VSL Community News

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Veterans-To-Veterans Café at Sumner Place

Sumner Place is honored to host Veterans-To-Veterans Café sponsored by AseraCare Hospice. If you are a military Veteran, you are invited to attend this social coffee hour with other Veterans. Our last Veterans-To-Veterans Café was held on Tuesday, January 21st and our next one will be on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:00am. […]

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: Teamwork at It’s Finest

After our 9:00 stand-up on 1/14/2020, the team was challenged to a leadership exercise. Our leadership team was given a blanket to stand on, they then needed to work together to flip the blanket. The goal was to end up standing on the other side of the blanket without any team member getting off the […]

Seward, NE: One Year Injury Free

January 14, 2020 Ridgewood was able to celebrate their injury free year. Excellent teams does not only mean radiating warmth, compassion and respect, but also being safe. Ridgewood team members have been able to earn being injury due to people being on their “A” game in taking care of residents and others by being safe […]

Norfolk, NE: Santa and Mrs. Claus Feature of Holiday Festivities

Heritage of Bel-Air really knows how to throw a Christmas party! Residents were treated to music by Battle Creek Brass, festive dessert, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course, gifts! Team members also got into the Christmas spirit by wearing their holiday sweaters and socks! Quality Reputation-We will be known for promoting […]

Kearney, NE: Happy National Rubber Duck Day!

Today, January 13, 2020, is National Rubber Duck Day. In celebration of this delightful holiday, we here at Brookestone Gardens in Kearney decided to have a Rubber Duck Race and invite the 4 year old pre-school class from Zion Lutheran School. What could be better than colorful rubber ducks, big pools of water inside the […]

Norfolk, NE: College Students Provide Manicures for Residents

Joseph’s College of Beauty students need to practice as part of their education. And Heritage of Bel-Air residents were the willing recipients of that practice! Recently, the beauty college students provided manicures free of charge for our residents. It’s part of a long-standing partnership between the facility and the college. It’s a win-win for everyone! […]

Hooper, NE: Angels Among Us

All our residents would like to thank “One Staff,” staffing company, for all the personalized gifts for Christmas they brought to our facility. We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity that this company has shown to our facility. They spent the afternoon handing out presents, eating cookies and sharing their Christmas memories. For […]

Grand Island, NE: Christmas “Tree” Award for Most Unexpected

Tiffany Square residents participated in the community Christmas tree pageant at the Stuhr Museum in Grand island. Some residents with the help for the LE Dept., painted rocks, glued and outlined CD’s with Christmas scenes from cards, and rocks for our Rocking around the Christmas “Cactus” Tree. Our efforts were rewarded, we received recognition for […]

Hooper, NE: Preparation for the Holidays

Students from Logan View High School spent an evening with our residents and decorate our Christmas trees, putting up the garland, painting our dining room windows and visiting with the residents. Our residents enjoyed giving some of the student’s advice about the placement of ornaments and the great jobs they were doing on the windows. […]

Hooper, NE: Christmas Angels Among Us

On December 9, the Fremont Area Association of Retired School Personal (FAARSP) brought Christmas gifts for our Veterans. All our Veterans were so thankful for all the gifts that these ladies bought to them and taking time out of this busy season to recognize them and listen to all their stories. They truly made our […]

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 […]

Lincoln, NE: Bell Choir Rings in Christmas

Monika Gall, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, wanted to give residents a new purpose. Thinking outside the box, Gall, who has a musical education background, proposed a Bell Choir at their resident council this past September and many were intrigued. It was made clear that no musical background was […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Pick Up Their Paintbrushes for Holiday Craft

Heritage of Bel-Air continued their holiday crafting by painting poinsettias! The glitter was a nice touch from these budding artists! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Submitted by Trisha Thompson, Public Relations Coordinator Heritage of Bel-Air, Norfolk, NE

Lincoln, NE: Resolutions & Celebration

Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center celebrated New Year’s Eve; a bit before the Time Square Ball Drop. An afternoon of celebration; reminisce of the past, plans for the future; time with family and friends. It was lovely way to send out 2019 and welcome in 2020, even if it was still daylight! Quality Life-We […]

Norfolk, NE: Gingerbread Men Make Cute Ornaments

Led by volunteer Peg Studts, residents crafted their own gingerbread ornaments! Just look at those adorable rosy gingerbread cheeks. After crafts, residents enjoyed some gingersnap cookies! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Submitted by Trisha Thompson, Public Relations Coordinator Heritage of […]

