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SBB University: Senior Living Options in Cape Coral

When it is time to make a change in an older adults living situation, choosing the right kind of care or senior living community might feel overwhelming. You may choose to explore ways to age in place at home or look at full-time care in an assisted living community. Join Seniors Blue Book and area experts to discuss these options and more. Spend time with representatives from continuing care retirement communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care communities, and in-home care options.Knowledge is power.. educate yourself today for the resources you or someone you love may need tomorrow!Event is free, but RSVP is required!Call 239-776-7353 to RSVP

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Lely Palms Retirement Community

Assisted Living 1000 Lely Palms Dr., Naples, Florida, 34113

Our family of assisted and independent living communities offer a sense of home with a variety of amenities.We know you have your own individual routines and interests, capabilities and needs and we strive to accommodate each resident's individuality.

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Premier Place at The Glenview

Skilled Nursing 100 Glenview Pl., Naples, Florida, 34108

Experience the Premier Place Difference!At Premier Place, The Glenview at Pelican Bay's onsite healthcare center, we help you get back to feeling your best as soon as possible. Premier Places newly renovated, 42 spacious private rooms, allow you or your loved one to experience exceptional personalized care in an elegant residential setting, along with fine dining. We provide superior short- and long-term health care as well as in-patient and out-patient rehabilitative services. For more than 20 years, The Glenview has provided to the Naples community exceptional and trusted care. The caring and dedicated staff of our nurses, aides and therapists, using state-of-the-art therapy equipment, a new dynamic gym, and specialized therapy treatments ensure you make every healing moment matter. Every treatment plan is personalized for the best outcome. Premier Place is a preferred skilled nursing and rehab center of the NCH Healthcare System, Physician Regional Hospitals and the Millennium Physician Group. We are five-star rated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). In 2019, Premier Place was awarded the Governor's Gold Seal Award for excellence in long-term care. Come and tour Premier Place, we welcome the compliments!

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Shell Point - The Springs

Assisted Living 13901 Shell Point Plaza, Fort Myers, Florida, 33908

The Springs is an assisted living facility in the Waterside neighborhood at Shell Point, featuring 105 private residences.Each of these facilities offers assisted living care which enables residents to manage their personal and physical needs through the availability of many services. These services have been designed to enhance dignity and independence through a variety of recreational, social, physical, and spiritual programs that convey the exceptional lifestyle for which Shell Point is known.

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Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

Assisted Living 36 Barkley Cir., Fort Myers, Florida, 33907

SOMETIMES A LITTLE HELP CAN GO A LONG WAY. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE.Looking for the ideal retirement lifestyle? Be a part of the Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place family with assisted living in Fort Myers, Florida. The nice thing about this senior living option is that you will receive as much help as you neednot too much and not too little.Our devoted team can help with bathing, medication assistance, scheduled transportation, and more. And well take care of many chores too. Imagine not having tocook meals, wash linens, clean your apartment, or do apartment maintenance! It all makes for a much more relaxed and confident retirement life. So, when it comes to Fort Myers senior living, please think of Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place if youre considering an assisted living community. Questions? Were always here to help. Come see for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour.

