Colorado - Southern

Alamosa, Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, La Plata, Las Animas, Otero & Pueblo

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Lucy Crandall

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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local home page for Pueblo and Southern Colorado. I'm Lucy Crandall, your local partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how I can help you. Whether you are looking for resources,   looking to promote your business, or just want to know what's happening around town, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to!    I know from personal experience from taking care of an aging parent in another state that the search is not easy, aging is not easy. Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate, throw in insurance and legal issues on top, and then manage it all in a crisis… no one should have to do it alone. Let me help you. Call or email me today!

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Dec 26, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The San Juan Basin ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA INITIATIVE

This is a recurring meeting, occurringthe 4th Monday of each month at 2:00pm MSTJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84825480293?pwd=UGYvL3IvbnpQMlk5UVdvTEJHelc1QT09Meeting ID: 848 2548 0293Passcode: 321052FEEL FREE to pass along the meeting invite to anyone who may be interested!

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Aug 15, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Center Towards Self Reliance Meetings

The 3rd Monday of every month at the Golden age center we do a low vision group with different topics every month and open to anyone that has any sort of eye problems. There is material that is handed out each group meeting. Here is a list of whats coming up from April August 2022 and new topics coming in September for the following year.Each one of the meetings is at the Golden Age Center in Canon City Co. from 1:00pm - 2:30pm and they do offer transportation to it when called in a head of time. If you have any questions, feel free to call me.Michael Del Duca -719-251-5002April --- Physical Therapy with guest speakerMay --- Emergency PreparednessJune --- Talk and information about Helen KellerJuly --- 15 Most Common Health Concerns for SeniorsAugust --- Top 5 Eye Exercises that Prevent Digital Strain

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Sep 26, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The San Juan Basin ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA INITIATIVE

This is a recurring meeting, occurringthe 4th Monday of each month at 2:00pm MSTJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84825480293?pwd=UGYvL3IvbnpQMlk5UVdvTEJHelc1QT09Meeting ID: 848 2548 0293Passcode: 321052FEEL FREE to pass along the meeting invite to anyone who may be interested!

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Aug 22, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The San Juan Basin ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA INITIATIVE

This is a recurring meeting, occurringthe 4th Monday of each month at 2:00pm MSTJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84825480293?pwd=UGYvL3IvbnpQMlk5UVdvTEJHelc1QT09Meeting ID: 848 2548 0293Passcode: 321052FEEL FREE to pass along the meeting invite to anyone who may be interested!

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Belmont Lodge Health Care Center

Skilled Nursing 1601 Constitution Rd, Pueblo, Colorado, 81001

Selecting the right skilled nursing facility can be critical to your speedy recovery. Belmont Lodge Health Care Center located in Pueblo, CO, in Pueblo County, offers a variety of therapies and care services to help you regain your independence. Skilled nurses, therapists and licensed care professionals are available to guide you through your personalized therapy. Whether youre recovering after a hospital visit or in need of on-going medical support, Belmont Lodge Health Care Center will help you achieve your personal goals. We care for the people you love.

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Rehab Without The Pain

There is a new and exciting technology that is allowing seniors to get on the path to recovery in record time! It is called the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill and it is a revolutionary approach to rehabilitate from surgery without pain. This unique unweighting technology reduces the impact of walking and running like you're on the moon while your body goes through the normal healing process.Physically frail elderly persons who received supervised functional rehabilitation therapy that included strength training improved in function, strength, balance, mobility, and quality of life measures, according to studies conducted by Yale researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers saw a 45% decrease in impairment after 7 months of balance and strength training. Further, this treadmill has been FDA cleared for strengthening and conditioning in older patients.There are numerous benefits of implementing a senior rehabilitation and mobility program that is comfortable and safe. It can inhibit or postpone bone loss, diabetes and heart issues. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety, and depression. It also prevents functional decline which allows for independence in essential activities of daily living, such as walking, bathing, dressing, getting up from a chair, and using the toilet.For the first time, senior rehabilitation and mobility are easily monitored and progress verified in the most needed exercise areas:Endurance - walking strengthens muscles and improves the health of the heart and circulatory systemStrengthening - increase muscle tissue mass and decrease age-related muscle atrophyRange of Motion keep the body flexible and maintain good joint healthBalance reduces the likelihood of falls by training in a controlled environmentI believe the AlterG will become the standard in rehabilitation says Dr. Amol Saxena, Foot and Ankle Surgeon for Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Removing the physical burden of weight bearing has remarkable results, said Bryan Nadeau of Muir Orthopedic Specialists, also an AlterG customer.Editors Note: The AlterG is available in Pueblo at Life Care Centers Springbridge Physical Rehab & Wellness Center. For further information you can contact them at 719-564-2000

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Joint Tenancy - Is It Good For You