Grand Island, NE: Habitat for Humanity Cookie Walk

Tiffany Square participated in Habitat for Humanity’s annual cookie walk. The proceeds go to habitat for humanity and participation contributes to the volunteer hours of the habitat homes’ recipients. Our Team member Dana Redden has been chosen as a habitat recipient. Residents and staff decorated and donated 15 dozen cookies to contribute to the cookie […]

Grand Island, NE: Food Pantry Donation

Tiffany Square’s team donated 3 cart loads full of food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry. We had a can drive and also used our “jean money” to purchase more to increase our contribution. Serving: We succeed by focusing our attention and energies on anticipating and exceeding people’s expectations. Our actions are driven by a […]

Norfolk, NE: Sugar Cookie Baking is Holiday Favorite Among Residents

We had some very busy bakers in the Heritage of Bel-Air kitchen recently. Holiday baking continued with traditional sugar cookies! Residents worked hard using the cookie cutters to make Rudolph, Christmas trees, holly and bells, among other shapes. Once baked, they spread the frosting and added the sprinkles with a flourish! They even sang a […]

Grand Island, NE: Tiffany Square’s 30th Birthday Party

Monday December 9th we celebrated our 30th birthday. Tiffany Square was the first building that Jack Vetter designed and built. Many guest from Home Office were here to join in the celebration. Jack said a few words to the employees and residents in attendance: “I want to thank the team members who work hard to […]

Norfolk, NE: Ceremony Gives Family Opportunity to Lean on Memories

The holidays are a joyous time but can also be difficult especially to those who’ve lost loved ones. With grief still heavy in their hearts, family members, team members and friends gathered at Heritage of Bel-Air for the annual Memory Tree ceremony last night. In its fifth year, the Memory Tree ceremony is held in […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Play With “Snow” in Winter Craft

Our residents got to play with “snow” (baking soda and hair conditioner) recently! Adding a touch of greenery, holly and pine cones to the glass bowls make for a perfect winter centerpiece! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Submitted by Trisha […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Decorate Cards for Soldiers

Everyone enjoys receiving a Christmas card in the mail and Heritage of Bel-Air residents wanted to spread that cheer to our troops! Led by volunteers Peg Studts and Cheri Entrikin, residents added their personal mark of creativity with stickers and stamps on the Christmas cards. The cards will be sent to Cheri’s son, Tyler, who […]

Elkhorn, NE: Annual West O Chamber Breakfast

The West O Chamber of Commerce enjoyed their gazillionth annual holiday breakfast at Brookestone Meadows today. The food was crafted by hand by the unrivaled culinary team at BSM. The menu included breakfast tacos featuring spiced orange peel rubbed brisket, chorizo spiced breakfast sausage, made from scratch roasted tomatillo green chili Verde salsa and roasted […]

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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Receive Goody Bags From Local Church

Norfolk is a community that always takes care of their own and gives back. Heritage of Bel-Air residents were on the receiving end of kindness when representatives and youth from St. John’s Church delivered Thanksgiving goody bags! It’s a blessing to be part of such a wonderful community. Quality Life-We will create a living environment […]

Norfolk, NE: Turkey Cookies Good Enough to Gobble

Cookies, candy and melted chocolate were part of the construction of turkey cookies as part of Heritage of Bel-Air’s Thanksgiving festivities. The cookies turned out adorable … good enough to eat! Easy and fun to make! Gobble! Gobble! Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, […]

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

Every year, Heritage of Bel-Air distributes pies to residents who complete short-term rehab and discharged home. It’s a way to say Thank You for choosing Bel-Air for their care. Nearly 100 residents were visited this year as part of the annual pie distribution. Quality Reputation: We will be known for promoting relationships of trust, confidence […]

Alliance, NE: Creating With Our Friends the Linemen

Our local Powerline students came for their monthly visit this past Thursday, and a super time was had by all! 20 young men came and helped our residents make tile Christmas coasters. They let the residents do the work and they only assisted when asked. They even had their own creations which the residents just […]

Vetter Hospitality Featured in National Magazine

Providing world-class hospitality is an important part of our mission, vision and values at Vetter Senior Living. We were thrilled to see that commitment featured in an interview with our own Shari Owen as part of the December cover article of Provider Magazine. From the article… At Vetter Senior Living, which operates facilities throughout Nebraska, […]

Norfolk, NE: Dip and Dot Painting a Hit with Residents

Using Q-tips and creativity, Heritage of Bel-Air residents painted some really unique leaves! A dip and dot method was used to create these masterpieces. Hurrah to our budding artists! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Submitted by Trisha Thompson, Public Relations […]

