Seward, NE: Jewel Is A Jewel Visiting Us

We were blessed to have a very special visitor at Ridgewood on Cinco de Mayo! Jewel and her owner Sheila, came to say “HI” to our residents. During this time when people are not allowed inside, we bring a bit of cheer and joy with window visits. Many of the residents were able to see […]

Seward, NE: April Fool’s Day Parade

What is more fun than a parade? An April Fool’s Day dress up day with root beer FLOATS! Yes, every parade needs a float. With the help of some of my fabulous teammates we started April 1st delivering root beer floats to our fabulous residents in Memory Support. I am not sure which brought more […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Ready-Aim-Fire

It may not technically be deer hunting season, but we thought it would be fun anyway. Our maintenance man Scott assisted Life Enrichment by “dressing up” as a deer while residents were taking some target practice. The residents laughed when it entered, but really laughed when he challenged one person to hit his target and […]

Seward, NE: Hanging With My “Gnomies”

Thank you to Jennie Triplette for showing her excellence. Jennie is a crafty person in her off hours and willingly assisted Life Enrichment in making Gnomes for Valentine’s days. Residents were excited to get to make their own Gnome and thought they were all cute. Jennie guided us through the process on two different households […]

Seward, NE: Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is for love so Ridgewood decided to try something new this year. Each resident and guest received a carnation with their meal of pork flat iron steak, grilled asparagus, baked potato half, roll, shrimp and corn bisque soup. Dessert was chocolate covered strawberries (which residents helped prepare the day before) and two layered […]

Seward, NE: Money=Food

Everyone loves weekends! What if your family did not have food to eat over the weekend or you knew come Friday when you leave school you would not have a nice hot meal until Monday when you returned to school? Most of us are fortunate we don’t have to worry. There are those in our […]

Seward, NE: Breakfast and G.I. Cup of Joe

G.I. Cup of Joe, a veterans coffee group, meets the first and third Wednesdays from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Seward VFW Club. Approximately a year ago we were excited to join the places of Seward who provide breakfast for this wonderful group. Today the Veterans surprised our cook Connie Jindra and facility with […]

Seward, NE: One Year Injury Free

January 14, 2020 Ridgewood was able to celebrate their injury free year. Excellent teams does not only mean radiating warmth, compassion and respect, but also being safe. Ridgewood team members have been able to earn being injury due to people being on their “A” game in taking care of residents and others by being safe […]

Seward, NE: Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you does not seem like enough when it comes to having wonderful people in your life. We are all given a different path to live and we never know where the path will lead. We are blessed at Ridgewood to have a wonderful Dietary Manager and team who put on a great Thanksgiving meal […]

Seward, NE: Believe in Love

Sixty-four years ago today on a cold, snow blowing, sleeting day these two wonderful folks said “I do”. Today even though it was cold outside you could feel the warmth and love John and Barbara share 64 years later. John had no idea when talking to me he was participating in a surprise for the […]

Seward, NE: Thank You Veterans

Thank you does not seem like enough when it comes to Veterans. They have given so much and made these freedoms possible for us today. We are blessed at Ridgewood to have 15 Veteran’s living with us. Three Air Force, four Navy and 8 Army. We were able to gather today to thank them for […]

Seward, NE: Halloween Eve

It’s Halloween Eve and all is well until…it’s crazy hat or hair day. Then it’s laughter, smiles, giggles from staff, residents and visitors. In the spirit of having fun at the work place it’s nice to have those special days were a person can do something a little different, yet get people’s needs met and […]

Seward, NE: Trick or Treat

There is nothing better than spending a chilly Sunday afternoon than handing out Halloween candy. Ridgewood held it’s community trick or treating event Oct. 27 and saw many different characters come through the front doors. For some it was their first trick or treating, for others they had several years experience. The biggest treat was […]

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Seward, NE: Coffee With Our Cops!

To honor those who protect and serve our community, Ridgewood residents and staff held a coffee with a cop get together. A few of Seward’s finest were able to attend where we were able to say “THANK YOU” ask questions and learn more about them. Officers were even given a Ridgewood travel mug and invited […]

Seward, NE: I am AVERY!

It started as a joke and turned into a very humorous event with t-shirts! Avery has set high standards for himself in doing his job efficiently and effectively while modeling for others. Avery is quick to answer call lights and one day a nurse jokingly said to Hope and Roman that Avery would have gotten […]

Seward, NE: Congratulations Hugh!