Joint tenancy is a method of owning real or personal property in the name of two or more people. The effect of joint tenancy ownership is that the individuals own the property as a whole, which means that when one of the owners die, the property passes to the other owner(s) as their sole property. One of the positive attributes of joint tenancy ownership then it avoids probate which eliminates the need for court costs and legal fees associated with probate. Yet, there is a negative side to joint tenancy ownership. For example, if a joint owner has financial difficulties, a creditor can force the sale of the property to pay that debt, or a garnishment or judgment from a creditor can reduce the bank account. Also, all parties must agree on loans against the property or to sell or transfer the property. Owning property in joint tenancy may also have the effect of disinheriting children. Since joint tenancy property passes to the survivor outright, the property (land or bank account) becomes that sole individuals property, even if a Will dictates otherwise. Essentially, the surviving joint owner will not legally need to share in the value of the property. And, of course, another problem involves taxes. Placing property in joint tenancy may cause a gift tax liability or capital gains taxes. So, should you place property in joint tenancy? It all depends on your goals, your money and your estate planning needs. It is always advisable to seek legal advice when titling property.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Jolene L. Devries, Elder Law Attorney. For more information she can be reached at 719-275-4424

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Sleep Disorders are Common as We Age

Disordered sleep is common. Chronic insomnia (insomnia for more than 5 nights a week for more than 6 months) affects 14% of the worlds population. Sleep Apnea, the most physiologically disruptive and dangerous of sleep disorders, affects 9% of women and 24% of men. Apnea induces daytime sleepiness in some individuals and leads to a higher frequency of automobile and occupational accidents. High blood pressure is present in 80% of individuals with significant sleep apnea. Heart attacks and strokes sometimes resulting in death are significantly more common in individuals with sleep apnea. New data suggests that sleep apnea is associated with hearth rhythm disturbances and diabetes. Our sleep does not improve with age. Insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome all become more common as we get older. The only sleep variable that increases for the elderly is time awake in bed.With ageing, we are more likely to require medications and more likely to suffer side effects from those medications. Daytime sleepiness is perhaps the most common side effect of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Many medications used to treat insomnia are long-acting and induce next day sleepiness after nighttime use. Such medications include long-acting benzodiazepines like valium, sedating anti-depressants, and over-the-counter sleeping medications with sedating anti-histamines as an active ingredient, such as Benadryl and Tylenol-PM. In seniors, these over-the-counter medications have been shown to induce confusion as well as an increased risk of accidents and falls. They can also be more dangerous than newer prescription medications for sleep.The safest option for the treatment of insomnia is cognitive-behavioral therapy, an approach available through most sleep physicians that has been shown to have excellent and long-term results. Sleep apnea is best treated with a C-pap system which blows air into the nostrils to hold the airway open during sleep. When tolerated, this treatment has almost no negative side effects. When regularly using C-pap, individuals with sleep apnea live longer and function better.Editors note: This article was submitted by J.F. Pagel, MD at the Sleep Center of Southern Colorado at Parkview Medical Center. For more information he can be reached at (719) 584-4976

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Do You Know What to do When Someone Dies

It is surprising that the one thing so certain in life's cycle is death, yet many people don't know what to do when that inevitable event occurs. Following is a short guide of what to do:At the time of death: Look through the decedents personal papers for burial information (i.e. funeral plan or written instructions). Contact a funeral home to arrange the pick up of the decedent and for further arrangements such as services, location, military involvement, club or organization involvement, the obituary, burial plots and headstones. Order death certificates from the funeral home. A good rule of thumb for the number of Death Certificates to order is one each for every financial institution, vehicle, land, life insurance policy or other assets and then two extra.After funeral arrangements have been made, begin contacting the following individuals:Police to check on the decedents home An attorney to obtain information on how to deal with the decedents assets and debts Financial and banking institutions to obtain information on accounts, investments and whether or not the decedent maintained a safe deposit box Insurance agents regarding claim forms Social Security/Veterans Affairs and pension agencies regarding stop payments and possible benefits Utility companies to change or stop services Newspaper(s) to stop services Post Office to forward mailWhat documents to look for:Funeral/Burial plan Will an heir can request a bank to conduct a will search in a safety deposit box. If a will is found, the bank official must keep the will and deposit it with the Court Life insurance policies Financial statements from banks, stock brokerage firms and financial advisors Deed(s) and titles to vehiclesEditors Note: This article was submitted by Jolene DeVries, Attorney at Law. For further information she can be reached at 719-275-4424

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LCSW, Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapists

Covell Care and Rehabilitation is a one-of-a-kind mobile outpatient practice offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as counseling. We are expanding along the Front Range and are looking to add more licensed therapists. This is a great opportunity for a therapist who is looking to manage their own caseload and work with a unique group that offers various development opportunities, while always putting the patient first.We promote independence, safety, and quality of life to patients in their homes, senior living communities, and community settings to treat them in the most optimum setting for learning, trust, and comfort. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, most other insurances, and private pay.Job Purpose: To complete therapy with patients by establishing and following the therapy plan of care, following all recommendations, and staying in compliance with federal, state, and practice rules and regulations.Key Responsibilities:Provide communication with the office staff as neededCommunicate about availability in covering patients when askedAttend therapy treatment sessions on time, in-person or via telemedicineEvaluate and provide therapy to patients in ethical, appropriate provisions adhering to practice and privacy standardsMaintain updated licensure in good standingComplete therapy documentation within 24-48 hrs of treatmentMaintain all requested HR documentsOther duties may be requiredPay Structure: Therapists receive a percentage of reimbursement for the insurance collected and come on as an independent contractor.Company Values: Compassion, Communication, Trust, FUN!Contact us today to learn about our outpatient therapy opportunities or visit https://www.covellcare.com/joincovell.

