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Springfield, MO: A Flight to Remember

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is part of a nationwide organization which gives veterans from WWII-Gulf War the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. for the day and see sites such as the World War II memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (where the changing of the guard at the Tomb of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Flips for our Team!

We’re flipping for our amazing team! It has been a rewarding first half of the year for Brookestone Meadows, winning 2 Omaha’s Choice awards, receiving an improved rating across the board as indicated on our staff, residents and family surveys AND becoming a Certified Great Place to Work! The Pie Guys flipped our brave team […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Heritage Annual Community Picnic and Fun Day of Fishing

Each year we take a day, set aside the normal daily paper work and chores, to spend our time together with residents in the great outdoors. This year is no different aside from the looming possibility of rain that hovered above us, threatening to scare fishermen and fish into hiding. Bus load after bus load […]

Fairbury, NE: Go Big Red!!

We kicked off the start of Husker football season with our first ever” Wacky Wednesday” of course we did Huskermania!! Residents and staff all dressed for the occasion by sporting their Husker gear including stick on tattoos ponytails, pompoms and foam fingers!! In the afternoon we held a pep rally outside with music including the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Road Trip! Office Manager & Payroll Conference 2018

It had been 3 long years since the Financial Services Team welcomed our facility Office Managers and Payroll Coordinators to the Home Office. In the last three years, these roles faced many new challenges from PCC conversion, ADP conversion, Medicare and insurance changes, and most recently, the move into Non-Profit as Vetter Senior Living. We […]

Lake City, IA: Outstanding Team Members Retires

You can’t retire from being awesome! Georgia Wiederin, Head Cook, retired from Shady Oaks Care Center after 28 years of service on Tuesday, July 31st. On Wednesday, August 1st, we hosted a reception in the main dining room in her honor.  Residents gathered around tables as team members lined up in the door way to cheer […]

Columbus, NE: Big Red Block Party

Brookestone Acres celebrated reaching 95% occupancy! Through patience, reputation, and team work Brookestone Acres made a big leap in a short amount of time on current census. Team members celebrated by strutting their best Husker gear and a grill out with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and ice cream from our dietary manager, pinatas, face painting, […]

Seward, NE: One Year Injury Free!

Ridgewood Celebrated one year injury free on July 19,2018. It takes everyone to be “on their A game” when it comes to being an injury free facility. The team members at Ridgewood worked hard to ensure this happened this year paying attention to small details and working together. The Home Office came to celebrate and […]

Emerson, NE: Faithful in Prayer

Praying the rosary together afforded this group of faithful ladies to embrace this spiritual time in a new setting with a purpose. “To make it all the way through without getting distracted or falling asleep”. The rosary begins with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, an Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates First Day of School!

Come one, come all! Sumner Place kept our “first day of school” tradition alive on Monday as the students and their families headed home from school. Nearly 300 popsicles were handed out in about 30 minutes! We love having Prescott Elementary as a neighbor that we can partner with during the school year. It was […]

Norfolk, NE: Bringing Families Together…Family Picnic 2018

Friday, August 3 marked a spot in the history of Heritage of Bel-Air. The annual family picnic was held with a record number of family members attending–almost 300. Resident’s and team member’s families were invited to attend the annual barbecue. The agenda included burgers,hot dogs and the fixings, Amy Cerney for musical entertainment, clowns making […]

Hooper, NE: Celebrating 1 Year Injury Free

July 18, 2018 marked the achievement of 1 Year Injury Free for the staff of Hooper Care Center. Thanks to the VSL team for coming on July 31 to help us celebrate. It is always a great time when we get together with Home Office. 44 Hooper Team Members (out of 56 total staff including […]

Elkhorn, NE: Home Office Life Enrichment Conference Success!!

