Norfolk, NE: Team Members Donate Blood

Team members at Heritage of Bel-Air routinely give of themselves to their community. Recently, they had a chance to give the gift of life by giving blood. Teaming up with the American Red Cross, Heritage of Bel-Air sponsored a blood drive with 24 people registered to give blood. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent […]

Lincoln, NE: Pancakes & Music

Wine & Cheese became Pancakes & Music; thanks to Chef Carla! Pancakes made fresh on the griddle, assorting toppings – chocolate chips, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, syrup and more. Plus accompanying pancake fare of sausage and BACON! The family of Sam D., a former Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center resident donated a Memorial Money for […]

Elkhorn, NE: Katie’s Angels

Katie has been part of the Brookestone Meadows family for over 8 years. Three years ago on a quiet rainy day, she and her husband were walking around Brookestone when a damp crumpled piece of paper caught her eye. The paper was a picture of the Divine Mercy. She had never thought to draw an […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Gives to Foster Friends

Ridgewood’s 4th Quarter community outreach campaign raised money and supplies for Foster Friends, a local non-profit organization. Foster Friends supports foster families by providing needed supplies for children who have just been put in the system or who are currently living in foster care. The Vetter Foundation provided us $250 and the team members raised […]

North Platte, NE: Christmas Comes to Linden Estates

It’s been a month-long Christmas celebration here at Linden Estates in North Platte. The residents have enjoyed singers, carolers, parties and more singers, carolers and parties. There have been visits from church groups, daycares, schools and even a visit from Santa. At our facility party the residents were gifted with big personalized snowflakes made by […]

Red Cloud, NE: 2018 Memories

As we look back at 2018, those of us at Heritage of Red Cloud remember many happy times spent with family and friends making wonderful memories. Our hopes for everyone in 2019 are for a healthy, happy, peaceful, and joyful year full of love! Quality Life:  We will create a living environment that radiates love, […]

Garnett, KS: Our Residents Christmas Party

Christmas is a great time of year to get together with family and friends. We make sure every year that the residents get to celebrate Christmas with their families too. What a fun night it was, we had Butch come to sing a few Christmas Carols, some of the employees drew names for the residents […]

Garnett, KS: “Sunny” Does Brighten the Residents Day!

Sunny the miniature donkey put on his best suit and came to visit with his helper elf and friend Misti the toy puppy. (I don’t remember what kind of dog!) They made their rounds through the whole facility bringing smiles every step of the way. It’s amazing to see their eyes light up as they […]

Norfolk, NE: Resident Celebrates Anniversary

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Heritage of Bel-Air helped to celebrate a special couple on their 19th wedding anniversary recently. To commemorate the special occasion, Heritage of Bel-Air ordered the couple an anniversary bouquet and decorated the formal dining room. Lunch from their favorite restaurant was served on the […]

Norfolk, NE: Holiday Bake Sale Proceeds Goes Toward Local Agency

Peanut clusters. Fudge. Frosted sugar cookies. Cream cheese mints. It’s a bunch of yum rolled into a holiday bake sale at Heritage of Bel-Air. With the help of Vetter match, Heritage raised a total of $446 from the bake sale. Team members voted to donate the proceeds to The Briggs & Barrett Project, an agency […]

Norfolk, NE: Toy Corral Display Shared With Residents

Community members who share their hobbies are special guests at Heritage of Bel-Air. Recently, Larry Wittler of Norfolk brought in his toy corrals and set up a display for the residents to enjoy. Larry creates the fences, bunks, gates, tanks, chutes, wagons, hay feeders and bales from wood. And then obtains the necessary figurines to […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Bird Houses

Brookestone Meadows is going to the birds! Bird houses that is. Duane in Maintenance has handcrafted many bird houses to sell in our OWLS nest. Several of them are fashioned after churches. One of our residents and her daughter had admired the bird houses and were considering a purchase. When Duane heard about this, he […]

