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Mar 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Personal Safety Workshop

ArchWell Health and co-host, Pixie Health Insurance, present Damsel in Defense.Please join us for a Personal Safety Workshop at 3506 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL, USA. Laura Fogarty, Safety Educator, will empower and educate with practical tips and techniques to protect yourself in various situations. Our experienced instructor will cover situational awareness (mindset), OODA (observe, orient, decide, and act), intuition signs and more. Don't miss this opportunity to boost your confidence and safety skills.Bring your friends and enter for a chance to win great prizes. See you there!RSVP (Call or Text) Debbie Black (941) 786-6886*No purchase necessary to enter giveaway. Please contact ArchWell Health for additional terms and conditions.


Mar 14, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Truewood By Merrill, Port Charlotte

Assisted Living 2500 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, Florida, 33952

You'll enjoy endless blue skies and the sway of palm trees just beyond Charlotte Harbor. The Port Charlotte senior living community is 40 minutes from Fort Myers and central to Fawcett Memorial Hospital and shopping at Port Charlotte Town Center. Local highlights include the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and Military Heritage Museum. The lively community atmosphere boasts a robust activities calendar. Stay energized for active days with chef-prepared meals, and choose from events like karaoke, ice cream socials, bingo and more. Spacious social rooms are the perfect places to explore your favorite hobbies or discover new ones. Outside, soak up everything that makes the Sunshine State so great. Plan your visit today.

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BrightStar Care of Venice

Non-Medical 425 Commercial Ct., Unit F, Venice, Florida, 34292

BrightStar Care of Venice and Port Charlotte is dedicated to providing the best in-home care for you or a loved one. We are a Nurse Owned and Family Operated Private Duty Home Care Agency offering Companion Services (meal prep, transportation, light housekeeping), Personal Care (bathing, dressing, transfers), and Skilled Care (assessments, medication management, med box fills). We also provide Medical Staffing. BrightStar Care is Joint Commission Accredited and Awarded Leader in Excellence, Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice 2016 - 2020 by Home Care Pulse. All caregivers are background checked, drug tested, bonded and insured. We are available 24/7...Just a phone call away!

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Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay

Assisted Living 1414 69th Ave. W., Bradenton, Florida, 34207

Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay is a state-of-the-art community, offering an exceptional lifestyle with unique amenities, including a Grande Clubhouse with game rooms, bistro, movie theater, indoor wellness pool and more! Our all-inclusive Assisted Living and Memory Care with no care levels provides comprehensive wellness programs to keep you healthy and well.

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Discovery Commons At Bradenton

Memory Care 2614 43rd St. W., Bradenton, Florida, 34209

Discovery Commons At Bradenton is a licensed assisted living residence dedicated to providing quality services in a warm, comfortable environment. We offer professional, personalized services designed to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. We have been serving the needs of senior adults since 1990 and remain dedicated to those who entrust their housing and service needs to us. At Discovery Commons At Bradenton, we are dedicated to each resident's independence, choices, and dignity. Visit us for a tour, and you'll see how our combination of a warm residential setting along with the caring, helpful staff at Discovery Commons At Bradenton is just the right choice for your housing or service needs

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Fitness That Makes a Difference – A Story

For more information on Grand Living, CLICK HERE!Author: Brandy Middleton, Grand Living at Tamaya, Director of SalesMs. Patsy Longino has lived with Grand Living at Lakewood Ranch since October 1, 2021. She moved to our residence from a 55+ community with no organized fitness or activities. Patsy saw our sign when shopping at Sprouts grocery store in the early summer of 2021 and told her nieces about us. Shortly after, Patsy joined us for an event that discussed Senior Living options. Our Director of Fitness, Daniel Tirado, spoke about how he can help our residents. At the end of the presentation, he took her on a tour of our community. Then her nieces helped their parents move in, Patsy's brother and sister-in-law. Patsy moved in just a few months later because they loved the community and she saw how well they were treated. Before moving in, she only played games and walked on her own occasionally. Patsy enjoys having all the activities and fitness indoors now, so she does'nt have to worry about the weather.Patsy pulled some muscles in her back after moving into our community. The fitness classes she started going to when she first moved in noticeably helped her back feel better. Daniel also gave her excellent advice on how to help with her back pain. Now Patsy does every morning class with the stretches because it helps her immensely. She is stiff in the mornings and at the beginning of the first class she's not able to touch her toes. This changes by the end of class! Patsy is very proud of that! Daniels classes also help with her balance. She used to hold on to things while standing but now she does'nt have to hold on to them as much.She attends all possible fitness classes with Chair Yoga, Chair Aerobics, and Pedal the World being her favorites. Weight training and resistance band class are also important, so she makes sure to attend those as well. She says she enjoys the classes because every time she walks in, there are friendly faces and everyone says hello. There is also some laughter shared, which makes the class and day be more enjoyable. She enjoys attending classes with her brother and sister-in-law. While they don't go to all the classes she likes, the classes are helping her family and herself. Patsy had confessed that she had not used our fitness center yet so Daniel showed her some equipment she might like. She now makes her appointments around fitness, so she does'nt miss a class or her favorite activities like our musical events. Patsy is looking forward to water aerobics when it warms up in the summer!When creating his fitness classes, Daniel set goals of improving functionality, decreasing pain, and enhancing the quality of life for our residents. He's excited that it is showing with Patsy and other residents. Some residents have mentioned they are able to avoid taking pain medications now because they attend Daniels classes. He focuses on the fact that exercise is medicine!

