserves celebrating! The Leadership Team gathered together to congratulate Deb Jones, Life Enrichment Coordinator on her years of service. A cake decorated in her favorite color, blue, was enjoyed by everyone. During the celebration, Deb shared her experiences throughout her 30 years of service at Shady Oaks, including […]

Springfield, MO: Crafts are a Hoot!

Owls are awfully intriguing creatures. They can’t move their eyeballs, so they are able to turn their heads all the way around to see things. Owls are considered “wise” and majestic. On top of all this, they’re adorable and fun to craft! We had fun picking out the colors and patterns we wanted to use […]

Elkhorn, NE: Sharing the Love with Open Door Mission

During the month of February our Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. wanted to share the love with Open Door Mission. They had a cold-weather clothing drive that brought in bags and bags of coats, hats and gloves. They also had a bake sale with delicious homemade cookies, beautifully decorated cards and Valentines decorations, all proceeds also benefiting […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Photographer Shares His Art

There are a lot of talented residents at Brookestone Meadows and we love the opportunity to show off their work. One of our residents, Bob H., has been a hobbyist photographer for many years. He has enjoyed visiting small towns and taking pictures of architecture and people. For the past few months we have had […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident is now a Published Author

Carolyn Howell, Brookestone Meadows resident is now a published Author! Carolyn came to live at Brookestone Meadows 10 years ago. Her book focuses on her life story of faith and how God has inspired her to continue to serve Him, despite many hardships and heartaches. She did not allow physical limitations to set her back […]

North Platte, NE: Love Is In The Air

Valentine’s Day bring out the romantic in most of us so it was no surprise that our Valentine’s Party was full of love and fun. Residents enjoyed a sing-a-long of romantic songs and ballads with our musician Janice. There were poems and cards and lots of reminiscing. Everyone had delicious cookies and candies along with […]

North Platte, NE: Tea Time

Linden Estates recently hosted our first annual Ladies Tea. Our theme, “The Heart of Conversation” was played out with conversation hearts and plenty of pink floral and heart decorations. Each one of our ladies invited friends and family members to be guests at the event. The dining room was brimming with lovely ladies all dressed […]

Lake City, IA: The Puzzling Peacock

A favorite hobby and pastime here at Shady Oaks is one that some people may find incredibly tedious. Puzzles of all sizes have been the center of entertainment in our library. One puzzle in particular has made quite the impact on the regular “puzzle doers”. All 550 pieces of blue and green puzzle laid scattered […]

Alliance, NE: (Not quite) Hog Wild at Highland Park

Martina Navratilova was credited with saying, “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” Today, our Memory Support Household had some serious commitment as a 9-month old pig named Oreo came by for a visit. While not a fluffy kitten or playful puppy, Oreo […]

Springfield, MO: Local Collector Brings Presidential Collection to Creekside

Reverend Keith Garrison is more than just a pastor. He is a historian and a lifelong collector of presidential memorabilia. To celebrate Presidents Day, Reverend Garrison brought a small part of his 16,000 piece collection for our viewing. He spoke about how he got into collecting; the history of some of the pieces in his […]

Springfield, MO: The Manor Wedding Expo

In celebration of the love month, we thought it would be a fun idea to have a nice wedding display in our chapel. We encouraged residents and team members to set up their wedding memorabilia for others to see. We had a few wedding dresses, albums, videos, and lots of reminiscing down lover’s lane. We […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Gives Back

Heritage of Bel-Air’s dedication to the community is as strong as ever! For the fourth year in a row, Heritage of Bel-Air joined US92 (local radio station) and Northeast Nebraska to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Bel-Air was able to raise nearly $7,000. The team set the 2018 goal for $7,500. […]

Lincoln, NE: Kindness Committee

I am doing an internship with the Life Enrichment department at Sumner Place this semester. A requirement of my internship class is to design a project that the facility can use after my internship is over, so Courtney Schmitz helped me come up with the Kindness Committee. I have planned out an activity (craft, baking, […]

Emerson, NE: Sweet Valentines Day!

An exciting day full of surprises and tears of joy sums up our Valentine’s Day this year. Special congratulations go out to Princess Faye K., Queen Maryalice ., King Leon “Fritz” F., and Prince John W. The event was held on Wednesday February 14th just before lunch. Following the coronation the group enjoyed a delicious […]

VHS one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Omaha!

Vetter Health Services has once again been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha! The Best Places to Work in Omaha® initiative measures levels of employee engagement through an online survey. Created by Baird Holm LLP, the survey is administered and feedback is provided by Quantum Workplace. VHS has consistently ranked […]

Hooper, NE: What Do You Do on a Dreary Winter Day? Make Snowmen!

With the weather being a bit on the dreary side, and the Olympics coming to a close, Life Enrichment has been coming up with some wild things for the residents to do. Today the goal was to make snowmen. The residents split into three groups, with the help of Shannon, Katie and Diane the contest […]

Gering, NE: My Sweet, Sweet Valentine!

