Wahoo, NE: Spirit Week Fun

The Halloween Spirit was alive and well at South Haven. The week brought the return of Spirit Week to South Haven. Throughout the week residents & staff enjoyed Mis-match Day, Throwback Thursday, Pajama Day, and of course, Husker Day. It was amazing to see the wide variety of outfits and costumes that everyone created. Pumpkins […]

Wahoo, NE: Halloween Fun at South Haven

October 31st brought a large assortment of characters to the halls of South Haven. Residents and staff outfitted in their best costumes welcomed the neighborhood trick or treaters. As the halls filled with laughter and excitement the residents handed out treats near their rooms. Seeing all the young ones was a highlight of our residents’ […]

Wahoo, NE: Husker Pep Rally

South Haven staff and residents kicked off the season with a Pep Rally full of Husker spirit! The kitchen provided tailgate appetizers, everyone wore their best Husker gear and colors. Pom poms, whistles, balloons, and smiles were everywhere! We had several ladies represent cheerleaders, and several gentlemen entered to the booming tunnel walk playing over […]

Wahoo, NE: The Parade – An Annual Tradition

The annual Saunders County Parade in Wahoo was on everyone’s to do list at South Haven during fair week. It was a beautiful summer evening to be at the parade as we enjoyed sack lunches while we waited for the parade to start. Residents eagerly watched for family members and friends in the parade. Statements […]

Wahoo, NE: Loving Creatures Big & Small

The excitement and smiles everywhere as the Pet Show participants arrived. Residents were encouraged to touch, hold and love the pets. There were several types of snakes, a Guinea pig and a gecko. Several dogs, a puppy, a kitten, bunnies and a hedgehog were also shared with our residents. A pony was also brought in […]

Wahoo, NE: The Sun, The Water & A Boat

What happens when you mix South Haven residents, Lake Wanahoo, warm weather and the Live Well Go Fish group? The result is many happy, smiling faces and many fish that have been caught! The fishing was amazing for the Live Well Go Fish group and our residents. Each resident caught at least one fish, most […]

Wahoo, NE: A Week FULL of Fun

National Nursing Home Week’s Survivor challenge is just that, a challenge, at South Haven. Teams of residents & team members have been completing challenges throughout the week to be the top survivor. The week has brought many fun things to the residents. Fontenelle Forest presented a program on Raptors and brought owls along to show. […]

Wahoo, NE: Surviving The Rainforest

Listening to the sounds of crickets, water and monkeys, South Haven residents and team members are the “Survivors” of the rainforests and jungles at South Haven. Waterfalls and Tiki Huts have taken over the halls of South Haven for National Nursing Home Week. Totem poles and vines can be found wherever you look. You don’t […]

Wahoo, NE: Reubens and Backpacks

Reuben sandwiches are a tradition at South Haven. Each year we hold a fund raiser selling reubens. Pre-orders are delivered to your car by our favorite “pickle” at our “drive-thru”. This year we chose the Saunders County Ministerial Association’s Backpack Program as the benefactor of our fund raiser. The Backpack Program sends weekend meals home […]

Wahoo, NE: Gold Medals Awarded at South Haven

When the Winter Olympics came to South Haven Ice Fishing, Curling & Target Shooting took on new meanings. Residents were able to earn points by catching certain fish. More points could be earned by Curling with cheese puffs. The goal was to toss the cheese puff and hit the whipped cream on your partners head. […]

Wahoo, NE: Pancakes & Fat Tuesday

Pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes! Fat Tuesday brought the pancake lovers out at South Haven. Residents and staff were able to enjoy the pancakes, sausage and fun. The rule “Don’t play with your food” was totally ignored as residents stacked pancakes as high as they could. Flying pancakes, although low and only for short distances, […]

Wahoo, NE: A Cake For Every Birthday

Whether we admit it or not, birthdays are something special to almost everyone. It makes no difference if we are 5 or 95! South Haven recently welcomed Kelly Eklund as our new Dietary Manager. Birthdays are important to Kelly and our residents! She makes a special cake for each resident when they have a birthday. […]