Wow!!! What a couple great days spent building relationships, learning best practices, empathy training related to BUDDIES FOREVER, and celebrating each other’s success. We laughed, we cried, we learned, we got motivated!! Thank you to everyone for attending and for all the communities for your support with Life Enrichment and enhancing the quality of life […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park: Happy 5th Anniversary

The Brookefield Park Team is proud to announce that they have been providing Dignity in Life for 5 Years at Brookefield Park! The team, residents and guest celebrated on Friday, July 20 with a cook out in front of our facility. Everyone enjoyed the food, music and conversation. A special thank you to our guest, […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Welcomes New Community Members with Watermelon

Creekside is at our highest census in years, and has had over 30 people move in in the last six months. When a community member moves in, it can be overwhelming: getting to know the routines and “the way things work” on campus. Several times a year, we have welcome parties at the Clubhouse and […]

Norfolk, NE: Pool Party & Margaritas

With the July heat came a day for enjoying the outdoors. The front patio was decked out with Hawaiian decorations and small pools. The bubble machines were filled. The IN2L was set to Hawaiian music. The margarita machines were started. The pineapple cups were filled with margaritas. Edible sand cups were made. Residents were invited […]

North Platte, NE: Music is the Prayer the Heart Sings

Music is the prayer the heart sings…and Tuesday the hearts were singing at Linden Estates. Family members shared their love of God and Gospel music with the residents. Dan and Christa Lund are from Ohio and Carla Bond is from Arkansas. They have been in North Platte visiting their parents Marilyn and Jerry. They treated […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Family Member Sings Melodies From Days Gone By

Jim Kendrick is a staple in the Life Enrichment calendar at Creekside. Not only is he a close family member of one of our community members, he has also been providing music once a month for over three years to a faithful audience. He sings Gospel, folk, and songs from his childhood–and from the childhood […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood’s Got Talent

Ridgewood residents requested a variety show. What a fantastic idea they had! Residents and team members were invited to sign up and share their talents. Ridgewood Choir sang songs, Verneal shared her paintings, even the administrator participated, dressing up in her nurses uniform from the 70’s and then invited resident, John M to dance with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Lake City, IA: 2 Year’s Injury Free!

Shady Oaks Care Center, in Lake City, Iowa, recently reached two years injury free, which is 730 days, or 17,2250 hours without a single injury! A celebration to honor Shady Oaks Care Center was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Vetter Senior Living provided a delicious meal of steak or chicken, bar-be-que’d to perfection. Team […]

Elkhorn, NE: In It To Win It

Tension was high and the competition fierce. With critical subject matter at hand, it was important that we were alert and focused. Abuse and Neglect are no laughing matter, and it is important to review our requirements and processes regularly. The best way to keep people engaged is to have them get up, move and […]

Alliance, NE: Colorful Eggs and Laughs Brighten Our Day

The cool morning could not keep from warming our hearts as team members (and families) were invited to bring their ambitious Easter egg hunters to Highland Park and discover the goodies left behind by the Easter bunny. The colorful eggs were a welcome sight on the winter trodden grass; the youthful giggles were also welcomed […]

Seward, NE: Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Saturday was our Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Residents helped to run the different stations where Ridgewood resident and employee family members could do crafts, play games, get face paint, meet the Easter Bunny and of course, hunt for eggs! It was a great way for team members and their families to interact with residents. Our Easter Bunny […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Ukulele Club

I had the music teacher from the middle school contact me about a small group of 3 6th grade kids that formed a Ukulele Club. They had practiced ukulele’s in 5th grade and really missed it, so they got together with the music teacher to share their idea. She meets with them after school each […]

Wahoo, NE: Reubens and Backpacks

Reuben sandwiches are a tradition at South Haven. Each year we hold a fund raiser selling reubens. Pre-orders are delivered to your car by our favorite “pickle” at our “drive-thru”. This year we chose the Saunders County Ministerial Association’s Backpack Program as the benefactor of our fund raiser. The Backpack Program sends weekend meals home […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Dessert and Dancing!

Saturday was Ridgewood’s Valentine Dessert Social. Residents and family members were invited into our Community Hall for a time of music, laughter and delicious desserts! The day before, some residents helped to make centerpieces for the social and they added so much to the atmosphere of the event. Music was provided by Clifford Lowell, who […]

Wahoo, NE: A Cake For Every Birthday

Whether we admit it or not, birthdays are something special to almost everyone. It makes no difference if we are 5 or 95! South Haven recently welcomed Kelly Eklund as our new Dietary Manager. Birthdays are important to Kelly and our residents! She makes a special cake for each resident when they have a birthday. […]

Lake City, IA: Have Fun at Work!

National “Have Fun at Work Day” was Friday January 26th but we decided to celebrate all week long! Starting that Monday we had themed dress up days of which started with pajama day. Team members dressed up in snuggly pajamas and some even wore slippers. NFL and college sports apparel could be seen all over […]