Fairbury, NE: Deck the Halls

During the first week of December, we challenged our team members to “Deck the Halls”. We asked them to select a door and decorate it for Christmas. We have some talented and creative team members! Each day our residents can be seen bouncing from door to door admiring the creativity and Christmas spirit of our […]

Fairbury, NE: Go Big Red!!

We kicked off the start of Husker football season with our first ever” Wacky Wednesday” of course we did Huskermania!! Residents and staff all dressed for the occasion by sporting their Husker gear including stick on tattoos ponytails, pompoms and foam fingers!! In the afternoon we held a pep rally outside with music including the […]

Fairbury, NE: God Bless the USA

We are always proud to be an American! This was made evident in our facility as over half of our residents chose to stay up late and join in the fun of our pre July 4th activities.  A good time was had by all as we gathered for home made ice cream and a fireworks […]

Fairbury, NE: Chickens “little”

No the sky was not falling, but we took the opportunity to spend a little time with some special little guys here the other day! A couple of these little guys will probably grow up to look like Fog Horn Leg Horn!! We enjoyed the afternoon with some Chicken Trivia and of course stories of […]

Fairbury, NE: Singing with the Nurses

We are very blessed to have our own talented “Singing Nurses” here at Heritage Care Center! These 2 gals give their time each month to come in and entertain the residents with Karoke singing, it is a highly attended activity and the residents look forward to being able to request some of their favorite songs- […]

Fairbury, NE: Alive and “Wool”

We here in Fairbury have been trying to pull out the stops to keep our residents entertained while our building is under lock down in an effort to keep the winter germs at bay! Fortunately we live in a rural community and have a few opportunities that would not be found in urban settings. Thanks […]

Fairbury, NE: Creating Activities

We have had a busy month….we chose to close our building to visitors in an attempt to hold the influenza at bay…so with no outside entertainment we have pulled out all the stops to create a fun environment for our residents. We have made the best of our situation by creating fun things to do […]

Fairbury, NE: Memory Support is Full of Heart!

In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine holiday our memory support household has been extra busy creating hearts to spruce up the hallways. They all spent time cutting gluing and throwing away scraps to create the many colorful, beautiful,decorations that line the hallways!! what a great way to spend the afternoon with staff helping as […]

Fairbury, NE: It’s a Wonderful Life!

Heritage Care Center was invited to attend an afternoon matinee at the newly remodeled Bonham Theater in downtown Fairbury on November 30th. Playing that day was the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Residents were shuttled down to the movie right after lunch and offered popcorn and pop compliments of Senator Laura Ebke! Many of the […]

Fairbury, NE: Happy Halloween from Heritage Care Center

Ghosts, goblins, witches and fairies all were in attendance at Heritage Care Center to help us celebrate Halloween!  We spent the morning dressing up some of the residents and went to lunch a little early so we would all be ready to line the halls as the first grade classes from Central Elementary came by […]

Fairbury, NE: Great Plains Medicare Advantage Comes to Heritage Care Center

New Medicare health plan owned and operated by Vetter Senior Living and the Good Samaritan Society called Great Plains Medicare Advantage • This Plan is Specifically designed for the needs of their Medicare residents • Plan covers all traditional Medicare benefits • Plan Includes prescription drug coverage • There is a representative on site once […]

Fairbury, NE: Kolaches For All

A good time was had by all as we learned the art of making Kolaches from scratch by our friend Mike! The residents got to be involved from start to finish as the dough was mixed, punched down, formed into balls and pressed for the toppings to be added.Oh the wonderful smells coming from the […]

Fairbury, NE: Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Residents enjoyed a visit from some of the Fairbury Area girls softball team. The girls came in to visit with our residents about their experiences in softball. 2 teams from Fairbury were fortunate enough to get to compete in the national softball tournament 1 team in Arkansas and the other in Wisconsin this last summer. […]

Fairbury, NE: iN2L: Dialing up Fun at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury

At Heritage Care Center we use the iN2L on a daily basis during our Sunshine Exercise session for our residents. After breakfast our residents gather together to pump some iron and get in a 30 minute workout. We use the iN2L to dial up music videos which have a good beat and are fun to […]

Fairbury, NE: Warm Fuzzies

On Friday August 18th, we were honored to have members of The Steele City Presbyterian Church ladies group visit our facility. They have been working studiously to assemble beautiful lap blankets to donate to our residents, they are made of soft warm fleece! These blankets will be a fantastic addition to our supplies to help […]

Fairbury, NE: Total Eclipse 2017

Thanks to a breathtaking appearance from Mother Nature staff and residents alike were out in the fresh air-Eclipse glasses ready to view the spectacular phenomenon that was the Solar Eclipse of 2017. Lunch was a bit early so residents could be at the ready to go outside and prepare for the event! Fun facts about […]

Fairbury, NE: Butterfly Day

In honor of the Painted Lady butterfly migration, we made beautiful butterflies in our crafters corner. Each resident chose a little different design for their butterfly making them all very colorful and unique. We also took some of the residents outside to get a closer look at the butterflies sitting on the flowers in the […]

Fairbury, NE: Spirit Week

In honor of nursing home week we embarked on a fun filled spirit week to entertain our residents!Residents became our judges to choose the best dressed. On Monday we had pajama day, Tuesday we honored the Spirit of America by wearing Stars and Stripes, Wednesday we kept with the theme and did it up with […]

Fairbury, NE: From Our Front Porch!