Wahoo, NE: Christmas Fun & Laughter at South Haven

The Annual Christmas Variety Show was held at South Haven. It always guarantees to put smiles on our residents’ faces! Our therapy department put a new twist on The Twelve Days of Christmas. Our Alden neighborhood presented their version of Santa Baby and Leadership presented a unique version of The Night before Christmas. After the […]

Wahoo, NE: Annual Soup Lunch and the Claus’

The holiday season has come and gone at South Haven but the memories remain! Families were invited to our annual Soup Lunch. Three kinds of soup, deli subs & desserts were served to over 300 residents and guests. Our residents enjoyed having their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren join them for a few hours. It […]

Wahoo, NE: Katie Snyder Awarded VSL Scholarship

On December 19, 2017 Katie Snyder was presented with a VSL $1000 Scholarship to be used towards her nursing degree. Katie recently finished her Associated Degree and has continued in her schooling to achieve her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. Katie is an aggressive learner who enjoys long term care and the challenges it […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch

What happens when you take pumpkins, a variety of paint, add in sequins, hats and whatever you can find from other projects. Add some creative residents and team members from South Haven. The results are amazing! Among the creations were a pineapple, Frankenstein, a latte and a nurse. South Haven’s Pumpkin Patch was exceptional this […]

Wahoo, NE: Spooks, Goblins and Treats at South Haven

Halloween brought out lots of fun and creative characters at South Haven. Team members were asked to pair up with residents for the Halloween Parade. The Therapy Department also joined in the fun with amazing costumes for themselves and many residents. A Halloween Party with festive treats and a scary video completed the afternoon. Later […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Disaster 2017 “Drill

A Collaboration with all health system is what it takes to make a disaster seem manageable and creates lasting relationships with those who support our communities during a time of need. On 10/12/2017 South Haven participated in a County wide disaster drill. Our drill started out as a simple email from Kathie our administrator to […]

Wahoo, NE: Cancer Awareness at South Haven

In observance of Cancer Awareness Month South Haven residents and team members had a “Pink Out” day by wearing pink. Residents were given luminary bags to decorate to remember their loved ones who have battled cancer. Team members, by making a donation, could wear jeans with their pink shirts and decorate luminaries. The large assortment […]

Wahoo, NE: Fish, Music & Fun at South Haven

On a warm, but slightly breezy, September evening South Haven hosted its annual Fall Fish Fry. A lovely group gathered with their loved ones to enjoy the fish, fries & cole slaw. A local polka band added to the festive atmosphere. Sno Cones were served and clowns painted the faces of residents, guests and team […]

Wahoo, NE: Dreamweaver, Husker Football & Mary!

Our resident Mary Ramsey has always been a huge lifelong Husker fan. When our therapy team learned that the last time Mary had been to a Husker game, it had cost her only 10 cents to get in, they did some creative thinking and submitted her story to the Dreamweaver Foundation. Mary’s nomination was selected […]

Wahoo, NE: A Day At The Zoo For South Haven Residents

On Wednesday September 13th South Haven headed to the Henry Doorly Zoo with 26 residents, 19 staff, 5 of their kids, and 1 family member. There is no way that we could have pulled off such an adventure without the complete support of our amazing team members! South Haven is so blessed to have so […]

Wahoo, NE: A Sweet Goey Treat at South Haven

South Haven residents were surprised with a special treat on Labor Day! A S’mores Bar! Music, drinks, and the opportunity to roast your own marshmallow brought back the smells, tastes and memories of Labor Day weekend camping for our residents! Do you think some camping stories were shared? Thank you so much to Life Enrichment […]

Wahoo, NE: Viewing The Eclipse At South Haven

After enjoying an early lunch of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, South Haven residents went out to view the eclipse. With everyone wearing their special protective eyewear we relaxed and waited for the show to begin! Out in the beautiful weather the residents reminisced about seeing the last one in 1979 with pin holes in paper. […]

Wahoo, NE: Keeping Up The Parade Tradition

On a nice summer evening, South Haven residents gathered to watch the Saunders County Parade in Wahoo. Residents ate an early supper then rode on buses to our designated spot along the parade route. It was fun to see the color guards, bands, old cars and tractors. We also enjoyed the floats and fire trucks […]

