Norfolk, NE: Residents Serve Community by Packing Lunches

Our residents are always looking for ways to be of service to others! Recently a group packaged up sack lunches to take to the Norfolk Rescue Mission. Each sack included a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, apple and a granola bar. Each sack had a “God Loves You” sticker. The Norfolk Rescue Mission provides […]

Norfolk. NE: Bel-Air Goes bananas For St. Jude

When your fundraising goal is lofty but you actually meet and exceed it … well, that’s cause to go a little bananas! Bel-Air raised $8,007.59 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after a whirlwind of fundraising activities throughout the month of February. Local businesses and artisans, as well as team members donated items for a […]

Norfolk, NE: Love Is In The Air At Heritage Of Bel-Air

Valentine’s Day was a full day of celebrating love at Heritage of Bel-Air. Residents with spouses were treated to a fancy roast beef lunch with dessert and wine. In the afternoon, residents attended the Valentine’s Day party that included red velvet cake and Valentine’s cards made by school students. At the party, residents enjoyed music from […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Appreciates Local Fire Department

Nothing says “Thank you” like being invited in for a meal. Heritage of Bel-Air recently invited Norfolk’s fire department to enjoy a meal and a tour of the facility. Spread over three days to cover all shifts, the fire department was treated to soup, cinnamon rolls and a “survival kit” goody bag. Quality Reputation-We will be […]

Norfolk, NE: Turtles, Alligators And Snakes Oh My!

Heritage of Bel-Air residents were able to see reptiles up close with an informative and entertaining show by Real Reptiles in Norfolk. Will Abler of Norfolk, owner of Real Reptiles, stopped by Heritage of Bel-Air recently to show off many of the reptiles in his care. One of the animals Will displayed was a 20-year-old […]

Norfolk, NE: Welcome Event Celebrates New Residents, Team Members

Every week, Heritage of Bel-Air celebrates new residents and team members at a special Happy Hour event. New residents were able to share more about themselves and their backgrounds as a way to get to know each other better. Drinks, snacks and Super Bowl trivia were part of the last Welcome event. It’s important for […]

Norfolk, NE: Local Wood Carver Shares His Craft

A local artist gave a special presentation on his woodworking creations at Heritage of Bel-Air recently. Roger Nadrchal of Norfolk set up his wood creations – from wildlife to caricatures, Santas and bark carvings – for residents to view. He also showed them the specialized tools he uses for creating the carvings and showed some […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Show Love to Soldiers

Residents set aside time to show love to soldiers for Valentine’s Day. Stickers, glue, construction paper and other art supplies were provided for residents to decorate cards that will be sent to soldiers through the Soldiers’ Angels program. Packs of gum will be sent along with the cards. Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to […]

Norfolk, NE: Special Memories Shared at Memorial Service

Hymns, poems, prayers and special memories marked the memorial service for residents who have passed during the past quarter at Heritage of Bel-Air. The evening’s activities included scripture readings, the poems “I’m Free” and “God’s Garden,” and hymns “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Team members from Life Enrichment shared special memories […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Donate Blood

Team members at Heritage of Bel-Air routinely give of themselves to their community. Recently, they had a chance to give the gift of life by giving blood. Teaming up with the American Red Cross, Heritage of Bel-Air sponsored a blood drive with 24 people registered to give blood. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent […]

Norfolk, NE: Resident Celebrates Anniversary

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Heritage of Bel-Air helped to celebrate a special couple on their 19th wedding anniversary recently. To commemorate the special occasion, Heritage of Bel-Air ordered the couple an anniversary bouquet and decorated the formal dining room. Lunch from their favorite restaurant was served on the […]

Norfolk, NE: Holiday Bake Sale Proceeds Goes Toward Local Agency

Peanut clusters. Fudge. Frosted sugar cookies. Cream cheese mints. It’s a bunch of yum rolled into a holiday bake sale at Heritage of Bel-Air. With the help of Vetter match, Heritage raised a total of $446 from the bake sale. Team members voted to donate the proceeds to The Briggs & Barrett Project, an agency […]

