Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Calendar for Assisted Living Residents

At Sweet Bye N Bye senior living communities, we have a full range of in-house, outdoor, and excursion activities for our residents. Our monthly calendar provides easily accessible information to residents for daily and weekly choices and planning of which activities that they want to participate in.

Our friendly staff is also always available for help with selection and engagement in activities. Dancing is always an option anytime !

Our December calendar is now live on our site and as you can see there is a wide range of activities for our residents to enjoy. 
View the December calendar >

Ladies tea party, Balloon volleyball, bingo, bowling and Bible study are only a few of the many choices of activities on this month's calendar.

Since we are in the holiday season, this month we are also offering classes on making Christmas gifts or cookies, sharing memories about Christmas, singing Christmas carols, opening Christmas gifts and enjoying Christmas movies.

We wish you a safe and fun holiday season with blessings, family and loved ones.

Friday, November 14, 2014

How Music Helps Dementia and Alzheimers Series # 2

How Music Helps Dementia and Alzheimer's

As posted on our Facebook page ...

Did you know..... that "Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients" ? .

Research has shown that music can help memory care residents in many ways. 

Music appreciation is one of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients.


This article discusses five ways in which music can improve the quality of life for dementia and Alzheimers patients. read full story > http://goo.gl/Ku3x2o

courtesy of Sweet Bye N Bye - Award Winning Assisted Living
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Assisted Living, Residential Care, and Adult Foster Care Homes

from Angela Estrada, R.N., and Robert Estrada, R.N.,
owners of Sweet Bye N Bye
Award Winning Assisted Living

Hi, I'm Angela Estrada, RN, BSN, owner and operator of the The Sweet Bye N Bye care facilities. My husband Robert and I have a combined 32 years of RN experience and several years of experience owning/operating adult foster homes and residential care facilities.

Our goals are to provide excellent care in an intimate setting where residents will feel like part of a family. At The Sweet Bye N Bye, your loved ones will be treated with dignity and respect allowing them to retain their individuality and independence while receiving all the care they require at a fraction of the price of the larger facilities.

What is Assisted Living ?

Assisted living is often viewed as the best of both worlds. Residents have as much independence as they want with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available. Assisted living communities typically provide a private apartment, and are designed to provide residents with assistance with basic ADLs (activities of daily living) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and offer medication assistance and/or reminders. These services are often offered at an additional cost. Assisted living communities differ from residential care facilities and nursing homes in that they don’t offer 24 hr services, or complex medical services. These settings are licensed and regulated by the Department of Human Services.

What is a Residential Care Facility?

Residential care facilities (RCFs) provide housing and supportive services for six or more people that need 24 hour care. These facilities are required to provide at least 8 hrs of nursing services per week, but do not provide 24 hr nursing services. Residential care facilities offer shared and private rooms. Residents have access to meals which are offered on a regular basis in a common dining room or by delivery. An RCF also provides enrichment opportunities such as a game room, lounge, and a common living room so that the residents can socialize and interact with each other. Nursing assessments, medical treatments, medication management, and personal care are provided in a manner that encourages maximum independence and enhances the quality of life. Many residential care facilities specialize in caring for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia. These settings are licensed and regulated by the Department of Human Services.

What is an Adult Foster Care Home ?

Adult foster homes are single family residences that offer care in a smaller home-like setting. Adult foster care homes will average 4-5 residents per household, with a maximum of 5 residents. In adult foster homes, a caregiver provides, medication management, and personal cares in a manner that encourages maximum independence and enhances the quality of life. Care and supervision are provided to maintain a safe and secure setting. The adult foster home setting protects and encourages dignity, choice, and decision making. These settings are licensed and regulated by the Department of Human Services. These settings are ideal for the individual that wants a smaller setting, and more of a home feel. If an individual requires night time cares, or the assistance of more than one person to transfer, then they may not be appropriate for this setting.

What is Independent Living ?

Independent Living, often referred to as Retirement Communities, will congregate apartments, studio apartments, and town houses in one local area. Retirement Communities are designed specifically for independent senior adults who want to enjoy a lifestyle filled with recreational, educational, and social activities with other seniors. These communities are designed for seniors who are able to live on their own, manage their own cares and medications, but desire the security and conveniences of a community style living. Many Retirement Communities offer an enriched lifestyle with organized social and recreational programs as a part of everyday activities. These settings do not offer support services should a resident require assistance.

About Sweet Bye n Bye

The Sweet Bye N Bye Inc.was established in 2004 and has been providing licensed foster and residential care in Salem Oregon with six facilities and a staff of twenty. We set high standards in all aspects of care from medical to personal attention, activities, and quality of life for our residents.

