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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 […]

Omaha, NE: Throwing Turkeys for Turkeys!

In bowling, when you knock down all ten pins with one throw of a bowling ball, it’s called a strike. When you have three consecutive strikes, it’s called a “Turkey.” What is it called when you throw a “Turkey,” with an actual turkey? We call it Turkey Bowling at Brookestone Village!  To get into the […]

Hooper, NE: Up Up and Away

The Dreamweaver Foundation once again came through providing the ability for our resident Mary Ann to fly among the clouds. Mary Ann has always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon. With the help of Life Enrichment coordinator Tammy and the Dreamweaver Foundation, Mary Ann was able to fly with the birds. […]

Elkhorn, NE: Yes I Can Vote!

Americans across the country are exercising their right to vote today and residents at Brookestone Meadows are no exception. Brookestone Meadows opens their doors to the community as a polling place each year, never knowing what the voter turnout will be. We had a record setting year with over 150 voters coming through our doors […]

Omaha, NE: Campaign Trails

With the general election less than a week away, Brookestone Village welcomed Congressman Don Bacon to meet residents and team members. Congressman Bacon provided the group with an overview of his tenure in the Air force and of his early farm life in Illinois. He then opened up the group for questions and tackled tough […]

Emerson, NE: Halloween Team Costume Fun

Heritage of Emerson team members to the challenge to heart! Administrator Shellee Huggenberger had great “Courage” as her crew pulled off the “Wizard of Oz” theme. Our dietary gals had a fun game of cat and mouse that the residents couldn’t help but laugh and pull a few tails. The Therapy room went all out […]

Elkhorn, NE: Educational Fun

Flu shots, Abuse & neglect, dietary updates, safety, dementia education and elopement are just a few of the topics Brookestone Meadows covered at the annual Education Fair. With such serious subject matter, we were eager to have some FUN! Many team members dressed up this year, with a large group dressed as characters from Toy […]

Lincoln, NE: Southlake Village Chaplain, Pastor Peggy McClain Named Professional of the Year

The Southlake Village Family is excited to announce that the Lincoln Coalition for Older Adult Health Promotion has named Chaplain, Pastor Peggy McClain Professional of the Year! The Coalition for Older Adult Health Promotion recognizes one person annually that has made positive contributions to older adult health promotion in the Lincoln area. We are so […]

St. Paul, NE: Brookefield Park Bark’s and Boo’s Costume Contest

Brookefield Park went to the dogs again this year celebrating their 3rd annual Halloween Costume Dog Show titled “Barks & Boo’s” this year on Monday, October 15, 2018. Families and staff brought their pets to show the residents their fur babies. Some of the dogs did tricks and some dogs could dance and they all […]

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 […]

Springfield, MO: So, Here’s the Catch

Ethan Bryan is a youth pastor, writer, and lover of baseball. This year he has determined to play catch everyday. He has received national attention for this endeavor, and has collected many stories along the way. We asked Ethan to share those stories with us, and agreed, as long as we played catch with him. […]

Norfolk, NE: Rocking the 80s to Celebrate Team Satisfaction

Every year, Heritage of Bel-Air, contracts with My Innerview, to complete an annual satisfaction survey with the team members. The goal with the annual survey is to continually grow the “excellent” responses for “recommendation for the job”. This year, 73% of the total responses for the question “recommendation for the job” were answered with an […]

VSL Named one of the Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

Earlier this year our 3,200+ team members were encouraged to take an anonymous survey from Great Place to Work. We just learned Vetter Senior Living is nationally ranked in the top 20 Best Workplaces for Aging Services! We are thrilled and honored with this recognition! Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE have named Vetter Senior […]

Geneva, NE: Donna Wilkins-NNFA/NALA-Volunteer of the Year

Each year the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association asks for nominations for special awards which are given during their convention banquet. This year’s banquet was held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. One of the honors awarded was the “Volunteer of the Year”. Applications from across the state were reviewed […]

Lake City, IA: Planting New Life

On Friday, September 7, 2018, residents and team members of Shady Oaks Care Center gathered at the back walking trail of the facility for the planting of an oak tree. This is not just any oak tree though! The tree was dedicated to our 50th Anniversary and we’re all excited to watch it grow with […]

Springfield, MO: A Flight to Remember

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is part of a nationwide organization which gives veterans from WWII-Gulf War the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C. for the day and see sites such as the World War II memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (where the changing of the guard at the Tomb of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Flips for our Team!

