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Aug 24, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

4th Wednesday Walking Group

No need to RSVP.. We're just going on a walk!Call or email Dan Wilson with HeartFelt if you have any questions: 719-362-094 Dan@heartfeltcareathome.com

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Oct 20, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Virtual Best Practice for Dementia Care

A free monthly opportunity for Professional Providers.Learn and share questions, success tips, real life experiences and challenges, creative approachesand methods, and resources with others who work with people living with Alzheimers or Dementia.Join Zoom Meeting -https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86226793447?pwd=VnNPTHJXQkRod0NQYjI3SGNLYVlYQT09Meeting ID: 862 2679 3447Passcode: 498220One tap mobile+16699009128,,86226793447#,,,,*498220# US (San Jose)+12532158782,,86226793447#,,,,*498220# US (Tacoma)Dial by your location+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)Meeting ID: 862 2679 3447Passcode: 498220Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kccgojKMhD

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Aug 19, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Happy Trails BBQ Fundraiser

Happy Trails BBQ FundraiserFriday, August 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Dust off your boots and join El Paso    County Nature Centers for an evening of great food, music, wine, incredible desserts and friends at this special annual event at Bear Creek Nature Center.Limited space. Call 719-520-6387 for more information.  

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Jun 28, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Local Aging Options

Mount Saint Francis Nursing Center

Skilled Nursing 7550 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80919

Mount St. Francis Nursing Center a 5-Star Medicare/Medicaid Facility is located in the heart of the Colorado Springs foothills. The scenic setting combined with the abundance of wildlife, truly sets our community apart. At Mount St Francis Nursing Center we understand the importance of choosing a care community able to meet your loved ones needs and desires. Mount St. Francis is a ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

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Summit Glen

Independent Living 4825 Old Farm Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80917

Summit Glen features an active lifestyle, with a full complement of amenities and services so you can enjoy your retirement and spend more time with new friends and family. Our independent lifestyle includes a live-in management team that is available 24/7 in case of an emergency. Each private apartment includes emergency pull cords that link you to our management team 24 hours a day. Monthly rent includes three chef-prepared meals daily, transportation, exciting events and activities, and weekly housekeeping and if you need additional help such as medication reminders, you can contract with our in-home healthcare provider.

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Larry D.McCall Veterans Residential Care Quarters at Crestview

Assisted Living 1409 E Buena Ventura, Colorado Spring, Colorado, 80909

The Larry D. McCall Veterans Residential Care Quarters is an Assisted Living Facility located in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our passion is providing extraordinary care through strong communication, quality medical oversight, advocacy, highly trained and compassionate care providers, and an unwavering commitment to all who have served. At the Crestview Care Quarters we are committed to helping all Veterans receive all benefits they and their loved ones are eligible to receive. By partnering with local veteran organizations, we have created full circle supports for all of our veteran residents. Ask us today about how you can begin the process of applying for Aid and Attendance!Because You Served First...It is Our Greatest Honor, to Now Serve You.Homestyle Assisted Living at its Best!

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Articles Written By Local Businesses

How to Remain Safe at Home with Chronic Conditions

When people with Diabetes, Heart Failure, COPD, or other chronic conditions return home after a hospital stay, it can be an uncertain time. It may be difficult for them to manage their condition on their own, and they may end up being readmitted to the hospital within a few weeks or months. Most would prefer to remain at home in the comfort of family, friends, and familiar surroundings, instead of having to go back to the hospital. And rehospitalization is quite costly.If you need home care services when you return from the hospital, look for a company that is committed to keeping patients with chronic conditions safe at home, and out of the hospital. You may need a comprehensive range of home health care services, including skilled nursing, therapy (physical, occupational, or speech), or home health aide or social work services. Be sure to enlist a company that works closely with hospital discharge planners, follows up with you after your discharge from the hospital, monitors your condition, and acts as a liaison between you and your primary care physician. Make sure the company has the clinical expertise that your condition requires, provides you with a treatment plan created especially for you, and is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.If you have a chronic condition, its very important to understand the disease and your role in keeping it under control. Enlist a company that teaches techniques and methods to help you self-manage many aspects of your condition, and helps identify what you can do on an ongoing basis to improve your own health. Be sure you know what the signs and symptoms are when your condition may be worsening and when you may need to call your physician or your home health care company. By working with your home care company and taking charge of your own care, you can achieve the best possible health and highest possible level of independence. By managing your own chronic condition, a crisis can often be avoided, and you will be able to remain safely at home, where you want to be. Editors Note: This article was submitted by Lynda Van Dyke, director of the Bayada Nurses office in Colorado Springs. For additional information, she can be reached at 719-598-9100

