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Elkhorn, NE: Happy 11th Anniversary

Brookestone Meadows celebrated our 11th anniversary today! Eleven Years ago today Brookestone welcomed their very first patient to the facility. I can only imagine what a thrill that was for the awaiting team. The West side of the building was still under construction, so our first guest was welcomed to the East side. As the […]

Omaha, NE: Nothing But Treats Here!

Brookestone Village’s Annual Trick & Treat was a great success! Prior to the trick-or-treat event, our residents helped sort and divide candy, in preparation for the big event. This was no small task, considering the candy filled up the back of our staff van! Many residents decorated their rooms and put on their favorite costumes, […]

Omaha, NE: Campaign Trails

With the general election less than a week away, Brookestone Village welcomed Congressman Don Bacon to meet residents and team members. Congressman Bacon provided the group with an overview of his tenure in the Air force and of his early farm life in Illinois. He then opened up the group for questions and tackled tough […]

Omaha, NE: The Ladies at Table 12

Connie has been a fan of a local author, Joy Johnson-Brown, for some time. As stated in her biography, Joy is a nationally known speaker and has written or edited more than 100 books on grief, mostly for children. The characters in Joy’s novels are affectionately called the BOOB Girls. Joy believes that older, seasoned […]

Omaha, NE: Fall Is In The Air at Brookestone Village

Brookestone Village celebrated it’s 4th Annual Fall Festival on October 3rd. The weather might have been all over the place, but it felt like Fall at Brookestone Village. Our residents, family and team members were treated to a spread of chili, grilled cheese and freshly grilled hot dogs. Dessert included a sugar cookie decorating station […]

Omaha, NE: Celebrating Life Stories-National Nursing Home Week

The theme of National Nursing Home Week 2018 was “Celebrating Life Stories.” Brookestone Village did just that! We hosted activities that celebrated our residents’ life stories. The activities revolved around the theme and included; 5 Things About Me coloring activity, a matching game, Bingo and guessing game for staff. As a token of appreciation to […]

Omaha, NE: Recycling and Giving Back

For the last couple years, Brookestone Village has been making sleeping mats for the Open Door Mission, a local homeless shelter. To make the mats, it really does take a village! We have residents, volunteers and staff members that participate in the process. We start with donated plastic grocery bags and flatten them out. We […]

Omaha, NE: 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony

The 2018 Winter Olympic games opened on Friday, February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea. We kicked off with our very own 2018 Brookestone Village Winter Olympics on the same day. The start of our ceremony began with a passing of the torch from one end of our building to the other, with a representative from […]

Omaha, NE: Love is in the Air at Brookestone Village

Love was in the air at Brookestone Village on Valentine’s Day. We hosted a special meal for our residents and their spouses. Our Great Room was transformed into a 5-Star restaurant over the lunch hour. Garrik, our chef, prepared a four-course meal that included options of steak and lobster. One of our volunteers, MaryAnn, filled […]

Omaha, NE: King Cakes Ruled the Day on Fat Tuesday

What happens when you mix live music, Cajun food, king cakes, beads and Hurricanes? You have all of the ingredients of a memorable Mardi Gras celebration! That’s exactly what Brookestone Village did on Fat Tuesday to put an exclamation point on the Mardi Gras season. With the smooth sounds of The Links playing in the background, […]

Omaha, NE: Goldfish Races

The First Annual Brookestone Village Goldfish Races were held at Brookestone Village to celebrate International Have Fun at Work Day on January 30th! It was a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament. Each region of the building was represented in the bracket. You are probably asking yourself, do you suppose they used REAL goldfish? The answer is, yes. […]

Omaha, NE: Brittany Southall

Congratulations to Brittany Southall, Vetter Senior Living’s (VSL) scholarship award recipient for last semester. The VSL Academic Committee for Excellence selected Brittany to receive this honor from many qualified applicants and Brookestone Village is proud to announce that she has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from Vetter Senior Living. Brittany is currently taking classes at […]

