Gateway Vista Welcomes Jay Colburn as Executive Director

Gateway Vista Welcomes Jay Colburn as Executive Director

Gateway Vista is excited to announce Jay Colburn as their new executive director. Jay joins the Gateway Vista team as an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience in the senior health care industry. Jay shared, “I am excited to join the Gateway Vista team as their new executive director and support their passionate and sincere team members while they provide compassionate care to our residents.”

Kristin Harris, VP of Operations, shares, “We are thrilled to welcome Jay Colburn to the Gateway Vista family. He brings passion, heart, and over 20 years of success in long-term care. His leadership as the new Executive Director will be impactful in supporting and growing the reputation of quality that Gateway is known for.”

Jay was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan but has called Nebraska home for most of his life. You will find him when he’s not working, spending time with his wife and two kids, hunting, and fishing.

Gateway Vista, a Nye Health Services campus, provides a full continuum of services from independent living to Medicare-certified skilled nursing care to seniors in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information on Gateway Vista’s award-winning services, call Taylor Miller, Transitions Coordinator, at 402.467.0293.  To learn more about Nye Health Services and each of their local campuses, visit us online at www.nyehealthservices.com.

3 Ways to Finance Assisted Living

3 Ways to Finance Assisted Living

If you or a family member are considering moving into an assisted living community, you may be feeling a bit intimidated by the high monthly cost of many potential locations. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover assisted living costs, but you have several options for financing your new home. We are always here to discuss what your best plan may be, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our communities!


Many people can cover at least some of their assisted living costs using Medicaid, although the amount of coverage that may be available varies from state to state. In Nebraska, the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver provides assisted living coverage as one of several benefits.

To qualify for this waiver, residents of Nebraska must be at least 65 years old unless they have a disability that prevents independent living and meet income and asset limits and have a medically qualified need.

Residents can meet income requirements through a couple of options, depending on their unique circumstances.

  • Categorical need, which requires that Nebraska residents have an annual income below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Medical need, which requires that residents must have less than approximately $400 left per month after paying medical expenses, regardless of their total income.

Applicants for the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver should also have less than $4,000 in countable assets, regardless of which type of need they apply for.

Veterans’ Benefits

Veterans are also eligible to receive financial assistance for assisted living through the VA and other sources. The VA offers a wide variety of long-term care services in several settings to meet the needs of as many veterans as possible, including assisted living communities, nursing homes, and private homes. These benefits allow veterans to receive assistance with daily tasks, physical therapy, and other types of extra help even if they are still able to live in their own homes, as well as 24-hour support when living in an assisted living community.

Any veterans that are currently signed up to receive healthcare through their VA are eligible to receive these services as long as the VA considers the services to be necessary for your unique situation and the services and space in a qualifying assisted living community are currently available in your area. The VA typically pays for a portion of the overall cost of living in an assisted living facility and any other services you may receive, but it rarely provides full coverage, and you may need to go through Medicaid or your private insurance company to cover some services.

Private Long-Term Care Insurance

You may also use long-term care private insurance to finance assisted living, which can be particularly helpful if you do not qualify for either of the above options. Although private insurance companies can vary significantly as far as how they handle assisted living and how much coverage they provide, most long-term care insurance policies are often your best option for covering up to 100 percent of the funds you need to move yourself or a family member to an assisted living community.

Before making any decisions, be sure to read your policy carefully to learn more about the coverage you may be eligible for and any monthly premiums you will need to pay, as well as get answers to any other questions you may still have from your provider. You may also be able to meet with an advocate or case manager through your insurance provider, who can help you better understand the benefits and limitations of your insurance and how to best benefit from using it.

At Nye Health Services, we care about making assisted living an affordable option for senior residents of Nebraska and surrounding areas. You have several options for finding the funds you need and moving into a welcoming community that meets your needs. Contact us today to speak with us about evaluating your best options for financing assisted living or to schedule a tour of any of our communities that interest you!

