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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local page for the Greater Pittsburgh Area.  My name is  Apryl  Garrett, your local Publisher and Partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how we can  help you!  Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just  want to be aware of Senior Activities & Events in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to site for everything related to aging well and caring for your older loved ones.  This year, we are incredibly proud to celebrate our 5th Anniversary! 

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As industry professionals, your clients come from many different sources:  the seniors themselves, family caregivers/adult children and other healthcare professionals. The Seniors Blue Book’s wide and  diverse reach offers you business opportunities that other marketing mediums are simply unable to provide. Like any good engine, today's marketing has several moving parts.  Contact me to discuss a multi-faceted advertising package that will maximize your return for your marketing dollars at apryl@seniorsbluebook.com.  

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Activities & Events In Your Area

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May 19, 2024 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

10th Annual Hope Grows Victorian Tea

Join Hope Grows as we bring more than 200 guests together for a worthy cause while enjoying a traditional tea. The afternoon will include speakers, basket raffles, a silent auction, and the opportunity to hear hopeful stories from family caregivers and their care receivers who have successfully navigated, with the help of Hope Grows, through the challenges of family caregiving. This signature event raises funds and engages the community in conversation about the importance of mental health and emotional supporta true lifeline for family caregivers! Proceeds from the 10th Annual Hope Grows Victorian Tea will empower our clients to seek mental and emotional wellness, help them manage stress, and ultimately prevent caregiver burnout.  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Purchase yours at www.hopegrows.org/victoriantea

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May 15, 2024 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Pennsylvania Homecare Association's 2024 Annual Conference

      Save the Date to Reimagine Homecare with PHA in 2024! It's time! Mark your calendars for Pennsylvania Homecare Association's 2024 Annual Conference, May 15-17, at the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Center!   Our conference promises networking, education, and professional development to empower your success in the homecare industry.   Attendees will have the chance to engage in diverse breakout sessions led by industry experts, covering crucial topics like homecare quality, risk assessment, hospice pain management, and more.   Join a special session on grassroots advocacy with PHA's Director of Government Relations Alex McMahon, gaining insights into navigating the evolving homecare landscape.   Additionally, don't miss networking opportunities at the First Time Attendee/New Member Reception, our extensive exhibition hall, and PHA's Glowing into the Future dinner & dancing event. www.pahomecare.org

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May 08, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring)

Presented by OLP Events and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, the 50plus EXPO will feature exhibitors providing up-to-date information for baby boomers and seniors.With free health screenings, door prizes, and entertainment, the 50plus EXPO is a unique fusion of timely, relevant information and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

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Baptist Manor

Affordable-Subsidized 493 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15234

Baptist Manor offers older adults the best of both worlds: the independence and privacy of their own apartment with the support and companionship of a tight-knit community.Each of the 100 affordable one-bedroom apartmentsincluding 10 handicapped-accessible unitsis equipped with an emergency call system and smoke detectors. The building also has coin-operated laundry facilities, a media room, library and free parking.Baptist Manor apartments are available to people 62 years or older or who are mobility impaired, and who qualify for housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Tenants must qualify according to HUD income guidelines, and pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross monthly income for rent, which includes utilities.To learn more about life at Baptist Manor, visit our rental office, call our Baptist Manor office at 412572-8252

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Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms

Memory Care 3275 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, 15017

Welcome to Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms, located in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, where resident independence and overall wellness are at the heart of our community.  Tucked away in a serene location with nature views, its surrounded by local businesses for family meals. We are conveniently near PA-50 East, with Giant Eagle and Washington Pike close by. Explore PNC Park, enjoy the views from Mount Washington, and experience the energy of events at PPG Paints Arena, all just a stones throw away. At Celebration Villa, residents enjoy a warm, family-like staff and a vibrant environment for socializing, hobbies, and relaxation.Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms welcomes you to our community, where every detail is crafted for a stress-free lifestyle. Our cozy apartments feature soothing tones, soft carpeting, and ample natural light through large windows. Choose from deluxe suites, private studios, or friendly jack and jill arrangements to find your perfect fit. Nestled amidst the vibrant cultural landscape of Pittsburgh, residents enjoy furnished patios, secure walking paths, and a charming garden. As always, safety is a priority, with enclosed courtyards and pathways. Private rooms with spacious closets, well-appointed bathrooms, and abundant sunlight create personal sanctuaries. Our commitment is to provide a vibrant lifestyle and personalized care catering to your unique needs and well-being. The moment you arrive, you will find your needs are met with utmost attention and mindfulness.Types of Lifestyle:Enhanced Personal CareShort-Term Respite StayHospice CoordinationAt Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms, residents receive tailored care in order to live as independently as possible. Care services include support with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and hygiene. Our knowledgeable team members coordinate with residents, family members, and healthcare professionals.Through personalized care and services, our dedicated team handles your household tasks and maintenance, which gives you the freedom to make the most of your time. Whether youre interested in fitness, music, social events, or discussing a great book with friends, our life enrichment programming awaits you.With our dedicated team, we provide tailored assistance that is readily available whenever you need it. This offers peace of mind for residents and families. Upon move-in and throughout your stay, we assess the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and mobility, to create a personalized care plan.In our maintenance-free living environment, residents and their families can leave worries about home maintenance behind. No more replacing light bulbs or shoveling snow; we take care of the community inside and out, allowing residents to fully enjoy their retirement years.Culinary delights await as we serve up three delicious chef-prepared meals daily, along with snacks that nourish both body and soul. Dining in our welcoming dining rooms enhances mobility and socializing, but we also provide tray delivery during illness or as requested by doctors, always ensuring our residents well-being.We believe in providing a vibrant, caring, and worry-free community where residents can embrace their independence, stay engaged with life, and savor the moments that matter most. Join us, and experience a journey thats both enriching and fulfilling.  Contact us to schedule a tour! 