Omaha, NE: In Memory of Those Who Called Brookestone Village Home

Often, when residents are first admitted, they long to go back home. This was no different for Lavern “Vern”.  He often told his wife, Lee, that he was eager to get home. Vern lived at Brookestone Village for nearly two years and grew to consider it home. During one of his last trips to the […]

Omaha, NE: Seven Days of Thanks

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season and inspired from Caregiver’s Appreciation Week, we hosted our first annual “Seven Days of Thanks,” at Brookestone Village. The Seven Days of Thanks campaign centered around staff appreciation and everyone pitched in to make it a success! The Leadership Team from each department took to the hallways and […]

Omaha, NE: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box With iN2L

Our therapy department has been thinking outside the box to prepare residents with useful skills in different areas of daily life. For many residents, the IN2L tool is somewhat foreign. At Brookestone Village, it has grown to a tool that we use daily for different therapies and person-centered care. Speech Therapy is finding iN2L very […]

Omaha, NE: The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party at Brookestone Village

The Great American Eclipse was the first with a path of totality crossing the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, in almost 100 years. The last time it happened was in 1918. We turned this rare event into an Eclipse Viewing Party at Brookestone Village. Last week, our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Sarah Bird, went to the University […]

Omaha, NE: Family Serving Family

Brittany was never one to attend parties. A couple years ago, a friend from work talked her into going to one. While sitting at the party bored, she happened to meet Steven. Fast-forward two years, and she and Steven threw their very own party. On August 2nd, and their second anniversary of dating, Brittany and […]

Omaha, NE: Temperatures and Flags soar at Brookestone Village

Despite the temperatures soaring over 100 degrees today, we held a flag dedication ceremony at Brookestone Village. The dangerous heat didn’t stop us from honoring our veterans and celebrating a new flag. Residents gathered both outside and in the household closest to the flag pole, where it was nice and cool. The American Legion Omaha […]

Omaha, NE: Introducing Brookestone Village’s New Administrator

We are excited to announce that we have a new Administrator at Brookestone Village! John Turner joined the Brookestone Village family, this month. Earlier this spring, John returned to the Vetter Health Services family, as the Administrator at Papillion Manor. John hit the ground running and is working on getting up to speed with staff […]

Omaha, NE: Crafting from the Cart

Preparations for the Father’s Day meal are underway! Cassie Malm, in Life Enrichment, spearheaded the theme and decorations. She came up with the idea to transform rocks, into potted desert cacti. It’s hard to imagine that this was a neat project, but you have to trust me. Round one of the crafting took place in […]

Omaha, NE: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

The Pep Club never needs much of a reason to celebrate at Brookestone Village. During Nurses’ Week, our People Development Coordinator, Lynn Flannery, Payroll Coordinator, Beth Arias, and Community Development Coordinator, Kristin Koopman, delivered healthy snacks in brown bags. It was National Brown Bag Day, afterall. You might be thinking to yourself, National..what? To make […]

Omaha, NE: Bark at the Park

For one of our Guest Relations employees, Cecilia Padilla, a recent night at the ballpark was extra special. Werner Park hosted “Bark at the Park,” a monthly event where it’s encouraged to bring your pooch and hot dogs are served for a quarter. Cecilia’s date to the game was her grandpup, Autumn. She also coordinated […]

Omaha, NE: The Desire to Give Crosses Generations!

Brookestone Village’s plastic bag mat project continues to flourish! We recently partnered with Harvey Oaks Elementary School’s Community Builders club to collect plastic bags to replenish our “plarn” (plastic yarn…”plarn”) supply for mat donations to the “Open Door Mission”. Our residents, team and family members put these plastic bags to great use by turning them […]

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 […]

Omaha, NE: Celebrating Love and the Sweet Sound of Music…

This Valentine’s Day, love was definitely in the air at Brookestone Village as we celebrated the holiday with great food and the sweet sound of the Omaha Prime Quartet. There was quite the crowd in attendance; we estimate that nearly two hundred people enjoyed the event! Last year on Valentine’s Day, residents, families and visitors […]

Omaha, NE: Providing Residents with Healing Touch

At Brookestone Village, our team is continuously striving to provide Quality Care to our residents, exploring all avenues, including holistic approaches to supporting the residents’ overall well-being. The Healing Touch program is one of the ways we can connect the healing affects of traditional medicine with the mind, body and spirit of the person being […]

Omaha, NE: 100 Mats and Counting!