Norfolk, NE: Toy Corral Display Shared With Residents

Community members who share their hobbies are special guests at Heritage of Bel-Air. Recently, Larry Wittler of Norfolk brought in his toy corrals and set up a display for the residents to enjoy. Larry creates the fences, bunks, gates, tanks, chutes, wagons, hay feeders and bales from wood. And then obtains the necessary figurines to […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Comforted By Furry Friends

Residents at Heritage of Bel-Air experienced some special visitors recently – the furry kind! Amy Brandt of Howells brought in six eight-week-old Texas Heeler puppies for the residents to enjoy. Texas Heeler breed is a cross between an Australian Cattle Dog and an Australian Shepherd. The puppies – named Flash, Gus, Sadie, Bandit, Izzy and […]

Norfolk, NE: Coffee and Donuts Bring Guests Into Facility

A resident at Heritage of Bel-Air was sorely missing his regular coffee and donut group. So, we thought, why not bring the coffee, donuts and group to Heritage of Bel-Air?  The resident’s coffee group along with another senior coffee group from the community was invited in! Over coffee and donuts much laughter and conversation ensued.  There […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Volunteer, Raise Money for Salvation Army

One thing synonymous with the holiday season is the jingle of bells next to the red kettles of the Salvation Army. Several team members from Heritage of Bel-Air volunteered to ring the bell and collect money at the Sunset Plaza shopping mall in Norfolk. What a great way to give back to the community. According […]

Norfolk, NE: Families Urged to Lean on Memories During Memorial Ceremony

The holidays are a joyous time but can also be difficult especially to those who’ve lost loved ones. With grief still heavy in their hearts, family members, team members and friends gathered at Heritage of Bel-Air for the annual Memory Tree ceremony. In its fourth year, the Memory Tree ceremony is held in memory of […]

Norfolk, NE: Cookies As Fun To Make As They Are To Eat

Residents at Heritage of Bel-Air reminisced about making holiday goodies while also satisfying their sweet tooth at a recent cookie baking and decorating activity. From rolling the dough and cutting the holiday-themed shapes, residents were involved from beginning to end. Icing and sprinkles gave the cookies festive flair. But which is better . . . making the […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Play in the Snow

Many of our residents at Heritage of Bel-Air don’t get outside to play in the snow. So we thought why not bring the “snow” in? Heritage of Bel-Air’s Life Enrichment team and a group of residents made “snow” by combining baking soda and hair conditioner.  It was mixed by hand. The “snow” was added to the […]

Norfolk,NE: Scavenger Hunt Highlights Vetter Health Services’ Vision

What do you get when you take Vetter Health Services’ Visions and turn them into clues? A really fun scavenger hunt! People Development Coordinator Kim and Dietary Manager Becky provided each vision clue. That clue lead participants to a team member who then received the next clue. The scavenger hunt had a total of six clues. […]

Norfolk, NE: Card Making Treasured Activity

People have been sending Christmas cards for 175 years. And although the number of holiday cards sent has declined significantly since then, the tradition is alive and well at Heritage of Bel-Air thanks to volunteer Peg Studts. For the second year in a row, Studts has led a Christmas card creation activity. She said it gives […]

Norfolk, NE: Let’s Go to the Hop!

Residents were transported back to the 1950’s era recently with a Sock Hop planned by Life Enrichment. Waitresses donning poodle skirts served malts and French fries. Classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes were played and there was even a visit from the “Happy Days” TV character “Fonzie.” Residents were able to get their photos taken with […]

Norfolk, NE: Let the Creativity Flow

Team members and residents at Heritage of Bel-Air were more creative than ever with its annual pumpkin decorating contest. Team members paired up and came up with an array of ideas! There was a pumpkin in a bathtub with curlers for hair, Oscar the Grouch with real trash on his trash can, a baby elephant, […]

Norfolk, NE: Soup Luncheon Raises Funds for California Caregivers

When Vetter Health Services put out a challenge for all of its facilities to raise money to support the caregivers affected by the California wildfires, Heritage of Bel-Air went above and beyond.  Administrator Katie Frederick planned a soup luncheon. Team members brought in Crockpots full of soup – from chili to taco, creamy potato and […]

Norfolk, NE: Nearly 300 pies distributed for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time set aside to count blessings. And at Heritage of Bel-Air there are so many!  To commemorate the holiday, Heritage of Bel-Air distributed nearly 300 pumpkin pies. Each team member received a pie and so did each vendor or delivery person who made a stop at our facility in the days leading […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Member Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Bill Clinton was president. “Jurrassic Park” (the original one!) opened in theaters. 1993 was also the year that Diane started working for Vetter Health Services. Diane celebrated her 25th work anniversary recently with cake for all team members at the last all-team meeting. She started as a cook at Hooper Care Center where she worked […]

Nolfolk, NE: Would you like a free slice of pie with that?