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Western PA Eldercare Council

Senior Information Services & Websites , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 00000

TheWesternPennsylvania Care Eldercare Councillists companies and individual providers on this website who help families deal with the crisis and burden of long term care. One purpose of this group is to educate the public on the need for care planning before a crisis occurs. A second purpose is to provide, in one place, all of the available government and private services for eldercare. Finally, our ultimate mission is to offer a trusted listing servicethat the public will recognize and turn to for expert help in dealing with the challenges of long term care.The council is a single listing source of community care providers and advisers who help the public deal with current elder care needs. State councils provide a platform for local groups of providers and advisors to offer the following services:Educate the public on how to plan for long term careProvide a local source of 15 to 20 different eldercare services through one single state contactPromote a trusted organization offering reliable services

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Rita's Home Care Agency

Non-Medical 604 Bruton Drive, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, 15044

KNOW YOUR LOVED ONE IS RECEIVING AROUND-THE-CLOCK CARERELY ON US FOR HOME CARE SERVICES   Rita's Home Care Agency is owned and operated by a registered nurse dedicated to helping seniors remain safe and independent in their homes and in their communities. We are known for providing services with compassion, loyalty and integrity. We provide non-medical, in-home care to seniors, disabled adults, those recovering from surgery, illness, or injury, or anyone who needs help with the activities of daily living--those routine things we do every day to care for ourselves and others.  Our trustworthy care professionals provide personal care and homemaking services in your home whenever needed--around the clock, for just a few hours, weekends and holidays. What sets us apart is that:We provide in-home hair and nail services to our patients and we follow them if needed to their retirement communities.  We work with each client based on their budget to meet their needs. We also collaborate with other senior care organizations where we refer our clients for more services. Because we are guests in your home, your comfort and trust are paramount to us. Our caregivers are bonded, insured, and subjected to a rigorous screening processes, including background and reference checks and verification of credentials.  Ongoing supervisory visits by management help ensure that our care continued to meet your expectations. We offer compassionate memory loss home care. Dealing with dementia can be incredibly disorienting. That's why we do our best to provide stability, reassurance and guidance to those in our care. There's a lot we can do to make life easier for dementia patients.We can help with:Medication remindersGrooming and bathingToilet careTurning and transferDressingSkin careFeedingLight HousekeepingMeal preparationEscort to appointmentsRespite Care Personal Care CompanionshipWe also provide a wide variety of other services such as:Consulting on nutritionPet groomingSetting up medical alert alarm systemsUsing aromatherapy

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Articles Written By Local Businesses

First Rule of Medicine – DO NO HARM

Every year, more than 8.6 million adverse drug events are reported in the US. 2.2 million of them are Severe. When seeing a doctor for a certain health condition or concern, youre often prescribed medication and many times, multiple medications. We live in an age where There is a pill for everything. Finding the right drug or drugs for your condition is essential but why do some drugs work well, and others do not? When you take a medication, your bodys response is determined by many factors: gender; weight; age; diet; other medications; any medical conditions; exposure to environmental agents such as cigarette smoke; and genetic makeup.Genetic factors can account for up to 95% of how you respond to medications. More than 250 of the most commonly prescribed medications are influenced by your specific DNA (Genome). These include medications that fight cancer, depression, pain, epilepsy, and heart disease. The list grows every day. Pharmacogenomics the science of how your geneticsinfluence your medications Provides a list of medications that have the best chance of working for you the 1st time Helps eliminate - (drug to gene interactions) Helps eliminate - (drug to drug interactions) Helps you and your Insurance Company save money Who can benefit? (Check all that apply) ? I am taking multiple prescriptions ? I am experiencing unwelcome side effects from current medications ? I am taking, have taken, or may take medications for depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition ? I am on medications that are not working ? I would like to learn about how Im likely to metabolize medication before being prescribed new medication(s) Is getting testing painful? No! Your DNA is gathered by a simple swab of the inside of your cheek Your DNA is sent to a special lab that Sequences your DNA Your DNA is Matched against different classes of medications Your DNA is Matched against your medications Your test report containing your results can be used by your doctors to help with medication decisions Pharmacogenomics is good medicine. It is an important tool that I use in my practice. Ask your doctor about if it could help you. Or contact us at behmfamilypractice.org.Editors Note: Article submitted by John L. Behm, MD.

