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Sewad, 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 […]

Wahoo, NE: A Snowman First

We’ve all heard the saying “there’s always a first time”. A first happened recently at South Haven! Chris, Spiritual Support, learned that one of our residents had never made a snowman. When the snow started falling his plan started coming together. He brought in a large tub of snow and together they made a snowman. […]

Loup City, NE: Seventy-One Years of Marriage Celebrated

Clarence (CJ) and Mary Lou Carr celebrated 71 years of marriage together on January 8th at Rose Lane Home, but their reunion almost did not happen. CJ and Mary Lou have been separated by 40 miles for the last five months and this was their first anniversary apart. Rose Lane ordered a corsage and boutonniere, […]

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 […]

Hooper, NE: Spotlight on Hooper Care Center for Quality Healthcare

The American Health Care Association came to the Hooper Care Center from Washington D.C. to to produce a video to highlight the team’s commitment to Quality Hooper Care Center is being recognized as part of the 2020 Quality Improvement Recognition program. Out of the state of Nebraska, Hooper Care Center was rated number 1 for […]

Hooper, NE: Husker Dreams…

Thanks to Tammy Kreikemeier our Life Enrichment Coordinator for getting dreams to come true for two of our Residents, through Dream Weaver an organization that helps elders accomplish a dream they still have. Two of our Residents, Stanley and Ethel wanted to attend a Nebraska Volleyball game. All though tickets for Husker volleyball games are […]

Kearney, NE: Our First Christmas!

This is our first Christmas at Brookestone Gardens so we wanted to make sure that our holiday lived up to the reputation of a Vetter facility! Our very first Christmas activity was a Gingerbread House Contest. Lots of candy, gingerbread, Christmas music and smiles were everywhere! The residents and staff enjoyed their fun time together! […]

Elkhorn, NE: Merrymakers Toast Jack and Eldora Vetter

Merrymakers Association brings heartfelt joy through music to Brookestone Meadows residents every month. It was our pleasure to join Brookestone Village and Papillion Manor with the Merrymakers in a Toast to Jack and Eldora Vetter, honoring them for their years of support and service to seniors in our community! Quality Reputation-We will be known for […]

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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Decorate Pumpkins For a Cause

From a cactus to a tin man, a solider and Charlotte’s Web . . . creativity was on display for Heritage of Bel-Air’s annual pumpkin decorating contest. A jar was placed next to each pumpkin to collect funds and the pumpkin that collected the most money won the contest! More than $150 was raised for […]

North Platte, NE: Meeting Jet

It was a perfect example of good things come in small packages. On a sunny afternoon Jet and his human friend Teri made a visit to Linden Estates in North Platte. The residents and guests thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Jet and learning all about this wonderful little horse. He may be short on statue […]

Hooper, NE: Honoring a Husker

Hooper Care Center resident Robert Peterson, was part of the Nebraska Cornhusker Football team in the mid 60’s. Life Enrichment Coordinator Tammy Kreikemeier along with the help of David Clark from GPMA set up a special tour of the current Nebraska Football team areas for Bob and his family. Kenny Wilhite part of the football […]

Fairbury, NE: Woot Woot Wagon

A few months ago, PEP Club started doing a “Woot Woot Wagon”. An idea that we found on Pinterest. Each month we randomly select a day to have a different theme of goodies to pass out to our team. With our upbeat music playing, PEP Club dances through the halls passing out treats. September’s wagon […]

Emerson, NE: Alan Jackson’s Biggest Fan Wish Come True!

Dreamweaver’s made a wish come true for our resident Marjorie. It took a little over a year and two concert postponements, but Marjorie was finally able to see her favorite country music singer in concert! Alan Jackson performed on Friday September 13th in Omaha before a huge crowd that included Marjorie, her daughter Penny and […]

Home Office: CRC’s Go On The Road For PDPM Training With VHS MDS/Care Plan Coordinators

On September 10-12th, the Clinical Reimbursement Coordinators at VHS took their message about PDPM on the road to the MDS and Care Plan Coordinators. PDPM is a new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities. Our stops included Linden Court in North Platte, Brookestone Acres in Columbus and Brookestone Meadows in Elkhorn. We had 100% […]

North Platte, NE: A Spark of Creativity

September 8-14 is the National Assisted Living Week celebration. It has been a busy and creative week for the everyone at Linden Estates. The 2019 theme is ‘A Spark of Creativity’. The celebration has been highlighted by our resident craft and hobby show. Items showcased included beautiful woodworking, elegant polished stone jewelry, crochet, crewel, plastic […]

