VSL Community News

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 […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Classic Cars and Camaraderie

Water bottles were soaking in a huge tub of ice water as classic cars began lining up at Brookestone Meadows last Thursday. People from the West O Chamber of Commerce gathered on this particularly beautiful night to enjoy 10 cars from a local Camaro car club. As business owners networked and chatted about their upcoming […]

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 […]

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 […]