VSL Community News

Wahoo, NE: Reubens for Saunders County Lost Pets

At South Haven, we love Reubens and we love charities! A March tradition is to vote on a charity we’d like to support through cooking up and selling delicious Reubens. People called and placed orders throughout the week. They could come in to eat in Town Hall or pull up out front and have it […]

Seward, NE: It’s All About People

Without people we’d be no where. Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Facility is blessed to have a wonderful People Development Coordinator. Rachel Pustovit goes above and beyond to select and develop team members who radiate warmth and compassion. She conducts orientation classes to develop excellent teams. Rachel is one of the first people you meet when […]

Springfield, MO: Tea Time

What better way to spend time with your friends than at a tea party! Walking into the room the ladies found beautiful tables set with spring décor and antique tea cups. They tried several new kinds of tea that treated their taste buds to fruity-flavors. The most popular flavors were pomegranate, peach and mango. Lemon-blueberry […]

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Wahoo, NE: St. Pat’s Leads to Spring

After our focus on a chilly Iditarod race, we wanted to warm back up and focus on Spring! First up we celebrated National Plant a Flower Day. Many of us planted Zinnias, Alyssums, and English Daisies of beautiful assorted colors. We planted in clay pots that are just the right size for soaking up the […]

Wahoo, NE: Teaming Up For The Iditarod

As Alaska’s Iditarod race kicked off, we kicked off a race of our own! Each neighborhood’s staff and residents worked as a team to face the daily challenges. They kept in mind they’d be “traveling through the Alaskan terrain for 938 miles over a span of 15 days”. Challenge one was to build a sled […]

Iowa Falls, IA: We Can Make A Difference

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !! Building character and connecting with others is a challenge for many of our youth. To help bridge the gap of young and old are organizations such as Boys Scouts & Girl Scouts. Heritage Care Center residents had some special guests recently. Our Wednesday night Bingo group had the assistance […]

Springfield, MO: Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

If you live at Creekside then you will have some fun with things that relate to Dr. Seuss at least once a year. The latest adventure was “egg, art, and science” inspired. The event began with a delicious snack of Green Eggs and Ham Crescent Pockets. Next, the “eggs of sound” competition began. Each table […]

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Elkhorn, NE: Fun With Food

For the last several weeks our dietary team has been stretching their culinary talents with Chef Inspired meals on Wednesdays. Team members can sign up for the made fresh-to-order meal of the week and have it payroll deducted. Today’s meal by Chef Jacob may look straight forward upon first glance, but special twists are still […]

North Platte, NE: Floral Artists

The fragrance of fresh flowers filled the air as residents at Linden Estates enjoyed a class on flower arranging. The ‘budding’ artists were instructed by Sarah from The Flower Market. Sarah arrived with buckets of flowers, greenery and vases galore to choose from for their arrangements. Everyone enjoyed selecting their flowers and turning them into […]

Seward, NE: First Spring Flower

The first sign of spring showed up at Ridgewood on March 7th. So many people were talking about the snow, cold, the long winter we’re having, so one of the Life Enrichment assistants took her creative painting outside and painted a flower in the snow so people to see and think of spring. It brought […]

North Platte, NE: Baking for Barkers

A good way to enjoy a chilly winter day is to fire up the oven for some baking. That’s just what the ladies did recently for Kitchen Creations here at Linden Estates. A little flour, peanut butter and eggs was all that was needed for the doggie treats. Residents enjoyed sharing pet stories while cutting […]

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: Blankets for Fur Friends

It never seems to fail when there is a dog or cat visiting there are many smiles. Ridgewood is organizing a fund raiser for the Blue Valley Pet Rescue and staff can choose to pay $2.00 Friday-Sunday to wear jeans or different scrubs. The residents got involved during Life Enrichment groups to make 4 tie […]

Lake City, IA: Celebrating National Bubble Gum Day

This past month we held a bubble gum blowing contest. Cindy Delance, Health Information Manager, took bragging rights with blowing the biggest bubble. Her competitor was Sara Casey, People Development Coordinator. Did you know that Bubble Yum tends to create the largest bubbles? It is hard to talk with, but it lasts longer than any […]

Lake City, Iowa: A Career of Dedication in the Dietary Department

Recently Shady Oaks congratulated Dietary Manager, Minnie Huster for her 45 years of service. Minnie began her career on August 13, 1973. She was hired as a dietary aide. By 1979 Minnie assumed the managerial responsibilities of the dietary department when her supervisor retired. In addition to her work experience, Minnie completed a 90-hour food […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Serve Community by Packing Lunches

