VSL Community News

Hooper, NE: “Teaming Up” with the Football Team

Keeping with the new tradition the Logan View Football Team came to Hooper Care Center to “team up” with our residents. The event started with lunch and conversation, then progressed into the competition stage. Games of Corn Hole, Ring Toss, Skee Ball and Connect Four were tried by everyone. Cheering and laughter was heard all […]

Lake City, IA: Out for Lunch

Residents recently enjoyed a trip to Carroll to go out to eat at Pizza Ranch. It’s one of their favorite places to go for lunch. Everyone looks forward to not only the wide selection of pizza, but also the tasty broasted chicken. The buffet always offers something for everyone: mashed and broasted potatoes, gravy, hot […]

Red Cloud, NE: Heritage of Red Cloud Family Members Life Bingo!

Bingo is a popular activity with the residents who live at Heritage. It is no secret that their families come to Heritage to play too. We are so glad that they do! Recently, some great-grandchildren joined them for the bingo games and what a treat that was for all of us! Quality Life-We will create […]

Red Cloud, NE: Buttons Visits Heritage of Red Cloud

At Heritage, we love animals, especially dogs! Shannon Piel brought her little female dog, Buttons for a visit. Having pets visit, brings back many fond and happy memories. We look forward to their next visit! Quality Care-We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results and exceed the expectations of […]

Heritage of Red Cloud’s 4th of July Celebration

Heritage folks, family, and friends celebrated the 4th of July holiday in a big way! A large crowd was on hand to enjoy food, special dessert, and entertainment by Tim Javorsky, Man on the Prairie, Omaha. Patriotic decorations graced our home inside and out. Quality Reputation-We will be known for promoting relationships of trust, confidence […]

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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Bel-Air team members ‘Take Time to Care’

Nine Heritage of Bel-Air team members underwent the “Take Time to Care” class. Take Time to Care is an interactive program to instruct and inspire team members to provide quality care for our residents. Class attendees learned more about how to make a difference, serve others, build relationships, value one another and enjoy life! At […]

Garnett, KS: Fishing Trip

The residents as always enjoy being able to go on little outings, but when they mentioned fishing–their eyes lit up! We had 9 residents that just couldn’t wait for that day to come. As the fishermen and women took off on their excursion they were all smiles and the competition had started. They caught a […]

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 […]

Lake City, IA: A Surprise Worth Taking a Chance On

Folks who went on the recent Mystery Trip were delighted with the surprise destination: Humboldt County Historical Mill Farm in Dakota City, Iowa! The weather cooperated with sunshiny skies dotted with the occasional white cloud passing by. Dakota City is located about an hour and a half northeast of Lake City, adjoining the larger community […]

Our sweet therapy dog needs our help! We are hosting three fundraisers in our b…

Our sweet therapy dog needs our help! We are hosting three fundraisers in our building, but are also offering this link if you would like to donate directly. Staci is the incredible Occupational Therapist who voluntarily takes professional headshots of our long term care residents. These beautiful pictures are provided to the resident and their […]

Having a blast out on the water today with Live Well Go Fish!!! #vslintheloop

Having a blast out on the water today with Live Well Go Fish!!! #vslintheloop Source

Norfolk, NE: Daycare Shares Talents for Holiday

Children from Annette’s Angels Daycare in Norfolk stopped by for a special Fourth of July holiday performance at Heritage of Bel-Air! The children recited the pledge and sang classic children’s songs like “Row the Boat” and “Five Little Squirrels.” They even blew a kiss to the audience! The residents enjoyed the show, clapping along at […]

Lake City, IA: A Summer Time Outing

A recent trip to Culver’s in Carroll provided a welcome opportunity to get out and enjoy a meal with friends. The Shady Oaks group was fairly large, with seven residents, two volunteers, and two staff members boarding the bus to travel the distance from Lake City south to Carroll. Everyone was able to enjoy the […]

Lake City, IA: Let’s Go to the Drive-In!

Residents celebrated the start of warmer weather with a trip to the local drive-in for lunch. The Lake City drive-in is conveniently located just a few blocks away from Shady Oaks. Residents, staff, and a few volunteers boarded the Shady Oaks bus and traveled just a couple of minutes east to the mid-day destination. By […]

Seward, NE: Great Day on the Lake!

