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Elkhorn, NE: Yes I Can Vote!

Americans across the country are exercising their right to vote today and residents at Brookestone Meadows are no exception. Brookestone Meadows opens their doors to the community as a polling place each year, never knowing what the voter turnout will be. We had a record setting year with over 150 voters coming through our doors […]

Elkhorn, NE: Until Next Time

The past two weeks we have said goodbye to several beloved long-term residents. We know that this is part of the mission we are here to fulfill, but with each goodbye we feel the loss. Not only do we lose the loved one we are caring for, but their family and friends who we have […]

Elkhorn, NE: Educational Fun

Flu shots, Abuse & neglect, dietary updates, safety, dementia education and elopement are just a few of the topics Brookestone Meadows covered at the annual Education Fair. With such serious subject matter, we were eager to have some FUN! Many team members dressed up this year, with a large group dressed as characters from Toy […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Hosts APA Conference

Brookestone Meadows welcomed 75 Activity Professionals from around the State on Friday for their annual Activity Professionals Association conference. Their full agenda included Resident, Carolyn Howell, as a guest speaker who shared her life story and words of inspiration about her faith in God and life at Brookestone Meadows. Topics also included the value of […]

Elkhorn, NE: State Fair Fun

Brookestone Meadows hosted its first annual State Fair this weekend, complete with a variety of fair food, games and prizes. The air was sticky with confections as cotton candy swirled onto sticks and hot funnel cakes were served with big bags of kettle corn and corn dogs. Clinking cans came crashing down and pennies rolled […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: PCC Updated with Dignity

When a new patient arrives at Brookestone Meadows there are many unknowns that they are facing. Typically, the person arriving from the hospital also does not feel their best. As we began to take professional pictures of each Long Term Care resident, many of whom had come through rehab, it became impossible to ignore the […]

Elkhorn, NE: PCC updated with Dignity

When a new patient arrives at Brookestone Meadows there are many unknowns that they are facing. Typically, the person arriving from the hospital also does not feel their best. As we began to take professional pictures of each Long Term Care resident, many of whom had come through rehab, it became impossible to ignore the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Celebrating Brookestone’s Life Stories

National Nursing Care Week is a special time in our building as it provides us an opportunity to not only celebrate our wonderful residents, but our staff as well. This year’s theme “Celebrating Life Stories” gave us a beautiful canvas to stroll through the decades and share our life stories. Every long-term resident had a […]

Elkhorn, NE: Nebraska Resident of the Year

Each year, Nebraska Healthcare Association awards one resident from the State of Nebraska the honor of Resident of The Year. This year Brookestone Meadows resident, Carolyn Howell, was awarded this honor! Our Administrator, Virginia Leacock, shared with the Association that Carolyn “is a living reflection as Resident Council President of our communities Mission, Vision and […]

Elkhorn, NE: An Unexpected Reunion

The anticipation of a reunion is a real delight. An unexpected reunion after many years is breathtaking.  One of our long-term residents was in the ice cream parlor resting from a long walk when a group of people came into the room. She immediately recognized the back of one person’s head, knowing it had to […]

Elkhorn, NE: Weather Rain or Shine, We are Ready

You can wake up in Nebraska and it will be 60 degrees and sunny and by 3pm we are having a blizzard, which is why everyone has heard the saying “rain or shine, when the tornado hits, the cows will fly”. OK, so that is not really a saying, but since Nebraska weather can change […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Art Show

When someone moves in to one of our communities they each bring with them a vast wealth of rich life experiences and gifts to share. Brookestone Meadows hosted our first art show where 7 of our residents and several team members displayed their work for the community to enjoy. Our artists included a composer, authors, […]

Elkhorn, NE: 2018 Prom Coronation

The excitement for upcoming Senior Proms are rippling throughout Omaha right now and Brookestone Meadows is no exception! For the last two weeks, Brookestone Meadows has been voting once a day every day for candidates for our very own Prom Coronation. Over 250 votes were cast with every resident receiving votes! Everyone was all smiles […]

Elkhorn, NE: Easter Egg Hunting

The morning of March 31st was filled with laughter and candy as the children proceeded down the halls in search for their haul of eggs in our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Several residents were busy all week long, stuffing candy into hundreds of eggs. We received gracious donations from staff, communities, and families of eggs, […]

Elkhorn, NE: National Doctors Day

March 30, 2018 is National Doctors Day and what better way to honor our beloved Medical Director than paper his office in streamers! This day provides an opportunity to thank medical professionals and their spouses for their contributions in our community. Traditionally a red carnation is given as a symbol of gratitude. Dr. Malloy was […]