Our five foster care homes are located in residential neighborhoods and have a full time attending staff member in addition to our transportation services.

We own two Residential Care Facilities. One has 16 private rooms and is located near Kaiser Medical Clinic and shopping areas in East Salem. The other is a new facility next door and has 32 beds. we are still accepting applications and offer a free R.N. assessment.

Sweet Bye N Bye
Assisted Living - Adult Foster Care Homes


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Assisted Living Center Completed in Northeast Salem

Salem, OR
For Immediate Release
An award winning assisted living provider, Sweet Bye N Bye Inc., located in Northeast Salem, has just finished construction of a 32 bed residential care facility.

The new 32-bed, 15,766-square foot personal care facility is located on a 0.81-acre parcel adjacent to Sweet Bye N Bye's existing 16-bed residential care facility that was established in 2004. The older facility  will be converted to a memory care center that treats and provides assisted living exclusively for Alzheimers and dementia residents. The State of Oregon has approved the relocation of beds from the existing facility to the new residential care facility.

Sweet Bye N Bye is locally owned and managed by Angela Estrada, R.N. and Robert Estrada, RN.  They have won numerous awards in the senior living industry and recently had a zero deficiency report from the State of Oregon which is rare for an assisted living care facility in Oregon.
 Sweet Bye N Bye Inc. has been providing licensed foster homes and residential care in Salem Oregon with six facilities and a staff of twenty. They set high standards in all aspects of care from medical to personal attention, activities, and quality of life for their residents.
Their five foster care homes are located in residential  neighborhoods and have a full time attending staff member in addition to  transportation services.
The senior living construction project was awarded to Star Builders LLC, based in Keizer, Oregon.
David Brown
Ph: 541-953-3360

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sweet ByeNBye Joins Travel Salem Network

by David Brown
webmaster, guest blogger

SweetByeNBye Inc. , an award winning assisted living provider in Salem, Oregon recently joined Travel Salem.

The mission of Travel Salem is to attract meeting, convention and tourism business to the community, and to enhance and contribute to the overall identity and economic well being of the city. They have a vision to serve as the leader for tourism economic development in the Salem area and they seem to be doing a great job with it.

Travel Salem set up a separate category of Assisted Living and Retirement communities at the request of Sweet ByeNBye as Assisted Living has become a more popular term to describe various forms of retirement housing and senior residential care.

The 68 page online Visitor's Guide is a virtual magazine that allows for browsing with special sound effects of the pages turning.


Friday, May 31, 2013

What is Assisted Living ?

Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities (ALFs) are housing facilities for people with disabilities. These facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside health care providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being.

Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication, or personal care services provided by a trained staff person.

Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990s as an elder care alternative on the continuum of care for people, for whom independent living is not appropriate but who do not need the 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home and are too young to live in a retirement home. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity.

Assisted living in the United States

Within the United States assisted living spectrum, there is no nationally recognized definition of assisted living. Assisted living facilities are regulated and licensed at the US state level. More than two-thirds of the states use the licensure term "assisted living." Other licensure terms used for this philosophy of care include residential care home, assisted care living facilities, and personal care homes. Each state licensing agency has its own definition of the term it uses to describe assisted living. Because the term assisted living has not been defined in some states it is often a marketing term used by a variety of senior living communities, licensed or unlicensed. Assisted Living facilities in the United States had a National Median Monthly Rate of $3261.00 in 2011, a 2.39% increase over 2010 and a 5.99% increase over a six-year period from 2005-2011.

Types of Assisted Living

As widely varied as the state licensing and definitions are, so are the types of physical layouts of buildings that provide assisted living services. Assisted living facilities can range in size from a small residential house for one resident up to very large facilities providing services to hundreds of residents. Assisted living falls somewhere between an independent living community and a skilled nursing facility in terms of the level of care provided. Continuing care retirement facilities combine independent living, assisted living, and nursing care in one facility.

People who live in newer assisted living facilities usually have their own private apartment. There is usually no special medical monitoring equipment that one would find in a nursing home, and their nursing staff may not be available at all hours. However, trained staff are usually on-site around the clock to provide other needed services. Household chores are performed: sheets are changed, laundry is done, and food is cooked and served as part of the base rent and included services. Depending on their disclosure of services, assisted living services may include medication management, bathing assistance, dressing, escorts to meals and activities, toileting, transferring, and insulin injections by an RN. Some homes even have a beauty parlor on site. Grocery service is often available too. Where provided, private apartments generally are self-contained; i.e., they have their own bedroom and bathroom, and may have a separate living area or small kitchen. Registered nurses and license practical nurses are available by phone or e-mail 24 hours out of the day, to ensure proper teaching and/or education of staff available.

