VSL Community News

Norfolk, NE: Leprechaun Visits Heritage of Bel-Air

If you spotted the Bel-Air leprechaun doing an Irish jig you got to pick your treasure from the pot of gold at Heritage of Bel-Air. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Tracy Zamora, Social Services director, played the leprechaun and spread joy throughout the building. Quality Life: We will create a living environment that radiates […]

Lincoln, NE: Songs and Prayer; A New Way

Covid 19 & social distancing requirements in Long Term Care are changing the face of pleasurable and purposeful pursuits. Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center is utilizing technology to bring pleasurable and purposeful pursuits; including but not limited to this afternoon of songs, followed by prayer and devotions. We are Skyping through the satellite system […]

Norfolk, NE: Social Distancing Meets Hallway Bingo at Heritage of Bel-Air

With communal activities no longer allowed, Heritage of Bel-Air’s Life Enrichment department had to adapt. There was no way residents were going to miss out on some of their beloved activities like Bingo! So, Doorway Bingo was created. Residents stayed in their rooms and the Bingo numbers were called over the PA system. Nurses helped […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents Enjoy Window Visits During Restrictions

Families are getting creative in their communication with their loved ones at Heritage of Bel-Air. Amidst the visitor restrictions, families are sending mail, email and making phone calls but they are also stopping by to visit via window. Many of them donning signs or just waving, these visits brighten up a day! Quality Life: We […]

Springfield, MO: Bringing the Opera to Us

Life right now is out of the norm for most of us, and especially for the residents that we take care of. People in the community are reaching out and helping to make a difference in these trying times. Jeff Houghton, host of the mystery hour, brought world renowned opera singer Micheal Spyres to sing […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Members Make Resident Birthday Special Amid Visitor Restrictions

Birthdays are a special time for residents at Heritage of Bel-Air. Due to visitor restrictions, one of our residents wasn’t able to celebrate with family and friends so her Bel-Air family pitched in! Nursing Assistant Shelly Lauck made a cake for Mona and team members stopped by to tell her Happy Birthday and sing to […]

Omaha, NE: Celebrating Special Birthdays!

With the current COVID-19 visitor restrictions, the Brookestone Village team has amped up their party-throwing skills. Each resident who celebrated a birthday this week was showered with streamers, balloons, fun party hats, and delicious desserts. Families were able to join through FaceTime and Skype calls so no one missed out. Quality Care: We will dedicate […]

Lake City, IA: St. Patty’s Green is a Welcome Sight

Shady Oaks residents were delighted with this year’s St. Patty’s festivities: enjoying a visit from a jolly leprechaun; sampling a holiday snack mix made with popcorn, pretzels, M&Ms, and green almond bark coating; and receiving a homemade St. Patty’s Day card from local children at the Gathering Group. Quality Life-We will create a living environment […]

Lake City, IA: Skyping Maintains Family Connection

Technology is proving to be a wonderful tool during this time of social distancing. Shady Oaks residents are enjoying the benefits of skyping with loved ones. Recently, Jack and Betty S. skyped with their daughter Cindy and her husband Dave. It was terrific to be able to see one another and spend time chatting. Cindy […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Residents Ready, Aim and Fire

Heritage of Bel-Air residents got fired up over some target practice at a recent activity. Using Nerf guns and plenty of “ammo” residents were able to take aim at several targets set up in Bel-Air’s dining room. Quality Life-We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Craft ‘for the Birds’

This craft is for the birds! Heritage of Bel-Air residents made pine cone bird feeders recently by spreading peanut butter on the outside and then rolling and coating the whole pine cone in bird seed. The pine cones were hung outside the residents’ windows to entice birds for a visit! Quality Life-We will create a […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Nurse Leadership Bakes Up Some Fun With Residents

With a little help from nurse leadership, Heritage of Bel-Air residents baked up some banana bread! Fun to make and even more fun to eat. Yum! 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 Benton, Public […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Residents ‘Rock’ Painting Craft

Heritage of Bel-Air residents rocked some painting lead by its resident Joan. Joan shared her love of rock painting with a group class recently. Not only did she instruct on the joy and techniques of rock painting, she also gifted each resident with a rock that she had hand painted. Quality Life: We will create […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air celebrates Dr. Seuss