The best advertising is word of mouth! That’s why Heritage of Bel-Air focuses on promoting its facility with involvement in the community. And sugar helps, too!  Administrator Katie Frederick and Public Relations Coordinator Trisha Thompson spent several hours at a local restaurant, The Granary, doing just that – promoting Heritage of Bel-Air through free slices […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air residents love ‘Lucy’

Residents experienced a blast from the past when Heritage of Bel-Air’s own ‘Lucille Ball’ made an appearance last month.  Gail, a Life Enrichment coordinator, donned the character’s signature look – from the red curls and hair tie to the polka-dot dress to commemorate I Love Lucy Day on Oct. 15.  It was on that day […]

Norfolk, NE: Honoring Our Veterans

Heritage of Bel-Air observed Veterans Day with a special breakfast and program honoring its veterans. The day started with breakfast of sausage, bacon, potatoes, eggs and cinnamon roll – catered by Hy-Vee. Later that afternoon, a special Veterans Day program included a color guard presentation and Pledge of Allegiance led by American Legion Post 16. […]

Norfolk, NE: Win-Win: Residents Receive TLC, Beauty Students Receive Practice

Heritage of Bel-Air’s chapel was recently transformed into a nail salon and residents received some well-deserved pampering! Joseph’s College of Beauty students set up shop for an hour, treating residents to manicures in lilac, red, pink and all sorts of shades in between. Twenty-eight residents received manicures. The beauty college students have been visiting Bel-Air […]

Norfolk, NE: A Boo-tiful Halloween Night

Ghosts, goblins, princesses and dinosaurs, too – all sorts of characters roamed through Heritage of Bel-Air for the annual Trick-or-Treat event for residents’ families Halloween night. Costumed children were able to collect candy door to door throughout the building. The annual event is one that many residents look forward to each year. Even residents who […]

Norfolk, NE: Getting Creative With Pumpkin Decorating

Fall is in full swing at Heritage of Bel-Air and we’re helping our residents celebrate! To commemorate the season, Life Enrichment planned pumpkin decorating – complete with stickers and paint! Some of the residents used real fallen leaves from the trees outside the building to fashion a hat or hair for their pumpkin. The residents […]

Norfolk, NE: Meet Beuhla Bell the Scarecrow

The afternoon event included Halloween trivia and scarecrow dressing. The resident’s named the scarecrow, Beuhla Bell. The residents were split into teams for trivia. When the team was able to answer the trivia question correctly, they would pick a different clothing item to put on the scarecrow. The scarecrow had 2 different outfits. She was […]

Norfolk, NE: Hotdogging for the Walk to End Alzheimers

September 20th marked the annual “Hotdog Drive Thru” at Heritage of Bel-Air. For the past 2 years, Heritage of Bel-Air has held a hotdog drive thru to raise money for the 2018 Northeast Nebraska Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The sack lunch served costs $5 each year. It includes a hot dog, chips, cookie, and a […]

Norfolk, NE: Rocking the 80s to Celebrate Team Satisfaction

Every year, Heritage of Bel-Air, contracts with My Innerview, to complete an annual satisfaction survey with the team members. The goal with the annual survey is to continually grow the “excellent” responses for “recommendation for the job”. This year, 73% of the total responses for the question “recommendation for the job” were answered with an […]

Norfolk, NE: Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork

The challenge for July and August was to nominate team members that are excellent at working with the other team members. The award was called “Teamwork makes the Dreamwork”. The team members that were nominated were put on a ballot. The team voted at the August meeting. Megan Kocmich, was chosen as the team member […]

Norfolk, NE: Tami Suing Recipient of the Health Care Hero

Tami Suing, Restorative Coordinator, at Heritage of Bel-Air was the 2018 recipient of the Nebraska Nursing Facilities Association’s Health Care Hero award. She received recognition at the 2018 Fall Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 19, 2018. Tami started at Heritage of Bel-Air over a year ago and has built an amazing restorative program for […]

