VSL Community News

Fairbury, NE: A Colorful & Creative Celebration of Culture

On November 1st Heritage Care Center residents celebrated el Día de los Muertos (Day of the dead) by wearing fun and festive gear while creating papel picado. Those colorful, festive cut paper banners you see on Day of the Dead at Mexican celebrations are papel picado (confetti). Traditionally, these pieces of Mexican folk art were […]

Lake City, IA: Dancing Duo Delights Shady Oaks Audience

Dancing partners Dale Baker of Carroll, Iowa and Barb Wentink of Lincoln, Nebraska kicked up their heels in a half-an-hour performance one afternoon recently in the Shady Oaks main dining room. Residents who gathered to watch were mesmerized by the couple’s dancing talents. It was immediately apparent that Dale and Barb had been dancing together […]

Fairbury, NE: Halloween Fun

  Residents joined in on the holiday festivities of their happy hour with a Halloween theme. They were able to enjoy each others company as well as some delicious sweet treats. During this party all employees who dressed up in costume paraded through the dining room offering a fantastic show. Quality Life-We will create a […]

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Fairbury, NE: Spooky Season

On Halloween all staff was encouraged to dress in costume as part of the October theme. The residents enjoyed seeing all the fun costumes, which they reminisced on, as well as participating in singing the dwarf song: Heigh-ho! Excellent Teams: We will select and develop team members who radiate warmth, compassion and respect while skillfully […]

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 […]

Lander, WY: Bake Sale Pays for School Lunches

On Wednesday, Nancy Connin and Audrey Muir presented Lander Middle School Principal, Julie Shanley with $324. These ladies were representing all of the residents who helped with a huge bake sale at Westward Heights last week. This year they voted to pay for children who had negative lunch account balances at school. Emma Jean Ross […]

Lander, WY: Halloween Contest

Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, Smores, Mrs. Claus and her 4 Blonde Bombshell Elves, Josie and the Pussycat were just a few of the resident/team member Halloween Costume Entries at the Westward Heights Halloween Party! Of course, they were so creative, no one wanted to be the judge! The […]

Seward, NE: Halloween Eve

It’s Halloween Eve and all is well until…it’s crazy hat or hair day. Then it’s laughter, smiles, giggles from staff, residents and visitors. In the spirit of having fun at the work place it’s nice to have those special days were a person can do something a little different, yet get people’s needs met and […]

North Platte, NE: Community Connection

This week started a new monthly activity at Linden Estates. A group of sixth graders from Madison School are part of the Community Connections group. It is an inter-generational mentoring outreach program. The residents and kids had ‘Getting to know you’ conversation sticks and then played different games as they had refreshments and visited. Everyone […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Enjoy Seasonal Activity

Pumpkin decorating is a highlight of this season and our residents enjoyed putting marker, paint and stickers to their pumpkins to make them come to life! Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence. Trisha Thompson, Public Relations Coordinator Heritage of Bel-Air, […]

Wahoo, NE: Fun Fall Activities For All

It’s been a busy fall at South Haven. Residents and their families enjoyed “Burgers & Bingo” on a nice evening. Burgers were enjoyed outdoors, followed by Bingo with prizes! On another beautiful fall day, residents enjoyed a trip to the Glass Chapel at Gretna. It is always a well-attended outing! Quality Life: We will create […]

Wahoo, NE: Pumpkins For Everyone!

The Halloween Spirit has arrived at South Haven. Residents and staff have spent time recently decorating pumpkins. The designs of the pumpkins are as varied as the residents and staff themselves! There are a lot of creative people at South Haven! Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, […]

Iowa Falls, IA: STUFFED FROM HEAD TO TOE…Country-style.

STUFFED FROM HEAD TO TOE….country-style! The fall season is often complemented with colored leaves, pumpkins, and a scarecrow here & there. At Heritage Care Center, we made homemade scarecrows for all to see outside our building and seem to be waving to folks driving by. For those who had some experience of farm life, this […]

Norfolk, NE: Angels Among Us At Heritage of Bel-Air

Heritage of Bel-Air residents spent time talking about guardian angels and then crafting some at a recent Life Enrichment activity. 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

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 […]

Fairbury, NE: Drops in the Bucket

In the beginning of September we started Drops in the Bucket. This a process where staff, residents, and family members can recognize team members for going above and beyond during their work day. For the last month and a half we received a whopping 130 drops!! At our October all facility meeting we will draw […]

Fairbury, NE: Door Spooktacular

To get into the Halloween spirit team members were invited to decorate doors around the facility. Take a look at their creativity and spookiness! Even the residents enjoyed watching and pitching in to help! Outstanding Facilities-We will develop buildings and grounds that enhance quality life and are recognized as attractive landmarks in their community. Submitted […]