Heritage of Bel-Air team members celebrated Dr. Seuss week with themed activities March 2-6. Each day’s activities were based off a Dr. Seuss book. Monday’s book featured was “10 Apples Up on Top!” Team members dressed in red and were treated to apples. We even had an apple stacking game where team members attempted to […]

Norfolk, NE: Community Bingo Raises Funds for St. Jude

About 80 people enjoyed Community Bingo Night at Heritage of Bel-Air for a good cause. Each year, the facility hosts the Bingo Night to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For a suggested donation, players received playing cards. Cash Now Chamber bucks were awarded to winners. Concessions were also available. Combined with other […]

Norfolk, NE: Hot Roast Beef Sell Like Hot Cakes for St. Jude Fundraiser

Norfolk loves roast beef and they love roast beef for a cause. That was evident during Heritage of Bel-Air’s annual Beef Blast to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread and a cookie were served up to nearly 500 – through dine-in, carryout or delivery – a record-breaking number […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Resident Takes on Role of “Birthday Fairy”

Team members and residents who have a birthday at Heritage of Bel-Air get a visit from the Birthday Card Fairy – our resident Connie! Connie takes it upon herself to keep track of everyone’s birthday, circulates a card to get everyone’s signature and then hand delivers them to the birthday celebrant on their special day! […]

Red Cloud, NE: WWII Veteran Returns Home to Red Cloud

On March 2, Arlene Karr, resident of Heritage of Red Cloud, was visited by her twin sister, Velma Stratton following Velma’s husband, Don’s, military graveside service. Velma was accompanied by Randy, her son and Nicole, her granddaughter. They had made the trip Saturday from Colorado after Donald’s funeral service where hundreds, lined the roads from […]

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Prevention in VSL Buildings

We are all are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it may impact residents and team members at Vetter Senior Living facilities. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. As the Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, we have received new rules […]

David City, NE: Fat Tuesday Fun

The Residents at David Place Enjoyed Fat Tuesday! We had king cake and Mimosas. We celebrated by wearing our beads and our pretty mask. Some residents got in on the fun of coloring their hair! Temporary hair color of course! Staff walked around with beads passing them out to others and some even had color […]

Omaha, NE: Brookestone Village Introduces Revolving Art Gallery

Brookestone Village have begun a partnership with a local high school’s art department. We will proudly display the art of Millard North’s art students and revolve the work quarterly. The response has been tremendous! Residents are enjoying new, fun pops of color and the students feel pride in their artwork being displayed for the community […]

Fairbury, NE: Sweethearts Dinner

On Valentines’ Day the Life Enrichment Team and the Dietary Team worked together to throw a Sweethearts Dinner for residents with loved ones. Invitations were sent out, RSVP’s made, and tables were decorated with some pizzazz to help bring the residents into the moment. A delicious meal of Chicken Cordon Bleu was served to them […]

Norfolk, NE: Heritage of Bel-Air Residents ‘Strike’ in Their ‘Spare’ Time

A Heritage of Bel-Air hallway transformed into a bowling lane so that our residents could go on “strike” in their “spare” time. Lead by Restorative Therapy, two residents bowled quite a few frames and had a really great time. Quality Care: We will dedicate ourselves to provide personalized care and services that achieve extraordinary results […]

Omaha, NE: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race – A Brookestone Village Event

Brookestone Village hosted their first annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race! Residents and team members collaborated to see who could be the quickest in the art of “pancake” flipping while walking across the room. Looks can be deceiving – it was much harder than expected! Everyone had a great time and many laughs were had. Time […]

Seward, NE: Ready-Aim-Fire

It may not technically be deer hunting season, but we thought it would be fun anyway. Our maintenance man Scott assisted Life Enrichment by “dressing up” as a deer while residents were taking some target practice. The residents laughed when it entered, but really laughed when he challenged one person to hit his target and […]

Seward, NE: Hanging With My “Gnomies”

