VSL Community News

Iowa Falls, IA: From The Rear-View Mirror

Our town really goes all out for the 4th of July celebration with rides, shows, and attractions. A parade through town draws thousands outdoors and the holiday is topped off with several bangs of beautiful fireworks. Yep, our town really knows how to get down for Independence Day! The trouble that we have is most […]

Red Cloud, NE: Our Precious Third Grade “Adopted Grandchildren” Always Bring Smiles and Fun

Each school year, local third grader’s are invited to participate in Heritage of Red Cloud’s, “adopted grandchildren” activity. Monthly, since 1988, teachers and students have been coming to do fun and educational games or crafts with the residents. The grandchild and their adopted grandparent form a special bond that lasts longer than the school year. […]

Fairbury, NE: God Bless the USA

We are always proud to be an American! This was made evident in our facility as over half of our residents chose to stay up late and join in the fun of our pre July 4th activities.  A good time was had by all as we gathered for home made ice cream and a fireworks […]

Seward, NE: Visiting Chickens

3 chickens in diapers, bathed and blow dried came to visit and share enjoyment with residents and staff. A residents great grand daughter has been working with the chickens since they were little reading to them and handling them. The chickens love to be held on laps and enjoyed “conversations” with the residents. It was […]

Red Cloud, NE: Heritage of Red Cloud’s Red, White, and Bar B Q Celebration

This year, Heritage of Red Cloud hosted a Red, White, and Bar B Q, celebration with live entertainment. A barbeque beef sandwich meal and a strawberry and blueberry short cake dessert were served to the many in attendance which included residents, family members, and community friends. “The Chicks and Their Side Kick”, a local band […]

Loup City, NE: A Girl Can Never Have Enough Jewelry

Some days a girl just needs a little jewelry time and today was a great day for some residents in our memory support home to spend a little time at the “jewelry store”. As our Life Enrichment Assistant, Maria, began setting up “shop”, she was met with the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the selections set […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Horse Show

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation had two very special visitors come by, Happy and Moose. Moose is the third tallest horse in Nebraska! This horse show was complete with hats, margaritas and fun yard games. Everyone got the opportunity to pet the two horses if they wanted to. Moose and Happy’s owners spoke about […]

Elkhorn, NE: Delicious Summer Fun!

Summer means BBQ’s and our mid-summer staff family BBQ was an enormous success! Our PEP Club took the lead to put together this event so everyone could sit back, relax and enjoy. The burgers and hot dogs were grilled to perfection and lots of sides were available to choose from. Kona Ice not only provided […]

Norfolk, NE: BBQ Bash in Honor of Father’s Day

Families of all of the men residents were invited to enjoy a BBQ in honor of Father’s Day. The intent was to BBQ and spend time outside . . . but the weather was too hot and humid. The chapel was used instead. The local Antique Car Club displayed antique cars for the residents and […]

Norfolk, NE: 4th of July Celebration…Fireworks & Firepit

The evening of July 3rd was set aside to celebrate the 4th of July. Residents were invited to the front patio. Smores were made over the fire pit as the residents enjoyed the firework show. The residents enjoyed the firework show put on by the Administrator’s son, Tytan, as the residents talked about it for […]

North Platte, NE: Out and About

This summer has provided residents at Linden Estates many opportunities to get out into the community and enjoy local happenings. One such event was the big parade during Nebraskaland Days. We had a bus full of residents attend the parade even though it was a scorcher that day. Thankfully, our maintenance guys arrived extra early and […]

Hooper, NE: Gone Fishing

With the help of Live Well Go Fish, Hooper Care Center was able to take residents fishing on Lake Wanahoo. Live Well Go Fish is an organization of volunteers that serves the elderly as well as Hospice patients in getting them out on the water and the chance to fish. Staff and Residents started the […]

Lincoln, NE: Kittens!