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How Fixed Annuities May Be the Solution to Your Retirement Needs

To learn more about Senior Tax Advisory Group, CLICK HERE.In the quest to create wealth, many savers have struggled with how to buy low and sell high and have even found themselves doing just the opposite. If the expression -- if it aint broke don't fix it makes sense then what should you do if your financial plan is broke? Or how about the oft quoted definition for insanity being doing the same thing and expecting different results. Well, if you've had about all the risk and fluctuation you can handle there may be a great alternative for you. In the early to late 1990s, people flooded out of the safe haven of various fixed products to get in on market-oriented products with the hope of capturing high returns. As the market began to move down and eventually crash, many people were told to hold on and be patient. When they did, it took most of them the next five to six years to recover their losses. Then, just as many investments were starting to break even, the current economic recession began, leaving people to wonder how long it will take, yet again to break even let alone grow.When you no longer have time to hold on or the chance of recovering your balance is even less realistic, then the time is now for a different strategy!Fixed annuities can be that wonderful solution for safety and security. They provide unique features such as income planning for now and later. They can also be a great tool for recovery of some of your losses, while allowing you to enjoy some upside potential with no downside risk. Simply put, once you make it you keep it, and you never risk losing it again.There is a lot of media misinformation about this secure financial solution, so it is very important that you get educated by an advisor that you can trust to understand to see if a fixed annuity might be suitable for you. Solid information and innovative solutions help you make informed decisions and the sooner you start gathering the facts for your individual circumstances the better.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Senior Tax advisory Group, Inc. For help, or further information, they can be reached at 719-596-4844

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Reuse Dialyzers and Single Use Dialyzers:What Every Patient Should Know

Dialysis is the process of filtering waste from a patients body when the kidneys no longer function. A dialyzer, also considered an artificial kidney, is the tool that helps filter waste from a patients blood. When dialysis providers use the same dialyzer multiple times on the same patient, the process is called reuse. Reuse is considered a controversial practice in nephrology and many providers choose single use dialyzers for their patients.Dialyzer reprocessing, when done properly, has shown minimal risk to patients mortality and morbidity. However, many nephrologists factor in human error which can affect the process of reuse and expose patients to potential infections and cross-contamination.Exposure to infections is one of the most prominent risks facing dialysis patients. Care must be taken in all aspects of treatment to ensure that equipment has been properly disinfected, staff and patients adhere to rigorous hygiene standards, and water systems are properly maintained and monitored. Reuse of dialyzers, is considered a cost effective tool, but many physicians feel that exposing patients to possible contamination is a risk not worth taking.Providers that administer reuse must adhere to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) guidelines and follow a series of steps before reusing a dialyzer on a patient. Many nephrologists feel the amount of time needed to safely handle reuse dialyzers takes away needed time with the patient.In addition, research shows that a number of providers who once practiced reuse in 2000 switched to single use dialyzers by 2005. The study conducted by Tufts University in 2007, showed that 40 percent of providers between 2000 and 2005 switched from re-use to single use dialyzers.Regardless of ones stance on reuse, nephrologists agree that patient education is imperative and providers must inform their patients on all aspects of dialysis.Editor's Note: This Article was written by Dr. Jesse Flaxenberg of Pikes Peak Nephrology and submitted by Liberty Dialysis. For more information call 877-684-5008