Norfolk, NE: Darling Dog Parade

Sunday, August 26 marked “National Dog Day”. A great day to invite dogs in for a parade. Resident prepared doggy treats the week before to share. Team members and family members showed off their dogs as they paraded through the halls. Both small and large dogs made the parade. Some of the dogs were dressed […]

Norfolk, NE: Bringing Families Together…Family Picnic 2018

Friday, August 3 marked a spot in the history of Heritage of Bel-Air. The annual family picnic was held with a record number of family members attending–almost 300. Resident’s and team member’s families were invited to attend the annual barbecue. The agenda included burgers,hot dogs and the fixings, Amy Cerney for musical entertainment, clowns making […]

Norfolk, NE: 1st Annual Pool Party

Heritage of Bel Air wanted to thank their team for all of their hard work and great care for the residents, so we celebrated with a pool party for them and their families. We rented out the water park for a couple of hour. We had over 140 people come and enjoy the water, pizza […]

Norfolk, NE: Pool Party & Margaritas

With the July heat came a day for enjoying the outdoors. The front patio was decked out with Hawaiian decorations and small pools. The bubble machines were filled. The IN2L was set to Hawaiian music. The margarita machines were started. The pineapple cups were filled with margaritas. Edible sand cups were made. Residents were invited […]

Norfolk, NE: BBQ Bash in Honor of Father’s Day

Families of all of the men residents were invited to enjoy a BBQ in honor of Father’s Day. The intent was to BBQ and spend time outside . . . but the weather was too hot and humid. The chapel was used instead. The local Antique Car Club displayed antique cars for the residents and […]

Norfolk, NE: 4th of July Celebration…Fireworks & Firepit

The evening of July 3rd was set aside to celebrate the 4th of July. Residents were invited to the front patio. Smores were made over the fire pit as the residents enjoyed the firework show. The residents enjoyed the firework show put on by the Administrator’s son, Tytan, as the residents talked about it for […]

Norfolk, NE: Dress Making

We started our June All-Team meeting with a little fun. Team members at Heritage of Bel Air put their creativity and teamwork into play. We numbered off and broke into groups and gave the team 10 minutes to make the best outfit out of two rolls of toilet paper. There was a lot of laughter […]

Norfolk, NE: Summer Send Off

Heritage of Bel-Air loaded the bus with residents and popsicles and headed to Bel-Air, the grade school up the street. The residents visited each classroom, handing out popsicles and wishing the kids a “great summer”. The kids and residents were so excited. Smiles radiated throughout. This was the kick-off for an annual tradition to keep […]

Norfolk, NE: Spring Fling

To kick off Nursing Home Week and celebrate Mother’s Day, families were invited in for the annual Spring Fling at Heritage of Bel-Air. The dining room was decorated with bright colors and Gerber daisies throughout, making it feel like spring all around. Dessert and punch were served, as the residents and their families enjoyed the […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air . . . Celebrating Good Times

Heritage of Bel-Air is proud to announce that it has received a “deficiency-free” result on its recent annual Department of Public Health Certification Survey. Long-term Care facilities are surveyed every year by a multi-disciplinary team. The rigorous survey is unannounced and conducted over several days. Inspectors cover almost 200 quality, safety and performance issues such […]

Norfolk, NE: Guess Who Hopped into Heritage of Bel Air

The team waited with anticipation and excitement for the annual Team Easter Egg Hunt. They mapped out their plan to find the best eggs. This year the Easter Bunny (Alexa, Life Enrichment) even joined us for the fun. While the team was out looking for eggs the Leadership Team stayed behind to answer call lights […]

Norfolk, NE: Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The dining room was packed as the families and residents awaited the start of the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The annual hunt is held for families of the residents and team members of Heritage of Bel-Air. The residents and families watched as the kids hunted for the eggs. Prize eggs and “golden” eggs were available […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Gives Back

Heritage of Bel-Air’s dedication to the community is as strong as ever! For the fourth year in a row, Heritage of Bel-Air joined US92 (local radio station) and Northeast Nebraska to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Bel-Air was able to raise nearly $7,000. The team set the 2018 goal for $7,500. […]