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Understanding Medicare

Turning 65 can be a monumental time in our lives. Some are excited to retire and relax. Others just cant believe that they are now at retirement age. But either way, dont worry. Its just a part of life. I think the baby boomers are the most shocked. It seems like just yesterday we were driving our kids to school, and then hopping on the Harley to play hooky for a day.There are many facets to Medicare and you will have several choices to make. This article will help you understand a small part but also give you some very good tools. I can not stress enough how much information the Medicare.gov website has to offer. I urge every one of you to investigate this site and it should answer just about any question you have concerning Medicare.First of all, once you are eligible you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare Part A. There are some exceptions but this article is meant to be a simple overview. Typically no premiums are paid for Part A yet once again there are some exceptions.. Part A pays for hospitalization, skilled nursing care to a certain point, hospice and limited home health care. However there is a deductible.Once enrolled in Part A you should then enroll in Part B. Once again, there are some exceptions. Your premium for part B. is $115.40 for 2011. This usually comes out of your SS check. If you are covered under a group plan you may delay enrolling in part B with no penalty. Part B helps cover medically-necessary services like doctors services, outpatient care, home health services, and other medical services. Part B also covers some preventive services. There is also a deductible for Part B.Now the next decision you will want to consider is whether to purchase a pure Medicare Supplement or utilize a Medicare Advantage plan. There are pros and cons to both programs so it is best to speak to an insurance professional. They can assist in deciding which program fits your particular needs.The Medicare Supplements are alphabetically categorized as well as standardized. Each lettered plan offers a few different benefits. However the only difference from the plan you choose are the premiums charged by the insurance companies for the exact same coverage. Also, some companies may not offer certain plans.It sometimes seems a bit overwhelming and it is easy to understand why. There is Medicare Part A, Medicare, Part B, Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (drug benefits). Then if you do choose to purchase a Medicare Supplement you will need to decide which supplement plan you would like such as Plan A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Wow can we make this any more confusing?.As mentioned in the beginning, the goal of this article is to give you a general overview. However, there is one piece of information that some folks are not aware exists. There is a High Deductible Plan F. Not all of the insurance companies offer this in Collier or Lee County. The deductible is usually $2000 a year but some companies are offering an incentive for this year and the deductible is $1500. The nice aspect of this plan is the premiums are around $66 per month vs. $185 per month for a regular plan F.The really fun part comes in when you choose the High Deductible Plan F. Not only do you save money but you are also able to contribute to a reserve fund annuity. You can choose how much you would like to contribute. The money is earning 3% and you can take it out for anything you would like. But is very useful to help off set any co-pays and deductibles encountered with the high deductible plan F.Medicare.gov is a very informative website. Welcome to Retirement!Editors Note: This article was written by Linda Jaikes, Jaikes Financial Group, 239-263-9195.

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Affordable GPS Monitoring

Monitoring Solutions of SWFL provides GPS monitoring to the memory impaired, and those with other medical conditions. Services are available throughout the State of Florida, utilizing the S-911 bracelet - the most comprehensive tool available for caregivers and family members.The S-911 is a watch-style bracelet which tracks location via satellite and cell phone signal. The S-911 software also has geo-fencing capability. This means the caregiver is able to create both inclusion and exclusion zones for the person wearing the device. If the wearer needs to stay within a certain area, the instant the boundary is crossed a text message is sent. Conversely, if there is a danger area such as a lake, a text will be sent when the wearer gets too close.The S-911 is the only bracelet on the market featuring a built in cell phone. This is excellent for those in the early stages of memory impairment who find themselves lost, or when a fall occurs. The wearer presses the panic button & the bracelet will call for assistance right from their wrist. The S-911 also has an impact detector so that if the wearer falls, or is in an auto accident and is incapable of pressing the panic button, an alert is still sent & their caregiver will be instantly notified. We offer a solution to anyone who has an illness where precious seconds can determine whether someone receives the help they need quickly enough to save their lives, reports Zodia King, President of the company.The S-911 bracelet is available for purchase or can be leased. There is a monthly service fee for access to the tracking website and data transmission. Monitoring Solutions also offers monitoring service for families whose loved ones are local but live out of state.The highest level of service offered, which includes lease, website/voice and monitoring service is still less than $5/day making it a very affordable solution for many applications.At Monitoring Solutions our mission is to assist families and caregivers by providing a dignified method of constant contact which enables prolonged independence at a low cost.Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Monitoring Solutions of SWFL. For more information contact them at 239-738-6857