Violet and Amos Harris were surprised by family members on Valentine’s Day. Just before dinner the loving couple was serenaded by the “Sugar Valley Singers”, a local quartet that provided singing valentines on Valentine’s Day. The Sugar Valley Singers have brought joy to western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming for 45 years with their barbershop chorus […]

David City, NE: Valentine’s Day Party

Love was in the air all month! We love our coworkers, our residents and friends. Valentines Day was a busy wonderful day! We started our celebrations of with a special couples table for lunch, inviting the residents and their spouses to enjoy a special lunch together complete with Champlain. Then after lunch we had our […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating “Hootie Hoo” Day at Sumner Place

I think it is safe to say we are all sick and tired of this cold Winter weather and ready for Spring to enjoy the great outdoors! February 20th is National Hootie Hoo Day. Sumner Place residents, team members and family members gathered together at noon to chant “Hootie Hoo” three times while waving our […]

Springfield, MO: Gentlemen’s Coffee Discussion Group

Our Life Enrichment Coordinators, DJ and Bethany, set the stage for me to lead a monthly discussion with our established Gentlemen’s Coffee on each 2nd Friday of the month. Our time this past Friday was spent sharing about an iconic event in 1980. “Miracle on Ice”, USA Hockey Team during the Winter Olympics 1980, how […]

David City, NE: Puppy Love

February is the month for love. Who doesn’t love puppies? A staff member’s dog had a litter of eight Labrador puppies 4 weeks ago. With eight puppies there was plenty of puppy love to go around. The Residents and staff enjoyed an afternoon holding, playing and kissing puppies. What a way to warm up a […]

Iowa Falls. IA: Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle

It’s been more than 60 years since former Philadelphia Eagle, resident wore the green jersey, but tonight that all changed. He played for the Eagles for a short time in the 1950’s, but he cherishes the memories he made. On Super Bowl Sunday he was decked out in green and white one more time. Dreamweaver […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Elkhorn, NE: We ‘Flip’ For the Night Shift!

We love our team and appreciate every opportunity to thank them for all they do. This month PEP club did made-to-order omelets for the night shift. The group arrived at 4:30am to be sure things were set and ready for the team to enjoy before their shift ended. Most of the omelets made it through […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Leadership Retreat

The Brookestone Meadows Leadership team enjoyed their 2018 Kick Off Retreat on February 15th. This was an opportunity to reflect on the many successes that took a lot of teamwork in 2017 and to look ahead to dream big for 2018. Each of the exercises were designed to have the team focus on personal and […]

Springfield, MO: Confusion, Laughter, and Fellowship Go Hand in Hand

Do you have any idea what these three things are about; Man Bites Dog, Dazed and Confused, or Over and Under? They are all fun games that are introduced to Community Members when they show up at an event at the Clubhouse with DJ. There is a group of about 20 brave souls who come […]

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Springfield, MO: Seniors Helping Seniors: Donations in Bloom

The “seeds in our minds” were planted last April, however the trees were planted this winter. Actually, two trees were planted at the new Senior Center in Marshfield, which were donated by Community Members from Creekside. Why would Creekside donate trees to Marshfield? The answer has to do with the seed “planted in the minds” […]

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Springfield, MO: Olympic Bronze Medalist Visits Creekside

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing and the Community Members are enjoying watching all the events, with skating being their favorite. Creekside decided to kick off the games with an Olympic themed party in the dining room at the Lodge. The guest of honor was a former Bronze Medalist in Volleyball who happens […]

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Geneva, NE: Mardi Gras Party at Heritage Crossings

Our annual Heritage Crossing’s Mardis Gras party was a hit once again as folks donned their beads while singing “Oh When the Saints go Marching in”. The history of Mardis Gras was shared with the folks and we found that a few of our residents had been to New Orleans as they shared their experiences […]

Lincoln, NE: 5th Annual Sumner Place Talent Show

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Sumner Place held our 5th Annual Talent Show! Each year our talent show has grown bigger and bigger. It had first started out with just team members, then family members joined in, and now many residents are participating. This year we had fourteen acts! – Crotchet Display by Beatriz Miranda – […]

Springfield, MO: “I like the Ozarks. I’m the Greek Hillbilly Now.”

Manoli Savennas visited Creekside and shared his story of how he went from growing up on the small island of Rhodes, Greece yet ended up calling Springfield, Missouri home. Manoli was the son of a farmer and one of seven children who grew up in one-room house with no electricity or running water. His mother […]

Fairbury, NE: Creating Activities

We have had a busy month….we chose to close our building to visitors in an attempt to hold the influenza at bay…so with no outside entertainment we have pulled out all the stops to create a fun environment for our residents. We have made the best of our situation by creating fun things to do […]

Springfield, MO: Local TV Personality Visits at Creekside

Creekside values the relationships made with families of Community Members. This week, Joy Robertson, the daughter of a former beloved Community Member, Whitey Robertson, came and presented to our community. Joy has been on Springfield televisions since 1997, anchoring the nightly news for 15 years, then with the Food Channel and the popular tv show […]

Geneva, NE: “Hula in the Coola”

The residents at Heritage Crossings were coming up with creative ways to be thinking warm thoughts on a cold winter day. “Hula in the Coola” was a fun activity that had young and old swaying their hips and sipping tropical drinks while exploring various beaches on the iN2L. Many of our folks have visited the […]

Seward, NE: Our Bulldogs are Champions!

