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 […]

Seward, NE: Saying Thanks to Teachers & Giving Supplies

Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center served coffee with a variety of creamers and three choices of delicious muffins for the return of the Seward School Personnel Aug. 10, 2018. It was literally a drive through service met with happy “good morning”s and “enjoy the start of a new year” from team members. Thanks to the […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Heads to the Fair

Ridgewood Residents, staff and volunteers headed to the Seward County Fair on Friday Aug. 10, 2018. This is an annual event for the residents, however this year we were able to get to the animals due to the fair paving more areas. Everyone had a great time seeing animals, eating pie, sharing kettle corn, seeing […]

Seward, NE: One Year Injury Free!

Ridgewood Celebrated one year injury free on July 19,2018. It takes everyone to be “on their A game” when it comes to being an injury free facility. The team members at Ridgewood worked hard to ensure this happened this year paying attention to small details and working together. The Home Office came to celebrate and […]

Seward, NE: Visiting Chickens

3 chickens in diapers, bathed and blow dried came to visit and share enjoyment with residents and staff. A residents great grand daughter has been working with the chickens since they were little reading to them and handling them. The chickens love to be held on laps and enjoyed “conversations” with the residents. It was […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood’s Got Talent

Ridgewood residents requested a variety show. What a fantastic idea they had! Residents and team members were invited to sign up and share their talents. Ridgewood Choir sang songs, Verneal shared her paintings, even the administrator participated, dressing up in her nurses uniform from the 70’s and then invited resident, John M to dance with […]

Seward, NE: National Skilled Nursing Care Week

National Skilled Nursing Care Week was a blast! Team members and residents enjoyed dressing up for our fun days: team day, twin day, vacation day, patriotic day and hat day. On Thursday, the community was invited to join us for a free grill out. We set up a bounce house, had yard games, entertainment by […]

Seward, NE: St. John 8th Grade Visit

We were excited when the 8th Grade class said they wanted to come to Ridgewood and spend some time with us. The 8th grade students played Ocean Bingo along side us. They were helpful and kind. After playing bingo, the 8th graders shared with us their beautiful voices. What great talent those 8th graders have! […]

Seward, NE: Party on the Nile

Ridgewood residents were invited to Party on the Nile. This year’s senior prom was made possible with the help of many community members. Seward High School shared their prom decorations with us. The ten foot tall pharaoh arch, numerous camel cut outs, and photo backdrop were huge wow factors. Hillcrest Wedding Decor Rentals provided beautiful […]

Seward, NE: Cookies and Cards for Cops

To thank the law enforcement officers of Seward, our residents spent some time baking chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. The whole building smelled delicious, but the cookies were being reserved for those who protect and serve us. Members of Seward County Sheriff department were greeted at the door with smiles, “thank you’s,” and cookies […]

Seward, NE: Sip and Paint with IN2L

During the planning meeting with residents for national skilled nursing care week, a request was made for another paint and sip party. The IN2L was used to play a video that gave step by step instructions for residents to complete a dandelion painting. Wide and thin brushes and even q-tips were used to create these […]

Seward, NE: Day 3 – Cape Day

In the VETTER WAY acronym, R stands for Represent – We are to be happy and interested while having fun at what we do. The W stands for Work & Living Space – We are to do our part to make the work environment a place where people love to be. Both of these happen […]

Seward, NE: Birthday Bash!

Today was our monthly Birthday Bash. Each month, we celebrate the with the residents who have birthdays during our Birthday Bash. Entertainment by the Franklin Hronik band is always a hit and residents and family members can be seen singing along to the polka music they enjoy. Cake and drinks are served to everyone who […]

Seward, NE: Living in Full Bloom

2018 National Healthcare Volunteer Week is April 15-21. As a part of our “Thanks a Brunch” we wanted to give our wonderful volunteers a special thank you of a flower arrangement. Erin Weides, owner and designer of Flower It, a studio florist in Seward, brought in buckets of flowers, vases and tools, and taught a […]

Seward, NE: Jesus Christ is Risen

Mrs. Meyer and the second grade students from St. John Lutheran School came this afternoon to share the story of Easter with our residents. They did a wonderful job acting out the empty tomb, Jesus appearing to Mary, the disciples and on the road to Emmaus. What a great reminder that Jesus died and rose […]

Seward, NE: First Grade Readers!

