Springfield, MO: “I Want To Be Mom” Contest

When it involves “putting yourself out-there” our Team Members are always up for the challenge. Entertaining the Community Members is a top priority at Creekside and sometimes it involves “taking one for the team!” For our Mother’s Day entertainment our director, social services lead, and two of our Maintenance staff competed in a contest to […]

Alliance, NE: Little Things Really Are The Biggest

“Never underestimate the power of a simple smile, a kind word or the acknowledgement of another. Little gestures can move mountains.” ― David Cuschieri As National Nursing Home Week played out last week, many opportunities presented themselves for us to cherish. Embracing the little moments, appreciating their meaning and allowing yourself to be touched by […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Life is a Journey…Enjoy the Ride!

LIFE IS A JOURNEY — ENJOY THE RIDE There is a song that quotes “Life is a highway” and it is so true. When you take a road trip, it’s amazing where the roads will lead us, such as to a family or friend’s house, a church, a town celebration, a school, a park / […]

Fairbury, NE: Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

In early May the Leadership Team was given the opportunity to go on a fun filled outing in Lincoln. Tina and Tracy planned the day to incorporate team building, bonding, and loads of fun! The team traveled together to Capital Beach in Lincoln where they played a strategic game of how to survive and get […]

Fairbury, NE: Meet Alex!

Meet Alex, Heritage’s new therapy dog! Alex’s first day was May 20th, 2019. Alex is a certified Therapy dog and he recently received his Canine good citizen award. Alex is a great companion to the residents and they sure enjoy petting him and seeing him. Alex is so sweet, goofy, and loveable. Alex has made […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Spruce Up Facility

It’s starting to look a little more spring-like around Heritage of Bel-Air! We were able to get outside and do some planting and sprucing. Under the direction of Gloria Nielsen in Life Enrichment, some of our green-thumbed residents got their hands dirty and helped as well. Outstanding Facilities-We will develop buildings and grounds that enhance […]

Norfolk, NE: Classic Car Shares Facility Name

It’s not everyday that a 1957 Chevy Bel Air pulls up to Heritage of Bel-Air! But that’s exactly what happened recently when Greg and Pat Pennisi of Norfolk stopped by to show off their classic car with the same name! Mr. Pennisi had the Bel Air vehicle fully restored. A classic car and a classic […]

Norfolk, NE: Ashly Had A Little Lamb…

Ashly had a little lamb and she brought it to Heritage of Bel-Air to share with our residents! Our team member, Ashly Reese of Stanton, brought 1-week-old Murphy for a visit today. The residents loved petting and holding him! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, […]

Norfolk, NE: A Flurry of Fun Activities Packed Into National Nursing Home Week

What does a Husker tailgate party, jazz music and tie-dye all have in common? They were all elements of a fun National Nursing Home Week celebration at Heritage of Bel-Air. The week started off with a special performance by the Pierce High School Jazz Band. The residents were very impressed with the talent and there […]

Lake City, IA: Annual Volunteer Breakfast

Shady Oaks volunteers attended the Volunteer Breakfast held on May 17th. It is annual event that Shady Oaks honors its valued volunteers. A scrumptious buffet breakfast was served: bacon breakfast casserole, sausage and gravy on biscuits, French toast bake, ham slices, lemon bread, blueberry muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, orange juice and milk. During the breakfast […]

Lake City, IA: An Array of Colors

On the first warm, sunny day residents took advantage of the nice weather and gathered in the gazebo area to plant the flowers that were purchased at Menard’s in Fort Dodge. Wave petunias, marigolds, regular petunias, and sweet potato vines were tucked into the potting soil. The plants were given a drink of water, and […]

Lake City, IA: We Are Off to the Races

Who knew wheelchair races could be so exciting? Many residents and staff turned out to view the friendly competition on Tuesday morning during National Nursing Home Week. Staff were paired up to race down a good length of the room and then back again to the finish line. Maneuvering the chair was trickier than expected, […]