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Beware of Grandparent Scams

Local Law Enforcement is alerting the public about the dramatic increase in grandparent scams being committed in communities across Southwest Florida. The grandparent, granny scam works like this: Someone claiming to be grandchild or other close family member contacts an individual claiming to be in trouble and in need of money. The caller will have information easily obtainable through public records found on the internet such as the grandchilds name, age, sex, address, etc. in order to convince you of their identity and make the story plausible. Often, another person will get on the phone claiming to be a bondsman, law enforcement officer, lawyer to validate the need for the money and to provide information on where and how to send the money. Subsequent calls may be made to verify that the money was sent and to extend a special thank you to Grandma.Because victims are embarrassed to come forward with personal experiences, it is difficult to know how many people in Florida have been victimized by this scam. However, accounts relating such occurrences are popping up daily in area newspapers. Criminals prey on Florida communities because they are filled with retirees who many times are physically separated from family and vulnerable to a call for help. Unfortunately, once the scam has been committed and money has changed hands, there is little law enforcement can do. These scammers are difficult to trace and prosecute.If you receive a call or an email from a grandchild or loved one asking for money, stop and think about the situation. Would my grandchild call me in Southwest Florida with a crisis like this? If you are unsure, do your homework. Before sending any money, check the story out. Contact relatives to verify the status and whereabouts of the caller. Get a phone number from the caller and indicate youll call back. If the caller refuses to supply a call back number, then its most likely a scam. Verify the address and phone number to the jail or hospital where your grandchild is supposedly located. Call that agency and verify that your grandchild is there. Contact local law enforcement to assist in locating your grandchild and investigating whether or not you are being victimized in a scam.If you feel you have been a victim of a grandparent scam, contact your local police department. Other sources of information and support is available by calling the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Floridas Elder Helpline toll-free at 866-413-5337 or LEAPP (Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership), a coalition of Lee County human service providers that promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation made possible through a grant awarded to the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. For more information about LEAPP call United Way 211. Every five seconds a person over the age of 60 is abused in some way in the United States. Please use care, caution and vigilance to guarantee prevent abuse and financial exploitation.This article was submitted by Marilyn Gregory, Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida 239-652-6900 x240, gregorym@elderaffairs.org.

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Who's Really in Charge When I Die

Diversity within the family unit today can cause much confusion over who is in charge when you die. Many believe a power of attorney will take care of everything when death occurs. But unfortunately the power of attorney ends with death. Therefore this can create challenges with family members who have the right for example to authorize cremation. The next of kin will be determined as the next living blood relative. This may be a long lost daughter you have not talked to for 20 years who is the only child or shares equal rights as the other children regarding your disposition and service arrangements. This can be avoided if you plan ahead of time. If a pre-arrangement with a funeral home is made, you can sign your own cremation authorization in the state of Florida, which authorizes the funeral home to move forward without the signature of a family member in the case where that person is estranged from the family. At Fuller we work with families ahead of time to plan their wishes for several reasons to ensure their wishes are met, to sign paperwork ahead of time ensuring this issue doesn't arise, relieving the emotional burden from their family which can cause overspending, and locking in todays price if they pre-pay for their services with the various payment plans available. As parents we have always planned and taken care of everything for our family why stop now?Editors Note: This article submitted by Jan Smith, Managing Partner of Fuller Funeral Homes-Cremation Service, 239-592-1611.