Click here to watch the KETV news coverage: http://www.ketv.com/article/senior-living-center-makes-mats-for-open-door-mission/8652367 Our value of ‘Serving’ states that our actions are driven by the commitment that we are “Family Serving Family” and our value of ‘Integrity’ includes the words honesty, fairness, compassion and “continually striving to act in a way that will make God smile at our efforts”. […]

Omaha, NE: “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration

Here at Brookestone Village we are always looking for a reason to host a good party…and ringing in the new year definitely qualifies as one! This year, for our annual “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration (yes, ringing in the new year at the stroke of twelve NOON), we were delighted to have The Links, members of […]

Omaha, NE: Spreading Joy at the Holidays!

The feeling that the Holidays are best spent in the company of family and friends was evident at Brookestone Village’s annual Christmas meal this year. A record number of residents, families and friends were served a wonderful home cooked meal by our dietary team as we celebrated the Christmas season. Tables were set up throughout […]

Omaha, NE: Here Comes Santa Claus…

We had special visitors at Brookestone Village right before the Christmas Holiday. SANTA was in the building, and what a treat, he brought Mrs. Claus along with him too! Residents and team members along with their families were welcome to come to the Great Room to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have their […]

Omaha, NE: Celebrating Bronze!

Brookestone Village was recognized as a 2016 recipient of the American Healthcare Association’s Bronze, Commitment to Quality Award. Based on the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence, the Bronze Award is a National award given to facilities that show a commitment to the pursuit of outstanding health care outcomes. We celebrated receiving this prestigious […]

Omaha, NE: Tis the Season to be Jolly!

There is always a good reason to host a party at Brookestone Village, and celebrating the Christmas season with our wonderful team makes the reason even more worthwhile! Our annual team member Christmas party included lots of food and good fun with our Brookestone Village family. There were hot and cold hors d’oeuvres (including home […]

Omaha, NE: Welcome to Wanda’s Workshop

Santa may have some special elves who help him in his toy shop at the North Pole around this time of year, but here at Brookestone Village…Wanda, the nurse on the Burr Oak household, has some pretty exceptional “elves” of her own! She, along with residents and team members, have taken the mat making service […]

Omaha, NE: Oh What A Treat For All!

Brookestone Village recently hosted its annual “Trick or Treat” event for families of both residents and team members. What a treat it was to see the excitement on the faces of all who attended! Whether you were a big kid, little kid or “a kid at heart” it was hard to not smile at all […]

Omaha, NE: Bigger and Better Every Year!

In describing the second annual Fall Festival at Brookestone Village, several adjectives come to mind: yummy, furry, bouncy, and “artsy”; but most of all, FUN! You might be thinking that these are definitely some odd ways to describe the happenings at this year’s festival, but if you weren’t able to attend, you definitely missed out […]

Omaha, NE: Perfect “Chili” Weather!

It was perfect chilly weather for chili at Brookestone Village! Our third annual (second annual for soups) Chili/Soup Cook-off is in the books and the popularity of the event continues to grow. This year there were thirteen chili’s and five soups entered to win the rights to display the coveted golden trophies for King/Queen of […]

Omaha, NE: Take Flight!