We attended last nights match up between our beloved Bulldogs and the Doane Tigers. The women of the Bulldog basketball team have spent time getting to know our residents through playing basketball with us, joining us for BINGO, and even coming to paint fingernails. We were thrilled to have another opportunity to cheer for our […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park Soup Cook Off

Brookefield Park held their annual soup cook off on Thursday, January 25. Team members made a variety of soups to be judged by 2 off facility judges and then also by our residents and team members. We had a variety of soups including taco soup, chicken enchilada soup, cheeseburger soup, cheesy vegetable chowder and potato […]

Omaha, NE: 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony

The 2018 Winter Olympic games opened on Friday, February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea. We kicked off with our very own 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympics on the same day. The start of our ceremony began with a passing of the torch from one end of our building to the other, with a representative from […]

David City, NE: Just Kidding Around

Cold winter days start to run together. Sometimes it is fun to do a little “Kidding” around. One of our staff members had month old baby goats twins. The the “kids” came to visit the residents and staff at David Place. It is hard not to smile when you see two baby goats in pull […]

Lincoln, NE: Valentine’s Buffet at Sumner Place

Each week at Sumner Place we have a lunch buffet. This week our dietary department put together a Valentine’s Day themed buffet. Chicken cordon bleu or meatballs was served for the main course along with a variety of different salads and sides. For dessert we had a heart-shaped cookies and chocolate cupcakes. Thank you to […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park Super Bowl Team Member Party

Brookefield Park’s Fielders team hosted A Super Bowl Party that was thrown for our “Super Bowl Team” on the Friday before the big game in our break room. A table was set up that served as the tailgate for hotdogs, chips and salad. The Fielders wanted to let our team members know how much they […]

Omaha, NE: Love is in the Air at Brookestone Village

Love was in the air at Brookestone Village on Valentine’s Day. We hosted a special meal for our residents and their spouses. Our Great Room was transformed into a 5-Star restaurant over the lunch hour. Garrik, our chef, prepared a four-course meal that included options of steak and lobster. One of our volunteers, MaryAnn, filled […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park Community Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Brookefield Park hosted a Community Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. We served pancakes to community members and team members and invited them to meet our Rehab. Department. The Dietary department provided pancakes, sausage and drinks. The food was delicious and community members enjoyed visiting with our rehab. department and […]

Omaha, NE: Up Up and Away!

Love was in the air at Brookestone Meadows for Valentine’s Day. Monday afternoon Bakers Grocery store on 156th and Dodge called to say they has an abundance of Valentines and would like to make a donation to our residents and patients. Much to our surprise, over 100 balloons were delivered that evening! The balloons nearly […]

Omaha, NE: King Cakes Ruled the Day on Fat Tuesday

What happens when you mix live music, Cajun food, king cakes, beads and Hurricanes? You have all of the ingredients of a memorable Mardi Gras celebration! That’s exactly what Brookestone Village did on Fat Tuesday to put an exclamation point on the Mardi Gras season. With the smooth sounds of The Links playing in the background, […]

Lake City, IA: Delicious Dining

Team members joined residents and couples to a delicious Valentine’s meal prepared by our Culinary Team on Wednesday, February 14th. Valentine napkins and chocolates garnished our dining room tables, getting everyone in the loving spirit. The scrumptious menu consisted of breaded chicken breast topped with cheese sauce and rice, tender ham, cheesy potato casserole, mixed […]

Hooper, NE: Celebrating the Hooper Way

Hooper Care Center received it’s annual visit from our local Cupid. Mr. James Dam delivers a Valentine balloon to every resident every year. Mr. Dam and his wife also host a church service every Sunday morning here at HCC. The residents love getting their balloon and some will let you know if they think they […]

Wahoo, NE: Pancakes & Fat Tuesday

Pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes! Fat Tuesday brought the pancake lovers out at South Haven. Residents and staff were able to enjoy the pancakes, sausage and fun. The rule “Don’t play with your food” was totally ignored as residents stacked pancakes as high as they could. Flying pancakes, although low and only for short distances, […]

Seward, NE: Strike! Strike! Strike!

There is a new bowling champion at Ridgewood. Teddy bowled three strikes in a row last week and was named the new Ridgewood Bowling Champ! We bowl twice a month, and the traveling trophy had been staying with John, who was this week’s second place winner. John, however, picked up a spare after two 7 […]