Alliance, NE: Baseball Game Proved To Be A Grand Slam Event

Have you ever seen a centenarian hit a grand slam? Have you ever seen a purple elephant on a baseball diamond lead the 7th inning stretch singing? When was the last time you saw all the great things a community has to offer on one ball field? If you were at the Hal Murray Softball […]

Lake City, IA: Music To Our Ears

A special highlight of National Nursing Home Week was having one of our favorite entertainment groups come to Shady Oaks to give an hour-long musical performance. Bare Bones Trio (Eddie Simpson, Larry Lind, and Jack Yates) has been performing together as a group for four years. Their musical talents were well showcased as they played […]

Lake City, NE: Colorful Blooms

Shady Oaks resident Pauline W. is enjoying the warmer weather, sitting on a comfortable bench near the front entrance. Pauline purchased the potted flower arrangement to be placed next to the bench so everyone would be able to enjoy the colorful blooms as they are sitting outside, or coming to or going from the building. […]

Lake City, IA: Honoring our Mothers

Entertainer Larry Heschke from Fonda wowed the audience during an hour-long performance on Monday afternoon of National Nursing Home Week. He sang a variety of familiar songs, old favorites as well as more current popular tunes. Larry entitled the performance ‘Mother’s Day Songs’ and dedicated it to his mother who shared her love of music […]

David City, NE: Elvis Shaking Things Up!

During Nursing Home week David Place strives to put on bigger events. One being Elvis coming to preform for us. The residents look forward to Joseph Hall performing as Elvis. He passes out teddy bears and scarves to the cheering ladies. He even took time after the show for a meet and greet to take […]


HAPPY NURSING HOME WEEK!! It has been a week filled of wonderful happenings. There was cookie baking (given to Iowa Falls Police Department), Biker Day with motorcycle rides for residents (Thank you Denny Prohaska), monkey visit (thanks Trish Backer), Beach Day, Baseball Day, and yellow day/Chicken Dance Day. It was an extra special week to […]


MONKEY BUSINESS going on !! Remember the days of little kids being very high-strung, full of energy, curious, thirsty & hungry, and so cute you can’t help but smile and laugh? Residents & staff were entertained by such “kids”….meet TUCKER & OLLIE, capuchin monkeys. The proud owner is Trish Backer, with assistance from her brother […]

North Platte, NE: Crafty Up-Cycling

Up-Cycled Wine Bottles Some crafty residents at Linden Estates recently turned empty wine bottles into lovely vases. Using pastel chalk paints, burlap, buttons, and ribbons the bottles were transformed by the artists. It took some time but the end result was worth it. Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual […]

North Platte, NE: Adorned and Adored Ladies Tea

The Linden Estates Mother’s Day Tea was an epic event for the ladies and their guests. There were all styles and colors of vintage hats on loan from the North Platte Playhouse. Everyone enjoyed trying on many of the different styles as they chose a chapeau for the party. The menu was a fresh fruit […]

Gering, NE: World Class “WOW” Celebration

Heritage Estates celebrated a milestone achievement by logging more than 200,000 workforce hours without an injury. In recognition of this achievement a team from Vetter Senior Living (located in Omaha, Nebraska) traveled to Heritage Estates to host a barbeque meal for the Heritage Estates Team. Grilled steak and chicken were on the menu along with […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Make My Day!

MAKE MY DAY !! It’s always nice to do good things for others. We recently put our hands to work to fill the hearts of others with love. We made May Baskets for the staff in appreciation for all they do at Heritage Care Center. The May Baskets required some “stitches” and fun with colors. […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Baking Appreciation For Law Enforcement

In honor of National Police Week, we chose to bake cookies for the Iowa Falls Police Department in appreciation for all they do (providing safety and the on-going connection with our community & children). Chief of Police Wade Harken was presented a basket full of cookies by some of our residents who were a part […]

Fairbury, NE: A Tisket, A Tasket, Lunch in a Basket

One little way to celebrate National Nursing Home week is to have a picnic! The weather was perfect and the residents enjoyed their time outside socializing and eating their sack lunch. The residents loved it so much that they asked to do it again. Heritage will now have picnics monthly while the weather stays warm! […]

Fairbury, NE: Spring has Sprung in Fairbury

We have waited patiently here in Fairbury for some nice spring weather! Finally we were able to get out and spruce up our front porch a little bit! Laurie in Life Enrichment took a few folks out to get their hands dirty. One resident in particular really jumped in and started planting flowers. The other […]

Iowa City, IA: Flowers Galore!!