We’re flipping for our amazing team! It has been a rewarding first half of the year for Brookestone Meadows, winning 2 Omaha’s Choice awards, receiving an improved rating across the board as indicated on our staff, residents and family surveys AND becoming a Certified Great Place to Work! The Pie Guys flipped our brave team […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Heritage Annual Community Picnic and Fun Day of Fishing

Each year we take a day, set aside the normal daily paper work and chores, to spend our time together with residents in the great outdoors. This year is no different aside from the looming possibility of rain that hovered above us, threatening to scare fishermen and fish into hiding. Bus load after bus load […]

Fairbury, NE: Go Big Red!!

We kicked off the start of Husker football season with our first ever” Wacky Wednesday” of course we did Huskermania!! Residents and staff all dressed for the occasion by sporting their Husker gear including stick on tattoos ponytails, pompoms and foam fingers!! In the afternoon we held a pep rally outside with music including the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Road Trip! Office Manager & Payroll Conference 2018

It had been 3 long years since the Financial Services Team welcomed our facility Office Managers and Payroll Coordinators to the Home Office. In the last three years, these roles faced many new challenges from PCC conversion, ADP conversion, Medicare and insurance changes, and most recently, the move into Non-Profit as Vetter Senior Living. We […]

Lake City, IA: Outstanding Team Members Retires

You can’t retire from being awesome! Georgia Wiederin, Head Cook, retired from Shady Oaks Care Center after 28 years of service on Tuesday, July 31st. On Wednesday, August 1st, we hosted a reception in the main dining room in her honor.  Residents gathered around tables as team members lined up in the door way to cheer […]

Columbus, NE: Big Red Block Party

Brookestone Acres celebrated reaching 95% occupancy! Through patience, reputation, and team work Brookestone Acres made a big leap in a short amount of time on current census. Team members celebrated by strutting their best Husker gear and a grill out with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and ice cream from our dietary manager, pinatas, face painting, […]

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 […]

Emerson, NE: Faithful in Prayer

Praying the rosary together afforded this group of faithful ladies to embrace this spiritual time in a new setting with a purpose. “To make it all the way through without getting distracted or falling asleep”. The rosary begins with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, an Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place Celebrates First Day of School!

Come one, come all! Sumner Place kept our “first day of school” tradition alive on Monday as the students and their families headed home from school. Nearly 300 popsicles were handed out in about 30 minutes! We love having Prescott Elementary as a neighbor that we can partner with during the school year. It was […]

Norfolk, NE: Bringing Families Together…Family Picnic 2018

Friday, August 3 marked a spot in the history of Heritage of Bel-Air. The annual family picnic was held with a record number of family members attending–almost 300. Resident’s and team member’s families were invited to attend the annual barbecue. The agenda included burgers,hot dogs and the fixings, Amy Cerney for musical entertainment, clowns making […]

Hooper, NE: Celebrating 1 Year Injury Free

July 18, 2018 marked the achievement of 1 Year Injury Free for the staff of Hooper Care Center. Thanks to the VSL team for coming on July 31 to help us celebrate. It is always a great time when we get together with Home Office. 44 Hooper Team Members (out of 56 total staff including […]

Elkhorn, NE: Home Office Life Enrichment Conference Success!!

Wow!!! What a couple great days spent building relationships, learning best practices, empathy training related to BUDDIES FOREVER, and celebrating each other’s success. We laughed, we cried, we learned, we got motivated!! Thank you to everyone for attending and for all the communities for your support with Life Enrichment and enhancing the quality of life […]