Frank, who recently discharged from Brookestone Village, has a hobby that sends him soaring to new heights with every new project…literally! Frank has been building remote controlled airplanes since 1974. What started as a fun way to spend family time with his sons, turned into a hobby lasting forty-two years. During the years he estimated […]

Omaha, NE: A Lasting Legacy

The courtyards at Brookestone Village are always a favorite spot for our residents and their families…now, on a courtyard off our Prairieview household, it also has a reminder of just how much it meant to one resident in particular. Our courtyards can contain small ponds, fountains, flowers, patio furniture and the occasional family of ducks! […]

Omaha, NE: Following the “Trail of Heroes”

It was a perfect day for both a late summer drive, and for following the “trail of honor” at Turner Park. Shortly after the Life Enrichment team at Brookestone Village spoke with some of the residents about the “Horses of Honor” tribute to fallen officers being displayed at Turner Park, an outing to Midtown was […]

Omaha, NE: “SOS”

Although we may have wanted to send out an “SOS” for help after shocking our bodies with ice water, our SOS at Brookestone Village actually stands for “Showing Our Support”! In front of a crowd of residents cheering us on, team members once again participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS in […]

Omaha, NE: And the Winners Are…All Who Participated!

This past Friday, our Select Therapists along with the team at Brookestone Village, celebrated the Olympic games by hosting some of our own. The therapy gym was decorated in a USA Olympic theme; featuring red, white and blue streamers, American flags, and Olympic rings. Residents went to the therapy gym to participate in Olympic games […]

Omaha, NE: An Idea Was “Born”…

What happens when you tell some “seasoned” ladies that you and your wife are expecting a baby? They’ll feel the need to throw you a baby shower of course! This is exactly what happened when team member, Malachi, told Lynn Paup, Memory Support Coordinator and some of the residents on the Silver Maple household at […]

Omaha, NE: Take Cover!

What started as an innocent idea from the great-grandson of one of our residents, “let’s squirt great-granny with a squirt gun”, turned into an impromptu “battle of the water guns”! At Brookestone Village’s recent Water Extravaganza, a fun photo opportunity arose with some residents and family members wearing some pretty strange sunglasses when, next thing […]

Omaha, NE: Water Extravaganza!

At Brookestone Village we decided that the summer of 2016 needed one last “hoorah” before it came to a close…so we hosted a “Water Extravaganza” in the courtyard outside our Silver Maple and Cottonwood households. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of residents and team members were invited for a fun filled afternoon of sprinklers, pools, bubbles […]

Omaha, NE: Not Your Ordinary Breakfast Visit…

About a month ago Brookestone Village hosted the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Coffee with Congress” event and Congressman Brad Ashford was the leader of the open forum discussion. That visit was the Congressman’s first time coming to our care community. Lynn, our Community Relations Coordinator, received a phone call requesting an opportunity to have the Congressman come […]

Omaha, NE: Bubbles Here, Bubbles There…Bubbles Everywhere!

Recently Tonya, a nurse at Brookestone Village, mentioned to her three year old daughter that it might be fun to go to mommy’s work and put on a “bubble show” for the residents in the Silver Maple household. Well, needless to say, Taryn was all over it! So, decked out in her “super girl” outfit […]

Omaha, NE: Service, Sacrifice and Valor

Just before the July 4th holiday weekend Don, one of our Brookestone Village residents, was invited to attend a special ceremony coordinated by the Quilts of Valor organization. Their goal is to honor and comfort veterans of war and say, “thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” Marilyn Fitch, a family friend of Don […]

Omaha, NE: Just Keep “Spinning”…

Rudy Horwath just “graduated” from Brookestone Village. Although his recent stay for rehabilitation wasn’t the first time he had been in our building…it was the first time Rudy had been here “using” equipment his company provided for us! Just before Rudy’s discharge from Brookestone Village, he was able to visit Environmental Services where the laundry […]

Omaha, NE: Coffee with Congress

Brookestone Village recently partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to host their “Coffee with Congress” event. We were honored to have Congressman Brad Ashford attend as the facilitator of the gathering and send a heartfelt “thank you” to him for coming. From the Alzheimer’s Association: “Coffee with Congress (CWC) offers a smaller, more intimate setting for […]

Omaha, NE: Tomato…”Tomahhto”

As the saying goes…”Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Or as our Resident Council President, Larry, might say “just slice it up, add salt and pepper, and eat it right off the vine. No salad needed!” Months ago, Larry started talking about how […]