Thank you to Jennie Triplette for showing her excellence. Jennie is a crafty person in her off hours and willingly assisted Life Enrichment in making Gnomes for Valentine’s days. Residents were excited to get to make their own Gnome and thought they were all cute. Jennie guided us through the process on two different households […]

Seward, NE: Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is for love so Ridgewood decided to try something new this year. Each resident and guest received a carnation with their meal of pork flat iron steak, grilled asparagus, baked potato half, roll, shrimp and corn bisque soup. Dessert was chocolate covered strawberries (which residents helped prepare the day before) and two layered […]

Broken Bow, NE: Lots of Love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was full of love at Brookestone View. The day began with residents passing out hand crafted valentines to each other. A sweet lunch provided their favorites including prime rib, Robert Redford dessert, and choice of beer or wine. In the afternoon, residents enjoyed chocolate lava cake with whipped cream and sprinkles during the […]

North Platte, NE: Valentine Sweethearts

Linden Estates residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party. Ray, one of their favorite local musicians, entertained while we ate cookies and shared time together. The highlight of the day was crowning of a King & Queen. As fate would have it, the newly coronation royalty have been married for nearly 49 years. Queen Mary […]

North Platte, NE: Valentine “Sweets Bakery”

In preparation for our Valentine’s party, Linden Estates turned the Activity Room into a bakery for the morning. Several ladies cut, baked, and decorated all kinds of goodies to share with their neighbors. The sweet concoctions included sugar cookies, rice Krispy treats, puppy chow, and cake pops. We finished the exercise of love by putting […]

Norfolk, NE: Coronation Highlight of Valentine Festivities

Love was in the air at Heritage of Bel-Air for Valentine’s Day! We had a busy day hosting a couples luncheon and our Valentine’s Day party featuring music by Julie Couch! But the highlight for many was the coronation of our Valentine Queen & King, Audrey and Bob! We love all of our residents! What […]

Norfolk, NE: Youth Show Love To Our Residents On Valentines Day

Youth in Norfolk made sure to spread the love to Heritage of Bel-Air residents on Valentine’s Day. Youth from Christ Lutheran Church dropped off some Valentines they made for their members who reside at Heritage of Bel-Air. Their visit was a complete surprise and residents had loads of fun posing for pictures. The Norfolk Arts […]

Omaha, NE: Cupid Crew Delivers Roses & Smiles

Volunteers from Millard South High School and Home Care Assistance of Omaha visited Brookestone Village on Friday, February 14th to deliver beautiful roses to our residents! The Valentine’s Day event is organized by Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit that grants wishes to seniors. Millard South sophomore Jayden Smith said he was nervous to hand […]

Elkhorn, NE: Information, Fun and Food!

Brookestone Meadows was delighted to host 25 senior services industry leaders for a luncheon yesterday with the professional networking group, CORE. CORE is the Coalition Outreach Resource for Elders in Omaha, NE. This group meets monthly offering lunch and a featuring presenter. This month’s presentation was Sandra Miller with Key Home Care, on end of […]

Elkhorn, NE: Sprouting Minds and Valentines!

Teacher Katie with Sprouting Minds, loaded up our residents with flowers and handmade Valentines cards today! There was so much love shared, our hearts will be full for days to come. Thank you, Katie, for this special activity with our residents. You have THE BEST, cutest and sweetest students! Quality Reputation: We will be known […]

Elkhorn, NE: Valentines Day Special Delivery

LifeLoop is an amazing partner! Their team, plus LOTS of volunteers, delivered 140 roses to our residents today, bringing hugs and smiles to everyone in their path. We greatly appreciate their generosity in making sure EVERYONE has a Valentine today! Quality Reputation-We will be known for promoting relationships of trust, confidence and loyalty through the […]

Elkhorn, NE: Brookestone Meadows Red Hat Ladies

The end of week brought family and residents together as we celebrated National Wear Red Day with a Ladies Red Hat Tea Party. In the days prior the ladies of Brookestone Meadows gathered to decorate and craft their red hats with many feathers, jewels, and ribbons and with each, a unique design. Throughout the week, […]

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Norfolk, NE: Team Members Celebrate with Frosted Flakes