Our residents are always looking for ways to be of service to others! Recently a group packaged up sack lunches to take to the Norfolk Rescue Mission. Each sack included a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, apple and a granola bar. Each sack had a “God Loves You” sticker. The Norfolk Rescue Mission provides […]

Alliance, NE: Living It Up At Mardi Gras

We celebrated Mardi Gras in style in western Nebraska!! Our day started with glitter masks at every table, beaded necklaces, and green, yellow, and purple decorations everywhere!! The residents were also dressed in those signature colors. Then the real fun began! The high school Jazz Band from our local school came and entertained us for […]

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: Friday Fun-Bring Dr. Seuss to Life

Ridgewood ended the celebration of Dr. Seuss week with the opportunity to bring a character to life. As you can see…The Cat In The Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 may be some of his popular characters. Wocket in my Pocket did make an appearance as well as The Grinch. The residents, staff and […]

Wahoo, NE: Hot Cake Hootenanny

Give us a day that is traditionally celebrated with food, and we’re in! This year we celebrated Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, by having a Hot Cake Hootenanny! Pancakes could be found being eaten, thrown, flipped, and stacked! Our winner actually stacked 19 mini green pancakes! Twenty-four South Haven residents joined in the […]

North Platte, NE: Missionary Returns to the Midwest

The Widow’s Mite group at Linden Estates had a special guest at their recent gathering. Cheri Geise has been a Christian missionary for nearly thirty years in the Ivory Coast of Africa. She has started and led a women’s ministry aimed at helping widows become self sufficient and return joy to their lives. Cheri shared […]

Elkhorn, NE: Vendor Appreciation Breakfast

We are able to provide World Class care due in part to our wonderful community partners. We hosted our vendor appreciation breakfast with a ‘benedict and yogurt bar’. Our chef inspired Homemade Sausage Benedict with Siracha Hollandaise, Smoked Salmon Benedict with Caper Hollandaise and Carnitas Benedict with Salsa Verde Hollandaise were all as amazing as […]

North Platte, NE: Celebrating Seuss

  The Cat in the Hat, Sam I am, Thing 1 and 2 and even Horton made an appearance at Linden Estates to celebrate the birthday of Theodor Geisel aka…Dr. Seuss. “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” It certainly was a fun week of dressing up as team members sported […]

Alliance, NE: “In the Mood” for Mardi Gras

The Alliance High School Jazz Band got Highland Park swinging today and put us all “In The Mood” for our Mardi Gras celebration. These talented musicians are obviously too young to have a deep appreciation for the Glenn Miller style of toe tapping masterpieces they belted out, but the seal of approval from our resident […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Dr. Seuss continues day 2

Nothing says quality of life more than Dr. Seuss. Weather reading one of his books, wearing crazy socks like a fox (Tuesday) or talking about the Cat in the Hat, one cannot help but smile. If one person smiles it becomes contagious and soon many are smiling and having a good time. Ridgewood had crazy […]

Lincoln, NE: Sumner Place 6th Annual Talent Show

Our 6th Annual Talent Show was a huge success! Residents, team members and others in the community put together a total of 13 different acts. We had singing, acting, joke telling, piano playing, a crochet display, Nebraska products and invention telling and much more! We all enjoyed the variety of acts and we love having […]

Seward, NE: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

You are never too old to enjoy Dr. Seuss. In honor of his birthday coming up on March 2nd. Ridgewood is enjoying a week of blue, red, fish, socks, snacks and so much more. Rachel Pustovit put together themes for each day for staff and residents to enjoy. Monday we celebrated Red, Blue, One fish, […]

Elkhorn, NE: Come One Come All to the Tangier Shrine Circus!

Residents and staff at Brookestone Meadows had the chance to relive childhood memories at the circus last week. The special midday performance was sponsored by the Tangier Shriners of Omaha. The afternoon was filled with laughter and some good old fashioned clowning around. The favorite acts of the day were the quick change artists, high […]

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 […]

David Place, NE: Snow Day

No doubt about it snow days can make us feel down and like spring will never come. Stephanie is an Aid that is always doing a little extra for the residents she takes care of. Today we are snowed in and many of the area roads around us our closed. Stephanie brought a little bit […]

David Place, NE: Dignity In Life

At David Place and Vetter we focus on Dignity in Life. The staff was asked to make a poster showing what dignity in life meant to them. The residents came out and judged witch poster they likes the best. Awards were given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Both staff and residents enjoyed seeing what […]

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 […]

Seward, NE: Snow Fun!

