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 […]

Gering, NE: Injury Free Safety Celebration

Heritage Estates celebrated a huge accomplishment by surpassing 400,000 injury free employee work hours. Our company, Vetter Senior Living, recognizes all facilities attaining this lofty goal. A team from Home Office made the trip from Omaha to serve a meal to our staff. Steaks and chicken breasts were grilled for team members. They also provided […]

Gering, NE: Quack, Quack, The Duck is Back!

For the fourth straight year, a savvy female duck began building a nest in the outdoor courtyard on the Spruce and Cedar neighborhood. We speculate it is the same mother hen as she has chosen the same neighborhood and the same spot (located under the picnic table) to build her nest each year. This momma […]

Gering, NE: World Class “WOW” Celebration

Heritage Estates celebrated a milestone achievement by logging more than 200,000 workforce hours without an injury. In recognition of this achievement a team from Vetter Senior Living (located in Omaha, Nebraska) traveled to Heritage Estates to host a barbeque meal for the Heritage Estates Team. Grilled steak and chicken were on the menu along with […]

Gering, NE: Legion Honor Guard Demonstrates Flag Etiquette!

The American Legion Post #36 Color Guard performed a demonstration of flag etiquette for residents of the Heritage Estates Cottages at the clubhouse on Friday morning. During the ceremony, the color guard, consisting of Legion Auxiliary President Cecil Doshier, West Area Vice Commander for the Sons of the American Legion Eldon Kramer along with Sons […]

Gering, NE: Heritate Estates Resident Creates Colorful Windows!

Heritage Estates resident Evelyn Wambolt keeps busy creating colorful, artistic accents to the many windows in the building. Although she was drawing as a child, she took up painting at 50 after watching Bob Ross’ artist instruction programs on television. Several of the windows throughout Heritage Estates now have decorative touches thanks to one of […]

Gering, NE: My Sweet, Sweet Valentine!

Violet and Amos Harris were surprised by family members on Valentine’s Day. Just before dinner the loving couple was serenaded by the “Sugar Valley Singers”, a local quartet that provided singing valentines on Valentine’s Day. The Sugar Valley Singers have brought joy to western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming for 45 years with their barbershop chorus […]

Gering,NE: IN2L Using Technology to Understand Individuals

By pulling up images of Jack’s career as a pediatric orthodontist Jack was able to reminisce and tell stories about his work and accomplishments. The iN2L brought back happy memories of the children he was able to help. He ended up getting a hug in exchange for the great stories and laughs. Our home office […]

Gering, NE: Total Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Excitement! Thousands of scientists, space enthusiasts and sun worshippers flocked to cities and towns along the path of the historic 2017 total solar eclipse that streaked across the United States. Gering, Nebraska, fortunate enough to be one of the prime viewing locations, welcomed thousands of tourists to the area. Residents, family members and staff […]

Gering, NE: Irish Band Colcannon Performs!

When Heritage Estates Life Enrichment Coordinator, Joanie Hughey, heard the Irish Band Colcannon was going to be in town performing at the Midwest Theatre she immediately contacted them to see if there was any way she could get them to come to Heritage Estates to entertain our residents. Everyone teased her a bit, saying there […]

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 […]

Gering, NE: “We Work Safe” Celebration

Heritage Estates recently reached a monumental goal by attaining one year with an injury free workplace. A staff celebration was held on December 1st to honor the staff for their commitment to working safe. A team from Vetter Health Services (Home Office) traveled to Heritage Estates to host a barbeque meal for the entire staff. […]

Gering, NE: An Afternoon at the County Fair!

Residents enjoyed the annual outing to the Scotts Bluff County Fair. They spent the afternoon looking thru the various exhibits and touring the livestock area. There was something for everyone, cattle, hogs, sheep, and rabbits, also quilt displays, garden produce and children’s artwork. It was wonderful to hear the residents reminisce about “Fair Days” of […]

Gering, NE: Oregon Trail Days Kiddie Parade!

