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.

Lifetime Commitment to Care: Celebrating 45 Years With Nye Health Services

Lifetime Commitment to Care: Celebrating 45 Years With Nye Health Services

Nye Health Services is celebrating Faye Etherington’s 45th anniversary working at Nye Pointe.

“Having a team member serve the company for 45 years is truly a milestone,” said Nye Health Services, Founder and CEO Russ Peterson. “Faye is an exceptional employee. She truly exemplifies compassion for residents and the values of Nye.”

Forty-five years ago, with the encouragement of her friends who worked at Nye Pointe, Faye applied to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. Faye got the job and has been part of the Nye family ever since.

Faye has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aid throughout her career. Faye shared, “Over the past 45 years, the relationships I have with the residents and my team members are what keeps me coming back each day. Everyone is so kind. We are a family. I am always eager to jump in and help my team wherever I am needed, except the kitchen,” she added with a laugh.

Lynette Winter, who has worked with Faye for 39 years, said, “Faye takes time with the residents to build genuine relationships. When a resident is sad or lonely, you will find Faye in their room talking to them and doing special things to make them smile. During COVID, when residents weren’t with their families, she would brighten their day by spending extra time with them. She’s an incredibly caring person.”

Kirk Sweeny, Executive Director at Nye Pointe, added, “Faye’s dedication over the years has been amazing – she is such an important part of our team. When I walk into the building, she often is the first to say hello with the warmest smile. We are honored to have Faye part of our Nye Health Services family and thank her for her years of commitment to serving the residents at Nye Pointe.”


About Nye Health Services

Nye Health Services offers five campus locations in Eastern Nebraska, structured to meet the needs of their residents. Services offered include, outpatient therapy, independent living, assisted living, short-stay rehab, traditional skilled nursing, memory care, and home health care. A family-owned company with a rich history of connecting with the people they serve, Nye Health Services is passionate about providing award-winning care to each resident. Call 402.753.1400 to schedule an appointment to tour one of our campuses in Fremont, Lincoln, or Norfolk or visit NyeHealthServices.com for more information.

Overcome Daily Challenges: 5 Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Seniors

Overcome Daily Challenges: 5 Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Seniors

Occupational therapy (also commonly known as OT) is the only profession that helps people, from young children to frail elderly do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities. While seniors might not be “working” anymore, making a pot of coffee or reaching the ground to play with a grandchild are meaningful tasks. Kathy Kirby, an occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience, shares 5 ways occupational therapy can benefit seniors.


Provide Support
Occupational therapists provide support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. As OTs incorporate helpful modifications patients may resume completing essential daily jobs like taking medications correctly and on time, getting dressed safely and in a reasonable amount of time, or making a trip to the grocery store successfully.

Help Regain Independence
With the help of occupational therapy, many individuals can achieve or regain a higher level of independence than before therapy. Teaching a grandparent to utilize an iPad to communicate with a grandchild or order groceries online opens new doors!

Recommend Home Modifications
When skills and strength cannot be developed or improved, occupational therapists offer creative solutions and alternatives for carrying out daily activities necessary for living day to day. A home safety assessment is a helpful way to see what someone’s needs are in his/her own living area. Occupational therapists are trained to provide input on the placement of helpful adaptations around the home to improve safety, like grab bars and shower chairs.

Create Individual Plans
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, where the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit each individual’s particular goals. OTs look at all aspects of an individual’s routine when designing a plan, and the interventions put in place are made personally meaningful. No plan is the same, from one person to another.

Make the Impossible “Possible Again”
Occupational therapists are creative and can develop new, successful ways to complete a previously impossible task. When a patient begins to use a walker or cane, creativity is key in making sure he/she can get in and out of the car to get to the doctor’s office or move groceries from the car to the kitchen. Occupational therapists make the impossible “possible again.”

At Nye Health Services our outpatient therapy program is a top choice among patients throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas that want to maintain the independence of living at home while recovering from a mild to moderate injury. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient therapy services or to schedule an appointment!

Common Senior Scams and How to Avoid Them

Common Senior Scams and How to Avoid Them

With the vast amount of information that is becoming available it isn’t always easy to know what to believe. A growing number of scammers are specifically targeting seniors based on their assumption that you will be more vulnerable to falling for them than tech-savvy younger adults. Here are five of the most common senior scams to watch for, as well as tips for avoiding them and fixing the situation if you do experience them!  


Medicare Scams

Navigating your health insurance policy can be challenging for anyone, and scammers tend to target seniors and other groups who they believe are less likely to understand the benefits and requirements of Medicare. However, it’s important to know that every US citizen or permanent resident qualifies for Medicare. Be cautious when communicating with individuals that may be pretending to be Medicare representatives or trying to provide bogus services in order to benefit from your policy.