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Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Team Member Receives Health Care Hero Award

Stephen Bebb, Medication and Certified Nursing Aide at Heritage of Bel-Air in Norfolk, received the 2019 Health Care Hero Award from the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA). The award was presented to Bebb at the association’s Fall Convention Awards Luncheon in Lincoln Sept. 25. Bebb was nominated by Social Service Director and co-worker Tracy Zamora. […]

Norfolk, NE: Hot Dog Drive Thru Raises Money for Alzheimers Walk

Heritage of Bel-Air hosted its annual Hot Dog Drive Thru with all of the profits to benefit the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimers in Norfolk. Nearly 300 hot dog meals were sold, raising more than $1,000 for the cause. Leadership team members helped support the fundraiser in a variety of ways, from pre-filling cookies and […]

Alliance, NE: Go Huskers!

What a hit our first tailgate party of the football season was! We had 21 residents in attendance cheering on the beloved Huskers and enjoying some fabulous finger foods. We had nachos and cheese dip, beanie weenies, pretzels, Chex mix, chocolate covered pretzels, and cookies. A feast was had by all! Life Enrichment and Dietary […]

Hooper, NE: One Last Trip Before the COLD

Hooper Care Center was able to enjoy one last great day on October 9, before the cold set in. Residents and staff made a trip to the Lincoln zoo. The day was beautiful, the picnic lunch was good and the animals were entertaining. I think the most fun was feeding the goats and the giraffes. […]

Fairbury, NE: Through the Lens

We are blessed to have amazing & talented residents staying with us. Ted, has been showing us his wonderful photography skills. Often we see him around with his camera looking for a perfect shot. A tripod can be seen by his window, ready for the hummingbirds to perch on his feeders. With his permission, I […]

Norfolk, NE: How About Those Huskers?!

Heritage of Bel-Air residents and team members got pumped up for the Husker season this year with a pep rally and tailgate events. Life Enrichment lead team chants and also showed some Husker video highlights. Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal […]

Emerson, NE: Heritage of Emerson Donates Funds to Emerson Medical Clinic Radiology Department

Heritage of Emerson donated funds to the Pender Community Hospital Foundation in the sum of $3,300.00 . The monies are earmarked for use in the new Emerson Medical Clinics Radiology Department. This past June, Heritage of Emerson hosted a golf tournament with a goal of contributing to the new clinics radiology department. Earnings from the […]

Hooper, NE: Family Time at the Pumpkin Patch

Hooper Care Center built on our Family Serving Family by sponsoring a staff and family day at the Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch. The day turned out to be beautiful and the family time for staff was well deserved and appreciated. Staff were given 4 tickets to the pumpkin patch, the facility also supplied hot dogs, […]

Norfolk, NE: Parade Gives Opportunity To Promote Facility

Heritage of Bel-Air participated in the 2019 Lions Club parade in Norfolk. Sporting oversized glasses, team members promoted the facility “changing the view of long-term care.” More than 500 cards were passed out with information about Heritage of Bel-Air and promoting the upcoming Hot Dog Drive Thru to support the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s […]

Norfolk, NE: Senator Visits With Residents

Sen. Scheer stopped by Heritage of Bel-Air to visit with our residents and answer their questions! We were so thankful for his time and attention today and feel blessed to have a friend in the Legislature! Mission – Dignity in Life Submitted By: Trisha Thompson, Public Relations Coordinator Heritage of Bel-Air, Norfolk NE

Iowa Falls, IA: And the winner is……HERITAGE CARE CENTER!!

The Iowa Heath Care Association 2019 Convention was held in Des Moines this week with a theme of “Waves of Change…Oceans of Opportunities”. Member facilities and organizations were invited to participate in a vintage postcard contest with 5 winners chosen to receive a cash prize. HERITAGE CARE CENTER IS ONE OF THOSE WINNERS !!! A […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Starts Library With Resident’s Help

Looking for a book on birds? Prayer? Crafts? NASCAR? The Heritage of Bel-Air library has it all – poetry, Nebraska-themed books, the “Little House on the Prairie” series AND a collection of novels by Danielle Steel, James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks. In total, the library has expanded to four large shelving units and contain more […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Enjoy Seeing Movie on the Big Screen

Lights! Camera! Action! Heritage of Bel-Air residents went to the movies recently during an outing, checking out “The Lion King.” 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

Norfolk, NE: Trick Pony Start of Resident Family Picnic

Heritage of Bel-Air had a fantastic time hosting its annual Resident Family Picnic! The star of the show was Houdini, the trick pony! Residents and their families also enjoyed a barbecue meal and dessert. A variety of yard games were available for families to enjoy. Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates […]

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 […]

David City, NE: Celebration of Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week

We were so excited to treat our Environmental Services and Housekeeping staff to a wonderful lunch and also letting them relax by doing their jobs while they were out. Of course we had to dress them up a little for the celebration. We have a great team of housekeepers, laundry and maintenance staff who work […]

Seward, NE: Coffee With Our Cops!

