Coronavirus / COVID-19 Prevention in VSL Buildings

We are all are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it may impact residents and team members at Vetter Senior Living facilities. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. As the Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, we have received new rules […]

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 […]

Columbus, NE: Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest

PEP Club sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest the week of Halloween. Teams were established, gifted a pumpkin and asked to be creative. Both residents and team members got to vote for their favorites. Winners of the Resident pick: 1st Place: Scared Pumpkin, 2nd Place: Spider. 3rd Place: Grinch. Winners of Team members pick: 1st Place: […]

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, […]

Columbus, NE: Grandparent’s Day

Brookestone Acres celebrated Grandparent’s Day with a car show and burger bash! This year we had 32 different vehicles with the help of Gene Steffy Ford and local car enthusiast. While residents, resident families, and staff strolled through the parking lot they enjoyed freshly popped popcorn, peanuts, and root beer floats listening to the best […]

Columbus, NE: iN2L “Oom-Pah-Pahing” Its Way Into Our Hearts

It is easy to see the benefits of the iN2L the first time you use any of the programs in a group setting. The ease of inviting residents to a room and singing along with Suzie Q, testing our Nebraska trivia, and watching polka dancing on YouTube can make anyone a valuable asset to Life […]

Columbus, NE: Sadie, To The Rescue!

Brookestone Acres had a very special visitor today! Sadie, an eight month old golden retriever service dog. Sadie and her owner, Amanda traveled from their home in Florida to come visit her sister Jessica a CNA at Brookestone Acres. They made a special trip to come visit our residents, so we could all learn about […]

Columbus, NE: Extravaganza Butterfly Release

Life Enrichment and with the help of Maintenance, Social Services, and Nursing were able to take the residents to Columbus’ Farmer’s Market and experience the Columbus Community Hospital’s 4th annual butterfly release. The butterfly release is CCH’s 32nd annual extravaganza hosted by volunteers in hopes to support the hospital and improve health care right here […]

Columbus, NE: I’m All Ears

Life Enrichment Assistant, Tiffany, held a “corn shucking porch social” on this beautiful, cool, summer morning. Residents, Tiffany, and Jaime (Nursing Assistant) helped shuck ears of corn this morning while reminiscing over their farming days. While some worked in the fields, others worked in the kitchen, and some just loved to eat it! They even […]

Columbus, NE: Platte County Fair

A few of Brookestone Acres residents enjoyed a picnic and outing to the Platte County Fair. It was HOT! However the residents had an excellent time looking and talking about all the different 4-H exhibit entries, favorite fair foods, and fair rides. This outing helped residents reminisce over attending the fair when they themselves participated […]

Columbus, NE: Spirit of America

Brookestone Acres staff and residents started off National Nursing Home Week with a patriotic breakfast buffet featuring the Columbus American Legion Color Guard and Choir to present the colors and sing the National Anthem. We then continued to celebrate the spirit of America by holding a local T-ball game in the front yard with all […]

Celebrating How Our Heroes Touch the Lives of Others

Vetter Health Services has been delivering quality care to seniors for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on providing quality living options and care to seniors throughout all of our 30 locations. We celebrate the heroes that work for us and dedicate their lives in caring for others. Charles Devlin said it best in the following quote, “Every day […]

Columbus, NE: There Is No Fear When You Are Having Fun!

Life can be tough, but through the dedication and compassion from our nursing staff and therapy department, they make it a little bit easier. Sillier too! One of our rehab residents had undergone a major surgery and really needed some motivation. His one goal: attend his grandson’s (#22) high school basketball game. With hard work, […]

Columbus, NE: Purpose, Pleasure, and Peace

As Brookestone Acres nears our three years of being open, we look back to what moments our beautiful building has been able to provide. Within the last two and half years our chapel has been the shelter for a baptism, a wedding, a funeral, and numerous gatherings and services to give back to the Lord. […]

Columbus, NE: Flocking Together One Duck At A Time

Adding meaning to activities is a high goal on Brookestone Acre’s Life Enrichment Department’s list. Life Enrichment, Therapy, and the residents at Brookestone Acres having been working together with the Columbus Area United Way. Every year the United Way holds a fundraiser each year selling tickets that coincides with a number on plastic ducks for […]

Columbus, NE: Holiday Resident & Family Soup Supper-December 2016

As we hurry around to do all of our holiday baking, Christmas shopping, present wrapping, and the hustle and bustle of the season – we may forget a very important part of the season – togetherness and what that means to our residents. Every year since we’ve opened here at Brookestone Acres, we’ve held a […]

Columbus, NE: Celebrating Spirit Week!

Brookestone Acres’ Team Members and residents celebrated Spirit Week in October! Our Pep Club did a wonderful job organizing a fun filled week of themed days getting Life Enrichment and our amazing Dietary staff involved in the fun! We started out the week with Western Day featuring a real Cowboy Poet and lunch served in […]

Columbus, NE: Tea Party

“Life is like a tea cup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends.” –Unknown Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Brookestone Acres residents, staff, and their families gathered together to enjoy each other’s company over a cup of tea. The afternoon was enjoyable for all ages and involved painting, tea, cookies, and punch. […]

Columbus, NE: Cruisin’ to Brookestone Acres

There is truly no better way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon than enjoying family, friends, food and collector automobiles! Twenty-six cars, from Model A’s to Mustangs were enjoyed by the residents, family and team members from Brookestone Acres on Thursday, September 30th. Root beer floats and popcorn were served to the over 150 car […]

Columbus, NE: Columbus Senior Citizen Festival

Brookestone Acres took part in the 29th Annual Senior Citizen Festival held at Ramada Inn. Our team members were able to share information about our Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility to many who stopped by the booth. Educating community members is important to us. Tokens of pens and sticky notes were gifted to those passing […]