The sun was shining, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue!!We took some time out on Friday to have a front porch chat. We reminisced about springtime and the many things happening in our community we see our farmers begin to plant the crops to feed America, baby animals are being born and some […]

Fairbury, NE: Senior Strikers

The Senior Strikers had a fantastic time when they headed downtown to the Bowling Center for an afternoon of strikes, spares and smiles and socialization!! Restorative along with Life Enrichment teamed up to take the residents on the outing. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm adding to the excitement of the day concluding […]

Fairbury, NE: Preparing for National Nursing Home Week

Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!! As we gear up for National Nursing Home Week we will be doing a lot of decorating around the facility. Keeping with our theme The Spirit of America we will be using flags stars and red white and blue. On Thursday we assembled to make centerpieces to […]

Fairbury, NE: “Hoppy Easter”

Although it was a bit on the windy side. Our facility hosted an Easter egg hunt for staff and resident children on Friday the 7th of April. We had 36 children in four different age categories come to hunt eggs and spend time with their loved ones. Of course an Easter egg hunt would not […]

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 […]

Fairbury, NE: They Built a Zoo!!

We are thankful for the early arrival of spring!! We are utilizing the wonderful weather to get in a few early bus rides! On our trip last week we traveled to Endicott a small town not far from us to look at some interesting creatures.  We saw an array of animals that are not necessarily […]

Fairbury, NE: Groovy Kind of Love

Thanks to our fabulous staff our Memory Support Household had a Groovy Kind of Valentines Day!! Staff member Cycilia Horn designed the Groovy tie dye shirts for staff and residents to wear on Valentines Day.  Each shirt had hearts somewhere in the design.  In addition to the shirts Memory Support joined long term care for […]

Fairbury, NE: The Cat With Gloves Catches No Mice

Since the cat with gloves catches no mice… we did a little crafting today and made some dazzling mittens. Our group enjoyed visiting about many a winter tale involving warm mittens. Each person created a different dazzling mitten to take back to there room. We helped them hang them up so they could be reminded […]

Fairbury, NE: MVP

On Thursday Jan.12 our staff council nominated Darlene Novotny as MVP. Darlene is a real asset to our team! She is currently our Chaplain and Life Enrichment assistant. Darlene is a positive person who is always available to help anyone in any way possible!! She is an outstanding team member who would walk the extra […]

Fairbury, NE: Merry Christmas to All

It has been an exciting Christmas season here at Heritage Care Center! On December 22nd we invited family and friends to join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship, conversation, and delicious desserts. Our entertainment for the afternoon was The Kensington Bell Choir, they shared with us a beautiful array of Christmas music. Various […]

Fairbury, NE: Balloon Tennis Is A “HIT”

The morning of Friday December 16th even thou the weather outside was frightful the stage was set for an action packed fun filled morning of Balloon Tennis. What a fantastic time we had hitting the red and blue balloons around the day room !!making our morning seem merry and bright!! We had several participants who […]

Fairbury, NE: Rudolph’s Red Nose

On Dec. 14th we met with our residents for an afternoon of crafting! We assembled many recreations of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer using candy canes, and brightly colored pipe cleaners as antlers. Tiny red pompoms for the nose and of course googly eyes! We played a cheerful array of Christmas music softly in the […]

Fairbury, NE: Deck the Halls with Christmas Blessings

On December 13th we had the pleasure of our High school youth walking the halls and singing Christmas carols for our residents, they utilized some of the old favorites such as Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer and Silent Night. To add to our Christmas Spirit on Dec. 14th we were honored with preschool children from […]

Fairbury, NE: Silver Award

On December 2nd 2016 we celebrated our Silver National Quality Award recognition. Cake and punch were enjoyed with Jack. Jack presented the facility with a check, which was distributed to the team members. We participated in a teambuilding exercise, Christmas with the Rights. This consisted of 6 groups and involved a Christmas story involving a […]

Fairbury, NE: Halloween at Heritage Care Center

The Fairbury team of Heritage Care Center enjoyed dressing up and hosting the first grade classes of the local grade school. Approximately 60 students showed up to trick or treat and show the residents their costumes.   The residents enjoyed handing out the candy and Visiting with the children.  It was a great day for residents, […]

Fairbury, NE: History 101- The History of Shoes

Every month we have History 101 on Saturday morning and this month we featured the history of shoes. The residents love learning new things at this activity and look forward to it every month. This month they stated they enjoyed learning the reason the Dutch wear wooden shoes. Do you know why? It’s because Holland […]