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Orthopedic Surgery

Sooner or later, seniors face the possibility of seeking medical treatment for orthopedic ailments. The good news is orthopedic degeneration is usually a slow process. For most people, there is not a window of time that quickly closes to be eligible for surgery so other options to surgery are often available to help.There are many things that can be done, short of surgery, to alleviate pain and increase function such as: moist heat, cold therapy, pain medication, injections and physical therapy. An orthopedic surgeon is the perfect resource to evaluate the orthopedic condition, establish the patients goal for treatment, and develop a treatment plan that will work with the patients current condition.However, it is time to consider orthopedic surgery when the condition begins to interfere with daily activities. The majority of orthopedic procedures performed on senior patients are usually hip, knee and rotator cuff surgery. Surgical options leading up to and including total joint replacement can be wonderful for all the right reasons. Surgery can help seniors hang on to their independence and to be able to stay in their own home for as long as possible instead of having to move into assisted living environments.Should you need surgery, it is important to research surgeon options and select the surgeon with which you are most comfortable. Thoroughly discuss the surgical procedures, from pre-surgery through rehabilitation. Ask any question you need to feel comfortable with the entire joint replacement process.Proper and thorough planning can significantly increase the outcome of joint replacement surgery. Do what you can to prepare yourself physically for the surgery. Diet and exercise is as important before as it is after the surgery. Patients do better when they are motivated to properly exercise and diet prior to surgery. Be sure to participate in joint replacement classes prior to surgery to insure better outcomes from your surgery.Other factors that can affect the outcome of orthopedic surgery are smoking and diabetes. People who smoke do not experience the same recovery time as non-smokers because nicotine directly interferes with soft tissue and bone healing. Additionally, it is important for people with diabetes to have their blood sugars stabilized prior to surgery to avoid potential complications.Editors Note: Dr. Bruce Taylor is an orthopedic surgeon with the St. Mary-Corwin Physician Partners Orthopedics Group and contributed to this article. The goal of the SMC Physician Partners orthopedic group is to serve as a resource to work with patients and identify options for good orthopedic health. Call (719) 562-6254 for more information.

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Local Business Videos

Five Wishes Testimonials with Silver Key Senior Services: Positive Impact of Five Wishes

Aging with Dignitys Five Wishes program and its partner organization, Silver Key Senior Services a resource organization that improves the quality of life for those in nursing homes, shared how the Five Wishes program has been a helpful resource to their community. Silver Keys commitment to whole person care includes planning for the future the Five Wishes advance care program is a valuable resource in serving their mission.Call the Silver Line at (719) 884-2300 or email info@silverkey.org

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Senior Spotlight - Rocky Mountain PACE wins BBB Excellence in Customer Service Award

Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Health Care's PACE Program for their win of the Better Business Bureau's Excellence in Customer Service Award this year! As you will hear, this is not a simple process. Well-deserved Carolyn and team! For more information visit https://www.rmhcare.org/ or call 719-314-2327.

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SBB Senior Spotlight with Melissa Balizan

Listen in to this Senior Spotlight with Melissa Balizan. She helps keep seniors independent by making sure medications are appropriate. How many medications do you take? Need help better understanding what they do? Call Dr Melissa today at 719-250-5389.

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Seniors Blue Book speaks with Carolyn about PACE Day Center

Brought to you by the Seniors Blue Book, listen to Carolyn talking about all the activities, meals, appointments, that happen at the PACE Day Center, now finally back open! Call today to schedule a tour or find out more. Questions are free! 719-314-2327.

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Job Opportunities Near You

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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LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)