I think everyone has made the comment in the last few days, “I wish it would stop snowing.” At some point you learn to embrace what you’ve been given and enjoy the day. During a Life Enrichment group with Clara, residents made snow ice cream. A couple had done it before others had not. It […]

Norfolk, NE: Love Is In The Air At Heritage Of Bel-Air

Valentine’s Day was a full day of celebrating love at Heritage of Bel-Air. Residents with spouses were treated to a fancy roast beef lunch with dessert and wine. In the afternoon, residents attended the Valentine’s Day party that included red velvet cake and Valentine’s cards made by school students. At the party, residents enjoyed music from […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Happy President’s Day

HAPPY PRESIDENT’S DAY! Heritage Care Center residents shared their knowledge of U.S.Presidents. Our trivia questions included which presidents are featured on dollar bills and coins and Mt. Rushmore. We did a dollar bill match-up game, Mt. Rushmore Plinko,and guessed the famous phrases associated with the Gettysburg Address, Declaration of Independence, and U.S. Constitution. Fun was […]

Alliance, NE: Elvis is in the House

Our residents were treated this past Tuesday to an Elvis impersonator- that’s right, Elvis was in the building!! ‘Elvis’ originates from Scottsbluff, and he has been doing this for years! He performed such songs as ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘All Shook Up’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’. It was great!! Residents were singing along and clapping. […]

St. Paul, NE: Years of Service

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the team members that give so much love to Brookefield Park! Congratulations on years of service to: Renee Nesiba with 29 years, Angie Helzer with 28 years, Christy Lassen with 26 years, Linda Powloski with 21 years, Deloris Waltman with 20 years and Jodi Thompson with 17 […]

St. Paul, NE: Four Generations Under One Roof

Valentine’s Day was a fun day not only to celebrate love but to also celebrate family. One family in particular with four generations under one roof, also celebrated some birthdays right before Valentine’s Day. Life Enrichment Coordinator Rosemary Wichmann, her daughter CNA/MA Sarah Golick both work at Brookefield Park and Colleen Killinger (Rosemary’s mother/Sarah’s Grandmother) […]

St Paul, NE: Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Roll Drive Thru

Brookefield Park held a Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Roll Drive Thru on the morning of Thursday, February 14. Our amazing Dietary team made cinnamon rolls in the shape of hearts, frosted them with a little help from the Leadership team and then boxed them up. The community was invited to drive thru our parking lot and […]

Omaha, NE: Sweethearts Luncheon

Love was in the air at Brookestone Village on Valentine’s Day. We hosted a Sweethearts Luncheon, for residents and their significant others. Our chef prepared a choice of bacon-wrapped filet mignon and chicken alfredo with a heart-shaped chicken breast. Guests were encouraged to take their time and enjoy a glass of wine and conversation, while […]

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 […]

Iowa Falls, IA: LOVE IS IN THE AIR

LOVE IS IN THE AIR at Heritage Care Center today! Each resident was blessed with a dozen roses thanks to the generous donations of our community and HyVee Floral Department. For some, it was the first time they received a dozen roses. Some residents chose to share with the beautician, a spouse, or an aide. […]

North Platte, NE: Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in most of us, so it was no surprise that our Valentine’s Party was full of love and fun. Residents enjoyed romantic country music with Ray Mullen. Everyone shared in delicious cookies and cupcakes along with our yummy raspberry sherbet-ginger ale punch. We took an intermission to announce our […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Appreciates Local Fire Department

Nothing says “Thank you” like being invited in for a meal. Heritage of Bel-Air recently invited Norfolk’s fire department to enjoy a meal and a tour of the facility. Spread over three days to cover all shifts, the fire department was treated to soup, cinnamon rolls and a “survival kit” goody bag. Quality Reputation-We will be […]

Norfolk, NE: Turtles, Alligators And Snakes Oh My!

Heritage of Bel-Air residents were able to see reptiles up close with an informative and entertaining show by Real Reptiles in Norfolk. Will Abler of Norfolk, owner of Real Reptiles, stopped by Heritage of Bel-Air recently to show off many of the reptiles in his care. One of the animals Will displayed was a 20-year-old […]

Iowa Falls, IA: Snow Day Fun Day

School was canceled and so the kids all got to have a snow day fun day. So we decided to have one here at Heritage Care Center. We made homemade snow, played games and watched videos from different schools singing their snow day songs. Fun was had by all. We will dedicate ourselves to provide […]

Wahoo, NE: Hugs, Hugs & More Hugs!

National Hugging Day was January 21st. Residents and team members at South Haven enjoyed the day immensely! Hugs and smiles were everywhere. Isn’t it amazing that a hug, such a simple gesture, can bring such great joy to all involved! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment,dignity and safety, […]