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” There is debate over who said this, but the fact remains true: Reading with a child is good for you! The First Grade students from St. John Lutheran School visited us this month and sang songs about […]

Seward, NE: Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Saturday was our Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Residents helped to run the different stations where Ridgewood resident and employee family members could do crafts, play games, get face paint, meet the Easter Bunny and of course, hunt for eggs! It was a great way for team members and their families to interact with residents. Our Easter Bunny […]

Seward, NE: Spring Babies

We had some visitors this week! Baby goats and baby ducks! Two Nigerian dwarf kids and Pekins chicks from B and C Farm in Raymond came to Seward to give and receive love and snuggles. Residents took turns holding the twin two week old baby goats. Owner, Becca Monroe said that they haven’t named the […]

Seward, NE: Cupid’s Heartbreak

Our residents were all very curious about the “Cupid’s Heartbreak Game” that was on their calendar and daily chronicle. “We’re throwing arrows at a heart!” Residents gathered around a bunch of balloons in the shape of a heart. Each had a turn to throw the arrow hoping to “break” Cupid’s heart. Each balloon had a […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Sip and Paint

Mia Nguyen of Too Blessed Mia Arts came to us to lead a Sip and Paint party. If you’re not familiar with what a sip and paint party is, it is a painting class where students follow step by step directions and create their own beautiful masterpieces, all while enjoying something to sip on. Mia […]

Seward, NE: Our Bulldogs are Champions!

We attended last nights match up between our beloved Bulldogs and the Doane Tigers. The women of the Bulldog basketball team have spent time getting to know our residents through playing basketball with us, joining us for BINGO, and even coming to paint fingernails. We were thrilled to have another opportunity to cheer for our […]

Seward, NE: Strike! Strike! Strike!

There is a new bowling champion at Ridgewood. Teddy bowled three strikes in a row last week and was named the new Ridgewood Bowling Champ! We bowl twice a month, and the traveling trophy had been staying with John, who was this week’s second place winner. John, however, picked up a spare after two 7 […]

Seward, NE: Songs and Valentines

The fourth grade class from St. John Lutheran School visited our residents on Friday. They sang a song about the 50 Nifty United States. It was impressive to hear them sing and list all of the Unites States in alphabetical order. And we agree, Nebraska is the best! After that, they brought along supplies to […]

Seward, NE: Dessert and Dancing!

Saturday was Ridgewood’s Valentine Dessert Social. Residents and family members were invited into our Community Hall for a time of music, laughter and delicious desserts! The day before, some residents helped to make centerpieces for the social and they added so much to the atmosphere of the event. Music was provided by Clifford Lowell, who […]

Seward, NE: What a Game!

On January 10, several of our residents took a trip down to Concordia University, to watch the women’s basketball team beat Briar Cliff in an exciting game. A week before, the team visited us at Ridgewood and spent some time shooting baskets with us. It was so fun to watch coach Drew Olson win his […]

Seward, NE: Our Redeemer Lutheran School visits for National Lutheran Schools Week

Happy National Lutheran Schools Week! We are glad the weather didn’t stop our friends from visiting us! Today students from Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Staplehurst visited us as a part of their week of celebration. Our residents colored pictures, played Uno, Dominoes and other games with the children who visited. It was a great […]

Seward, NE: Hawaiian Music and Hula!

