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 […]

Fairbury, NE: Sweethearts Dinner

On Valentines’ Day the Life Enrichment Team and the Dietary Team worked together to throw a Sweethearts Dinner for residents with loved ones. Invitations were sent out, RSVP’s made, and tables were decorated with some pizzazz to help bring the residents into the moment. A delicious meal of Chicken Cordon Bleu was served to them […]

Fairbury, NE: Mugs Made With Love

The residents pulled together to help create Valentines day gifts to sell and earn money for the Vetter Foundation. The residents had a blast deciding and creating each mug! After the mugs were baked we all helped fill the mugs with candy and added a cute Valentines balloon as a festive touch. Quality Life-We will […]

Fairbury, NE: A Colorful & Creative Celebration of Culture

On November 1st Heritage Care Center residents celebrated el Día de los Muertos (Day of the dead) by wearing fun and festive gear while creating papel picado. Those colorful, festive cut paper banners you see on Day of the Dead at Mexican celebrations are papel picado (confetti). Traditionally, these pieces of Mexican folk art were […]

Fairbury, NE: Spooky Season

On Halloween all staff was encouraged to dress in costume as part of the October theme. The residents enjoyed seeing all the fun costumes, which they reminisced on, as well as participating in singing the dwarf song: Heigh-ho! Excellent Teams: We will select and develop team members who radiate warmth, compassion and respect while skillfully […]

Fairbury, NE: Drops in the Bucket

In the beginning of September we started Drops in the Bucket. This a process where staff, residents, and family members can recognize team members for going above and beyond during their work day. For the last month and a half we received a whopping 130 drops!! At our October all facility meeting we will draw […]

Fairbury, NE: Through the Lens

We are blessed to have amazing & talented residents staying with us. Ted, has been showing us his wonderful photography skills. Often we see him around with his camera looking for a perfect shot. A tripod can be seen by his window, ready for the hummingbirds to perch on his feeders. With his permission, I […]

Fairbury, NE: Woot Woot Wagon

A few months ago, PEP Club started doing a “Woot Woot Wagon”. An idea that we found on Pinterest. Each month we randomly select a day to have a different theme of goodies to pass out to our team. With our upbeat music playing, PEP Club dances through the halls passing out treats. September’s wagon […]

Fairbury, NE: Team Member Tailgate

Our Leadership Team is always looking for ways to let the staff know just how much we appreciate them! Friday September 20th, we had a Team Member Tailgate at our team member entrance. Our DIRT Team prepared a fun activity to help us understand what our residents go through each day. Safety held gift card […]

Fairbury, NE: Dress the Decades

Every month we have a Wacky Wednesday theme to have some fun at work! This months theme was ‘Dress the Decades.’ Staff was able to pick a decade of their choosing to dress as for the day. The staff members loved seeing everyone who dressed similar or in the same decade and the residents had […]

Fairbury, NE: Sloppy Joe Tailgate

During Nursing Home week the staff worked diligently to put together a Sloppy Joe Tailgate with live entertainment by Sawyer Jay, musician. Staff, residents, families, and the community where all invited to attend for free food and live music. The weather was perfect and the food was amazing. We even had special guests, Jack and […]

Fairbury, NE: Congratulations To Darlene On Her Retirement

Congratulations to our long time employee Darlene on her retirement! Darlene will be retiring from Heritage on May 25th after an impressive 38 years of providing Dignity in Life to those we serve! Darlene has worked in various departments most recently in Life Enrichment. We are very sad to see Darlene go. From all of […]

Fairbury, NE: Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

In early May the Leadership Team was given the opportunity to go on a fun filled outing in Lincoln. Tina and Tracy planned the day to incorporate team building, bonding, and loads of fun! The team traveled together to Capital Beach in Lincoln where they played a strategic game of how to survive and get […]

Fairbury, NE: Meet Alex!

Meet Alex, Heritage’s new therapy dog! Alex’s first day was May 20th, 2019. Alex is a certified Therapy dog and he recently received his Canine good citizen award. Alex is a great companion to the residents and they sure enjoy petting him and seeing him. Alex is so sweet, goofy, and loveable. Alex has made […]

Fairbury, NE: A Tisket, A Tasket, Lunch in a Basket

One little way to celebrate National Nursing Home week is to have a picnic! The weather was perfect and the residents enjoyed their time outside socializing and eating their sack lunch. The residents loved it so much that they asked to do it again. Heritage will now have picnics monthly while the weather stays warm! […]

Fairbury, NE: Spring has Sprung in Fairbury

We have waited patiently here in Fairbury for some nice spring weather! Finally we were able to get out and spruce up our front porch a little bit! Laurie in Life Enrichment took a few folks out to get their hands dirty. One resident in particular really jumped in and started planting flowers. The other […]

Fairbury, NE: Fairbury Celebrates 1 Year Injury Free!

Thursday April 4th, Fairbury officially hit one year injury free! We are so proud of our staff for this amazing accomplishment! We were so excited to have the team from Home Office come down on April 23rd to celebrate with us! We want to thank the team that came down for all their hard work […]

Fairbury, NE: Spring Potluck

On May 1st staff decided to throw a Spring May Day Potluck that consisted of salads and desserts. We had an overwhelming about of food brought in that was served buffet style for all staff members. We all got the chance to enjoy each others company while we chowed down on a delicious variety of […]

Fairbury, NE: Happy May Day!

To celebrate May Day, we had residents create their own May Day basket and then fill it with candy to give out to friends in the facility. Many laughs were created in the process of trying to be sneaky when delivering the baskets so we didn’t get caught! Quality Life: We will create a living […]

Fairbury, NE: Hawaiian Luau!

On April 17th, the Life Enrichment department wanted to bring a tropical warm feeling to the building after having so many cold winter days. The residents all joined together to have a Hawaiian Luau that included festive decorations, themed appetizers, Mai Tai mock tails, and even the staff dressed up to join the fun! Each […]

Fairbury, NE: The Wheels on The Bus Go Round and Round…

After “retiring” our old bus a couple years ago, we were so excited to announce that Heritage was again going to have a bus! Our residents were thrilled! One of our residents favorite events have long been bus rides. Since getting our bus a couple weeks ago, our residents have enjoyed many outings and are […]

Fairbury, NE: Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday April 21st, Heritage hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for Resident and Team families. Kids from 0-12 were invited to participate in this fun filled event. We separated the children into 3 age groups. Although it was a little windy, our residents joined us outside and greatly enjoyed watching all the little ones run […]

Fairbury, NE: Autism Awareness

On April 2nd, Heritage recognized World Autism Awareness day by encouraging staff and residents to dress in blue. Each year our community “lights it up blue” to recognize and support those in our community with Autism. This year not only did we place blue lights on the exterior of our facility. We invited the local […]

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 […]