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 […]

Lander, WY: Bake Sale Pays for School Lunches

On Wednesday, Nancy Connin and Audrey Muir presented Lander Middle School Principal, Julie Shanley with $324. These ladies were representing all of the residents who helped with a huge bake sale at Westward Heights last week. This year they voted to pay for children who had negative lunch account balances at school. Emma Jean Ross […]

Lander, WY: Halloween Contest

Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, Smores, Mrs. Claus and her 4 Blonde Bombshell Elves, Josie and the Pussycat were just a few of the resident/team member Halloween Costume Entries at the Westward Heights Halloween Party! Of course, they were so creative, no one wanted to be the judge! The […]

Lander, WY: Picnic in the Sinks

This week has been filled with trips to the Sinks Canyon State Park to enjoy picnic lunch with friends from Westward Heights. Each day 10 residents traveled 10 miles to enjoy the beautiful mountain views, 80 degree weather (10 degrees cooler than town), and time with friends. It’s such a treat to enjoy the outdoor […]

Lander, WY: Spotlight on Volunteers

Each week, month, year Westward Heights Care Center residents engage with over 60 active volunteers. They share their talents, but most precious to us is the time they give. These are just some of the things our volunteers provide: • Pet therapy and pet visits • Music performance and sing along • Foot massages • […]

Lander, WY: Who Wants To Go Bowling?

Westward Heights residents started Life Enrichment activities off with a bang or should we say “STRIKE!” What better is there to do during these cold winter months, then to go bowling! Some residents were very skeptical about it, saying “No, there is no way I am going bowling, I can’t walk,” but little did they […]

Lander, WY: Halloween Fun

It was so hard to choose a winner of the costume contest at Westward Heights! We had Muhammed Ali, Sexy She Devils, Oh Dear & Holy Cow, the Purple People Eaters, a Coven of Witches, and some Giant Chickens. The turnout was amazing by residents, team members, and families. Tiny trick or treaters blessed our […]

Lander, WY: American Legion National Commander Recognizes Veterans

Today Denise Rohan, National Commander for the American Legion greeted and spoke to the seven Veterans living at Westward Heights. Her message to the Veterans was that tomorrow is going to be a great Independence Day and that is because of the foundation these Veterans laid for our country. She asked the Veterans to always […]

Lander, WY: Baking Up A Storm

Last Friday, the residents held a Bake Sale with proceeds dedicated to the Vetter Foundation. Rachel Velarde, Life Enrichment Coordinator, says they had so much fun and they had residents involved in the baking anywhere from 2 hours to 11 hours. Wow! On Friday, it was raining all day and a little chilly, so what […]

Lander, WY: Lucky Pond Fishing Trip

What a great fishing trip this year! We were reeling in fish after fish. One of our short-term residents stayed longer so he could help Stan with the trip! Helen was the angler champion with six – she caught the first one, the biggest one, and the most! Pictured here is the second place winner, […]

Lander, WY: Game Shows!

Tuesdays and Thursdays are still our Game Show Days on the IN2L! This popular activity gets everyone involved with the trivia from Family Feud, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, or the Price is Right. It is so nice that we can project from the IN2L onto the 60 inch screen and we can all […]

Lander, WY: Westward Heights Team and Community Come Together for Janay

We are a company of family serving family at Vetter Senior Living. Janay Parent, Domestic Aide, at Westward Heights always has the residents first in her heart. This summer, when Janay’s apartment of 17 years completely burned down, we were all able to give back. The community, team members, Vetter Foundation, residents, and families of […]

Lander, WY: One of Landers Own Gets Awarded VHS Scholarship!

Lander’s very own Tyler Van Heule was awarded a VHS scholarship! Our Director of Nursing Robbalee Oleson presented Tyler with his award during the March All Staff meeting. Tyler is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at Central Wyoming College.Tyler is currently working as a CNA and is very popular with our residents. He truly […]

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 […]

Lander, WY: Dashing Through the Snow…

Lander is full of busy little elves preparing for the Holiday festivities! On the first activity of Christmas, our staff gave to us a facility full of decorations; garland, ornaments, trees, and presents filled the hallways and rooms alike. The second activity of Christmas our staff gave to us cookie decorating (and eating of course) […]

Lander, WY: Pretzels, Sausage, and (Root)Beer Oh My!

Break out your Lederhosen its Oktoberfest at Westward Heights! Residents gathered for a fun festival of snacks, music, and of course dancing! Throughout the day staff, volunteers, and residents alike put on hats and prepped for the big party in the dining room. Decorations were hung, pretzels were baked, and drinks were poured. Soon as […]

Lander, WY: It’s Time for Family Feud

It’s time for Family Feud…now introducing the residents of Westward Heights!! You’re about to see these residents engage in some epic game show time!! This week our team decided to use the iN2L to host a game show with our residents. Our Administrator, Life Enrichment, Nursing, and Social Services departments all played a roll during […]

Lander, WY: It Was A “Wreathy” Good Time

This Wednesday our social services department decided it was time for some arts and crafts and who doesn’t love a good festive wreath? After much pinteresting and debate our team decided to create fall leaf wreaths to decorate the hallways, doors, and rooms around the facility. Adding just a touch of fall to the building. […]

Lander, WY: Gone Fishing

With the end of summer approaching rapidly, and the brisk air of fall becoming more and more familiar, we decided it was time to enjoy one of summers favorite activities one last time…FISHING. Residents, families, staff, and volunteers, got their hats, poles, and tackle boxes ready and gathered at Lucky Pond, which turned out to […]

Lander, WY: Go Cowboys!!