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Certified Nursing Assistant FT CNA $50K Annually! $5k Hiring Incentive!

Full Job Description The Center at Park West is looking for: Certified Nursing Assistants Days and Alt Weekends or Nights and Alt Weekends (pays and additional shift differential!) About Us: The Center at Park West is a new, skilled nursing facility that serves patients needing physical rehabilitation and/or complex nursing care. Our highly qualified, caring staff provides care in a beautiful, hotel like atmosphere to help our patients achieve strength and functionality. Skilled-nursing care, family involvement, psychological care and discharge planning complement a well-rounded, individualized program and encourages each patients transition to their highest functional level. With state of the art equipment and unparalleled comfort and amenities, our physician-driven care plan is designed to maximize the quality of our care. CNA- Why Join Our Team? We offer beautiful, new, state of the art facilities Physician driven care plans designed to maximize the quality of care We offer an environment that encourages team involvement and fosters new ideas Excellent pay Sign On Bonus available to qualified candidates; must work four 12 hour shifts per week to qualify for signon bonus of up to $5,000 dependent on agreed upon rate of pay and levels of experience and skill Tuition Reimbursement Programs available to qualified candidates PTO 401K Health, dental, vision and other ancillary benefits CNA - Job Summary: The Certified Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing direct care to the residents. Such care must be delivered in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be required by the Director of Nursing Services designee. CNA- Essential Job Functions: Prepares for new admissions by ensuring rooms are ready and welcome packets are prepared Greets new admissions and makes them and their family members feel welcome and comfortable. Gets patient settled and follows new admit protocol. Communicates with nursing staff and care team effectively, both verbally and in writing Prepares resident for therapy services, appointments and meals Keeps residents room tidy and free of clutter Assists with ADLs Takes vitals and record them according to protocol Carries out restorative and rehabilitative programs, to include self-help and care. Answers call lights and assists residents in a timely manner Administers services within the applicable scope of practice Ensures resident is following dietary allowances. Report problem areas to the Nurse Supervisor Assists in arranging transportation for residents as appropriate Compliant with the rights of residents in a skilled nursing facility and act in a manner consistent with and respectful of those rights Maintains Relias training and in-service requirements Performs charting duties as required and in accordance with established charting and documentation policies and procedures and applicable state and federal regulations Charts notes in professional and appropriate manner that timely, accurately and thoroughly reflects the care provided to the resident, as well as the residents response to the care Takes direction from charge staff CNA - Education Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Assistant certification for the applicable state. CNA - Specific Requirements Must possess a current, unencumbered, active certification to practice as a C.N.A in the applicable state-must report any situations that may arise in which the certification could be effected Requires 4 shifts per week - 12 hour shifts Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug test APPLY HERE

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Residential Advocate

WHO WE ARE Volunteers of America Colorado is a nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in-need transform their lives. Through more than 50 distinct human service programs, Volunteers of America changes the lives of more than 140,000 vulnerable Coloradoans each year. VOA services include housing and emergency shelters, hunger and nutrition services, and many other community support programs. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve. VOA integrates compassion with highly effective programs that build and strengthen communities. WHAT MAKES VOA SPECIAL?Volunteers of America Colorado believes unique challenges require unique and thoughtful solutions. VOA creates specialized programs to meet the critical needs of the communities we serveour programs across Colorado look different because each community is distinct. Volunteers of America recognizes the senior who needs assistance with her grocery shopping in Fort Collins, and the student in Aurora who has never been to summer camp. We support Denvers homeless veterans who have been underserved, and prepare preschoolers challenged by poverty to be successful in elementary school and beyond. Wherever we go we engage faith, relationship-building, and volunteers to lift-up and support Colorados most vulnerable citizens. Signing Bonus: $1,000 The Residential Advocate provides for the protection of the physical and emotional well-being of the Shelter residents. Responsible for providing residents with crisis intervention services and supervising volunteers on a regular basis. Requirements Bachelors degree or the equivalent in a related area. One year of human service experience. Position type Full-time, 2 day block shift (includes: overnights/weekends/holidays), 24/7/365. Position Salary Range: $19.20 - $23.05 Starting Pay: Based on experience Benefit eligibility is based on job type/status Vacation Time Separate Sick Time Paid Holidays Floating Holidays Personal Days Volunteer/Wellness Day Tuition Assistance Pension Plan 403b Retirement Plan with Agency Match Health, Dental, Vision, Pet Insurances Life Insurance Accident Insurance Short & Long-Term Disability Employee Assistance/Work Life Balance Program Employee Discount Program LifeLock with Norton Public Service Loan Forgiveness Coming Soon: Fully Company Paid Unlimited Mental Health Benefits for Employees on the VOAC Health Plan Volunteers of America is an EEO/AA Employer APPLY HERE

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