Congratulations to Hugh for his 65 years with the Exeter, Nebraska VFW! Hugh joined the Army and served in Korea from 1951-1953. Hugh was in the 3rd Division tank and field Artillery Unit where he fired a 105 mm. Hugh and his team had to travel for 16 days on a ship each way to […]

Seward, NE: Seward County Fair

August brings fair time to Seward. Many people know someone who is involved in the fair one way or the other. We are fortunate to take residents and explore memories of farming with old tractors, eating home made pie, good conversations and of course petting animals, or kissing them as the llama preferred. The llama […]

Seward, NE: Garden Beauty

We are so blessed and fortunate to have so many beautiful things in our lives. Have you ever stopped to think how many blessings we have in a day? Have you ever stopped, looked at God’s beauty and think we are thankful? Many people do not and yet some do. Our courtyard in Hummingbird was […]

Seward, NE: Welcome Back School Personnel

It’s that time of year where people are getting ready for school. On Friday Aug. 9, 2019 Ridgewood put on their second annual welcome back coffee and muffin drive through for school personnel. They were literally able to drive up, get their hot coffee in a Ridgewood travel mug and choose from three different muffin […]

Seward, NE: 50th Anniversary-Landing on the Moon!

If you were born in 1969, what were you doing when the moon landing happened? Some were too young to remember, some saw it on black and white TV and others may have even been there! Ridgewood celebrated with a week of fun. A moon quiz, moon snacks, throw back Thursday to 1969 and an […]

Seward, NE: Got your GOAT!!!

When you live in a farming community you get blessed with folks willing to share their goats for a visit. Residents enjoyed these two goats visiting throughout the building with the residents. It was great to see smiling faces when they were able to realize the noises that sounded like babies crying were actual goats. […]

Seward, NE: Great Day on the Lake!

Despite the temperature on land there was a great breeze on Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo Thursday June 27th. Residents at Ridgewood had the pleasure of touring the lake with LiveWell GoFish. We were fortunate to catch a few fish while enjoying the sunshine and flew a kite as well. One resident was even our “Skipper” […]


We celebrated the wonderful CNAs this week with a Red Carpet Oscar winning performance of activities and food! 🙂 We appreciate all our CNAs who spend time with our residents meeting not only their daily needs, but going above and beyond to ensure they are loved and enjoying life. Thank you for your hard work, […]

Seward, NE: Take Me Out To The Ball Game!!

It was a beautiful night Friday June 7, 2019 for a Salt Dogs baseball game. Seven residents and many staff and their families were able to enjoy the night out. We had special shirts made for out outing and were able to enjoy one of our residents Marc throwing out the first pitch. Homer also […]

Seward, NE: Penny Wars…A Success

A penny is so much more than one cent. Ridgewood played penny wars to raise money for the Vetter Foundation. Each household was given a large container (except the Robin household had 2) to play. The idea was to get as many pennies in your team’s container while skillfully “sabotaging” the other households with dollars […]

Seward, NE: Birthday Bash!

April brought Easter and the monthly Birthday Bash celebration! Ridgewood is blessed to have Connie Jindra!! Connie graciously shares her creativity and fabulous talent of cake decorating each month. Connie made two fabulous looking cakes like this for April’s birthday bash. Not only was it festive (people didn’t want to cut it), but it was […]

Seward, NE: Congratulations Lady Bulldogs!

2019 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champions…Concordia Bulldogs. The ladies were able to take some time with assistant Coach Tae’lor Purdy to come and allow Ridgewood to celebrate their success! This group of fine young women have been to Ridgewood twice since fall helping decorate pumpkins and making sock snowmen. It was only fitting […]

Seward, NE: It’s All About People

Without people we’d be no where. Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Facility is blessed to have a wonderful People Development Coordinator. Rachel Pustovit goes above and beyond to select and develop team members who radiate warmth and compassion. She conducts orientation classes to develop excellent teams. Rachel is one of the first people you meet when […]

Seward, NE: First Spring Flower

The first sign of spring showed up at Ridgewood on March 7th. So many people were talking about the snow, cold, the long winter we’re having, so one of the Life Enrichment assistants took her creative painting outside and painted a flower in the snow so people to see and think of spring. It brought […]

Seward, NE: Blankets for Fur Friends

It never seems to fail when there is a dog or cat visiting there are many smiles. Ridgewood is organizing a fund raiser for the Blue Valley Pet Rescue and staff can choose to pay $2.00 Friday-Sunday to wear jeans or different scrubs. The residents got involved during Life Enrichment groups to make 4 tie […]

Seward, NE: Drinks for Everyone

Ascera Care kindly provided Ridgewood residents, visitors and staff with a coffee cart on Friday March 1. Ascera Care is one of the hospice providers who ensure the best for those they serve. They were gracious enough to bring some smiles and drinks to Ridgewood. We appreciate the kind gesture Ascera Care. Even the Cat […]

Seward, NE: Friday Fun-Bring Dr. Seuss to Life

Ridgewood ended the celebration of Dr. Seuss week with the opportunity to bring a character to life. As you can see…The Cat In The Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 may be some of his popular characters. Wocket in my Pocket did make an appearance as well as The Grinch. The residents, staff and […]

Seward, NE: Green Eggs and Ham….YUM?