Springfield, MO: Elvis Helps Creekside Usher in 2019

New Year’s Eve has always been a time to celebrate. The closure of one year and the exciting beginning of another. For the second year, Branson performer Radney Pennington came as a “Little Elvis” to croon Creekside Community Members into 2019. Radney has been impersonating Elvis since grade school, and has won several national awards […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy New Year

May the New Year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions and attitude inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits and excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find […]

David City, NE: Christmas at David Place

Christmas time is a magical time everywhere. But it can be lonely if you don’t have people to spend it with. Here at David Place you always have a friend and cheerful face in the hallway. The staff took time to decorate the hallways that they work. Turning a boring hallway into gingerbread lane, Christmas […]

Hooper, NE: Celebrating Staff and Christmas

Hooper Care Center comes to life with fun and laughter during the Christmas season. Having fun at work is the norm for us but during Christmas it just gets better. We celebrated staff with a pot luck meal and an ugly Christmas sweater day on Dec. 18. We capped the day off with a gift […]

Columbus, NE: Resident and Family Christmas Soup Dinner

The evening of December 12th was filled with holiday spirit. Residents and their family members were treated to soup, sandwiches and dessert prepared by the Dietary Team. Smiles of joy filled the room as Santa Clause made his entrance into the Great Room. When the residents returned to their room for the night, a gift […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Celebrates the Season with 5th Annual Reindeer Games

For the last five years, Creekside has celebrated Christmas with “Reindeer Games.” This is a time where team members compete in games and interact in a relaxed atmosphere with community members. This year’s festivities included a “snowball fight” (keeping white balloons in the air as long as possible); creating snowmen out of people; and team […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Scholarship Awarded to Karly Hall

Heritage Care Center was proud to award Karly Hall, LPN a scholarship from Vetter Health Services. Karly was presented her scholarship during the Resident Christmas Party on December 20th. Karly was selected for this scholarship from many quality candidates and is very deserving of this award. She began working at Heritage Care Center 5 years […]

Alliance, NE: Sharing More Than Gifts

The annual visit from Saint Nick was once again a true remembrance of the power to believe. After conversations concerning the health of the reindeer and how the elves are hard at it, our Santa Claus expressed his real intention with visiting us.  He wishes, if even for a short time, that we are allowed […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Comforted By Furry Friends

Residents at Heritage of Bel-Air experienced some special visitors recently – the furry kind! Amy Brandt of Howells brought in six eight-week-old Texas Heeler puppies for the residents to enjoy. Texas Heeler breed is a cross between an Australian Cattle Dog and an Australian Shepherd. The puppies – named Flash, Gus, Sadie, Bandit, Izzy and […]

Emerson, NE: Community Spotlight

Recently Shellee Huggneberger and Denise Roeber presented Melissa Twohig, representing the EHHS Boosters Club with a check for $430. The monies were earned by Heritage of Emerson while painting the EHHS Pirate logo on driveways and sidewalks this fall. Several residents of Emerson and Hubbard had participated in the event. Quality Reputation:  We will be […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Kicks Off December with Open House

For the third year in a row, Creekside opened their doors to community members, vendors, family, and friends for an afternoon of Christmas festivities. Harp music filled the dining room as over 150 guests munched on goodies and sipped on wassail. Santa could be found in the lobby listening to the wishes of preschoolers and […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park: All staff Christmas Party

Brookefield Park hosted their All Staff Christmas Party on Thursday, December 13 in our Community Room. Delicious food was catered in by our local locker and the dietary department made some wonderful salads. One of our local Physician Assistants from the Hospital made us amazing cheese cakes for dessert! Following awards and the meal our […]

St. Paul, NE: Gender Reveal at Brookfield Park

We are so excited about all the baby announcements that are blooming at Brookefield. Administrator Brenda Ewers Nordhues has been so excited to do their gender reveals. It has been so much fun for everyone to participate in the party poppers showing us if they are having a boy or a girl! In the pictures […]