Cat and kittens lovers hit the jackpot at Southlake; having small visitors from new friends Ghost and Squeak – eight week old farm kittens from the home of MDS nurse Tracy. Room to room, to each individual at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center “do you like kittens?” The responses were overwhelmingly affirmative – “Oh […]

Lander, WY: American Legion National Commander Recognizes Veterans

Today Denise Rohan, National Commander for the American Legion greeted and spoke to the seven Veterans living at Westward Heights. Her message to the Veterans was that tomorrow is going to be a great Independence Day and that is because of the foundation these Veterans laid for our country. She asked the Veterans to always […]

Lake City, IA: Wild About Western Days

We had a great time participating in this years Western Days! Team members had the opportunity to sign up for the SMCH fun run and walk free of charge courtesy of Shady Oaks! Approximately 10 team members joined in on the fun as well as a resident. Tom S. was determined to finish and he […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Hosts Party Under the Portico

Every year, Creekside hosts an outdoor party to welcome the summer season. This year’s event was complete with a 50’s and 60’s cover band; barbeque; fresh flowers from a local farm; and a flamingo theme. Despite the warmer than normal temperatures, community members “twisted the night away” and enjoyed the company of friends on a […]

Hooper, NE: Retirement After 37 Years and 4 Months

Janice Watts MA, CNA retired from Hooper Care Center June 15, 2018 after 37 years and 4 months. Janice is an exceptional employee and will be greatly missed. Residents and staff hosted a retirement party for Janice to honor the dedication, compassion and commitment Janice had for our Mission, Vision and Values. We were always […]

Norfolk, NE: Dress Making

We started our June All-Team meeting with a little fun. Team members at Heritage of Bel Air put their creativity and teamwork into play. We numbered off and broke into groups and gave the team 10 minutes to make the best outfit out of two rolls of toilet paper. There was a lot of laughter […]

Geneva, NE: Sprouting Savings Habits

Two Heritage Crossings Assisted Living members had the time of their life when they assisted with the Fillmore Central’s FBLA American Enterprise Project – “Sprouting Saving Habits”. They shared their wisdom at a workshop in the library basement. Without a doubt, they captured the interest of the younger children, as well as the high school […]

Elkhorn, NE: Summer Comfort

A Little rain didn’t deter people from enjoying the Big Green Q food truck today. With homemade tater tots (yes, that’s a thing), bacon wrapped meatloaf sandwiches, and mac and cheese with locally sourced cheese, people sought out comfort food on this soggy summer day. Our Maintenance Director, Dale Terry, saw the line of umbrellas […]

St. Edward. NE: Fundraising and Team Building

Being in a smaller community we come across many different opportunities to show our support. While every year we come up with a way to support the Vetter Foundation we also support someone or something locally. This year we held a Golf tournament at the “Cow Patty” Golf Course which was started by one of […]

St. Edward, NE: Fundraiser for the Local Senior Center

Our team wanted to do our part in helping out the Local Senior center. The small town community struggles with the amount of funds available. Leadership Team decided to do a silent auction for the cause. All the items were donated by the Cloverlodge staff. We are happy to say it was a success and […]

North Platte, NE: Blackjack Blast

Let the chips fall where they may. We had a blast playing some Vegas-Style Blackjack on June 7th. We gathered around while the hands were dealt, the bets were made, and the luck was drawn. Beating the Dealer was tough but a few residents did come out ahead. It was fun to see the different […]

David City, NE: One Year Safety Celebration

The Staff at David Place has hit an exciting milestone. We had our one year injury free celebration on June 14th. A few staff members from Vetter’s Home office came to David City to fix us a great lunch. Steak and grilled chicken with all the fixings was a great treat and gives us motivation […]

Alliance, NE: Every Day Adds to Life Story

As certain holidays act to remind us about the importance of remembering life’s important events (think Christmas or Memorial Day), this year’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week theme of Celebrating Life’s Stories caused some natural reflection in to the past of our resident family. Perhaps more poignant was the challenge to look to the past […]