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” Dr. Seuss quotes…well it really isn’t all the bad. Ridgewood had green eggs and ham day as they continue to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week. If you didn’t like the green eggs and ham there was a yummy pretzel looking like it could be an imposture. What […]

Seward, NE: Dr. Seuss continues day 2

Nothing says quality of life more than Dr. Seuss. Weather reading one of his books, wearing crazy socks like a fox (Tuesday) or talking about the Cat in the Hat, one cannot help but smile. If one person smiles it becomes contagious and soon many are smiling and having a good time. Ridgewood had crazy […]

Seward, NE: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

You are never too old to enjoy Dr. Seuss. In honor of his birthday coming up on March 2nd. Ridgewood is enjoying a week of blue, red, fish, socks, snacks and so much more. Rachel Pustovit put together themes for each day for staff and residents to enjoy. Monday we celebrated Red, Blue, One fish, […]

Seward, NE: Snow Fun!

I think everyone has made the comment in the last few days, “I wish it would stop snowing.” At some point you learn to embrace what you’ve been given and enjoy the day. During a Life Enrichment group with Clara, residents made snow ice cream. A couple had done it before others had not. It […]

Seward, NE: The Fun of Carpet Cleaning

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and useful. At Ridgewood Scott Nitz displayed his care and compassion with Doris. Doris is spunky, on the go and has talked about the man that runs the big machine. On Thursday Feb. 7, 2019, Doris wanted to help clean carpets and she was not intimidated by the big blue […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Gives to Foster Friends

Ridgewood’s 4th Quarter community outreach campaign raised money and supplies for Foster Friends, a local non-profit organization. Foster Friends supports foster families by providing needed supplies for children who have just been put in the system or who are currently living in foster care. The Vetter Foundation provided us $250 and the team members raised […]

Seward, NE: Life Stories

Seward is a great place to be especially when you have great neighbors like Concordia University. These students went out and talked with older adults in their lives or even people they did not know to learn about Life Stories and how they are important to everyone. One of the students even interviewed one of […]

Seward, NE: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Snow is falling and the colder temperatures didn’t stop the staff and residents of Ridgewood having the Christmas Spirit! We were blessed to have some “elves” assist with putting up some of our trees this year to help remember their loved one who passed away earlier this year. She was very instrumental in helping decorate […]

Seward, NE: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Ridgewood in Seward! It’s not everyday someone calls you up and says they would like to donate a six foot turkey for residents to enjoy and share their love and talent with you. That’s exactly what happened at Ridgewood. Brandy Rima owner and operator of Brandy’s Balloons in Seward did. She has […]

Seward, NE: Birthday Bash!

Nothing says birthdays like balloons! Seward recently got a business called BB’s specializing in awesome balloons. Brandy did not disappoint. She was able to individualize each person’s balloon with something they liked or represented them. It was amazing to watch her twist, cut and decorate so many balloons in such a short time. Our residents […]

Seward, NE: New Gazebo

Thank you to our fabulous guys: Scott, Chris and Kolten who got the gazebo up in the Hummingbird Garden. They had a few “supervisors” to ensure they did it correctly. Staff and residents are excited to get to use this and in Nebraska with the weather changing we still have a chance. Our maintenance guys […]

Seward, NE: Ready for Cooler Weather

It’s great to be in a community like Seward where right down the street is the St. Vincent DePaul school. The 4th graders did a service project of making fleece tie blankets and brought them up to Ridgewood for residents that may need them. The children stated it did not take long for them to […]

Seward, NE: Thank you Dietary Department

This week Ridgewood is celebrating all the hard work our dietary team does for our residents and all of us. On Wednesday it was dress as a food or drink and as you see by the picture the creativity is endless. We ended up with and ice cream cone (with a cherry on top), a […]

Seward, NE: Gloria Prochnow 2018 N.N.F.A. Champion of Care Award

On Sept. 19, Gloria Prochnow, Housekeeping and Laundry Supervisor at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward, received the 2018 Champion of Care Award from the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA) for providing outstanding resident care. The award was presented to Prochnow at the association’s Fall Convention Awards Luncheon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prochnow was nominated […]

Seward, NE: Love Our Nurses

Ridgewood would be lost without these four excellent team members. They consistently work to assist when needed, go above and beyond when a person (resident, staff or family member) needs anything. They have spent time covering the floors when people have called in and keep everyone informed of what is going on. These four nurses […]

Seward, NE: Grandparent’s Day!

Sunday Sept. 9th Ridgewood celebrated Grandparent’s day by serving free pancake and sausage for the community, residents and staff. It was great to see all the families come and enjoy spending time with one another while celebrating Grandparents and Great Grandparents. It’s amazing to see the number of generations in families and such a blessing. […]

Seward, NE: GO BIG RED!

Friday Aug. 31, 2018 residents and staff gathered for the big tailgate of 2018 to kick off the FROST of Nebraska’s football season. Much anticipation of what Coach Frost will offer this season as people were able to guess the score, guess the number of red and white M & Ms and enjoy time with […]