Despite the temperature on land there was a great breeze on Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo Thursday June 27th. Residents at Ridgewood had the pleasure of touring the lake with LiveWell GoFish. We were fortunate to catch a few fish while enjoying the sunshine and flew a kite as well. One resident was even our “Skipper” […]

Norfolk, NE: Lemonade Stand Raises Money for Local Charity

The dog days of summer are upon us. The weather outside dictates that it’s the perfect time for a lemonade stand. So, Heritage of Bel-Air decided to do just that. For a suggested donation of 50 cents per cup, visitors, residents and team members could enjoy pink or yellow lemonade made with freshly sliced lemons! […]

We have the best nurses! It has been a full week of continuing education. #vsli…

We have the best nurses! It has been a full week of continuing education. #vslintheloop Source

Brookestone Meadows is very proud to serve our residents by offering them the ne…

Brookestone Meadows is very proud to serve our residents by offering them the next level of hearing care! Our partner, Janie York with Hear Now, Mobile Hearing Solutions assists people with the ability to hear clearly, when they thought it was no longer possible. Thank you Janie for bringing in Quality Care and Dignity In […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Celebrates It’s CNAs

The way to a CNA’s heart is through their stomach! In celebration of Certified Nursing Assistant week, Heritage of Bel-Air celebrated all week with food! Waffles with whipped cream and toppings started the week off right followed by nachos, candy, ice cream and cookies! CNAs are an essential part of Heritage of Bel-Air’s care team […]


We celebrated the wonderful CNAs this week with a Red Carpet Oscar winning performance of activities and food! 🙂 We appreciate all our CNAs who spend time with our residents meeting not only their daily needs, but going above and beyond to ensure they are loved and enjoying life. Thank you for your hard work, […]

Garnett, KS: Father’s Day Breakfast

We held our 2nd annual Father’s Day Breakfast! All the men gathered around for what would have been a normal men’s breakfast that they hold once a month. But we surprised them just a bit with a special menu for the day! Another surprise was that the staff had drawn their names and bought special […]

Garnett, KS: Happy Rail Trails!

Kansas and probably other states have made rail trails from the abandoned rail ways. They are used for walking running, biking anything except motorized vehicles. The Prairie Spirit Rail Trail committee along with the Parks and Recreation guys recently dedicated a day to change that rule so they could give golf cart rides to some […]

We do, we REALLY do! Happy C.N.A. week to our amazing team! #vslintheloop

We do, we REALLY do! Happy C.N.A. week to our amazing team! #vslintheloop Source

Fairbury, NE: Dress the Decades

Every month we have a Wacky Wednesday theme to have some fun at work! This months theme was ‘Dress the Decades.’ Staff was able to pick a decade of their choosing to dress as for the day. The staff members loved seeing everyone who dressed similar or in the same decade and the residents had […]

Garnett, KS: 5 Fun filled days for our CNA’s!

The nursing staff goes all out to show their appreciation for our CNA’s! They lined the halls with pictures of our CNA’s with words to describe them, like diligent, thoughtful, intelligent etc. They planned fun things for each day along with a great assortment of food. Monday was crazy hair or hat day, they served […]

Fairbury, NE: Sloppy Joe Tailgate

During Nursing Home week the staff worked diligently to put together a Sloppy Joe Tailgate with live entertainment by Sawyer Jay, musician. Staff, residents, families, and the community where all invited to attend for free food and live music. The weather was perfect and the food was amazing. We even had special guests, Jack and […]

Tonight on Channel 7 at 5pm or 6pm, there will be a story about our therapy dog,…

Tonight on Channel 7 at 5pm or 6pm, there will be a story about our therapy dog, Sylvia! They will be sharing her story and information on how people can help. She had a GREAT visit today! Residents and staff all lit up to see her walking. She made up for three weeks of missing […]

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 […]

Heather Perkins with Select Rehabilitation organized 4 internal fundraisers at B…

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. […]

Eagle Scout, Drew Cooper with the Mid America Council, Black Hawk District, Unit…

Eagle Scout, Drew Cooper with the Mid America Council, Black Hawk District, Unit Number 405 selected Brookestone Meadows as his site to complete his Eagle Scout project. He built this beautiful bench in one of our Long Term Care courtyards. Thank you Drew for honoring your loved with a project that will continue to serve […]

Norfolk, NE: Quilter Shares Stories of Inspiration

Heritage of Bel-Air is very fortunate to have community members share their time and talents with our residents! Diane Gubbels of Coleridge recently presented her “Stories of Inspiration” quilt program with our residents! She shared 56 quilts from her collection and the stories behind each one whether it was inspired by a childhood outfit she […]

Lincoln, NE: Wagon Train Fishing Outing

Residents of Sumner Place enjoyed a fishing outing at Wagon Train Lake in Hickman, NE. Between the gravel roads and beautiful views, this group had a riot! Even though the fish weren’t huge (small bluegill), many laughs were shared and the weather was perfect. Mission – Dignity in Life Submitted by Megan Herter, Admissions & […]