St. Paul, NE: The Christmas Shop

The Christmas Shop visited Brookefield Park on Monday, December 10. Kris Hickey and her family and friends set up a “Christmas Shop” in our community room. Residents were able to go through the shop and select five items to purchase with Christmas money that was provided by the shop as well. The residents had a […]

Lincoln, NE: Vetter Scholarships Awarded at Sumner Place

Sumner Place is honored to announce that three of their team members were each awarded a $1,000 Vetter Senior Living Scholarship! All team members gathered in our lobby area on Thursday, December 13th for a little celebration. Larry Van Hunnik, Administrator of Sumner Place, presented them with their awards. Shelly LeFever has been an LPN […]

Geneva, NE: Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) Program

  Here at Heritage Crossings, in Geneva, we are blessed to have had 2 individuals, Amy Franssen & Laura Hein, recently complete the Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) program, a certification that indicates a health care professional has received comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care, has completed the Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care course […]

Norfolk, NE: Coffee and Donuts Bring Guests Into Facility

A resident at Heritage of Bel-Air was sorely missing his regular coffee and donut group. So, we thought, why not bring the coffee, donuts and group to Heritage of Bel-Air?  The resident’s coffee group along with another senior coffee group from the community was invited in! Over coffee and donuts much laughter and conversation ensued.  There […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Volunteer, Raise Money for Salvation Army

One thing synonymous with the holiday season is the jingle of bells next to the red kettles of the Salvation Army. Several team members from Heritage of Bel-Air volunteered to ring the bell and collect money at the Sunset Plaza shopping mall in Norfolk. What a great way to give back to the community. According […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 400,000 Hours Injury Free!

On Tuesday, November 27th, Sumner Place was pleased to welcome members of the Home Office Staff to our facility to help us celebrate our employees working 400,000 hours Injury Free! Sumner Place was previously recognized for working 200,000 hours injury free earlier in the year. We are incredibly excited to have hit such a significant […]

Hooper, NE: Creating Gingerbread

Hooper Care Center Residents and the Logan View Honor Society put their creative skills together to see who could build the best Gingerbread House. Hooper Care Center and Logan View School students have been building the relationships of the young and old. Students came to help decorate for Christmas and decided it would be fun […]

Hooper, NE: Family & Christmas Make For A Full House

Hooper Care Center hosted their annual Resident/Family Christmas Open House on December 9. Residents, family and friends filled the house from the dining room, therapy room, chapel and spilling into the halls. It’s a blessing to be able to provide this time for residents to enjoy the Holiday Season with their family and friends. Musical […]

When Caregivers Need a Hand – Vetter Teams Respond

Less than a month ago three skilled nursing facilities in Paradise, California were destroyed by the massive wildfire known as the ‘Camp Fire’. Imagine evacuating residents from your facility and at the same time knowing your own home is burning to the ground. Thanks to the selfless commitment of those team members, residents were evacuated […]

Loup City, NE: Christmas Shopping At Home

Christmas Shopping!  The words that ring in our ears and are heard annually. They may not be listed as our favorites.  At Rose Lane Home the shopping is brought to our residents.  Smiles of joy instantly appear. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the School of Rock Home school program, everyone had the opportunity to […]

Fairbury, NE: Deck the Halls

During the first week of December, we challenged our team members to “Deck the Halls”. We asked them to select a door and decorate it for Christmas. We have some talented and creative team members! Each day our residents can be seen bouncing from door to door admiring the creativity and Christmas spirit of our […]

Geneva, NE: 1 Year Injury Free

Thanks to our team members for your hard work and determination.  November 8th 2018 marked the achievement of 1 Year Injury Free for the staff of Heritage Crossings in Geneva! Thanks to the Home Office for coming on November 28th to help us celebrate! Everyone really enjoyed & appreciated the time spent together eating delicious grilled […]