For our ladies day activity, we made floral arrangements for the dining room in honor of Mother’s Day. The tables were covered with colorful flowers and each “floral designer” picked their own flowers and created their own arrangement. What beautiful centerpieces!! Everyone did a great job and really enjoyed it. It’s been a great conversation […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy Nurse’s Week

We dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of those we serve. In honor of Nurse’s Week we commend you on a job well done! Quality Care: We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of […]

Iowa Falls, IA: EGGS-tra Special Art

“Hopping into EGGS-tra special art” — It’s such a joy to see the colors of spring and to capture them for all to see. For a springtime art project, we chose to use eggs for our blank canvas and make Easter baskets for our dining room tables. Art incorporates not only imagination, but fine motor […]

Lake City, IA: Springtime Outing

It’s May and time for a bus trip to the greenhouse at Menard’s in Fort Dodge to pick out flowers for the planters at Shady Oaks. Several residents, volunteers, and staff enjoyed this outing recently. There was a bonanza of flowers to see and admire, along with many other greenhouse plants for the home. Menard’s […]

Lake City, IA: Annual Pet Show

The pet show was a success! Many residents attended and sat in a huge circle in the dining room to observe and meet all of the various pets that came to the show. There was a good variety of pets at the show this year: a German Shepherd, three Rhode Island Red pullets, three guinea […]

Norfolk, NE: Life Is Sweet With Cookie Treats!

There were too many cooks in the kitchen today and it was a really great thing! The residents made chocolate chip cookies in a mug! They did all of the mixing of ingredients and then we popped it in the microwave for them. What a sweet treat! They also mixed a batch of traditional chocolate […]

Seward, NE: Birthday Bash!

April brought Easter and the monthly Birthday Bash celebration! Ridgewood is blessed to have Connie Jindra!! Connie graciously shares her creativity and fabulous talent of cake decorating each month. Connie made two fabulous looking cakes like this for April’s birthday bash. Not only was it festive (people didn’t want to cut it), but it was […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Ladies Day-One Stitch At A Time

LADIES DAY — All beautiful things come together one stitch at a time. We recently had a ladies day only activity. All the beautiful ladies of Heritage Care Center were invited to come together. It was a day to talk about knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needlepoint and what you can make using these skills. Our […]

Iowa Falls, IA: PAWS-itively Entertaining

PAWS-itively entertaining !! It has been wonderful to have some nice days for residents to enjoy the outdoors and entertainment. We recently had a visit from Matthew Estell (Iowa Falls) and Jane Cole (Jefferson City, MO) and their wonderful Boston Terriers. Matthew has earned many ribbons and awards at various competitions, including Westminster Dog Show!! […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air Hosts its Annual ‘Spring Fling’ Celebration

A gorgeous spring day was the backdrop to Heritage of Bel-Air’s annual ‘Spring Fling’ women’s tea. Eighty-five people attended including residents and their family members and friends. The dining room was decorated by brightly-colored flowers with the decor in bright green, pink, blue and yellow. Attendees enjoyed a strawberry dessert and punch; and were serenaded […]

Alliance, NE: ‘Oh To Be Young Again!’