Nye Health Services Welcomes Patrick Fairbanks as Executive Director of Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe

Nye Health Services Welcomes Patrick Fairbanks as Executive Director of Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe

Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe are excited to welcome Patrick Fairbanks as their new executive director. Patrick joins the Nye Health Services team with over 34 years of experience in senior health care administration throughout Nebraska. Patrick shared, “I am thrilled to join the Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe team as the new executive director. I am passionate about making a positive impact in people’s lives and supporting our team members as they provide exceptional service to the seniors we serve!”


Kristin Harris, VP of Operations, shares, “We are excited to welcome Patrick to the Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe team! Patrick’s life commitment to providing quality care paired with his depth of leadership experience in senior health care administration is going to allow him to successfully lead our team that strives for excellence in care.”


Patrick has lived in Nebraska all his life. When he’s not working, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, three children, and six grandchildren.


Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe provide traditional skilled care, short stay rehab, and outpatient therapy services to seniors in Fremont, Nebraska, and the surrounding communities. For more information on Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe’s services, call Jessica Lewis, Clinical Liaison, at 402-721-9300.  To learn more about Nye Health Services, visit us online at www.nyehealthservices.com.

The Importance of Staying Hydrated for Seniors

The Importance of Staying Hydrated for Seniors

Often when we hear the word nutrition, we think about the foods we eat. An essential part of nutrition is adequate hydration. Good hydration is critical for health and well-being, especially for seniors. The body is made up of approximately 60% water. The amount of water one should consume daily depends on multiple factors such as age, diagnosis, activity level, and medications, to name a few.

Seniors are among the most at risk for dehydration. Because of the potentially significant health consequences of dehydration to seniors, it’s important to recognize the causes and symptoms of dehydration as well as know how you can stay properly hydrated.

The top six benefits of good hydration for seniors:

  1. Increases energy and brain function: Even mild dehydration can result in changes in mood, concentration, headaches, memory, fatigue, and anxiety.
  2. Joint lubrication:  The cartilage, located in joints and the spine’s disks, is made up of approximately 80% water. Lack of adequate hydration can lead to increased joint pain and muscle cramps.
  3. Water makes minerals and nutrients accessible:  Minerals and nutrients dissolve in water, making it possible for them to reach different parts of the body.
  4. Kidney Function: Insufficient water intake can lead to kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and other kidney problems.
  5. Heart Health: Dehydration results in decreased blood volume, resulting in the heart working harder and faster to ensure the body has adequate oxygen.
  6. Digestive Health: Insufficient water intake can lead to digestive problems such as constipation and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.

What You Can Do

If you find that you frequently forget to drink or occasionally experience mild signs of dehydration like dry mouth, decreased urination, or fatigue, try following these tips to help you stay well hydrated:

  • Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water or other non-caffeinated liquids.
  • Make it a habit when you leave home to fill a portable cup of water or take a water bottle with you.
  • Take sips of water or other non-caffeinated beverages between bites at meals, such as juice or milk.
  • Add liquids throughout your daily routine.
  • Drink a full glass of water when taking medications.
  • Don’t stop or reduce liquid consumption due to urinary control – consult your physician.
  • Incorporate foods into your daily meals and snacks that are high in water content, such as melons (watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe), strawberries, pineapple, peaches, oranges, cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers, celery, zucchini, and lettuce.

Senior Health and Wellness at Nye Health Services

At Nye Health Services, wellness is key in our approach to helping seniors thrive. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer to help you and your loved one live happy!

People Live Happy Here: Benefits of Independent Living

People Live Happy Here: Benefits of Independent Living

Living independently doesn’t have to mean living alone. If maintaining a large home is becoming more challenging but you don’t need the extensive services of an assisted living community, independent living options provide the perfect middle ground. Nye Square in Fremont, Nebraska; Gateway Vista in Lincoln, Nebraska; and The Meadows in Norfolk, Nebraska, blend private apartment living with the benefits of on-site trained professionals, planned activities, and community opportunities.

Our Built-In Community Makes You Feel at Home

Living down the hall from friends and within walking distance of a wide variety of social events and other activities makes an independent living community an ideal option for seniors that are interested in staying connected and living an active lifestyle.

