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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Springfield, MO: Back to the Past

A recent tour of College of the Ozarks was an interesting and fun trip for Community Members at Creekside. There was one individual on the trip that felt a tug at her heart strings and was filled with a rush of fond memories. She soaked up every word that the tour guide said, ask several […]

Springfield, MO: Bunnies and Bonnets

Easter Bonnets and bunnies go together like Easter Eggs and baskets. Bunnies and bonnets brought pure joy to the hearts of many ladies who live at Creekside. For a unique Easter celebration, a breeder of angora rabbits brought three tame and fluffy bunnies to campus. At the same time a milliner came with her custom […]

Springfield, MO: World Class Jazz Night

We truly enjoy such a calendar full of events that includes education, fun, art, laughter, engagement and smiles. Our Annual Jazz Night meets the expectation in many ways. Our team of Chefs and supportive Dining Team created a meal that is still being discussed. A few noted items on the menu were: Wild Mushroom & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Takes Time to Remember our Veterans

Veterans Day is always an important day at Creekside. With over 40 veterans (10 from WWII) living on our campus, it is imperative that we take time to have a special celebration to honor those among us who have served our country. Every year we host a breakfast with music, a speaker, and a time […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Creates Hope for Victims of Hurricane Florence

Creekside community members are passionate about giving back to their community. They are always asking and looking for opportunities to give to those less fortunate. One of the ways we give back is partnering with Convoy of Hope (an international relief and development organization based out of Springfield). Recently they have been collecting hygiene kits […]

Springfield, MO: So, Here’s the Catch

Ethan Bryan is a youth pastor, writer, and lover of baseball. This year he has determined to play catch everyday. He has received national attention for this endeavor, and has collected many stories along the way. We asked Ethan to share those stories with us, and agreed, as long as we played catch with him. […]

Springfield, MO: Community Member Takes us on a Trip to Scotland

Deby and Stephen Duzan are frequent travelers. Last year they went to Peru, and gave a fascinating presentation on their trip. This year, after tracing Deby’s ancestry to Scotland, they decided to go there. They spent two weeks with a tour guide meandering through the Scottish highlands: even meeting with the head of Clan Cameron–Deby’s […]

Springfield, MO: A Flight to Remember

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is part of a nationwide organization which gives veterans from WWII-Gulf War the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. for the day and see sites such as the World War II memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (where the changing of the guard at the Tomb of […]

Springfield, MO: Community Members Start Own Saturday Night Game Event

Creekside desires to create an atmosphere where community members are encouraged to suggest and create events. Several months ago, they began their own game night on Saturday evenings. This has grown from two people to upwards of 17 people playing three to four different games: Dominoes, Five Crown, Skip Bo, to name a few. This […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Community Invests in Children of Sister School

Creekside is fortunate to have an elementary school just down the street from our community. Throughout the years, we have had an ongoing relationship with the school: several times a year the students will walk down and share projects or sing songs to our community members. Also, at the beginning of each school year, our […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Welcomes New Community Members with Watermelon

Creekside is at our highest census in years, and has had over 30 people move in in the last six months. When a community member moves in, it can be overwhelming: getting to know the routines and “the way things work” on campus. Several times a year, we have welcome parties at the Clubhouse and […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Family Member Sings Melodies From Days Gone By

Jim Kendrick is a staple in the Life Enrichment calendar at Creekside. Not only is he a close family member of one of our community members, he has also been providing music once a month for over three years to a faithful audience. He sings Gospel, folk, and songs from his childhood–and from the childhood […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Hosts Party Under the Portico

Every year, Creekside hosts an outdoor party to welcome the summer season. This year’s event was complete with a 50’s and 60’s cover band; barbeque; fresh flowers from a local farm; and a flamingo theme. Despite the warmer than normal temperatures, community members “twisted the night away” and enjoyed the company of friends on a […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Hosts Students from Springfield Sister City

Springfield, Missouri has two sister cities: Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Every summer, over 100 high school juniors from Isesaki visit Springfield and stay at Missouri State University. They attend baseball games, go to Wal-Mart, experience our mall, and check out Bass Pro. Last year, Missouri State contacted Creekside asking if some of the students […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Gets Into The Groove With A 70s Day

Life is never boring at Creekside. Recently, in an effort to spice things up, we hosted a 1970’s Day. The team wore clothes from the ’70s, and hosted a ’70s themed party. The food was fried, and an array of jello-salads. We had a groovy playlist and professional dancers leading us in some smooth moves […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Bridges the Generation Gap with Sister School