North Platte, NE: Corn and Popping and the Story of Popcorn

Dr. Mark Coffey recently stopped in North Platte to visit the residents of Linden Estates. He is a professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the Colorado School of Mines. Mark presented a program all about popcorn. He had samples of popcorn from all over the nation and told the history of popcorn from the […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating National Nursing Home Week

“Celebrating Life’s Stories” was this year’s National Nursing Home Week theme. We kicked off the week-long celebration by inviting area businesses to Shady Oaks for a community coffee. While at our facility, community members had the opportunity to meet our new Administrator, Randy Sparks, as well as, take tours. Visitors engaged in conversation while enjoying […]

Elkhorn, NE: PCC Updated with Dignity

When a new patient arrives at Brookestone Meadows there are many unknowns that they are facing. Typically, the person arriving from the hospital also does not feel their best. As we began to take professional pictures of each Long Term Care resident, many of whom had come through rehab, it became impossible to ignore the […]

North Platte, NE: Hula Hooping at Any Age

Linden estates residents recently had a new experience. New North Platte resident Beth shared her talent as a Hula Hoop expert. She is a certified Hula Hoop instructor and passionate about hooping. Hooping for hours is nothing new to this hoopster. Beth makes her own hula hoops which are larger than an average hoop and […]

David City, NE: Kissing For A Good Cause

David Place has been working all year to raise money for the Vetter Foundation,  a cause that helps people in need.  Team members came up with some creative ways to raise money. First – Jeans Friday, team members could wear jeans if they donated $2, so far $369 has been raised! Second, we  auctioning off […]

Elkhorn, NE: PCC updated with Dignity

When a new patient arrives at Brookestone Meadows there are many unknowns that they are facing. Typically, the person arriving from the hospital also does not feel their best. As we began to take professional pictures of each Long Term Care resident, many of whom had come through rehab, it became impossible to ignore the […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans at Sumner Place Have Gone Fishin’

On D-Day, June 6th, seven of our Veterans at Sumner Place ventured out near Wahoo, Nebraska to Lake Wanahoo for a pontoon fishing trip. The journey started off with patriotic songs, each resident bowed their heads and sang along. During the trip they were able to bring in three walleye, one large mouth bass and […]

Lincoln, NE: Quilt of Valor

Clara, a Navy Veteran was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Aseracare Hospice on Jun 6, 2018.  Kassandra Mounce, the Provider Relations Manager for Aseracare Hospice formally presented Clara her Quilt of Valor at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center under the admiring eyes of staff and peers.  Honored for her years of Military […]

Lincoln, NE: Cars, Cars, Cars!

Lincoln’s Model A & V-8 Club presented their automobiles at Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center to kick off the summer season on June 1. Residents, their families, and staff admired the vehicles while the owners proudly showed them off. Stories of one’s first car, of the car that was sold with regrets, of maybe […]

Elkhorn, NE: Celebrating Brookestone’s Life Stories

National Nursing Care Week is a special time in our building as it provides us an opportunity to not only celebrate our wonderful residents, but our staff as well. This year’s theme “Celebrating Life Stories” gave us a beautiful canvas to stroll through the decades and share our life stories. Every long-term resident had a […]

Lincoln, NE: Intergenerational

Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center is continuing their Tradition of Intergenerational programming through partnering with the community.  Southeast Community College’s Summer Camp  can be found at Southlake each Tuesday/Thursday morning for the summer-for their seventh consecutive year.   Southeast Community College’s Summer Camp’s Weekly Themes are adapted for engagement between youth that range in age […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Hosts Students from Springfield Sister City

Springfield, Missouri has two sister cities: Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Every summer, over 100 high school juniors from Isesaki visit Springfield and stay at Missouri State University. They attend baseball games, go to Wal-Mart, experience our mall, and check out Bass Pro. Last year, Missouri State contacted Creekside asking if some of the students […]

Emerson, NE: Great! Great! Great!

Great! Great! Great! Oh the places we like to go, especially, when it’s for the first time. Why, because, you are never too old to try or have a first experience. Residents at Heritage of Emerson are eager for adventure. Most had never been to either of the locations we visited. The latest outing took […]

Papillion, NE: Papillion Manor Celebrates Safety Days!