Red Cloud, NE: 2019 Street Car Day’s Parade

Heritage of Red Cloud participated in the Street Car Day’s parade held in Red Cloud on August 3rd. The theme this year was “Farm to Table, Friend to Neighbor, Nebraska Strong”. Riding on the Heritage float known as the “Green Acres” family was Oliver, Lisa, Eb, Mr. Haney, Mr. Drucker, Ralph, and Mr. Ziffel. We […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Shows Appreciation With Pool Party

Heritage of Bel-Air is always looking for ways to show appreciation to its team members. And the annual pool party is one way to do just that. Team members and their families gathered at AquaVenture waterpark in Norfolk. Although the weather was unseasonably cool that evening, there was no shortage of fun. Participants were treated […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Intergenerational Program: SECC & IN2L

For the eighth (8th) consecutive year, Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center has teamed with Southeast Community College for Intergenerational Programming. Southlake develops programming that mimic’s the Summer Camp’s Weekly Theme, with adaptations as needed. Utilizing It’s Never Too Late (IN2L) the residents and youth were able to identify items, both current and historical. There […]

Red Cloud, NE: The Valley Child Development Center Monthly Visits Bring Smiles and Joy

It has been so nice and fun to be invited to do activities and have snacks with the three and four year old’s at the Red Cloud Valley Child Development Center. We look forward each month to going to see these young, precious people and sharing our time with them. Quality Life: We will create […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air rocks for the 4th!

    Heritage of Bel-Air residents, their families and the Norfolk community were treated to a rock concert to commemorate the 4th of July holiday. Three members of the rock band The Smoke Ring (Bob Hupp, Dave Dohren and Chuck Asmus) performed live! There was much toe-tapping, singing along, clapping and a few danced in […]

Vetter Senior Living Facilities Receive National Recognition for Quality Care

Vetter Senior Living is proud to announce that nine facilities have been recognized by the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for their commitment to quality care. Three locations received silver awards and six were given bronze awards. “We are honored to have our teams recognized for their unwavering commitment to […]

Garnett, KS: A Night to Celebrate

We held our 2nd annual Night of Celebration for our lovely women residents and their daughters, sisters, mothers and friends. The preparations started early that day with extra help in the beauty shop to pamper all the ladies. Sharon and the kitchen staff prepared a lovely meal with homemade cherry and strawberry rhubarb pies for […]

Elkhorn, NE: Supporting Sylvia

Heather Perkins with Select Rehabilitation organized 4 internal fundraisers at Brookestone Meadows to help support Sylvia, our therapy dog’s, family with her medical expenses as she recovers from a car accident. Over the course of 3 weeks we served up enchiladas, ate hot dogs, drew for raffle baskets and enjoyed treats from a bake sale. […]

Springfield, MO: The Donut Challenge

So…..how many donuts did you eat on National Donut Day? Do you always buy donuts at the same place? Are you bored with the same old donut? All of these questions were answered at the Girlfriend’s Gathering Event at Creekside! The Ladies’ Group celebrated the National Day of Donuts by participating in a taste- test […]

Norfolk, NE: Forecast: Ice Cream With a Chance of Sprinkles

You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream! Heritage of Bel-Air residents made ice cream in a bag recently. Some cream, sugar and vanilla in a Ziploc placed inside another Ziploc with salt and ice. Some time massaging those bags and voila! Yummy! Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates […]

Gering, NE: World Class “WOW” Celebration

Heritage Estates celebrated a milestone achievement by logging more than 200,000 workforce hours without an injury. In recognition of this achievement a team from Vetter Senior Living (located in Omaha, Nebraska) traveled to Heritage Estates to host a barbeque meal for the Heritage Estates Team. Grilled steak and chicken were on the menu along with […]

Lake City, IA: Springtime Outing

It’s May and time for a bus trip to the greenhouse at Menard’s in Fort Dodge to pick out flowers for the planters at Shady Oaks. Several residents, volunteers, and staff enjoyed this outing recently. There was a bonanza of flowers to see and admire, along with many other greenhouse plants for the home. Menard’s […]

Lake City, IA: Fifties Fun

Residents and staff recently gathered together to celebrate one of the most favorite decades in recent memory: the Fifties! To start off the day, staff donned unique outfits to show off those recognizable Fifties styles. At noon everyone gathered in “Minnie’s Diner” to select their lunch choices from a 50’s themed menu: hamburger, cheeseburger, or […]

Wahoo, NE: Spring Is In The Air

“Behold, my friend, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” –Sitting Bull Although it hasn’t been too sunny outside lately, it sure has been inside! One of our frequent visitors started some garden vegetables from seed at home, […]

Alliance, NE: A Volunteer serving the Mission Vision Values Way!