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Turning 65? Avoid Paying a Medicare Penalty

Turning 65? Avoid Paying a Medicare PenaltyWHEN TO ENROLL IN MEDICARE TO AVOID PAYING PENALTIESIf youre turning 65 soon, youve hopefully started your personal Medicare journey. Theres a lot of information, and it can be confusing. A valuable service by Millennium Physician Group is our Millennium Medicare Connect program. It delivers access to programs, network, and doctors that give you the confidence to make the right Medicare choices and the tools to get the most out of your healthcare.If you dont sign up for Medicare when youre first eligible or pick up Part B within 60 days of retirement, you may incur a late enrollment penalty that will stay with you every year, explains Valentina Ayala, a Medicare Advisor from HealthShare360.IF YOURE TURNING 65 AND NO LONGER PLAN TO WORK:You should enroll in Medicare Part B to avoid paying a penalty for late enrollment. Part B is the medical insurance (or doctor coverage) youre entitled to. It requires a monthly premium, and you have a limited time to sign up. If not, you could delay your coverage until the following year.IF YOURE TURNING 65 AND PLAN TO CONTINUE WORKING:If you (or your spouse) are still working, Medicare works a little differently. It depends on how you currently get your health insurance and how many employees there are in your company. There are a lot of variables, so its recommended you talk to an unbiased, qualified expert in Medicare plans and options to determine how you get Medicare based on your situation.IF YOUVE RETIRED BUT ARE GOING BACK TO WORK:If you can get employer health coverage thats considered acceptable as primary coverage, you are allowed to drop Medicare and re-enroll later without penalties, or you can use it as your secondary coverage.Every situation is unique, which is why I encourage [people] to talk to an insurance agent specializing in Medicare about your plan options to help you enroll in the plan thats best suited for your individual needs, says Ayala.Millennium physicians lead the country in the quality of care they deliver to Medicare patients. To find out more about your Medicare options, including connecting with our Medicare Advisors, visit YourMedicareConnect.com.

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HomeWell Agencies Win Best of Home Care Awards for 2023

HomeWell Care Services agencies nationwide earned 2023 Best of Home Care awards from Home Care Pulse, one of the most prestigious recognitions in the home care industry.The awards, which highlight the top-performing home care businesses across the United States, recognized several HomeWell Care Services agencies as best-in-class home care providers and employers. Three HomeWell locations, including Worthington, Ohio, Cedar Park, Texas, and Hackensack, New Jersey, received the highest award given by Home Care Pulsethe Leader in Experience. These agencies are recognized among the top 10% of home care providers participating in the nationwide HCP Experience Management Program. To qualify for the Leader in Experience, 10% of award-winning agencies clients and caregivers were interviewed monthly by HCP over 12 months. To be awarded, the agencies must receive high satisfaction ratings in several areas.At HCP, our mission is to help home care businesses create an experience that goes beyond client and caregiver expectations, says Todd Austin, President of HCP. When we see agencies like these at HomeWell Care Services that have so effectively provided outstanding care and employment experiences, we know were on the right track. HomeWell has worked extremely hard to prioritize high-quality care and employment, and their work hasnt gone unnoticed. This award allows them to show proof of quality to potential clients and caregivers.Numerous HomeWell agencies also received other Best of Home Care awards, including Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards.  Based on client and employee satisfaction scores gathered by HCP, these awards recognize a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.We want to congratulate these HomeWell agencies on receiving both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, says Austin, President of HCP. Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, they have proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees while maintaining their focus on client and caregiver satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.On behalf of the entire HomeWell Care Services family, we congratulate our local HomeWell teams below for going above and beyond to provide trusted care with true compassion!Leader in Experience Award Winners:Worthington, OHCedar Park, TXHackensack, NJProvider of Choice Award Winners:Cedar Park, TXCincinnati, OHConway, ARGeorgetown, DEHackensack, NJLoveland, COStafford, TXSunrise, FLWorthington, OHEmployer of Choice Award Winners:Anchorage, AKCedar Park, TXConway, ARGeorgetown, DEHackensack, NJNatick, MAPlano, TXStafford, TXWorthington, OH ABOUT HOMEWELL CARE SERVICESHomeWell Care Services, franchised by HomeWell Franchising Inc., provides personal care, companionship, and home maker services for seniors and other homebound individuals, so they can remain safely in the comfort of wherever they call home. HomeWell is committed to helping people live life more fully and offers special programs for fall prevention, post-medical care, and life enrichment.HomeWell Franchising Inc. is a premier franchisor with over 50 locations representing over 100 territories across the United States. The company has a strong pipeline of new agencies set to open. HomeWell has been recognized as a Franchise Business Review Top 100 low investment franchise and an Inc. 5000 company. For more information on HomeWell or to explore franchise opportunities, visit HomeWell Care Services or HomeWell Care Services Franchising.For press inquiries, please contact:Andrew Hurst, Communications Manager817.203.8313, media@homewellcares.com