Papillion Manor celebrates 200,000 injury free hours! Papillion Manor focuses on Skilled Nursing and Short Term Rehabilitation and has 160+ staff members. This is a great achievement for the size of the building and the large workforce of team members that supports it. Papillion Manor strives to create an environment that makes safety a priority […]

Emerson, NE: Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Heritage of Emerson celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week with a trip to the Orange City IA, Tulip Festival. Ten residents along with team members from Heritage and volunteers enjoyed a day in the sun! Attending the woodcarvers demonstration, viewing the various tulip beds, and watching the parade in all its splendor they celebrated in […]

Geneva, NE: Celebrating Life Stories-National Nursing Home Week

Heritage Crossings celebrated Nursing Home Week with a wide variety of activities. Family, Friends, Residents and Staff had a great time “Celebrating Life Stories” with each other. We started out with the Shickley Legion Auxiliary singers who are great for bringing song and laughter to all who attend. Folks enjoyed toe tapping music and sing-along […]

Elkhorn, NE: VHS Receives Omaha Best Places to Work Award

Vetter Health Services team members proudly cheered as company president Glenn Van Ekeren accepted the Best Places to Work in Omaha award. The award was presented during the Best Places to Work award luncheon on May 24. VHS has consistently placed in the top five since first participating in the survey ten years ago and […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Getting to Know You…Getting to Know All About You!

Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me; as the song goes from the King and I. That’s what our National Nursing Home Week was truly about. The theme was called Celebrating Life Stories, but we struggled a little with what to do with this theme. We wanted to get our residents and […]

Omaha, NE: Celebrating Life Stories-National Nursing Home Week

The theme of National Nursing Home Week 2018 was “Celebrating Life Stories.” Brookestone Village did just that! We hosted activities that celebrated our residents’ life stories. The activities revolved around the theme and included; 5 Things About Me coloring activity, a matching game, Bingo and guessing game for staff. As a token of appreciation to […]

Norfolk, NE: Summer Send Off

Heritage of Bel-Air loaded the bus with residents and popsicles and headed to Bel-Air, the grade school up the street. The residents visited each classroom, handing out popsicles and wishing the kids a “great summer”. The kids and residents were so excited. Smiles radiated throughout. This was the kick-off for an annual tradition to keep […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating Long Term Care Week!

National Long Term Care Week was May 13th through May 19th. With the theme this year being “Celebrating Life Stories”, we kicked off the week with a PowerPoint presentation made by Joel, Life Enrichment Assistant. Each slide represented a resident with a picture and a couple fun facts about each one. We also had a […]

David City, NE: Barrel of Fun

Our Life Enrichment team member Dani, has an 11 year old daughter name Mackenna. Mackenna has spent hours practicing her barrel vaulting. She is preparing for a horse show and she does these amazing acrobatic moves on a moving horse. Last week the weather was nice Mackenna and Dani loaded up her barrel and came […]

St Paul, NE: National Nursing Home Week

Brookefield Park in St. Paul, Nebraska celebrated National Nursing Home Week on May 14-18, 2018. We started out the week with Cinderella Day. Administrator Brenda Ewers-Nordhues dressed up as Cinderella and also had her evil stepsisters by her side. We also delivered cookies to our Police Officers in St. Paul and started our day out […]

North Platte, NE: A Free Breakfast Thank You to North Platte Area EMS

Linden Court said Thank You to area first responders with a free breakfast as part of National EMS week. Linden Court kitchen served up a full breakfast for local EMS, Law enforcement, and Fire & Rescue departments serving Lincoln County. More than 20 guests enjoyed scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice […]

Lincoln, NE: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Sumner Place

Sumner Place residents, family members and team members had a wonderful time celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 4th. We started off the event with Ginseng, Maintenance Coordinator, and Larry, Administrator of Sumner Place, providing us with some facts about Cinco de Mayo and they taught us some words in Spanish. Next we had […]