Columbus, NE: Grandparents Day 2016

The residents, team members, and families of Brookestone Acres in Columbus, Nebraska enjoyed a tailgate party on Saturday, September 10. The event was to commemorate Grandparents’ Day 2016. Everyone dined on various tailgating foods that included a burger bar, nacho bar, snack, and dessert bar. The event was packed with over 200 family members that […]

Columbus NE: Veteran Pinning

August 23rd AseraCare Hospice, team members of Brookestone Acres, family members and the Honor Guard gathered to honor Maurice Wieser for his service with a Veteran Pinning Ceremony. Maurice served in the Air Force. He was an electrician who worked on the airplanes during the conflict with Korea. With his wife by his side, Maurice […]

Columbus, NE: Columbus Days

Brookestone Acres put together a booth and was present at Frankfort square downtown Columbus in celebration of Columbus days. I would like to personally thank Stephanie Johnson, Life Enrichment Coordinator for coordinating this successful event. We made 500 sno-cones and greeted many guests at our booth. Several team members came out to the booth to […]

Columbus, NE: “Sense” it’s Earth Day

Brookestone Acre’s residents experienced Earth Day along with the Columbus Home School group. The residents and the children were able to touch and smell all different items that make up the earth. Buckets of ice, water, grass, rocks, dirt, and sand lined the tables as we talked about Earth Day and what we need to […]

Columbus, NE: Remembering the Forgotten War

During Brookestone Acres Men’s Group, we welcomed a special guest. Phillip Levos, a sophomore at the University of Lincoln, is the Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and a member of the Korean War Veterans Youth Corps (KWVYC). As a member of the KWVYC, he has been trying to find past veterans to interview […]

Columbus, NE: Ladies Social

Life Enrichment was recently contacted by a local church group called Together Outreaching for the Unity of Christian Hearts (TOUCH). They wanted to have a social with our residents to build relationships and seek out those residents that were interested in having someone come to visit them on a scheduled basis. Life Enrichment wanted to […]

Columbus, NE: Easter 2016

Brookestone Acres held an Easter Egg Hunt for the staff and resident’s family. Residents helped Life Enrichment fill eggs with candy, stickers, and stamps for the little ones to find that were hidden with the facilities courtyard and Great Room. Three lucky hunters found the special egg and received a basket full of goodies! Thanks […]

Columbus, NE: Our “Little” Valentine’s

One thing Brookestone Acres staff and residents love are babies! Life Enrichment held a strength based station with live models. Staff were invited to bring their little ones for the residents (and staff) to ooh and aww over right before Valentine’s day. Resident’s engaged with each other and staff about what is was like raising […]

Columbus, NE: Upcycle and Wine Down

The residents at Brookestone Acres love Life Enrichment’s Creative Expression activity and have been requesting more activities just like it! However art and craft activities can come at a cost so we are always looking for ways to be good stewards while providing meaningful opportunities for our residents. We used old wine bottles from Life […]

Columbus, NE: Sammy’s Superheros

Brookestone Acres Pep Club, Residents, and Staff pulled together to make a difference. Sammy’s Superheroes is a non-profit foundation founded in Columbus, NE to bring awareness to childhood cancer and to fund promising research aimed at finding a cure for this devastating disease. Brookestone Acres goal was to raise money to donate to Sammy’s Superheroes […]

Columbus, NE: Football Spaghetti Feed

Brookestone Acres welcomed the Scotus Central Catholic High School Football team for the second time for a spaghetti feed. Roughly 50 football players and coaches joined the Brookestone Acres residents for dinner right after their Monday night practice. The residents enjoyed conversations about school, football, and much more over spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, and topping […]

Columbus, NE: All Treats With No Tricks

Brookestone Acres was filled with Halloween spirit this last week. We welcomed local school groups to come and trick or treat at our facility on Friday, October 30th and ended the day with a Halloween party that featured staff in costumes. The residents at Brookestone Acres enjoyed Root Beer Floats, Popcorn, and Chips and Salsa […]

Columbus, NE: Senior Living Festival

September 17th Brookestone Acres took part in the 38th Annual Senior Living Festival at Platte County Agricultural Park. An inviting booth was created to give guests a quick glance at few of the comforts and amenities within the facility. Guests were invited to tour the booth and register for a door prize while enjoying a […]

Columbus, NE: Brookestone Acres Celebrates National Nursing Home Week!

Brookestone Acres celebrated National Nursing Home Week in true Fiesta fashion! Brookestone Acres hosted a family and resident grill out to kick off our National Nursing Home Week celebrations! Our amazing Dietary team provided a DELICIOSO taco bar followed by a Life Enrichment “Friday Fiesta” with nachos, margaritas, themed fiesta music, and a photo booth. […]

Columbus, NE: Congressman Fortenberry Visits Brookestone Acres

On behalf of the residents and team members of Brookestone Acres, I want to thank Congressman Fortenberry and his two assistants, Jennifer and Todd, for making time to tour and visit with us on May 25. Everyone here greatly enjoyed meeting them and each of us was gratified by Congressman Fortenberry’s commitment to issues that […]

Columbus, NE: Congratulations Mentors

Brookestone Acres congratulates our team members on their successful completion of Mentor Training! Chelsea, Jesus, Laura, Randy and Sandy participated in Mentor training May 1. They join our current Mentor Champions: Dan, Karen, Kathy, Stephanie and Tanya. We are eager for them to Mentor new team members at our facility as they demonstrate the Mission, […]

Columbus, NE: Brookestone Acres Gives Back


Brookestone Acres residents were able to give back this Christmas.  Brookestone Acres helped local children this holiday season by raising over $800 through a community craft boutique. The boutique was held on December 12, 2014. It was a success. Staff and residents alike wanted to use the money for a cause that would help to […]