To honor those who protect and serve our community, Ridgewood residents and staff held a coffee with a cop get together. A few of Seward’s finest were able to attend where we were able to say “THANK YOU” ask questions and learn more about them. Officers were even given a Ridgewood travel mug and invited […]

Hooper, NE: Farm Friends Come to Visit

Hooper Care Center had some cute visitors. Residents and staff were treated to a visit from “Bravo” a baby llama, “Reed” a baby zebu calf, “Cable” a baby goat, “Baggs” a ewe and a puppy named “Henry”. Gathering on the patio residents were able to feed and cuddle the fur babies. Baggs also went room […]

Alliance, NE: Riding The Rails in Alliance

Lori and Phyllis got some residents out of the house and visited a local treasure, the Carnegie Arts Center. Being a railroad town, Alliance has a strong sense of history with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. The current exhibit “After Promontory” displays a fascinating photographic representation of our nation’s railroad heritage. The friendly folks […]

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 […]

Team Members Awarded for Exceptional Care

Congratulations to two Vetter Senior living team members recognized by the NE Healthcare Association for their service to seniors! Stephen Bebb, CNA at Heritage of Bel-Air, received the Health Care Hero award. Cindy Sorensen, Social Services at Cloverlodge Care Center,was given the 2019 Champion of Care award. Vetter Senior Living is honored to have both […]

Fairbury, NE: Team Member Tailgate

Our Leadership Team is always looking for ways to let the staff know just how much we appreciate them! Friday September 20th, we had a Team Member Tailgate at our team member entrance. Our DIRT Team prepared a fun activity to help us understand what our residents go through each day. Safety held gift card […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members ‘Fish’ For Prizes

Team members had the opportunity to go fishing and not even leave the office. Sponsored by the Pep Club, team members were able to cast and hook themselves prizes – coupons for lottery tickets, free pop and treats. Team members were appreciative of the prizes and the fun to break up the day! Teamwork: Our […]

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 […]

North Platte, NE: A Classy Chassis

Residents at Linden Estates recently had the opportunity to see classic cars from the Flatlanders Car Club. It was a day filled with sunshine and glittering cars from decades gone by. Residents enjoyed visiting with members of the club about the different styles and shared many stories and memories with everyone. One of our residents, […]

Vetter Health Services: Nurse Leadership Orientation

The Clinical Coordinators were pleased to host a Nurse Leadership Orientation at the home office on September 10 through September 12th. Some of the roles of the Twenty-two Leadership Nurses who attended this orientation were Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Staff Development Coordinators as well as leadership nurses who oversee Infection Prevention, Restorative […]

Hooper, NE: A Great Day with Family

September 8 was the day for the Hooper Care Center’s annual resident and family picnic. The day stayed overcast but turned out to be a very nice day to be outside. Residents and family enjoyed the tasty food prepared by the dietary department as well as snow cones, cotton candy and funnel cakes. We also […]

Lake City, IA: Special Event Hits all the Right Notes

Music was raising the rafters on a recent Thursday evening at Shady Oaks! Over 50 residents, friends, and family members gathered in the main dining room to take in the terrific musical talents of the three-member band ‘Bare Bones Trio.’ Jack Yates, Eddie Simpson, and Larry Lind from the Fort Dodge area played a wide-ranging […]

Norfolk, NE: Housekeeping Team Member Earns CNA

Penny Ruge is beloved by many of our residents at Heritage of Bel-Air. And the feeling is mutual! Penny had worked at Bel-Air for a year in the housekeeping department before she went back to school to obtain her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credentials. Last May, she started night classes and continued to work full-time […]

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% […]

This week we have celebrated our AMAZING Environmental Services Teams! Housekeep…

[ad_1] This week we have celebrated our AMAZING Environmental Services Teams! Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance you are the BEST! Not only are you exceptional at your work, each one of you bring tremendous love, joy, laughter and compassion to all of the patients and residents. Thank you for all you do, including the hundreds of […]

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 […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Go Back to School with Special Art Class

  It’s back to school time! Even for our residents! Peggy Kathol, a retired art teacher, taught a watercolor painting class! The residents really enjoyed creating masterpieces! 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 Heritage of Bel-Air, Norfolk, […]