Wahoo, NE: Classic Cars & Tractors at South Haven

A Classic Car and Tractor show was the highlight of the week for many South Haven residents. The parking lot was filled with a large variety of cars, tractors and trucks on a warm, but not hot, summer day. The residents enjoyed reminiscing and chatting with each other about the cars and tractors and team […]

Wahoo, NE: Celebrating America’s Birthday at South Haven

South Haven residents had gathered in front of the building in anticipation of the bright lights and loud noises. As the fireworks started on July 3rd there were many ooh’s and ah’s. The display was amazing as one after another shot into the air. We even were able to see some of the neighbor’s fireworks! […]

Wahoo, NE: A Sparkling Pond At South Haven

As our Outstanding Facilities Vision states “We develop buildings and grounds that enhance quality life and are recognized as attractive landmarks in the community.” Maintaining those buildings & grounds is also a stalwartly part of our Vision. Recently South Haven’s Maintenance Dept. and our Administrator Kathie O’Dell took on the challenge of cleaning the duck […]

Wahoo, NE: The Early Days of Haven City

With the “Spirit of The Old West”, and a lot of imagination, South Haven team members built “Haven City” with what they had available. Just like in the ol’ west Haven City had a Saloon and at least one Outhouse! A Sheriffs Office and Jail are also needed when you have “Gangs” of cowboys, shady […]

Wahoo, NE: All In A Day At “Haven City”

“Haven City”, aka south Haven has seen a flurry of activity on Main Street as National Nursing Home Week continues. A Mother’s Day Tea brought the youngin’s in to spend time with their moms and grandmas. Local Girl Scouts spent time with our residents a’gluin & a’cuttin to make dream catchers. We also held a […]

Wahoo, NE The Maiden Voyage of Live Well, Go Fish & South Haven!

South Haven was honored to be a part of the Grand Opening and on the maiden voyage of the Live Well.Go Fish. pontoon boat at Lake Wanahoo on Wednesday May 17th as part of our National Nursing Home Week Celebration. Live Well. Go Fish. Is a non- profit organization started by David and Katherine Ruder […]

Wahoo, NE: Haven City & The Spirit Of The Old West

“Haven City”, aka South Haven, came to life during National Nursing Home Week. New Main Street businesses now include a Saloon, the Sherriff’s Office & Jail and a Photo Booth. Life is challenging at Haven City as several shady looking “Gangs” of residents and team members have been trying to grow their cattle herds throughout […]

Wahoo, NE: Blue Skies, Warm Breezes & Kites

What’s a perfect thing to do on a warm, sunny and slightly breezy spring day? Fly a kite of course! And that is the Alden residents at South Haven did recently! Several residents took turns flying the kite and watched as the kites whipped around in the breeze. The kite’s tails caught everyone’s attention as […]

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 […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Welcomes Kathie O’Dell

WAHOO – A long-term care facility that is well connected with the community was the top priority for Kathy O’Dell as she began her search for an administrative position. O’Dell found that at South Haven Living Center south of Wahoo. She began her administrative duties Feb. 13 with a resident and staff breakfast. “You can […]

Wahoo, NE: March Into Fashion with South Haven

Recipe for “March Into Fashion”…Materials allowed: plastic tablecloths, plastic garbage and shopping bags, staples and duct tape. Mix in a little creativity and a lot of imagination. Results? At South Haven amazing things! Residents and team members created their one of a kind fashion and then walked the runway at our fashion show “March Into […]

Wahoo, NE: The Life & Times of Jalene Carpenter

South Haven could not let our Administrator head out to her new position at Home Office without a “proper” send off! Jalene Carpenter was honored with a going away reception that included refreshments, a name tag cake, and a skit that honored the life and times of Jalene here at South Haven. Highlights of the […]

Wahoo, NE: No-So-Wintery February Fun at South Haven

It was a lovely spring day (in February) when South Haven residents enjoyed lunch at Zesto’s! Zesto’s is a favorite local hamburger and ice cream gathering place. After South Haven residents were filled with burgers and all the trimmings, a drive was taken around Wahoo, and Lake Wanahoo. It was a wonderful way to spend […]