Full Job DescriptionAdd meaning to your life and join us at Namast Alzheimer Center in Colorado Springs. We are a 64 bed secure nursing home caring for people living with dementia in a beautiful location at the base of Cheyenne Mountain. From the moment you walk in, you can tell that Namast Alzheimer Center is a very special place.Our team is looking for individuals that will live and reflect our values of compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence, and collaboration.Our residents and our employees both agree that home is truly here for all who reside, work, and visit.The licensed practical nurse is accountable for the delivery of safe and therapeutic resident care from admission through discharge in collaboration with the physician, family and other members of the multi-disciplinary health care team. Delivery of quality nursing care is assured through utilization of the nursing process. The goal of resident care shall be toward restoring and maintaining each residents capabilities at their maximum mental and physical level. The Registered Nurse serves as a positive clinical role model for staff as well as a resource personPOSITION SUMMARY:1. Performs activities related to the nursing care needs of residents.a. Gives and received a thorough shift report to/from oncoming nurse.b. Monitors work performance of nursing assistants. Makes frequent rounds throughout the shift.c. Suggests appropriate ways to solve problems and make improvements on the unit(s).d. Provides hands-on direct care, including ADLs and treatments as necessary. Identifies aspects of resident care that require the judgment and skill of an RN and those that can be performed by other staff. Delegates specific nursing tasks appropriately.e. Makes rounds with physicians. Utilizes physician file appropriately.2. Performs activities related to medications and treatments in accordance with facility policies and processes.a. Safely administers medication and treatments ordered by the physician.b. Maintains control of scheduled drugs and all drugs in medicine cart; monitors for discrepancies and reports promptly to Nurse Manager.c. Keeps medication cart key-locked when not within eye view of nurse. d. Appropriately records and orders medications from the pharmacy.e. Monitors for and reports Adverse Drug Reactions appropriately.3. Documents in accordance with nursing policies and procedures.a. Monitors and documents accurately all nursing actions implemented as well as effectiveness of implementation in Nursing Notes and Resident Plan of Care.b. Accurately records assessments of physiological and mental dimensions of residents, including pain assessment.c. Documents in EMR accurately, legibly, and timely.d. Completes monthly summary accurately and timely utilizing Resident Plan of Care. Updates Plan of Care and Resident Care Card monthly and as necessary.e. Completes weekly Skin Integrity reviews accurately to reflect resident.f. Documents, at time of services, all medication and treatments administered.g. Documents resident response to non-pharmacological strategies to promote pain relief and resident response to analgesics.4. Maintains effective communication with residents, families, staff, and physicians.a. Completes daily shift documentation, including head to toe assessment of skilled residents.b. Functions in a calm, positive manner in an emergency or crisis situation.c. Communicates consistently with the Nurse Manager, reporting pertinent concerns/issues.d. Places necessary calls to families and physicians. Demonstrates appropriateness of faxing vs. phone calls to physicians.e. Communicates appropriately with physicians; makes rounds with physicians in absences of Nurse Manager or as delegated by Nurse Manager.f. Reviews and teaches resident and family about pain management, including pain[1]rating scales and goal setting; importance of aggressive, preventative pain treatment; analgesic misconceptions; and plan for pain management.g. Participates in resident/family teaching and initiates discharge planning in a timely manner.5. Satisfies all educational in-service requirements mandated by CHI Living Communities, the department, external accrediting, and regulatory agencies.a. Attends all mandatory in-service programs.b. Adheres to facility policies and procedures.c. Completes yearly online education program by deadline.d. Attends employee meetings on a regular basis.In addition to the essential job specific duties listed above, the Registered Nurse shall be required to perform all duties (essential and non-essential) in a manner consistent with mission and values (compassion, excellence, inclusion, integrity, collaboration) of CHI Living Communities and will be evaluated on such basis. Furthermore, every employee must abide by all campus, departmental, and safety policies, rules, and regulations. CHI Living Communities has the right to change the job specific duties and specifications required for the position of Registered Nurse from time to time without prior noticeRequired education:Associates Degree from an accredited School of NursingLicensed Practical Nurse currently licensed in the state of ColoradoExperience:Long-term care experience preferredCurrently certified in CPR'*Must be able to pass drug test and background check*Job Type: Full-timePay: $28.00 - $33.00 per hourBenefits:401(k)Dental insuranceHealth insuranceLife insurancePaid time offVision insuranceMedical Specialty:GeriatricsPhysical Setting:Long term careNursing homeSchedule:12 hour shiftSupplemental Pay:Bonus payOvertime paySigning bonusAbility to commute/relocate:Colorado Springs, CO 80906: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)License/Certification:BLS Certification (Preferred)LPN (Preferred)APPLY HERE

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