Elkhorn, NE: In It To Win It

Tension was high and the competition fierce. With critical subject matter at hand, it was important that we were alert and focused. Abuse and Neglect are no laughing matter, and it is important to review our requirements and processes regularly. The best way to keep people engaged is to have them get up, move and […]

Elkhorn, NE: Sharing the Love with Open Door Mission

During the month of February our Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. wanted to share the love with Open Door Mission. They had a cold-weather clothing drive that brought in bags and bags of coats, hats and gloves. They also had a bake sale with delicious homemade cookies, beautifully decorated cards and Valentines decorations, all proceeds also benefiting […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Photographer Shares His Art

There are a lot of talented residents at Brookestone Meadows and we love the opportunity to show off their work. One of our residents, Bob H., has been a hobbyist photographer for many years. He has enjoyed visiting small towns and taking pictures of architecture and people. For the past few months we have had […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident is now a Published Author

Carolyn Howell, Brookestone Meadows resident is now a published Author! Carolyn came to live at Brookestone Meadows 10 years ago. Her book focuses on her life story of faith and how God has inspired her to continue to serve Him, despite many hardships and heartaches. She did not allow physical limitations to set her back […]

Elkhorn, NE: We ‘Flip’ For the Night Shift!

We love our team and appreciate every opportunity to thank them for all they do. This month PEP club did made-to-order omelets for the night shift. The group arrived at 4:30am to be sure things were set and ready for the team to enjoy before their shift ended. Most of the omelets made it through […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Leadership Retreat

The Brookestone Meadows Leadership team enjoyed their 2018 Kick Off Retreat on February 15th. This was an opportunity to reflect on the many successes that took a lot of teamwork in 2017 and to look ahead to dream big for 2018. Each of the exercises were designed to have the team focus on personal and […]

Omaha, NE: Up Up and Away!

Love was in the air at Brookestone Meadows for Valentine’s Day. Monday afternoon Bakers Grocery store on 156th and Dodge called to say they has an abundance of Valentines and would like to make a donation to our residents and patients. Much to our surprise, over 100 balloons were delivered that evening! The balloons nearly […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Receives the Bronze Award

Brookestone Meadows was honored to receive the 2017 American Healthcare Association’s Bronze Commitment to Quality award. The Bronze Award is a National award given to facilities that show a commitment to the pursuit of outstanding health care outcomes. As described by the AHCA , “Bronze recipients are recognized for having made the first step on […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dr. Malloy, Medical Director Honored

January 12, 2018 Dr. Timothy Malloy was recognized for 10 Years of Service as Medical Director at Brookestone Meadows. Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Senior Living, presented him with a certificate of achievement for his dedication and service to the elderly. Over 10,000 patients have been admitted to Brookestone Meadows since the doors opened […]

Elkhorn, NE: It’s All In The Family

Brookstone Meadows loves our motto of Family Serving Family, but we are also Family Serving WITH Family! We have three members of the same family serving in three departments here at Meadows. Nicole has been with BSM for almost 9 yrs. She began as a Receptionist, and moved from reception to the Scheduling Coordinator position. […]

Elkhorn, NE: 10,000!

Time flies when you are having fun. It also flies when you are admitting 80 – 100 patients every month! Wednesday December 20, 2017 Brookestone Meadows welcomed our 10,000th patient. The countdown began early in 2017 as we projected that our 10,000th patient would arrive close to our 10 Year Anniversary on November 5th. We […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vetter Scholarship Awarded at Brookestone Meadows

Vetter Senior Living is dedicated to assisting team members with furthering their education and personal growth. Each year they provide several $1,000 scholarships to team members throughout the company. Scholarship applications are submitted to Home Office and a committee meets to review and select recipients. This year a Brookestone Meadows team member, Michele Magner, was […]

Elkhorn, NE: Christmas Carols and Celebrations

Our halls have been filled with much Christmas merriment and joy with many loved ones coming to visit and celebrate, in addition to the wonderful celebrations planned by our Brookestone Meadows family. One of our blessings has been to have multiple groups come and sing Christmas carols with us. From old favorites like White Christmas […]

Elkhorn, NE: Resident Council Meeting

Dear Friends, Here at Brookestone Meadows, at our latest resident council meeting on December 11th, we had the pleasure of having Charlie Olson as a speaker representing the NorthStar Foundation. He is the director of donor relations foundation and we presented him with a donation to help with different programs. He explained to us how […]