Every year, Creekside has at least one event with our sister school, Portland Elementary. This spring, Portland’s Student Council came over and shared pictures and items from their life. Our community members brought in items from their past as well–explaining to the students what they were.The tables were full of objects from the past such […]

Springfield, MO: Spiritual Journey Through the Queen City

World Class service comes in various actions, but for our Community Members and furthering their Spiritual Journey, it’s by visiting area churches. This supports our Vision of Quality Life: radiates love of others, brings peace and spiritual contentment, encourages personal independence by sharing the experience and learning about the community history and faith. As the […]

Springfield. MO: Springfield News-Leader Columnist Speaks at Creekside and is Featured on Dateline NBC in Same Week

Steve Pokin has been part of the Springfield community since 2012. He gained local notoriety when he began his columns: “Pokin Around” and “The Answer Man” for the Springfield News-Leader (the local newspaper). In these columns, Mr. Pokin answers questions written in from the community about topics ranging from the truth behind local legends to […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Hosts Annual Jazz Night

Every year in March, Creekside hosts “Jazz Night.” It is an evening with a four-course meal, a live jazz band, and dancing. This year, we had over ninety community members in attendance. The menu included lobster tail, steak, mushroom soup, salad, and mousse for dessert. The band played songs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. […]

Springfield, MO: Local Collector Brings Presidential Collection to Creekside

Reverend Keith Garrison is more than just a pastor. He is a historian and a lifelong collector of presidential memorabilia. To celebrate Presidents Day, Reverend Garrison brought a small part of his 16,000 piece collection for our viewing. He spoke about how he got into collecting; the history of some of the pieces in his […]

Springfield, MO: Gentlemen’s Coffee Discussion Group

Our Life Enrichment Coordinators, DJ and Bethany, set the stage for me to lead a monthly discussion with our established Gentlemen’s Coffee on each 2nd Friday of the month. Our time this past Friday was spent sharing about an iconic event in 1980. “Miracle on Ice”, USA Hockey Team during the Winter Olympics 1980, how […]

Springfield, MO: “I like the Ozarks. I’m the Greek Hillbilly Now.”

Manoli Savennas visited Creekside and shared his story of how he went from growing up on the small island of Rhodes, Greece yet ended up calling Springfield, Missouri home. Manoli was the son of a farmer and one of seven children who grew up in one-room house with no electricity or running water. His mother […]

Springfield, MO: Local TV Personality Visits at Creekside

Creekside values the relationships made with families of Community Members. This week, Joy Robertson, the daughter of a former beloved Community Member, Whitey Robertson, came and presented to our community. Joy has been on Springfield televisions since 1997, anchoring the nightly news for 15 years, then with the Food Channel and the popular tv show […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Continues Support of Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization based in Springfield. The goal of the organization is “to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry, and hurting.” Convoy serves both Stateside and internationally through feeding initiatives, community outreaches, and disaster response. They serve with excellence, and are recognized by many secular entities. […]

Springfield, MO: Family Feud: Community Members vs. Team Members

Creekside at Elfindale uses iN2L to reinforce community member to staff relationships. We have recently started playing Family Feud: Community Members vs Team Members. This one hour competition impacts quality of life by encouraging communication, cooperation, thinking skills, and–most importantly–laughter between generations. This is an event both team members and community members have come to […]

Springfield, MO: “The Great American Eclipse”

The “Great American Eclipse” has been a source of excitement throughout the United States. While Springfield, Missouri was not in “the path of totality”, we were still fortunate to have 96% coverage. Creekside had a viewing party in the parking lot behind the Lodge. We passed out moon pies, star cakes, and solar glasses. The […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Receives New Bus

Over the years, “Bessie the Bus” has treated Creekside well. She transported us on many trips–not just in Springfield, but throughout Missouri. Upon her decision to retire, Todd Vetter and Kevin Rusenstrom (Creekside’s Administrator) began the search for a new vehicle. On Wednesday, July 19th, the Creekside community was surprised with a beautiful, brand new […]

Springfield, MO: Better than the Easter Bunny

Their temperament is nothing like others rabbits. They are natural little cuddle bunnies. They are not hyper and love to be held. Anna compares the English Angoras to loving lap dogs. They are easily litter-box trained and make great companions and indoor pets. Her rabbits were passed around for the Community Members to hold for […]