Counterfeit Prescription Drugs

Taking expensive prescription drugs may lead you to search online for more affordable alternatives, but it’s important to make sure that you are buying your medications from a reputable source. The FDA investigates approximately twenty major counterfeit prescription drug scams each year. At best, taking these fake medications will cause you to lose money while doing nothing to help you, and many contain unsafe ingredients that can have an even more harmful impact on your health.   


Funeral and Cemetery Scams

You want your family to be in the best possible situation when organizing your funeral, and being aware of potential scams that may come up when they are the most vulnerable to not thinking clearly about them can help them avoid the added stress of losing money. Scammers may identify families to target with calls claiming you owed false debts that need to be paid by reading obituaries, and dishonest funeral directors may try to sell services that are not needed.


Homeowner Reverse Mortgage Scams

If you’re not sure how much longer you want to own your home and are considering a reverse mortgage, be sure any communication you receive comes from the correct company. Scammers can send fraudulent letters that appear to be legitimate that give you a fabricated assessed value for your home and pressure you to take out equity to have repairs made to increase this value. Be vigilant when considering such repairs, as these may benefit companies much more than they will benefit you.


Telephone Scams

Robocalls have become much more common than they used to be in recent years, especially if you have a cell phone. These “callers,” which are often not even real people, attempt to gain access to your personal information using made-up:

  • low interest rates
  • free vacations
  • card services
  • other phony business concerns

Know that legitimate callers will leave a message with their contact information and will not ask you outright for credit card, banking, or other sensitive information, and never give these details to suspicious callers. 


What to Do if You’ve Been Scammed

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) handles a variety of types of scam complaints. You can contact the FTC online or by phone at 1-877-382-4357 to report a scam as soon as you realize it happened to minimize the potential damage to yourself and other targets of the scammer. Be sure to have your banking information available, as well as a description of what the scammer wanted from you and any of his or her contact information you have.

5 Things to Consider When Helping a Parent With Dementia Move to Assisted Living

5 Things to Consider When Helping a Parent With Dementia Move to Assisted Living

Deciding when it’s time to consider moving your parent(s) into an assisted living community can be challenging, especially if you notice if they are beginning to develop signs of dementia that may make his or her daily life harder or even unsafe.

Here are 5 ways based on our experience, that you can help your parent(s) choose a safe and welcoming community that meets his or her needs and make the transition to assisted living a little easier!

Early Signs of Dementia to Look For

Knowing the early signs of dementia, a general term that addresses the loss of memory, language, and similar concepts, can help you identify when continuing to live without assistance may no longer be the best option.

Although these signs can vary significantly and do not necessarily indicate that your parent cannot safely live at home, when you see signs of dementia that significantly impact your parent’s life, it may mean it’s time to step in. Some of the most common things to look for include short-term memory problems, limited social skills and problems keeping track of belongings, bills, meals, and appointments. 

Start the Conversation Early

Discussing assisted living options sooner, rather than later, can help you and your family get an idea of your parent’s preferences before his or her memory loss makes having a clear conversation challenging. Having this conversation as soon as you start to notice signs of dementia gives everyone that will be involved in the process time to make decisions that meet your parent’s needs.

Consider Communities That Offer Memory Care Services

Choosing a memory care community that specializes in creating a structured environment for residents with dementia instead of a traditional assisted living community can improve your parent’s quality of life. These communities provide set routines to make life easier and less stressful for residents with significant memory loss, in addition to assisting with day-to-day tasks.   

Visit the Community With Your Parent

While the current landscape has made health concerns even more so top of mind, visiting communities safely is still an option. When discussing joining a new community, keeping your parent(s) involved throughout the process and taking their preferences to heart can reassure them that you have their best interests in mind.

Taking a live virtual tour of the community you are interested in with your parent(s) allows for exploring the layout, discovering amenities, meeting staff members, and discussing any financial concerns you may have. 

Make the Move as Simple as Possible

Moving isn’t always easy, but careful planning can help make the process less stressful for you, your parent(s), and any other family members or friends involved. Choosing the time of day when your parent is the most alert and mentally present, often around noon, can help to reduce confusion and give your parent the best chance to adjust to their new environment. Deciding which belongings to bring to make your parent’s new community feel like home in advance and making a plan for what to do with the rest, including your parent’s home, can help you feel less rushed on moving day. 

At Nye Health Services, we know that deciding when it’s time to start considering assisted living options for your parents isn’t always easy, and we are here to help guide you through the decision making process.

If you’ve noticed signs that your parent may be developing dementia or another type of memory loss that is interfering with his or her daily life, now is the time to start considering your options. Contact us today to learn more about our memory care services or to schedule a tour of any of our communities!