Norfolk, NE: Social Services Coordinator Joins Council

Heritage of Bel-Air’s Social Services Coordinator Tracy Zamora was selected to join Vetter Health Services (VHS) Social Services Advisory Council. This new council consists of four Social Services coordinators from Vetter facilities. The goal of the council is to assist with developing and implementing VHS policy and procedure, and brainstorm ways to efficiently comply with […]

Elkhorn, NE: Coffee with Congressman Bacon

Congressman Don Bacon kicked off the week the morning of December 2 with coffee at Brookestone Meadows. Residents, patients and staff filled the room to hear what the Congressman has been working on in Washington, in addition to answering questions about current hot topics. The coffee was also attended by several Vetter Senior Living team […]

Norfolk, Veterans Treated to Special Recognition

Veterans Day at Heritage of Bel-Air started with a special breakfast catered by Hy-Vee. Bel-Air Elementary second-graders came and read letters they had written to our veterans. They were very creative! Then that afternoon, Heritage of Bel-Air hosted its annual Veterans Day program with special recognition given to our veterans – residents and team members! […]

Lake City, IA: Family Feast

The Family Feast held on Sunday, November 24th was a huge success! We welcomed over 120 friends and family to join residents for the Feast! Guest enjoyed tender roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and pumpkin dessert. The meal was bountiful and the smiles plentiful! Jovial conversation and warm fellowship were thoroughly enjoyed […]

Lincoln, NE: Give Thanks

“How many people are coming to your house for Thanksgiving?” is a common conversation in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. But when you are serving 100’s of people – and don’t have the option of going out for supper the night before, the task could seem daunting. But not for the Southlake Village Rehabilitation […]

Seward, NE: Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you does not seem like enough when it comes to having wonderful people in your life. We are all given a different path to live and we never know where the path will lead. We are blessed at Ridgewood to have a wonderful Dietary Manager and team who put on a great Thanksgiving meal […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Bake Up a Taste of Thanksgiving

It smelled like Thanksgiving in the Bel-Air kitchen recently as residents made pumpkin bread! Residents enjoyed the activity from measuring to mixing and of course, the tasting! Quality Care-We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of those we serve. Submitted by Trisha Thompson, Public […]

Garnett, KS: Jessica Swisher Wins Vetter Scholarship

Jessica Swisher has been a CNA for Parkview Heights since 2014, she became a CMA in July of 2019. She is continuing her education and will be starting her LPN courses in January. She received the VSL Scholarship Award and we presented it to her at our November In-Service. She was really appreciative of being […]

Alliance, NE: Tryptophan Didn’t Stand a Chance

The tradition of gathering family around a turkey dinner was celebrated three weekends in a row here in Alliance. Each of our respective lanes (Ruby Loop, Diamond Valley and Sapphire Vale) took turns consuming the large dining room as families and friends were invited to their unique Thanksgiving Events. Pictures were taken to commemorate the […]

North Platte, NE: No Tricks Just Treats

On Halloween we had hundreds of little, and not so little folks in costume come to Linden Estates for our annual celebration. Residents enjoyed seeing the kids in their costumes and wore some fun headpieces to get in on the action. It was great seeing the excitement and joy on the faces or residents and […]

North Platte, NE: Think Pink

Linden Estates residents and staff are always on the look out for something to celebrate. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, hence the abundance of pink we have enjoyed. We wore pink, ate pink and decorated pink. Since most of us know people who have battled breast cancer it has been a heartfelt celebration. Quality […]

Lincoln, NE: Veteran’s Honored at Southlake

On Veteran’s Day 2019 Southlake honored Veterans from all US Military Branches. In cooperation with Horisun Hospice, Eastridge Hospice Singers performed America, America the Beautiful and This Land is Your Land. Michael Welch, Southlake Dietician and Veteran spoke regarding the history and traditions of Veteran’s Day. Each Veteran received a certificate of appreciation and pinning […]

Alliance, NE: Nothing “Fun Size” About the Smiles

Sometimes it takes a couple weeks of ruminating to truly appreciate how special an event can prove to be. Like most residents, we look forward to having the kids come through our community to share in the Halloween holiday. Now, as Thanksgiving is fast approaching, it is fun to look back at the smiles, interactions […]

Seward, NE: Believe in Love

Sixty-four years ago today on a cold, snow blowing, sleeting day these two wonderful folks said “I do”. Today even though it was cold outside you could feel the warmth and love John and Barbara share 64 years later. John had no idea when talking to me he was participating in a surprise for the […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Has “Spook-tacular” Holiday

What a day we had.  Costume contest and trick or treating for our team members, resident Halloween party and the children who we received goodies tonight! Happy Halloween! Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Submitted by Trisha Thompson, Public Relations Coordinator […]