“They’re Grrrrrreat!” Just like our team members! Feb. 6 marked the birthday of Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger on all of those Frosted Flakes commercials we grew up on! Did you know that Thurl was born in Norfolk? He’s sort of a local celebrity! Our team members enjoyed a bowl of Frosted […]

Norfolk, NE: Love Grows on Trees With a Splash of Paint

At Heritage of Bel-Air, love grows on trees! Our residents love to paint especially using a Q-tip and dip-and-dot method. Using a heart overlay, residents used pink and red to put love on their tree branches! Each resident’s painting was a work of art in its own way. Quality Life: We will create a living […]

Norfolk, NE: Team Member Receives Heritage Hero Award

Ilene Arnold, CNA spa aide at Heritage of Bel-Air, recently received the 2019 Heritage Hero Award in the nursing division! Allowing residents to make their own choices as well as her flexibility with both residents and team members were just a few of the positive attributes outlined in her nomination. “Bath time is something so […]

Norfolk, NE: Good Neighbors Project Benefits Norfolk Rescue Mission

Heritage of Bel-Air residents are such good neighbors! For their Good Neighbors Project, residents worked together to make care packages for the Norfolk Rescue Mission. The care packages included a sack lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, homemade cookies, granola bar and fruit snacks. Fifty care packages along with toys and puzzles were […]

Norfolk, NE: Residents ‘Go Someplace Warm’ With Craft

Heritage of Bel-Air residents were dreaming of tropical locations on Go Someplace Warm Day! Using sand, shells, twine, loads of glue and an abundance of imagination, residents crafted a special decoration for their rooms. For the craft, twine was wrapped around the stem of a wine glass to give it a nautical look. Sand was […]

Fairbury, NE: Mugs Made With Love

The residents pulled together to help create Valentines day gifts to sell and earn money for the Vetter Foundation. The residents had a blast deciding and creating each mug! After the mugs were baked we all helped fill the mugs with candy and added a cute Valentines balloon as a festive touch. Quality Life-We will […]

Gering, NE: Injury Free Safety Celebration

Heritage Estates celebrated a huge accomplishment by surpassing 400,000 injury free employee work hours. Our company, Vetter Senior Living, recognizes all facilities attaining this lofty goal. A team from Home Office made the trip from Omaha to serve a meal to our staff. Steaks and chicken breasts were grilled for team members. They also provided […]

Grand Island, NE: Cruising Through our Kitchen

Residents were able to enjoy a tour of our newly remodeled kitchen.Enjoyed delicious homemade cookies & coffee afterwards. A resident had suggested during her recent care plan that she would like a tour of the new kitchen just like they offer tours of galleys/kitchens on cruise ships. We made it happen. Even though it’s 27 […]

Garnett, KS: Quality Award Celebration

It was time to celebrate receiving the ACHA Quality Care Silver Award! Excellent Teams We will select and develop team members who radiate warmth, compassion, and respect while skillfully performing their duties. Submitted by Carol Barnes, People Development Coordinator Parkview Heights, Garnett, Kansas

Garnett, KS: Snowball Fight!

As soon as the first snow hits, the chatter begins about snow ball fights and snow angels. Bob, one of our residents always gets so excited when they start talking about it, so guess what? They made it happen! Oh the look on his face when they began to throw the snow balls, what fun! […]

Garnett, KS: Did You Say Elf and Her Llama?

Santa’s Elf and her Llama stopped by to spread some Christmas cheer! He’s so adorable, it’s hard to explain how this truly brightens everyone’s day! Didn’t have the opportunity to take many pictures to share, but it’s incredible the joy that animals bring when they come to Parkview Heights. Quality Life: We will create a […]

Garnett, KS: Santa Stops By For a Photo Shoot!

Santa stopped by for few pics, cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa! He had a great time with our employees, employees kids and all our residents. You could sense the excitement with the young and the old as they sat down for a quick visit with Santa. Their Christmas wishes varied a lot as you could […]

Garnett, KS: Resident Christmas Party

The residents enjoyed our annual Christmas Party again this year. The food was fabulous, they enjoyed time with their families and Santa even stopped by! For the employees, the funnest part is shopping for little gifts for the residents and being able to see their faces when they open up their gifts. We are always […]