VSL Community News

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 […]

Seward, NE: Grandparent’s Day!

Sunday Sept. 9th Ridgewood celebrated Grandparent’s day by serving free pancake and sausage for the community, residents and staff. It was great to see all the families come and enjoy spending time with one another while celebrating Grandparents and Great Grandparents. It’s amazing to see the number of generations in families and such a blessing. […]

Seward, NE: GO BIG RED!

Friday Aug. 31, 2018 residents and staff gathered for the big tailgate of 2018 to kick off the FROST of Nebraska’s football season. Much anticipation of what Coach Frost will offer this season as people were able to guess the score, guess the number of red and white M & Ms and enjoy time with […]

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 […]

Wahoo, NE: Husker Pep Rally

South Haven staff and residents kicked off the season with a Pep Rally full of Husker spirit! The kitchen provided tailgate appetizers, everyone wore their best Husker gear and colors. Pom poms, whistles, balloons, and smiles were everywhere! We had several ladies represent cheerleaders, and several gentlemen entered to the booming tunnel walk playing over […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Dog Pageant

Sumner Place held our 4th Annual Dog Pageant on Friday, August 24, 2018. We all gathered in our front circle drive to watch the dogs parade through. Each entry was announced and their owner had the opportunity to talk about their dog – what their favorite toy is, what their favorite activities are, etc. They […]

Lincoln, NE: Southlake Village Hosts End of Summer Bash

Southlake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center residents, team members and families enjoyed our 6th Annual End of Summer Bash. This morning we received a kind thank you from one of our family members that summed up the night so well! “My 90 year old mother has been there (Southlake Village) nine months and has received […]

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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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Darling Dog Parade

Sunday, August 26 marked “National Dog Day”. A great day to invite dogs in for a parade. Resident prepared doggy treats the week before to share. Team members and family members showed off their dogs as they paraded through the halls. Both small and large dogs made the parade. Some of the dogs were dressed […]

North Platte, NE: Changing the World with Music

It has been said that music can change the world because music can change people. The true beauty of music is that it connects people. Our residents have been on the receiving end of lots of music here at Linden Estates this summer. We’ve had musicians from coast to coast as well as our own […]

North Platte, NE: Aloha!

“Aloha” was the word of the day at Linden Estates for our summer Luau. It was a hot sunny day as residents enjoyed tropical fruit and beverages while being entertained with traditional Hawaiian music. Along with the beach and Tiki decorations our servers wore grass skirts, and everyone sported a pretty flower lei. Several of […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Creative Expression: Ceramic Tiles

Finding ways to express one’s inner Picasso is important for developing personal confidence towards new and different pursuits. Utilizing inexpensive ceramic tiles from the local building supply big box store, permanent markers and droppers of isopropyl alcohol created magic. Plastic dots placed on the bottom of each corner turn the art into functional coasters. Each […]

Springfield, MO: Community Members Start Own Saturday Night Game Event

Creekside desires to create an atmosphere where community members are encouraged to suggest and create events. Several months ago, they began their own game night on Saturday evenings. This has grown from two people to upwards of 17 people playing three to four different games: Dominoes, Five Crown, Skip Bo, to name a few. This […]

Lincoln, NE: Southlake Village’s Tracy Anderson Retires After Almost 37 years

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Tracy Anderson an employee of almost 37 years will retire. Tracy Anderson started working at Village Manor in 1981 as a CNA. During her time with Vetter Senior Living, Tracy has been a CNA, Bath Aide, LPN Charge Nurse, Admissions Nurse and has spent the last 7 years at Southlake […]

David Place, NE: Anniversary Suprise

At David Place we love any excuse to celebrate. But we had a special anniversary in August. Fred and Dorothy had their 65th wedding anniversary. Their kids called for life enrichment’s help to pull of the surprise. It was hard to keep that big of secret that their kids were coming and they had hired […]

Elkhorn, NE: Family Fun

Annual conferences can cover some serious business, so it is important to have a chance to take time to decompress and have a break. Yesterday, Brookestone Meadows welcomed all the Vetter Senior Living Office Managers for their painting team building activity. Over the course of the conference, it had not gone unnoticed that there was […]

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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: Saying Thanks to Teachers & Giving Supplies

Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center served coffee with a variety of creamers and three choices of delicious muffins for the return of the Seward School Personnel Aug. 10, 2018. It was literally a drive through service met with happy “good morning”s and “enjoy the start of a new year” from team members. Thanks to the […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Heads to the Fair

Ridgewood Residents, staff and volunteers headed to the Seward County Fair on Friday Aug. 10, 2018. This is an annual event for the residents, however this year we were able to get to the animals due to the fair paving more areas. Everyone had a great time seeing animals, eating pie, sharing kettle corn, seeing […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Aloha From Brookestone Meadows

There was a tropical feeling at Brookestone Meadows on Friday as we enjoyed a luau for our monthly wine and cheese. Plants surrounded the room and entrance to welcome people as they sashayed to their tables receiving a lei on the way. The dietary department went ‘hog wild’ preparing for the feast! Smoked salmon dip, […]

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 Olympics

The time has come for our athletes at Sumner Place to participate in the 2018 Senior Olympic games! We had a total of forty-four residents participate in six different events. These events included ping pong pitch, bowling, water gun shooting, bean bag toss, rocket toss and bucket toss. Our athletes were provided with ice cold […]

Alliance, NE: Rocking the Unicorn

The Highland Park Care Center life enrichment brigade developed a unique experience when Kyren Conley, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, asked for some creative assistance from our artistic resident family. Kyren needed help making treasures to be used later in the month during an art show at Dobby’s Frontier Town, a local […]

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 […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Community Invests in Children of Sister School

Creekside is fortunate to have an elementary school just down the street from our community. Throughout the years, we have had an ongoing relationship with the school: several times a year the students will walk down and share projects or sing songs to our community members. Also, at the beginning of each school year, our […]

Norfolk, NE: 1st Annual Pool Party

Heritage of Bel Air wanted to thank their team for all of their hard work and great care for the residents, so we celebrated with a pool party for them and their families. We rented out the water park for a couple of hour. We had over 140 people come and enjoy the water, pizza […]

Lincoln, NE: Guess Whoooo Visited Sumner Place?

