Norfolk, NE: Residents Spruce Up Facility

It’s starting to look a little more spring-like around Heritage of Bel-Air! We were able to get outside and do some planting and sprucing. Under the direction of Gloria Nielsen in Life Enrichment, some of our green-thumbed residents got their hands dirty and helped as well. Outstanding Facilities-We will develop buildings and grounds that enhance […]

Norfolk, NE: Classic Car Shares Facility Name

It’s not everyday that a 1957 Chevy Bel Air pulls up to Heritage of Bel-Air! But that’s exactly what happened recently when Greg and Pat Pennisi of Norfolk stopped by to show off their classic car with the same name! Mr. Pennisi had the Bel Air vehicle fully restored. A classic car and a classic […]

Norfolk, NE: Ashly Had A Little Lamb…

Ashly had a little lamb and she brought it to Heritage of Bel-Air to share with our residents! Our team member, Ashly Reese of Stanton, brought 1-week-old Murphy for a visit today. The residents loved petting and holding him! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, […]

Norfolk, NE: A Flurry of Fun Activities Packed Into National Nursing Home Week

What does a Husker tailgate party, jazz music and tie-dye all have in common? They were all elements of a fun National Nursing Home Week celebration at Heritage of Bel-Air. The week started off with a special performance by the Pierce High School Jazz Band. The residents were very impressed with the talent and there […]

Norfolk, NE: Life Is Sweet With Cookie Treats!

There were too many cooks in the kitchen today and it was a really great thing! The residents made chocolate chip cookies in a mug! They did all of the mixing of ingredients and then we popped it in the microwave for them. What a sweet treat! They also mixed a batch of traditional chocolate […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air Hosts its Annual ‘Spring Fling’ Celebration

A gorgeous spring day was the backdrop to Heritage of Bel-Air’s annual ‘Spring Fling’ women’s tea. Eighty-five people attended including residents and their family members and friends. The dining room was decorated by brightly-colored flowers with the decor in bright green, pink, blue and yellow. Attendees enjoyed a strawberry dessert and punch; and were serenaded […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Tee Off on ‘We Love Big Putts’ Golf Course

Heritage of Bel-Air’s solarium was transformed into the “We Love Big Putts” golf course! The activity, sponsored by the Pep Club, allowed for team members to putt the four-hole course for a chance to win a Divots (mini golf) gift certificate. Team members found the course to be more difficult than it appeared with one […]

Norfolk, NE: Special Performance Given By Youth

The entertainment is always top-notch at Heritage of Bel-Air! Our residents recently enjoyed a musical from St. Paul’s Lutheran School Kindergarten, first and second-graders! The students performed several songs, recitations and dance numbers. After their performance, the students were thanked with applause and ice cream. Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates […]

Norfolk, NE: Springing Into Spring With Card Crafts

The weather may not seem very spring-like but inside Heritage of Bel-Air, spring was in the air with a card-making craft! Residents arranged flower and jar stickers onto a card stamped with the words “Spring” for stems. Inside, the words “Hope Your Day is Filled with Flowers” were stamped and residents added butterfly stickers. Our […]

Norfolk, NE: Easter Scavenger Hunt

Heritage of Bel-Air’s Pep Club sponsored an Easter-themed scavenger hunt for team members. The clues took team members around the building, picking up parts of a bunny to complete a picture. Rules and the first clue were given at the time clock: “I’m scattered throughout this place My tail, ears, body and face Piece by […]

Norfolk, NE: Egg Hunt Not Just For Kids But Team Members, Too!

Heritage of Bel-Air hosted a team member Easter egg hunt because … adults should have fun, too! Nearly 100 eggs were filled with candy and or prize slips and “hidden” on the facility’s west lawn. Teamwork: Our relationships are built on mutual trust and respect. We recognize the value and worth of each person we […]

Norfolk, NE: Egg-dyeing Tradition Lives On With A New Twist

Egg dyeing at Easter time is an often-loved tradition. For residents at Heritage of Bel-Air, this tradition turned into an art project. Instead of dipping the hard-boiled eggs into dye, this year residents used a rice method! Food coloring was added to a small plastic baggie filled with some rice. Once the residents mixed the […]

Norfolk, NE: Administrator Helps Build Home in Mexico

We work for an amazing company, Vetter Health Services, that gives back in so many unique ways. Last week, our administrator Katie Frederick helped build a home for a family in Mexico as part of the Vetter Foundation. “So much better to give than to receive,” she said. “This sweet family was such a blessing. […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Member Honored With Respect Award

Congratulations to Beth Rinkel, our transportation coordinator, for winning our Radiating Respect Award! This award is given to a team member who radiates warmth, compassion and respect while skillfully performing their duties! Beth has been at Heritage of Bel-Air for 23 years and we definitely keep her running all day long – transporting residents to […]

Norfolk, NE: Kids Hoppy To Egg Hunt

Residents and team member’s families were invited to Bel-Air to hunt for Easter eggs. Children were divided up into age groups and searched for hundreds of candy-filled eggs outside the facility. Several eggs were also “prize” eggs. Residents enjoyed watching the children search! The Easter bunny was also on hand for the festivities. After the […]

Norfolk, NE: Crafts Turn Out Cute as a Button

The residents at Heritage of Bel-Air love to create! Recently, the Life Enrichment team along with a resident family member volunteer, helped lead a button craft. Each resident was given a craft paper with their monogram on it. Then they sifted through buttons for just the right ones to layer on their monogram. A little […]

Norfolk, NE: Resident Celebrates Special Milestone Birthday

Birthdays are always a cause for special celebration at Heritage of Bel-Air and there were 100 reasons to host a big party recently! One of our residents, Addie, turned 100! She celebrated with an open house surrounded by family and friends. And then a 100-balloon release took place with her family by her side. Did you […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air Celebrates Team Member Longevity

More than 60 years of combined experience in these two photos! Wow! These three charge nurses all work the night shift at the same nurses station …. Ann Boyd boasts 20 years of experience; Gloria Brummels, 30 years and Rachel Mittelstaedt, 10 years! We are so grateful for the longevity at Bel-Air! Excellent Teams: We […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents React to New Chip Flavors

Who doesn’t love a good taste test? Recently, residents tried all sorts of potato chip flavors – jalapeno, sweet corn, horseradish, beer cheese and maple bacon! Life Enrichment also made their own potato chips. Yum! Yum! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Share Kindness Ideas

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis As part of Good Samaritan Day, residents created an Acts of Kindness bulletin board, giving suggestions on how to spread kindness to others. Integrity-Our relationships, services and […]

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 […]