Alternatively, individual living spaces may resemble a dormitory or hotel room consisting of a private or semi-private sleeping area and a shared bathroom. There are usually common areas for socializing, as well as a central kitchen and dining room for preparing and eating meals.

Typical resident

An assisted living resident is defined as a resident who needs assistance with at least one of the activities of daily living.

A typical assisted living facility resident would usually be a senior citizen who does not need the level of care offered by a nursing home but prefers more companionship and needs some assistance in day-to-day living. Age groups will vary with every facility. There is currently a transformation occurring in long-term care. Assisted living communities are accepting higher and higher levels of care and nursing homes are becoming a place for those undergoing rehabilitation after a hospital stay or are individuals who need extensive assistance. Many assisted living communities now accept individuals who need assistance with all activities of daily living.

The Assisted Living Federation of America reports that the average age of assisted living residents is 86.9 years (female average age, 87.3; male average age, 85.7). Female residents (73.6%) outnumber male residents by almost 3 to 1. The majority (76.6%) of assisted living residents are widowed, and just over 12% are still married or have a significant other. The average length of stay for assisted living residents is 28.3 months (the median is 21.0 months).

Special needs

The residence may assist in arranging the appropriate medical, health, and dental care services for each resident. The resident generally chooses his or her medical doctor and dental services.
Residents who have periods of temporary incapacity due to illness, injury, or recuperation from surgery often are allowed to remain in the residence or to return from a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility or hospital if appropriate services can be provided by the assisted living residence. It is important to remember that assisted living residences are a bridge between living at home and living in a nursing home. Assisted living residences do not typically provide the level of continuous skilled nursing care found in nursing homes and hospitals.

More recently built facilities are designed with an emphasis on ease of use for disabled people. Bathrooms and kitchens are designed with wheelchairs and walkers in mind. Hallways and doors are extra-wide to accommodate wheelchairs. These facilities are by necessity fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or similar legislation elsewhere.

The socialization aspects of ALFs are very beneficial to the occupants. Normally the facility has many activities scheduled for the occupants, keeping in mind different disabilities and needs.
Many ALFs also serve the needs of the mentally ill community, primarily people with some form of dementia including Alzheimer's disease, but also others as long as they do not present an imminent danger to themselves or others. In the United States, legislation enacted by each state defines not only the level of care, but often what conditions are prohibited from being cared for in such a home.

Sweet ByeNBye provides assisted living with two options - a  residential care facility and adult foster care homes. Our services have won awards and have recently received a zero deficiency report from the State of Oregon. Located in Salem, Oregon , 2480 Coral Ave NE, Salem, OR 97305 » Map (503) 362-5885

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Caregiver Magazine Offers Topics of Interest

The new issue of Caregiver Magazine features several topics that we feel might be of interest to you if you are a family caregiver. The digital magazine allows for an easy read with arrows at the bottom to change pages.
1 - Alzheimers – What Now? Early diagnosis and Q&A about the science.
The National Alzheimers Association agrees that early detection is crucial to long term management and symptom maintenance.
full story here >

2 -  Grand Caregivers : Grandchildren Taking care of their elderly grandparents.
With the increase in multi-generational families, grandchildren are playing an increasing role in the caring for Grandma and Grandpa. full article >

3 - Amy Grant Interview - Amy Grant, songwriter and winner of six grammy awards, talks about her caring for her parents living with dementia. full story >

4 - Financial Abuse - How to Spot a Potential Problem with Your Loved One's Assets
Certain seniors are targets for scams, and financial abuse disguised as a good deal or the right thing to do. Sometimes elderly family members make decisions based on what others have done, not knowing the details or specifics. For example, a woman age 89, knew that her son-in-law's father had a lot invested in Vanguard, and the bond fund had the highest ratings of safety. Her goal was preservation of capital and after talking to Vanguard they recommended the bond fund. She wasn't advised of market risk and volatility. Then she saw the shares starting to go down in value and transferred the funds to a money market account. This type of misunderstanding, or even worse - direct misrepresentation, happens more that we would want to imagine. Read the full story on how to help protect your loved ones financial health. article >

For more information about Caregiver magazine and resources, visit their web site:

Sweet ByeNBye Inc.
Assisted Living and Adult Foster Care Homes
Salem, OR