While a resident was receiving Physical Therapy on Monday they noticed a large bird outside the big picture window. After taking a closer look, they realized it was an owl! Word got out that there was an owl outside and then we come to find out that there were actually three of them. Residents and […]

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 […]

Hooper, NE: Fair Time

Hooper Care Center once again participated in the Dodge County Fair. Hooper Care Center decorated a booth this year to show off the 1st place blue ribbon winnings. Residents worked throughout the year making jellies, quilts, potholders, dresses made from pillow cases, shorts made from T-shirts, wreaths and paintings. Residents went to check out their […]

Lincoln, NE: Lincoln Sumner Place Gives Back to Community

Sumner Place PEP Club organized a water drive to collect water for the People’s City Mission here in Lincoln, NE. Keeping your body hydrated is very important, especially in the hot Summer months. With the help of our team members, we were able to give over 750 bottles of water! Residents of Sumner Place also […]

Wahoo, NE: The Parade – An Annual Tradition

The annual Saunders County Parade in Wahoo was on everyone’s to do list at South Haven during fair week. It was a beautiful summer evening to be at the parade as we enjoyed sack lunches while we waited for the parade to start. Residents eagerly watched for family members and friends in the parade. Statements […]

North Platte, NE: Cottage Camp Out

Camping is a favorite past-time of many of our residents so Linden Estates held a little “camp out” for our Cottage Residents in the Shop. We set up tents, grilled hot dogs and had s’mores. It was hot outside, so we put squirt guns on the tables and the shenanigans began. It was open season […]

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 […]

North Platte, NE: Chair Tai Chi

There are so many benefits to Tai Chi and the residents at Linden Estates got to experience some of them first hand. Going through the first four forms (holding the ball, parting the wild horse’s mane, repulsing the monkey, and brush knee) of Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance, our residents harnessed their positive energy. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Fishes at Holmes Lake

Residents and team members of Sumner Place enjoyed a fishing outing at Holmes Lake in Lincoln, NE. After packing their worms and poles, they anxiously headed out. The fish were sure biting on this beautiful summer morning. Everyone was lucky enough to catch at least two fish each! They caught blue gill, crappie and even […]

St Paul, NE: Two years Injury Free Celebration

Brookefield Park was recently recognized for being Two Years Injury Free. A celebration to honor Brookefield Park was held on July 17. This celebration included a steak and chicken barbecue hosted by Vetter Senior Living. We were honored to have many of the home office support team here to serve us. The party was kicked […]

David City, NE: Fair Time “Hot Lights and Midway Lights”

Summer Time means the county fair! Our Residents enjoyed gathering the crafts that they had worked on to enter in the fair. Even painting 150 clothes pens as a group for a red, white, and blue wreath. That paid off with a purple ribbon. After the fair we displayed their hard work and ribbons in […]

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, […]

Wahoo, NE: Loving Creatures Big & Small

The excitement and smiles everywhere as the Pet Show participants arrived. Residents were encouraged to touch, hold and love the pets. There were several types of snakes, a Guinea pig and a gecko. Several dogs, a puppy, a kitten, bunnies and a hedgehog were also shared with our residents. A pony was also brought in […]

Elkhorn, NE: Enjoying Fitness at Any Age

Enjoying Fitness at Any Age is an important subject that we were excited to educate our residents on. Angels Care Home Health provides a Community Classroom on a wide variety of subjects. For this class they brought in a Physical Therapist, their Executive Director and an Account Executive (who is also a former BSN Nurse!) […]

Elkhorn, NE: “Glad” you thought of us!

The last week has brought a lot of blooms to Brookestone Meadows. Wedding season is in full swing and we have been the beneficiaries of several different floral arrangements! After a day or two at the main entrance, large the groupings of flowers are distributed to each of the nurse’s stations and specific residents who […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Serves Award Winning BBQ!

After years of serving delectable smoked meats to patients and residents, on Saturday July 28th Brookestone Meadows entered a rib smoking competition in Millard. The 6th Annual Millard Business Association Ribstock Festival. This Noon – 11pm event had bands that played throughout the day combined with a variety of activities and vendors for people to […]

North Platte, NE: A Salute to the Military

Cottage Capers Cottage residents boarded the bus early to make the day trip to Lexington, NE. Destination…The Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles. It was amazing to see what this museum had to offer. After a picnic lunch, residents were given a special guided tour. They enjoyed exploring the military vehicles and seeing the displays of […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Live Well Go Fish

Richard celebrated his birthday a day early with a trip to Lake Wanahoo and a cruise around the lake via Live Well Go Fish; founded in 2016 by David & Katherine Ruder. Live Well Go Fish has a specially equipped, wheelchair accessible pontoon boat that provided opportunity for Richard, assisted by Southlake Life Enrichment Assistant […]