Last Saturday night was our high school’s annual prom and over 70 young people brought the prom to us! Our annual tradition is to invite high school students here in Alliance to come and show off their beautiful attire to our residents. They also get their names entered into a drawing for gas cards and […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Tee Off on ‘We Love Big Putts’ Golf Course

Heritage of Bel-Air’s solarium was transformed into the “We Love Big Putts” golf course! The activity, sponsored by the Pep Club, allowed for team members to putt the four-hole course for a chance to win a Divots (mini golf) gift certificate. Team members found the course to be more difficult than it appeared with one […]

Norfolk, NE: Special Performance Given By Youth

The entertainment is always top-notch at Heritage of Bel-Air! Our residents recently enjoyed a musical from St. Paul’s Lutheran School Kindergarten, first and second-graders! The students performed several songs, recitations and dance numbers. After their performance, the students were thanked with applause and ice cream. Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates […]

Fairbury, NE: Fairbury Celebrates 1 Year Injury Free!

Thursday April 4th, Fairbury officially hit one year injury free! We are so proud of our staff for this amazing accomplishment! We were so excited to have the team from Home Office come down on April 23rd to celebrate with us! We want to thank the team that came down for all their hard work […]

Lake City, IA: Fifties Fun

Residents and staff recently gathered together to celebrate one of the most favorite decades in recent memory: the Fifties! To start off the day, staff donned unique outfits to show off those recognizable Fifties styles. At noon everyone gathered in “Minnie’s Diner” to select their lunch choices from a 50’s themed menu: hamburger, cheeseburger, or […]

Wahoo, NE: Spring Is In The Air

“Behold, my friend, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” –Sitting Bull Although it hasn’t been too sunny outside lately, it sure has been inside! One of our frequent visitors started some garden vegetables from seed at home, […]

Norfolk, NE: Springing Into Spring With Card Crafts

The weather may not seem very spring-like but inside Heritage of Bel-Air, spring was in the air with a card-making craft! Residents arranged flower and jar stickers onto a card stamped with the words “Spring” for stems. Inside, the words “Hope Your Day is Filled with Flowers” were stamped and residents added butterfly stickers. Our […]

Fairbury, NE: Spring Potluck

On May 1st staff decided to throw a Spring May Day Potluck that consisted of salads and desserts. We had an overwhelming about of food brought in that was served buffet style for all staff members. We all got the chance to enjoy each others company while we chowed down on a delicious variety of […]

Fairbury, NE: Happy May Day!

To celebrate May Day, we had residents create their own May Day basket and then fill it with candy to give out to friends in the facility. Many laughs were created in the process of trying to be sneaky when delivering the baskets so we didn’t get caught! Quality Life: We will create a living […]

Lincoln, NE: Iron Nobles & Window’s Son’s visit Southlake

The weather may not have been fully cooperative – but the Nebraska Masonic Widow’s Sons and the Sesostris Shriner’s Iron Nobles didn’t let that stop them from spending the afternoon at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center. Full leather’s kept all the riders warm – and a fur coat kept Remington warm as well! One […]

Lincoln, NE: CTRS Internship and Sensory Project

Heather Young, a student from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri completed her Clinical Field Placement Internship at Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center. A minimum of 560-hours, over 15 consecutive weeks were spent under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), credentialed by National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. A Special […]

Omaha, NE: Thank You A La Cart

Sometimes just saying the words “thank you” is just not enough. Every week our Supply Specialist, Eli Wibel sets up carts with supplies for each household in our building. It is then the job of the CNAs on each household to distribute the products to the residents. CNAs are known for working hard all the […]

North Platte, NE: Widow’s Mite

The Widow’s Mite group was treated to a special program at Linden Estates for their April gathering. John and Carol Townsend shared stories and sang gospel music for the ladies. It was a wonderful experience as John talked about his father founding the KJLT radio station and John beginning to work there at 16. He […]

Springfield, MO: Bottle Feeding

Week old, twin baby goats were the first ones to be fed at Creekside! The “kids” were full of energy when they arrived running back and forth to Community Members to find the “bottles” full of milk. After several bottles were emptied, the babies had full bellies and were ready to be held and snuggled […]