Springfield, MO: An “Egg-Ceptional” Event

Eggs can be turned into an Eggs-travaganza with just a little imagination and a group of people who want to have fun!!! Creekside Community Members are always ready for an adventure that is out of the ordinary, and that is “egg-actly” what they got one morning in April. It started with a sampling of green […]

Springfield, MO: Good Turtle/Bad Turtle

Every year a business located behind Creekside has turtle races as a fundraiser. After the races are over they release the turtle onto our 62 acres to go back to the living a “normal” turtle life. When this happens, the contest for Creekside Community Members who walk the campus for exercise begins! The first person […]

Springfield, MO: The “Date Lady”

This was an event that needing advertising prior to the day of the event! It was important to let everyone know that our guest speaker was not from a “dating” service for seniors! It was actually all about “dates” the fruit. Once that was clarified, and the word “samples” was mentioned, there was a full […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary with a Fundraiser

When the team at Creekside started talking about our thirty year anniversary, we wanted something different, not just a party. We wanted to do something that would make a difference for someone. With the help of three of Creekside community members Anne Henry, Cathy Carrelton and Deb Stratman as part of our fundraising committee, we […]

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 […]

Springfield, MO: Ringing in 2017

Ringing in the New Year at Creekside was more like “singing and dancing” it in. The festivities included a hors d’oeuvre buffet, a wine bar, non-alcoholic sparkling juice selection, and fabulous entertainment. The band, Sounds Good Combo, was with us last year and was so popular that we brought them back with an addition of […]

Springfield, MO: Maxine’s Crabby Christmas

The word started to spread among the ladies at Creekside back in May 2016…..Maxine is coming to Branson for Christmas! So, who is Maxine and how does everyone know her? Well, she is the crabby senior citizen created by Hallmark over 30 years ago! The excitement spread as news of a live stage show starring […]

Springfield, MO: Christmas Craziness

When the event calendar says “Christmas Craziness with DJ” at 10:30 at the Club House, the Community Members automatically think “uh-oh!” They wonder whether or not they should attend? After all, they never know what she is up to! Well, curiosity got the best of 19 people and they decided to take a chance on […]

Springfield, MO: Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days along the Mississippi River

A raindrop that falls into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will reach the Gulf of Mexico 90 days later. When award winning National Geographic photographer, Gayle Harper, read this small snippet of trivia about the Mississippi River, it completely changed her life. That little known fact sent her world spinning in a […]

Springfield, MO: Princess PopTart

Princess PopTart entered the Club House wearing a hot pink coat with black fur trim and a bow in her hair! The Community Members were in “awe” and “squealed” with delight! Well, maybe that was Princess Poptart that squealed…after all she is a pig! Kim, the owner of Charming Mini Pigs, brought two 12 week […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside at Elfindale Host Holiday Open House

On December 1, we shared our afternoon with community members, team members, family and friends at our Holiday Open House. Sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres was served in the dining room for our community members, family and friends. Of course no Holiday Open House would be complete without an Old World Santa and Mrs. Clause. […]

Springfield, MO: The Power of Pink

Every October pumpkins are gathered together and painted pink by a group of ladies at Creekside. They are then decorated with lots of sparkly jewels and “bling.” To finish them off, they tie beautiful bows onto the stems. These pumpkins are made “in honor” of all the women who are fighting breast cancer or are […]

Springfield, MO: Day of Celebration

Creekside had a day of celebration on July 20th.  After weeks of remodeling the lobby with its fireplace, concierge desk, three new offices, the library and the new conference room, we were happy to host an Open House.  We shared this day with Creekside community members, team members, business partners, family, friends, Jack Vetter and […]

Springfield, MO: An “Olympic “Moment

The 2016 Summer Olympics ended on a Sunday night and all the Community Members at Creekside thought their Olympic experience had ended. They were wrong. The very next morning an Olympic Medalist walked into the Clubhouse to spend some time with them! Lori played for the USA National Team for eight years and competed in […]

Springfield, MO: Creekside Celebrates 1000 Days Injury Free

No dark days for Creekside at Elfindale Retirement Community, we celebrated 1000 days injury free on Tuesday, March 29th. This team realizes it takes Team Work to focus on this exceptional goal. In our weekly meeting we discuss how to stay safe in the work place and all agree it needs to stay top-of-mind with […]