Friday was the season opener of the Wyoming Cowboys football season. They played the Nebraska Huskers. To celebrate the residents were invited to a tailgate party, unfortunately the fall weather kept the party indoors but that didn’t stop the residents from having fun! Football cookies, cheese and crackers, drinks, little smokies and many more football […]

Lander, WY: Yeehaw!

Look out folks the Cowboys have arrived! On Friday the smell of food cooking on the BBQ brought residents, family, and staff to the dining hall and patio for a Western Heritage BBQ. Residents and staff put on cowboy hats and bandanas to show off their Western pride, and the dining room had old time […]

Lander, WY: So You Think You Know Your Residents?

How well do you know your residents? We recently stated a weekly life story trivia game to encourage staff to get to know the residents better. Every week our social services coordinator goes through our life story book and finds a fun fact about a resident. She then creates a trivia question for the staff […]

Lander, WY: It’s Never too Late to Visit Yellowstone-108th Birthday Wish Granted

Leola Reschke turned 108 last week and her wish this year was to go to Yellowstone. Yes, Yellowstone. Leola grew up in Dubois, Wyoming (80 miles from the entrance) and had never been and she really wanted to see Old Faithful Geyser. With a lot of careful planning by Stan McDowell, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Leola […]

Lander, WY: June+Sun+Picnic Lunch=Fun

It’s a beautiful Friday in Lander and Dietary Manager, Tara Skiba, wanted to give the residents an opportunity to enjoy the weather with a picnic lunch. The patio and gazebo filled up with residents eating brown-bag lunches and it was enjoyed by all. Perhaps it was so fun that we will have to keep this […]

Lander WY: Music and Memory Blooming at Westward Heights

Our journey with Music and Memory started last year after one of our Physical Therapists, Aileen Brew, brought a copy of “Alive Inside” for me to watch. Once you watch the movie, you can’t help but want to see your residents experience coming alive with music. A team from Westward Heights signed up to become […]

Lander, WY: Westward Heights and Vetter Foundation donate to the Lander Backpack Program

Team Donating

In honor of the Vetter Health Service 40th Anniversary, Westward Heights sponsored a Soup Supper with the proceeds going to the Lander Backpack Program. The residents of Westward Heights joined in and held a bake sale and designated the proceeds to the Lander Backpack Program as well. The Vetter Foundation matched the proceeds with an […]

Lander, WY: Soup Supper Success

The 40th Anniversary Fall Fundraiser at Westward Heights brought fun, friends, family, great breads, and great soups on a chilly October night. Team members made their famous recipes for potato, chicken noodle, pumpkin curry, broccoli cheese and chili soups. The breads were incredible and we feasted on twelve types of home-made breads made by the […]

Lander, WY: Nine New Mentors Graduate at Westward Heights

What does being a mentor mean to you? 1. Learning from someone with experience 2. Providing an uplifting/positive environment 3. Have someone to back you up! 4. Providing reinforcement 5. Forming new friendships 6. Being part of the solution This was the question that started the day and these were the answers from the group […]

Lander, WY: 107th Birthday Ride in a Sheep Wagon

To celebrate 107 years, Leola Reschke, rode in a new sheep wagon. Staff, residents and friends cheered her on as she boarded her ride. Leola lived in her own sheep wagon for 8 years when she was young so this really was bringing the past into the present. When Robbie Oleson, Director of Nursing, asked […]

Lander, WY: Trina Linn Awarded VHS Scholarship

We encourage all of our team members to continue their education. Trina Linn exemplifies the values of Vetter Health Service. She works diligently on our team and attends college full-time. Trina was excited to receive a $1000 Vetter Health Services Scholarship for the fall semester 2015. We celebrated with her at the All Team Meeting! […]

Lander, WY: 4th and 5th Graders Get Excited About Future Careers


What kind of education is required for your job? What do you love most about your job? What qualities do you have to have for your career? There were 250 fourth and fifth graders asking these same questions at the career fair at Baldwin Creek Elementary! Robbie Oleson, Director of Nursing and Erica Whelan, Staff […]

Lander, WY: How Many Does it Take to Eat a 15 Foot Banana Split?


Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Take a look at this Delicious 15 Foot Banana Split! Three of our residents cut all the bananas, as they do a couple of times each year when we roll out this Friday afternoon dessert party! Residents reported that it took the whole team of residents and staff […]

Lander, WY: Celebrating 104 years of Life at Westward Heights Care Center


Yesterday, Ruth McKee, turned 104 years old! Ruth was surrounded by her loved ones. Three of Ruth’s four children were able to make it in. Dean, Fred and Alatia McKee were at their mother’s side for photos, lunch and celebrations. Additionally, Ruth’s grand-daughter, Michelle, and her husband flew in from Texas to recognize this special […]

Lander, WY: Celebrating Week of the Young Child


Today, we had preschool children delivering their beautiful spring artwork to our residents at Westward Heights. In honor of “Week of the Young Child”, their teachers worked on art projects all week so they could come and brighten our lives with color. Some delivered paper mache flowers, others brought caterpillars and butterflies. They introduces themselves […]

Lander, WY: Senator Enzi Visits Westward Heights in Lander


Senator Mike Enzi and his wife, Diane, visited Westward Heights on Saturday. We were thrilled to give them a tour of our community. Many staff and residents were able to say hello, get photos and ask questions. A small welcome reception was held in the lobby. The residents let the Senator know that we have […]