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POSITION SUMMARYPerforms housekeeping and laundry functions throughout the community in order to create a safe, secure, and inviting environment for residents, families and team members.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe following duties are normal for this position. This list is not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. Performs cleaning duties according to schedule (daily, weekly, monthly) in assigned areas such as apartment homes, common areas, lounges and offices. Sweeps, dusts, dust mops, and wet mops all floors and stairways; spot cleans and vacuums floors, rugs, carpets and runners. Rotates runners in hallways and entryways. Cleans, sanitizes, and polishes both lavatory, shower and sink fixtures and facilities; stocks dispensers as necessary. Dusts, washes, sponge mops, sanitizes and hand shampoos furniture; dusts desk and floor lamps, cleans and polishes glass surfaces, woodwork, walls, and windowsills. Scrubs bath and shower room tiles, wood work, window frames and sills. Maintains equipment and materials needed to perform work in a clean and orderly condition. Collects trash and refuse from work areas and places in designated pick-up areas. Responsible for collecting, cleaning and redistributing the community laundry. Responsible for maintaining the commercial laundry in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. Ensures cleaning chemicals are kept stored and locked when not in use. Ensures any cords, carts, equipment and other hazards are kept out of the way at all times, not blocking exits and in compliance with fire codes. Reports any needed repairs and supply and equipment needs to the Lead Housekeeper. Other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONSTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Educational Requirements and Experience: High School diploma or equivalent preferred. Previous housekeeping experience preferred.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Language Ability:o Ability to communicate effectively speaking the primary language of the residents.o Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Cognitive Demands:o Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Competencies:o Must demonstrate an interest in working with a senior population.o Interacts with guests, residents and staff in a courteous and friendly manner.o Ability to respond promptly to resident needs.o Supports organization's goals and values.o Balances team and individual responsibilities.o Ability to work flexible hours as needed.o Ability to perform tasks with frequent interruptions.o Ability to handle multiple priorities.o Competent in organizational, time management skills.o Ability to work semi-independently without direct supervision.ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTABILITY Works primarily indoors in a climate controlled setting. Team Members may be exposed to blood and/or body fluids with potential exposure to hazardous materials and infectious diseases. Possible exposure to unpleasant odors. Possible exposure to chemicals as identified in the MSDS Manual.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSThe physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this Job, the Team Member is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The TeamMember is frequently required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The Team Member is occasionally required to sit. The Team Member must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTI have carefully read and understand the contents of this position description. I understand the responsibilities, requirements and duties expected of me. I understand that this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the position. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, the employer reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the position or to require that additional or different tasks be performed as directed by the employer.I understand that I may be required to work overtime, different shifts or hours outside the normally defined workday or workweek. I also understand that this position description does not constitute a contract of employment nor alter my status as an at-will employee. I have the right to terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, and the employer has a similar right.This position is subject to a background check for any convictions directly related to its duties and responsibilities. Only job related and community safety convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate. State regulatory requirements will impact if convictions preclude employment.The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encou

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Van Driver

VAN DRIVERRELATIONSHIPS + REPORTING The Van Driver is responsible for transporting residents to and from managed properties on approved and organized activities. Reports directly to the Property Manager and Activities Coordinator. Maintains professional and courteous relationships with all residents, ensuring consistent application of property policies. Maintains relationship with other departments within the Company. Maintains relationships with clients, the community, suppliers, vendors, and professionals servicing the Company or property.RESPONSIBILITIES The responsibilities that are listed below are not all inclusive; however, they are indicative of the type of responsibilities normally performed by the Van Driver: Operates and maintains bus in a safe and legal manner Reviews calendar monthly, weekly, daily for scheduled trips Maintains daily trip log, detailing mileage and gas Reports any vehicle accidents or resident injuries to Manager immediately Transports van to repair shop when required for oil changes and all necessary repairs Assists staff with internal and external maintenance duties when there are no resident activities scheduled that require driving the van Assists Maintenance Staff with daily minor maintenance items Assists Activities Coordinator with scheduled events, parties, etc. Provides back up coverage/support for front desk Concierge, as neededQUALIFICATIONS Minimum High School Education or equivalent is required Must be 25 years of age at minimum Valid CDL Drivers License preferred but not required Willingness to perform all assigned tasks with good work and safety habits Professional image compatible with United Group - positive attitude, energetic, and assertive Demonstrate integrity on personal and professional level Willingness to work respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds required Ability to solve problems involving residents, personnel, finances, equipment failure, emergency situations, etc. Ability and willingness to substitute for any position at the siteSCOPE + COMPENSATION Minimum thirty hours per week; additional hours as required. Regular schedule to be consistent with established hours of operation Salary commensurate with level of experience and job requirements Paid sick, personal, and vacation as outlined in the employee manual A portion of the single health insurance premium paid towards employee health insurance Additional benefits offered to full-time employees of the United Group as outlined in the employee benefit booklet Reasonable business expenses to be paid/reimbursed within the scope of performing routine necessary business.

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