Red Cloud, NE: “Living Soulfully” at Heritage of Red Cloud

“Living Soulfully” was the theme this year for National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Monday was Super Hero Day, Tuesday New Orleans’ Day, Wednesday Fun In the Sun 70’s, Thursday 60’s Peace, Love & Harmony Day, and ending Friday with a cook-out for residents and staff at noon. The week at Heritage of Red Cloud was […]

Red Cloud, NE: Fun Day Away From Work

This week, a few team members and Kim Grams, Administrator took a break from work and enjoyed some creativity at Simply Door Art in Hastings. They were treated to donuts and coffee in the morning and selected cut outs to paint and decorate for their doors. Team members enjoyed a nice lunch afterwards while the […]

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. […]

North Platte, NE: Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Father’s Day Party

There were outlaws, in-laws and lots of cowboys at the Linden Estates Father’s Day celebration. Our wild wild west party was held in conjunction with the North Platte Nebraskaland festivities. Nebraskaland Days president Cory Johanson stopped in to say “Howdy Partner” to everyone. We served ‘get along lil’ doggies, happy trails mix, cowboy hats on […]

Emerson, NE: 2019 Champion of Merrymakers Awarded

The Merrymakers Sandy Lemke and Joe Taylor recently congratulated Kellie Wageman, Life Enrichment Coordinator and Certified Dementia Practitioner at Heritage of Emerson, for her Champion of Merrymakers Award. Thanking her for helping them to achieve their vision: To provide professional music programs that improve the well-being of seniors and inspire joy, fond memories and social […]

Emerson, NE: Fantastic!

Sherri Brown RN-BC now joins Lexi Albrecht RN-BC and Fran Pickering RN-BC in being board certified in gerontological nursing. Less than 1% nationally have this certification. They are the only three in the tri-county area. Congrats Ladies! We are so proud to have you on our team and serving our residents! Excellence-We continually pursue opportunities […]

Hooper, NE: It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

Hooper Care Center has celebrated the careers of two very special people. Linda Parker and Sandy Odle have both retired. Linda Parker was with Hooper Care Center for 8 years in Social Service. Sandy Odle was with Hooper Care Center for 35 years as a CNA/Restorative Aide. These special ladies will be missed, more than […]

Hooper, NE: What Do You Do In Nebraska When The Weather Is Nice? Go Fishing

With the help of the organization Live Well Go Fish, Hooper Care Center was able to get six residents out on the water. On June 10 six residents and four staff went to Lake Wanahoo for a BBQ and some fishing. The weather was perfect and the fish were biting. Pat was able to catch […]

Seward, NE: Take Me Out To The Ball Game!!

It was a beautiful night Friday June 7, 2019 for a Salt Dogs baseball game. Seven residents and many staff and their families were able to enjoy the night out. We had special shirts made for out outing and were able to enjoy one of our residents Marc throwing out the first pitch. Homer also […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Team Member Wins Award

Heritage of Bel-Air recently presented Jemima Mendoza with its 2019 Love & Peace Quality Life Award. She was nominated by team members for her dedication to create a living environment that radiates love and peace in all that she does. Nominations explained that she is nice and respectful to everyone, always willing to help, and […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Smashes Blood Donor Goal

One car accident victim can use as many as 100 units of blood. And with summer, the need for blood has reached a critical shortage. Heritage of Bel-Air recently hosted the American Red Cross bloodmobile at its facility to help the cause. “Hosting a blood drive coincides with Bel-Air’s core mission, vision and values of […]

Alliance, NE: Bunny Bingo!

We sure do know how to have fun in the western part of Nebraska! I love my job because our residents love to have fun and they are up for anything! I wanted to spruce up our Monday night bingo, and I had been collecting bunny ears and even unicorn headbands- so guess what? They […]

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 […]

Gering, NE: Quack, Quack, The Duck is Back!

For the fourth straight year, a savvy female duck began building a nest in the outdoor courtyard on the Spruce and Cedar neighborhood. We speculate it is the same mother hen as she has chosen the same neighborhood and the same spot (located under the picnic table) to build her nest each year. This momma […]

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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Delivers Meals to Elderly in Community

Each year, Heritage of Bel-Air volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly in the community! Organized by the Norfolk Senior Center, Heritage volunteers delivered meals with a meal the last week in May. Those receiving meals were so appreciative of the meals and the conversation. What a special mission that we are privileged to be […]

Elkhorn, NE: Our Therapy Dog

Our beautiful therapy dog, Sylvia, was hit by a car on Tuesday May 28th. She is currently stable and resting from yesterday’s 6-hour surgery. It is anticipated that Sylvia’s rehabilitation will be a long road, but we are optimistic about her recovery! The Brookestone Meadows and Select Rehabilitation Families have pulled together to support Sylvia […]