Elkhorn, NE: Santa and Mrs. Clause Visit

Brookestone Meadows was thrilled to have Santa and Mrs. Clause stop by for some pre-Christmas treats of cookies and homemade cocoa. Everyone made the “Nice” list this year and received a beautifully wrapped personalized gift. We even had some special little visitors who bravely shared their wish list with Santa! Our building has been buzzing […]

Elkhorn, NE: A Week Long Celebration

Dear Friends, I wanted to share the special events that everyone enjoyed recently at Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn, NE. The employees and residents celebrated our 10th Anniversary! My name is Carolyn Howell and I am one of the 10 residents that have lived here for the past 10 years. Our Public Relations Coordinator, Michele Magner […]

Elkhorn, NE: BBB Present on Seniors and Scams

Retirees and Seniors with their financial assets, life style changes and isolation have become key targets for the Scammers. Two of Omaha’s Better Business Bureau provided helpful hints to Phone and Computer Scams. It was noted that our security depends on us and not someone else. The bad guys out there are good at what […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Celebrates 10 Years of Serving our Community

November 5th marked the 10th Anniversary of our first patient at Brookestone Meadows. During the last 10 years we have had the honor to serve almost 10,000 people in our community! Maintaining a World Class WOW experience, the building celebrated in many ways throughout the week, the largest events being two open houses. Over 300 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Holiday Shopping

Brookestone Meadows has hosted another successful Holiday Boutique! Twenty-Four vendors set up throughout the Community Room and Grand Foyer to share their talents and passions with us this year. There were several new vendors this year including Hunter Bee Honey, Kay’s Cards, Pour Wine Girl, Essential Oils, Melissa’s Custom Tee Shirts, LuLaRoel, Fala’s Treasures & […]

Elkhorn, NE: 33 Team Members Celebrate 10 Years

Brookestone Meadows kicked off our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration week by honoring over 30 team members who have been with us since our doors opened. The Rehabilitation (East) side opened in 2007 and the Long-Term Care (West) side opened in 2008. Our first patient was welcomed on November 5, 2007. Jack Vetter presented each person […]

Elkhorn, NE: Dreams Do Come True!

Betty has always let us know that there is no doubt about it, Garth Brookes is the man of her dreams. When Diana Dakan, Brookestone Meadows Life Enrichment Coordinator caught wind that Garth was coming to town, she wasted no time in reaching out to Dreamweaver to help make Betty’s dream come true! Dreamweaver’s Executive […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Receives the 2017 Bright Star Award

Brookestone Meadows receives the 2017 Bright Star Award for our Police Officer Survival Kits! The Brookestone Meadows O.W.L.S. (Older Workers in The Lords Service) put together police officer survival kits that were distributed to first responders around the Omaha community. This project, spearheaded by resident Carolyn H., is one of the many community services projects […]

Elkhorn, NE: Music the Spans Generations

It’s not every day that you have a world-renowned Orchestra Conductor perform for you! Brookestone Meadows was honored to host The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha with Conductor Chuck Penington, of Manheim Steamroller, last weekend. This 50 piece orchestra is composed of musicians that are under the age of 25 or 50 years and over. They […]

Elkhorn, NE: FaceTime to the Rescue!

Life does not always go as planned. It was with great excitement and anticipation that Gary looked forward to attending his daughter’s wedding in Mexico when an unforeseen medical situation occurred. Just a week before the wedding, he found himself at Brookestone Meadows instead. Once it became clear that traveling was not an option, the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Here Comes the Bride

Our Brookestone Village Team Member, Brittany Southall, was looking forward to having her wedding and reception at Brookestone Village, when she realized that there would be a conflict due to a remodel. She gave us a call to see if our chapel and community room were available for her to celebrate her big day. With less […]

Elkhorn, NE: 2017 Alzheimer’s Walk

The 2017 Omaha Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held Sunday September 24th in Turner Park. Our Brookestone Meadows team raised almost $500! Brookestone Meadows also proudly partnered with the Association to provide treats to the attendees of the Champion’s tent. Champions are the people and teams that raised $500 or more for this important cause. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Tailgate Season

Saturday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m., a sea of red lined the hallways here at Brookestone Meadows. The residents were making their way to our beautiful Community Room where the Husker vs. Rutgers game was being displayed on the large movie screen. As the Husker’s warmed up on the field, our residents helped themselves to some […]