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What Fixes are Mandatory After a Home Inspection?

As a seller, your to-do list is already pretty sizable by the time the home inspection comes around. As you can guess, the home inspection can be quite the point of contention for many real estate deals. If the inspection comes up with some problems, what fixes are mandatory after a home inspection? And, who is responsible for them?What is the Seller Responsible for Fixing?In reality, there is no such thing as a mandatory fix. Fixes can vary depending on where you live, the state of the market, the buyers lender and the contract negotiated between you and the buyer.Inspections can turn up a list of issues. Some repairs may be deemed necessary to make a home habitable, while others may fall under purely cosmetic issues. An important factor in whats mandatory comes from the buyers lender requirements. Buyers using FHA, VA or USDA loans each have particular requirements. Typically, the lender-required repairs will include anything that might affect living conditions.Some of the most popular categories for fixes that are deemed necessary before move-in are any of the following that constitute as human health hazards or major structural risks:Mold or Water DamagePest or Wildlife InfestationFire or Electrical HazardsToxic or Chemical HazardsStructural IssuesOld or Damaged RoofingWho Should Be Paying for Fixes?Now, the question that is usually the root of problems after a home inspection is: Who has to pay for mandatory fixes?As we mentioned before, it really comes down to a couple different factors like your negotiated contract and the state you live in. For example, as-is contracts in Florida result in the buyer accepting the property in its current condition, meaning they accept all financial responsibility for those fixes.In most cases, as a seller, you would pay for repairs involving any major issues with the structure. At least learn more about what these repairs involve so you can discuss them with a buyer. There are a few ways to appease a buyer without taking on the responsibility for all the requested repairs.Offer some appliances that you planned on parting with as compensation for particular repairs (ex. Washer and dryer, refrigerator)If there are five recommended repairs, offer to complete two of the requests or give credit for the threeIn the same event, you could offer to complete two of the requests and give credit for the threeThe bottom line is: all repairs are negotiable. As a seller, its important to disclose all known issues in good faith and work with the buyer during the inspection process. Make sure you work closely with your real estate agent and attorney to figure out the best option when the time comes.If youre looking for a real estate agent to help you sell your home, HomeSmart has the nearly 20,000 local experts to choose from. Our agents will look out for your best interest and make sure you get the best offer for your home with a speedy and streamlined closing process. Our team is equipped with the proper tools and resources to get your home sold! Find your agent today!

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Celebrate Holidays The Healthy Way

Join us for the Art of Aging Well , where Kelly Wain, a certified health and wellness expert shares tips to keep you aging well.

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Benefits of Aging in Place | Dr. Macie Smith SYNERGY HomeCare Series

Professional, trained, insured and background screened caregivers matched to your loved one's needs. Services include personal care assistance, companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation and errand assistance, light housekeeping and respite for family members. Free in-home consultation. No Contracts, Just Care.941-483-9111

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Coastal Care Bundle Program

A bundle of joyful benefits just for you.

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Desoto Palms Video Tour

DeSoto Palms is an Assisted Living Community in the quaint, metropolitan city of Sarasota, Florida. Were all about Living the Life! Learn more about our Sarasota assisted living facilities here!Call us today! 941-870-49165601 N Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34243Assisted Living Facility #11835

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Senior Fitness Instructor

Looking to hire more Senior Instructors for classes at the YMCA, specifically for Yoga, Chair Yoga, Dance, tai Chi, Stretching and Active Living. 

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Memory Care Sales Director

Please contact Jan for more information, or to apply:Jan HouckSales DirectorThe Windsor of Lakewood Ranchjan.houck@legendseniorliving.comPhone: 941-907-9177Mobile: 407-592-3774

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Town Square Sarasota, 3883 Central Sarasota Square Blvd. is looking for a FT Membership Director/Sales position for a fun and faced paced environment!  Help families and their loved ones find the solution of an innovative Adult Day Program!   Want to find joy in your career?  Work normal hours?  Call Jill today at 941-336-5061 or send your resume to jgrinnell@townsquare.net. We are also looking for FT and PT Program (Activity) Assistant's and Personal Care Assistants.

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