Last week was National Volunteer Recognition Week, and I would just like to share photos and a story of one of our beloved and devoted volunteers. Bob has been a volunteer for us for a year now. He comes to assist with noodleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The residents adore him. He helps with the […]

Alliance, NE: We love the Boy Scouts!

We were so blessed with a visit from a local Boy Scout Troop #207 last night at bingo!!Four young boys made and passed out Easter baskets to all of our residents, door to door, and then joined us for a rousing game of bingo afterwards. The residents were thrilled beyond words, as these pictures show! […]

Elkhorn, NE: Bake Sale for Flood Relief

Brookestone Meadows is in Elkhorn, NE which is located very close to the surrounding communities that experienced devastation due to the recent floods. As flood waters were rising, Brookestone Meadows was safe, and preparing for the potential to receive senior living residents from neighboring communities due to evacuations. By 3pm on Friday March 15th, all […]

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 […]

Lake City, IA: A Sweet Way to Celebrate with Pie and Friends

Residents, staff, and friends from the community gathered in the main dining room recently to celebrate National Pie Day. Of course, the only way to appropriately celebrate this event was to sample a personal slice of delicious pie! Shady Oaks Life Enrichment Coordinator, Deb Jones, baked ten pies for the special day. She was very […]

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: 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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Receives Donation for Music & Memory Program

Music & Memory Donation Each year First Presbyterian Church puts together a dessert concert and charity fundraiser for a non-profit organization of their choice. Sumner Place is honored that this year they chose our facility. When they reached out to us to see what they could support, our Music & Memory program seemed very fitting. […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: CELEBRATION 3000!

Celebrating 3000 days injury free at Heritage of Emerson was a blast! The entire day was filled with something fun for everyone. The Safety Committee worked hard to create a fun atmosphere to celebrate the dedication of the team members who have skillfully performed their job duties and remained safe and injury free in doing […]

Iowa Falls, IA: SWEET AS APPLE PIE !

Residents and staff of Heritage Care Center celebrated National Pie Day yesterday by making homemade pie crusts filled with blueberry, peach, apple, and cherry pie filling. Conversations around the table included stories about picking strawberries for the popular strawberry/rhubarb pie (a favorite for many), the use of lard versus butter for the crust, making lattice […]

Omaha, NE: Brookestone Village was struck by #CupidCrew this Valentine’s Day!

Brookestone Village welcomed Cupid Crew for Valentine’s Day. In 2014, Colorado based non-profit organization Wish of a Lifetime created #CupidCrew, a nationwide volunteer movement that delivers roses to the elderly on Valentine’s Day. The thinking behind the movement is that many of our elderly, whose spouses have passed away have seen their social circles grew […]

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 […]

Gering, NE: Heritate Estates Resident Creates Colorful Windows!

Heritage Estates resident Evelyn Wambolt keeps busy creating colorful, artistic accents to the many windows in the building. Although she was drawing as a child, she took up painting at 50 after watching Bob Ross’ artist instruction programs on television. Several of the windows throughout Heritage Estates now have decorative touches thanks to one of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Katie’s Angels

Katie has been part of the Brookestone Meadows family for over 8 years. Three years ago on a quiet rainy day, she and her husband were walking around Brookestone when a damp crumpled piece of paper caught her eye. The paper was a picture of the Divine Mercy. She had never thought to draw an […]

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 […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Bird Houses

Brookestone Meadows is going to the birds! Bird houses that is. Duane in Maintenance has handcrafted many bird houses to sell in our OWLS nest. Several of them are fashioned after churches. One of our residents and her daughter had admired the bird houses and were considering a purchase. When Duane heard about this, he […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates 400,000 Hours Injury Free!

On Tuesday, November 27th, Sumner Place was pleased to welcome members of the Home Office Staff to our facility to help us celebrate our employees working 400,000 hours Injury Free! Sumner Place was previously recognized for working 200,000 hours injury free earlier in the year. We are incredibly excited to have hit such a significant […]

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 […]