The Nye Health community is the perfect choice for individuals, couples, and even pets, and we strive to provide a balance between the benefits of managing your own home and having people around when you need them.

“I came to Gateway Vista more than three years ago. I enjoy the company of all of my friends here, especially after my husband passed away. I stay busy with all of the activities they offer, from Book Club to Bingo, to Lunch Bunch, to Reader’s Theatre, as well as Mass and Rosary. I love it here!” Josie, Resident of Gateway Vista

We offer plenty of onsite options for spending time with neighbors, friends, and visiting family members. From enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend at the Sweet Shop and celebrating a special occasion in one of the private dining rooms to browsing the library and relaxing in the sunroom, our community amenities provide everything you love about your current community close to home. All Nye Health Independent Living communities are a short drive from local favorite restaurants, shops, and recreational options.

“I haven’t seen Dad this happy since before Mom passed away. The family environment and community at Nye Square have allowed him to enjoy life again.” Amy, Daughter of a Resident at Nye Square

Our Safety Features Make Independent Living Easier

Safety is often a key factor when it comes to deciding that it might be time to move out of your current home. Although you may enjoy the benefits of your private home, managing your own safety is often one of the first aspects of your life that becomes challenging. Our independent living communities feature an array of measures to ensure your safety:

  • Check-in for visitors
  • Emergency response system
  • 24-hour onsite staff

Boost Your Peace of Mind By Choosing Independent Living

Independent living options provide the perfect bridge between managing your own life and having someone available when you need it. The relaxed, calm environment at any of our locations blends the comfort and privacy of living in your own apartment with the perks of having friends and skilled professionals in the building.

“We love the helpful & thorough team members that go the extra mile for all of us. Our apartment is very spacious and has great views. We are very happy that Izzy, our dog, could join us and he loves it here too!” Bob, Helen, & Izzy, Residents of The Meadows.

Our staff provides 24/7 emergency assistance and a bit of extra help, giving you and your family peace of mind that choosing your preferred level of independence does not mean compromising your safety if something were to go wrong. Each apartment includes an emergency call system, which connects you to our skilled nursing staff for assistance at any time of day or night.

At Nye Health Services, we firmly believe that you don’t have to choose between living alone and completely giving up your independence. We provide an in-between option that makes it easy for residents of Nebraska and surrounding states to choose their desired level of independence while enjoying the perks of community living. Contact us today to learn more about what sets us apart or to schedule a tour of our Nye Square, The Meadows, or Gateway Vista communities!

Nye Pointe Earns 2021 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

Nye Pointe Earns 2021 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

Nye Pointe, a Nye Health Services campus, has been recognized as a 2021 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated dedication to improving the quality of care for residents and patients in long-term and post-acute care.

“The Nye Pointe team is dedicated to providing the very best care to our residents, and I’m thrilled to see them honored through the receipt of the Silver Award,” said Kirk Sweeny, executive director at Nye Pointe.

The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance to improve the quality of life and care of long-term care residents and staff. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve organizational performance and health care outcomes.

“Reaching the Silver Award level successfully while also compassionately and heroically protecting and caring for residents during a pandemic is remarkable,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Tammy Kelly. “I applaud the resiliency and dedication of Nye Pointe for continuing their quality improvement journey and for this outstanding achievement.”
As a Silver Award recipient, Nye Pointe can now advance in further developing comprehensive approaches that meet the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award criteria.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 72nd Convention & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland right outside Washington, DC which will be held from October 10-13, 2021.

Nye Pointe’s campus offers skilled long-term care, short term rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services. Nye Pointe is one of three Nye Health campuses in Fremont. Nye Square offers independent living, assisted living, and outpatient therapy services while Nye Legacy offers skilled long-term care, short term rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services. For more information on Nye Pointe’s skilled nursing services, call Debi Filter RN, Director of Clinical Transitions at (402) 720-6565. To learn more about Nye Health Services and each of their local campuses visit us online at www.nyehealthservices.com.