Friday, May 15, 2015

Why My 90 Year Old Mother Loves Her Ipad

by David Brown
guest blogger

On August 27th, 2000 I set up a group family email in Yahoo Groups for cousins, their families, parents, and grandparents. 

For the past fifteen years we have shared hundreds of emails containing family news, photos, planning reunions, inspirational quotes, holiday greetings, and lots of humor. It has been and still is a fun communication tool and allows us to stay connected in a way that would not be possible from occasional phone calls or personal emails. When an email is sent to the group, everyone receives it at the same time. I recommend this for every extended family to stay connected. 

Both my mother and my aunt were the elders in the family and there was a learning curve to start using emails only on a computer. At that time there was resistance to even getting a computer. My aunt would drive to her daughter's home to use their computer to send an email. My mother resisted for quite a while, then a decision was made and her new computer was set up with the group email connection and instructions how to use the computer and email. Once they became familiar with how to use the group email, they were able to participate in sharing news with family members spread out from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle and Chicago. 

Eventually, her computer was used for more than just emails. She discovered Google.

"I love Google...it is amazing to experience the technology. Questions about health, foods I eat, anything......."

About two years ago, at age 88, she declined invitations from my sister and me to get an Ipad. It was just too much to even think about as her computer was a lot to manage. Then a friend of hers encouraged her to get an Apple Ipad so she could play Words with Friends scrabble with her. It was a done deal. 

"The Ipad is wonderful....even though I only use it for scrabble, i know there are other things...I recommend it for other seniors. "

I remember having about seven scrabble games going on at the same time with her, which seemed a bit much, even for a seasoned player as myself. She was also playing about 15 games at the same time with one of her friends. Since she has been working with crossword puzzles for most of her life, scrabble was also a tradition in our family, and so the online scrabble was a new and fun way to stay active in addition to duplicate bridge twice a week, and solitaire on the computer. Ipads can definitely keep an older mind active !

Imagine the future for current baby boomers as they move into the older age brackets.

Apple watches assisting with monitoring health, diet, communications, medications and of course, providing a wide range of choices for scrabble and other games.

An automated in-home care monitor.

A "robot on a wrist".



A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses this:

"The Nursing Home of the Future will be in Our Homes"
The recent increases of in-home care with rapid changes in technology are bridging the gap to transition more smoothly to a residential care facility based on needs.   

As an example of a major trend to bring interactive Internet services to larger numbers of a growing elderly population, Apple recently announced a collaboration with IBM to provide Ipads and services to Japan's aging population. Read the article from TechCrunch on how it is going to be implemented:

  "Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population" 

At age 90, my mother is an example of how Ipads and other mobile devices can enhance the experience of life in advanced ages, whether its scrabble, Google searches, or anything of interest, easily accessible by the touch of the screen.

We have since reduced our scrabble games to three at a time instead of seven.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Assisted Living Activities Calendar - February 2015

Click Here to View Our February 2015 Activities Calendar >


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 February calendar is now live on our new web site and as you can see there is a wide range of activities for our residents to enjoy. View Calendar >

Our award wining assisted living starts with a free RN assessment.

What is a Free RN Assessment?


An important part of your planning for residential is the initial assessment of your family member and what type of facility would be best for their needs.
Our FREE RN ASSESSMENT will allow you to evaluate the best solutions for care based on a combination of medical and personal needs, lifestyle preferences, family needs, transportation needs and access to medical facilities.

The FREE RN ASSESSMENT involves an R.N. performing a full assessment in the privacy of your own home. This will allow us to develop a personalized care plan for your loved one, and discuss fees for service. We are committed to your privacy. We do not give out information to advertisers or unrelated third parties. Call us to set up a free assessment or submit your request with the form below.









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Sweet Bye N Bye  is a locally owned, award winning assisted living provider in Salem, Oregon.

The owners are Angela and Robert Estrada, both RN's, and well known in the community.

With two facilities and six adult foster care homes, many years of experience,  and rave reviews about the quality of care, Sweet Bye N Bye deserves your evaluation in looking for  residential care for your loved one.

Learn more about our award winning assisted living on our new web site :
www.SweetByenBye.com

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

503.362.5885

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.
Contact:
David Brown
david.brown@logion.net
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.










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