Wahoo, NE: Fat Tuesday Fun & Games

Residents at South Haven observed Fat Tuesday with typical hoopla and fun. Residents and team members were able to enjoy pancakes and sausage at noon. The room was decorated and there were beads everywhere and masks were available too! Residents and team members played games such as “Stack The Pancakes” and the “Pancake Toss” which […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Shows Its Love

Love is always in the air at South Haven. On Valentine’s Day it was even more apparent! Resident’s had decorated little boxes and inserted candies inside to give to special people of their choice. Team members, Bob Barry and Candace Cruickshank, were chosen Valentine King & Queen. Our Dietary folks prepared a wonderful lunch! Among […]

Wahoo, NE: Snowstorm Fun at South Haven

A January snowstorm hit South Haven this year. Only this time it was inside! Teams formed with residents and employees designing scenes with the snowball “people” they had created. Teams hunted for snowmen while they hoped their own snowmen would not be found! Teams enjoyed a snowball fight with team members clipping snowballs onto other […]

Wahoo, NE: South Haven Earns The Silver Quality Award

South Haven Living Center recently earned the silver National Award for Quality Care from the AHCA/NCAL. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Jalene Carpenter, Administrator of South Haven Living Center. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of everyone at South Haven Living Center to ensure the highest level of care for […]

Wahoo, NE: Family Time for Alden Residents

Christmas is a time for families. And this year’s Alden Family Christmas Soup Lunch was no different. Our families joined us and enjoyed soup, sandwiches and yummy desserts together. Our Alden residents had practiced several Christmas songs to perform for our families. Family pictures were also taken to share with everyone. Spending time with loved […]

Wahoo, NE: Baking Pies at South Haven

South Haven’s Prep Club has made a variety of items. They recently made Mason Jar Lid Pies. The pie crusts were cut to fit the individual Mason jar lids. The fillings we used were apple, cherry, peach, and pumpkin. As we made the pies, we all shared stories of our past successes and those that […]

Wahoo, NE: Pennies Do Add Up!

South Haven Staff and residents came together for a common goal of raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Staff participated in “$5 to wear jeans on Fridays”, made baked goods for bake sales, and did a couple of Rueben fund raisers for the Wahoo community. Staff and residents worked together to decorate wreaths that were […]

Wahoo, NE: A Tribute To Our Vets

Our Veteran’s at South Haven are special! So naturally on Veteran’s Day they were honored with special events. Lunch was brought in from Chips for them to enjoy. Then a Veteran’s Memorial Program with a local color guard was presented for everyone at South Haven. The Veterans were given a certificate in appreciation of their […]

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Wahoo, NE: A Time To Remember In Saunders County

The Saunders County Veteran’s Memorial has been the destination of many South Haven residents recently. The memorial is built on the corner of the county courthouse in Wahoo. Names of 110 county residents who died in service are etched upon the military tombstones that are a part of the memorial. The memorial also features 11 […]

Wahoo, NE: Wine and Cheese Tasting At The Vineyard

On a warm fall afternoon, South Haven residents toured James Arthur Vineyards located near Raymond Nebraska. They were able to sample the various products of the vineyards. One resident made quick friends with the facility cat! It was a treat to visit in the fall to see all the beautiful fall colors. Residents were able […]

Wahoo, NE: Annual Fish Fry Another Success!

South Haven’s Annual Fish Fry was another success despite Mother Nature providing a rainy, cool day. Moving the event inside for first time in 5 years provided a dry setting for all as they enjoyed the fish cooked by Dennis & Dale Vanek and the Malmo Fire Department. Clowns painted faces of the youngsters and […]

Wahoo, NE: Gold Medals Are Earned At South Haven Olympics

It was a week of exciting new experiences during Olympic competition at South Haven. Each day there were several competitions. “Soccer” had teams matching pairs of socks in the quickest time. “The 100 Yarn Relay” had teams unwind, wind up, then unwind spools of yarn. In “Boxing” teams raced to unwrap several boxes, then complete […]