The Residents of Heritage Estates attended the 95th Annual Oregon Trail Days Kiddie Parade on July 8th. It was a great day for a parade, not too hot, a slight breeze blowing that kept the bugs away, a shady place to sit, everything was just perfect! Life Enrichment Coordinator Joanie Hughey arrived very early that […]

Gering, NE: New Life at Heritage Estates!

This Sunday morning was not your typical Sunday morning at Heritage Estates. The excitement began when Charge Nurse, Tami, looked out into the courtyard and saw our mama duck with 10 newly hatched little ducklings swimming on the pond in the courtyard. This mother duck arrived on campus about a month ago. She was spotted […]

Gering, NE: “Senior Prom”

Heritage Estates hosted the annual “Senior Prom” on Monday, May 9th. The theme of the evening was “Mystery and Masquerade”. Residents and their guests began the evening with hors d’oeuvres followed by a meal of Shrimp, Chicken Cordon Bleu and dessert. Following the meal guests enjoyed special musical entertainment provided by Paul Evans. A special […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Donates to “Food of Love”

Heritage Estates recently held a Food Drive, collecting 630 non-perishable food items, which they donated to “Food of Love”. For each item donated, Heritage Estates gave the donor a ticket which entered them into two separate gift basket drawings. Staff, Residents and guests in the building all generously contributed to this worthwhile cause. It was […]

Gering, NE: An Accomplishment Worth Celebrating!

In honor of receiving a Quality Award from the American Health Care Association Heritage Estates held a special celebration on November 17th. A reception was held to honor the staff and thank them for their dedication to improving the lives of our residents through quality care. During the reception, a plaque was presented by Michelle […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Has a Whole Lot of Heart

Teammates and residents at Heritage Estates in Gering, NE epitomize Vetter Health Service’s tradition of “Family Serving Family.” On May 23, 2015, RN Laura Clements gave birth to her daughter Tessa who was born with a congenital heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries. Tessa’s diagnosis was made before she was born, and in […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Entertains Special Visitors

Senator Adrian Smith and Jack Vetter, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Vetter Health Services, recently met at Heritage Estates in Gering. They discussed upcoming political issues which may personally impact the Long Term Care Industry. Mr. Vetter took the opportunity to introduce the Senator to residents of Heritage Estates and tour the campus. […]

Gering, NE: Father’s Day Fishing Trip

Sunfish, CatFish … even Carp! Heritage Estates annual Father’s Day fishing trip was a huge success with each and every fisherman reeling in a fish. Every year staff member Candace Schmunk and her family graciously host our residents at their family sandpit near Bayard. This year, with near perfect weather, our fishermen reeled in a […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Hosts Mexican Dancers

With the theme for National Nursing Home Week being “Bring on the Fiesta,” Heritage Estates invited Mexican Dancers to perform for our residents. What an exciting, festive and informative program they provided! Numerous dancers dazzled us with their tapping, twirling talents and their beautiful, colorful costumes! A little dancer at the very young age of […]

Gering, NE: “Senior Prom”

As part of National Nursing Home week, Heritage Estates celebrated by hosting a “Senior Prom.” Residents enjoyed dressing in formal attire, complete with corsages’ and boutonnieres. A meal featuring hors d’oeuvres, shrimp, chicken cordon bleu and key lime pie for dessert was enjoyed by all. Live entertainment rounded off the night featuring a small, two […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Mother’s Day Tea!

The annual Mother’s Day Tea was held on Friday, May 8th. It was a wonderful afternoon of fellowship between residents and their families while enjoying beverages and dessert. Kathy Tabors School of Dance provided the entertainment. Our residents were wowed by the dancer’s talents and the many beautiful costumes. Many ages were represented ranging from […]

Gering, NE: Heritage Estates Easter Egg Hunt!


Ready…Set…Go! Those were the words that set into motion the worlds fastest Easter egg hunt! Children were scurrying about looking for hundreds and hundreds of eggs hidden throughout the facility. With children divided up into separate age groups, and plenty of eggs to go around, everyone left with a basket full of Easter eggs. The […]