Today the afternoon entertainment was Ka’ala Kaio singing Hawaiian music, and his daughter, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Anuhea Corbin, dancing the hula. Anuhea has been dancing hula from the age of five and has enjoyed sharing that part of her culture with others. As a special treat, Jeanne Schoen, DON, Amanda Wassinger, Staff Development/Infection Prevention, and […]

Seward, NE: We Had A Ball

The Concordia University Women’s Basketball team visited us today. They started by introducing themselves and then gave us a little example of some of the warm up drills they do for practice. After that, the shoot out began. Our maintenance team made our basketball hoops, and there were beach balls being shot from every direction. […]

Seward, NE: Christmas Fishing

Our residents went fishing this week, but we were indoors, and our hooks and our catch were the Christmas treat, candy canes! Residents took turns challenging one another to see who could hook the most candy canes at once and who could catch the most in the least amount of time. We sang Christmas carols […]

Seward, NE: Veterans Sharing Stories

In November we asked Infection Prevention Nurse Amanda W. to share about her experience during her time of service in the Army National Guard. Amanda shared a video from basic training and talked about her time in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina relief, where she worked as security. Some residents also shared some of their memories […]

Seward, NE: Nebraska National Guard Museum Visit

After having Gerald Meyer visit us at Ridgewood in May to share about the work he is doing at the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward, some of our residents took a trip to visit the museum and see it for themselves. Gerald gave us a guided tour of the museum which also included a […]

Seward, NE: Gingerbread Houses with the Builders Club

We love having community groups visit us at Ridgewood! The Seward Middle School Builders Club visited us to build gingerbread houses together. It took lots of teamwork, and trial and error, but both residents and students enjoyed working together to make these sweet projects! What a great way to get ready for the holidays. We […]

Seward, NE: Fun in the Sun with Concordia Volleyball Team

The Concordia University Volleyball team came to Ridgewood to join our residents for some Fun in the Sun! One of our favorite activities, Fun in the Sun is a game using pool noodles and balloons. The volleyball team was great at keeping the balloons from hitting the floor. Our residents get hand eye coordination practice […]

Seward, NE: Crafting Stars

Today we had UNL Art student, Emma Orwen invite us to participate in a public art project. Emma is taking a sculpture class and is incorporating work from different groups in the community. She thought our residents would be a great group to start with. We used different shades of yellow yarn and wrapped them […]

Seward, NE: Thanking our Soldiers

Residents gathered in the Life Enrichment room today to write letters to soldiers overseas. We used the IN2L to access, a website that sends letters and packages to soldiers who don’t often receive mail. This month we selected an Army Sargent and his unit. Each resident wrote a card of thanks and encouragement, and […]

Seward, NE: The Races at Ridgewood

There were two Kentucky Derby races at Ridgewood in Seward. To prepare for the races, some residents made flowered hats to wear. At the race, residents chose their race horse, and then rolled a dice to see how many spaces forward their horses would go. The winner of the first Race was Jenny M. with […]

Seward, NE: A Hollywood Night in Seward!

The red carpet was rolled out for the residents, family members, staff and volunteers on Friday Night. It was the first ever prom to be held at Ridgewood with a theme of “A Hollywood Night.” Each guest who arrived at prom was given a corsage or boutonniere made of roses. These were donated by Ridgewood […]

Seward, NE: Easter Family Fun!

The Easter Egg-Stravaganza was full of games, egg hunting and carrot nibbling! Ridgewood residents helped to host this Easter event for families of residents and employees. The craft station was run by Teddy G. Children decorated flower pots and took home a bag of potting mix and a few seeds to plant. The games were […]

Seward, NE: Souls Fed by Needle and Thread

“You didn’t even need our quilts!” exclaimed Marian Fosler, Blue Valley Quilting Guild member. There were so many residents who brought in special quilts and special stories to the Quilt Show on Wednesday. Members of the Blue Valley Quilt Guild were also invited to share quilts with the residents. There were quilts that were over […]

Seward, NE: Ridgewood Poets

Ridgewood’s Poetry Coffee House was quite a success. Prior to the event, residents were invited to work on poems to share, or find some of their favorites. Students from Concordia University hosted the Poetry Coffee House providing music, serving drinks and cookies, and sharing some of their favorite poetry as well. One of the favorite […]