Elkhorn, NE: The Results are In

The results are in and our annual State Survey went incredibly well! We are so thankful for our great team that brings their best to work every single day. To celebrate, the PEP Club hosted a pasta bar for the day and evening shifts with made from scratch marinara and alfredo sauces. The night shift […]

Seward, NE: Life Stories

Seward is a great place to be especially when you have great neighbors like Concordia University. These students went out and talked with older adults in their lives or even people they did not know to learn about Life Stories and how they are important to everyone. One of the students even interviewed one of […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Lights The Tree

As the Christmas tree and decorations went up South Haven residents anxiously awaited the Tree Lighting Ceremony. They enjoyed all the activity needed to make everything festive. As the time approached to light the tree, the anticipation grew as carols were sung. Ooh’s and aah’s could be heard as the tree was lit. Afterwards everyone […]

Norfolk, NE: Families Urged to Lean on Memories During Memorial Ceremony

The holidays are a joyous time but can also be difficult especially to those who’ve lost loved ones. With grief still heavy in their hearts, family members, team members and friends gathered at Heritage of Bel-Air for the annual Memory Tree ceremony. In its fourth year, the Memory Tree ceremony is held in memory of […]

Norfolk, NE: Cookies As Fun To Make As They Are To Eat

Residents at Heritage of Bel-Air reminisced about making holiday goodies while also satisfying their sweet tooth at a recent cookie baking and decorating activity. From rolling the dough and cutting the holiday-themed shapes, residents were involved from beginning to end. Icing and sprinkles gave the cookies festive flair. But which is better . . . making the […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Play in the Snow

Many of our residents at Heritage of Bel-Air don’t get outside to play in the snow. So we thought why not bring the “snow” in? Heritage of Bel-Air’s Life Enrichment team and a group of residents made “snow” by combining baking soda and hair conditioner.  It was mixed by hand. The “snow” was added to the […]

Norfolk,NE: Scavenger Hunt Highlights Vetter Health Services’ Vision

What do you get when you take Vetter Health Services’ Visions and turn them into clues? A really fun scavenger hunt! People Development Coordinator Kim and Dietary Manager Becky provided each vision clue. That clue lead participants to a team member who then received the next clue. The scavenger hunt had a total of six clues. […]

Elkhorn, NE: The Christmas Cabaret

This past Saturday, we had the honor of hosting a Christmas Cabaret group that drew a large crowd. This group featured a piano player and three singers, including our beloved Beth Asbjornson. Families and resident alike piled into the grand Community Room to watch a one of a kind performance. The group’s set ranged from […]

North Platte, NE: Bon Fire!

What do you get when you take an awesome team, a campfire and plenty of s’more ingredients? You get a whole lot of fun, which is exactly what team members enjoyed at our bon fire. It was chilly but that didn’t stop families from attending the event where they savored grilled hot dogs and chips, […]

Seward, NE: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Snow is falling and the colder temperatures didn’t stop the staff and residents of Ridgewood having the Christmas Spirit! We were blessed to have some “elves” assist with putting up some of our trees this year to help remember their loved one who passed away earlier this year. She was very instrumental in helping decorate […]

St Paul, NE: Brookefield Park: Christmas Carolers and Christmas Decorating

Brookefield Park has been decking the halls with Christmas decorations and Christmas carolers. Team members and residents have been putting up decorations around the facility to make it look like a winter wonderland at Brookefield Park. One resident has put up her Christmas village in our Library each year since she made Brookefield her new […]

Norfolk, NE: Card Making Treasured Activity

People have been sending Christmas cards for 175 years. And although the number of holiday cards sent has declined significantly since then, the tradition is alive and well at Heritage of Bel-Air thanks to volunteer Peg Studts. For the second year in a row, Studts has led a Christmas card creation activity. She said it gives […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Community Members Create Event For All To Enjoy

As an independent living community, Creekside not only has a wide range of events facilitated by Life Enrichment, they also help promote events created by community members. Last summer, community members in the lodge began a Saturday evening game night. This grew from five people to around twenty. They play a variety of games such […]