Fairbury, NE: Hospice Chaplain Shares Her Gift of Beautiful Music

Every Tuesday we have Glamour Gals for the ladies here at Heritage to help them get glamed up for the week! We are fortunate enough that Sharon Schuster, our hospice chaplain, provides the music for this activity. The ladies all agree that she is a wonderful guitar and piano player and has one of the […]

Fairbury, NE: 5 Star Bible Camp Kids Visit

The last week of July we had the older kids from 5 Star Bible Camp stop by for a visit. This camp has been running for 20 years and started out as a combination of 5 local churches. It was coined by Jeff Meyer, the local funeral director. This year we welcomed around 100 campers […]

Fairbury, NE: Wilbur Czech Dancers

We were delighted to have the Wilbur Czech dancers come and perform for us in July. This is an annual visit that occurs every year around Czech Days in Wilbur. Their director gave a history lesson on how they got started and the traditional dances they perform. The finale was a sing-along polka that all […]

Fairbury, NE: In the Kitchen with Darlene and Lois

A popular program we have every month is In the Kitchen with Darlene and Lois. The residents are always excited to see what they get to help cook up next! This month they assisted in making strawberry and blueberry shortcake with whipped topping. They enjoyed reminiscing about picking and cutting strawberries and blueberries and baking […]

Fairbury, NE: From the Ditches of Nebraska

For the second year in a row, Darlene and Lois, our Life Enrichment Assistants put on their program, From the Ditches of Nebraska for the residents. It was once again a huge success! They spent the week finding and picking different types of grasses, flowers and weeds from anywhere they could. They explained each type […]

Fairbury, NE: Nursing Home Week Decorating Contest

This year for Nursing Home Week we wanted to get our staff more involved in the decorating fun. We came up with the idea of having a decorating contest for each hallway. Our staff members were divided up between different areas of the building and each area was given the same decorations to work with. […]

Fairbury, NE: Mother/Daughter Tea

On Monday, May 16th we hosted our annual Mother/Daughter Tea here at Heritage. We invited all of our residents daughters to join them for dessert and entertainment. This year Sue McLain, The Yesterday Lady, from Beatrice performed her program “An Uplifting Story: The History of the Bra”. A few of our ladies helped make the […]

Fairbury, NE: Ladies Luncheon

On Thursday, May 19th, we took a bus load of ladies to the small town of Deshler, NE to enjoy a delicious, home cooked meal! Due to popular demand by the ladies we went back for the second time this year to The Wheelhouse Cafe. All the ladies commented how good the food was and […]

Fairbury, NE: Puttin’ On The Ritz

On Thursday, April 28th, Heritage hosted our annual Puttin’ On The Ritz for the residents and families. We invited everyone to enjoy a delicious meal of chicken cordon bleu, wild rice, glazed carrots and dessert! The entertainment for the night was provided by the Fairbury high school students who came dressed in their prom best. […]

Fairbury, NE: Monthly Ministerial Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 20th we hosted the monthly ministerial luncheon here at the Heritage. Darlene Novotny, our facility chaplain, welcomed the local ministers for lunch and discussion. They enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the Heritage chefs and discussed schedules for church services for the local nursing homes. It’s important to form good relationships with […]

Fairbury, NE: Christmas for Our Veterans

Friends and Vet

Our local VFW group came and passed out presents for our veterans on December 15th. They presented each veteran with a plate of fresh fruit and a Christmas card signed by all the VFW members.  We currently have eleven veterans living at the Heritage and are so very thankful for them and their service to […]

Fairbury, NE: Holiday Fun


The month of December was very busy here at the Heritage. On December 3rd, the residents enjoyed making their own Christmas cards to send out to their loved ones. That same night we welcomed over 30 guests from our local elementary school to hear several favorite Christmas carols. On December 7th, we hosted our annual […]

Fairbury, NE: Heritage Care Center Director of Nursing Retires


On January 5th, the staff and residents of Heritage said goodbye to our DON, Maggie Spilker. Maggie was a very important member of our team and we are all sad to see her leave. We celebrated her retirement with dessert and story sharing! Pictured with Maggie in the pictures below is Jack Vetter, Carol Schmidt […]

Fairbury, NE: Sneak Day in Fairbury

Fairbury Team enjoyed a Sneak Day away from work. The goal of the Sneak Day is for a small group of team members to visit, learn and have fun together. The team toured Ridgewood in Seward and completed a scavenger hunt. We learned how the Ridgewood team is providing Dignity In Life for the Seward […]

Fairbury, NE: From the Ditches of Nebraska-Weeds and Grasses

On Saturday, September 12th, Life Enrichment assistant Darlene, treated the residents to a program titled “From the Ditches of Nebraska-Grasses and Weeds”. She spent countless hours scouring the ditches around her farm looking for as many different types of grasses and weeds as she could find. The residents really enjoyed reminiscing about their history with […]

Fairbury, NE: Ladies Lunch Outing

On Thursday, September 10th our Life Enrichment department took a group of ladies out to lunch to a little cafe located in the town of Gilead. Gilead has a population of only 39 but manages to keep the Pioneers Inn busy daily! Hilda was especially excited to go as Gilead is her home town. The […]