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Why Pickleball is Perfect for Seniors

With spring in the air, its high time we grab a paddle and head to the nearest pickleball court. This fairly new sport combines elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton. Its so easy to learn and fun to play; its no wonder pickleball has become Americas fastest-growing sport. According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are 4.2 million U.S. players, and the sport is especially popular with seniors. Among players age 55 and over, 75% indicated they play more than eight games a year.Why Is Pickleball Perfect for Seniors? Pickleball is especially great for seniors because its a fun and reasonably low-impact game that's easy on the joints. The only equipment needed is a paddle and plastic ball with holes, so its an affordable sport to pick up. If that wasn't enough, we've discovered at least four more reasons why seniors should get out and play this spring:Its a healthy activity. Pickleball is appropriate for all levels of athleticism, and it provides an opportunity to work on balance, agility, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination without excessively straining your body.Its easy to play. Pickleball paddles are large, making the ball easy to hit with little practice. In under an hour, new players generally find themselves volleying back and forth over the net and genuinely enjoying themselves.It provides a social outlet. Almost 60 percent of pickleballer's play for social reasons. The most common way to play a game is with a partner against another team of two players. With court dimensions of less than half the size of a tennis court, its easy to have a conversation as you volley. As a result, friendships are formed, or existing bonds are strengthened while on the court.There's easy access. Every state in the U.S. now has pickleball venues, with senior activity centers, local recreation centers, and parks being the most common places.How Do You Play Pickleball? Pickleball Inc. offers a great online resource for understanding the complete rules of pickleball. You can find out how to play by visiting https://www.pickleball.com/rules-how-to-play-pickleball-s/106.htmWe hope you experience pickleball as a fresh change of pace from a game of golf or a walk around the neighborhood.Editors Note: This article has been submitted by South Hills Square Retirement Resort. Contact them today to discover the benefits of all-inclusive retirement living at 412-253-6100.

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The Broken Healthcare System

The Plight Of Nursing HomesA few weeks ago, an article about a financial crisis in the Nursing Home Industry ran in the Post Gazette. Recently, I discussed this crisis on my radio show.  The article exposed a serious financial shortfall in dollars from the state subsidies for Nursing Home Medicaid patients. Nursing Home owners and administrators were interviewed about the financial difficulties they are facing due to the costs of care being greater than the states contributions. Some owners were concerned about being forced to shut down. Legislators responded by putting provisions in the budget to increase the state contribution for Medicaid patients. While the provisions may help to alleviate the financial loss, the system remains fragile if not broken. Currently, around 65% of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania are on Medicaid, because Medicare doesnt pay for custodial long-term care in a nursing home. Given the statistics that one in three seniors is going to die with dementia, it means they will likely need care that is provided in a nursing home. The average cost of a skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania is almost $15,000 a month. Long-term care in a skilled nursing facility is probably the single biggest medical expense that seniors will have, and a significant percentage of the population cannot afford that.Paying For Long Term CareThere are four different ways to pay for skilled care. One way is to pay privately. Second, if it is only a short-term stay for a few weeks, Medicare may pay. The third option is using long-term care insurance, which is costly. The fourth option is to go broke in order to become eligible for Medicaid to pay for care. With so many nursing home residents being on Medicaid, the financial crisis facing nursing homes is understandable. Medicare Only Pays For Acute CareIt hardly seems fair that a senior who has a heart attack and receives open heart surgery to save him will be provided with Medicare benefits. Medicare pays for this acute care including surgery and hospitalization for the heart attack patient. He may go on to live another 20 years at home, and he wont need to pay for his care. However, if a senior has a severe stroke, he still goes to the hospital and is taken care of, but he will need long-term care in the nursing home for the rest of his life. The stroke patients care in the hospital is also going to cost Medicare $400,000, as it did for the heart attack patient. Unfortunately, Medicare, which seniors rely on for healthcare in their retirement, only pays for 20 days of rehabilitation in a nursing home. Medicare may pay up to 100 days with heavy co-payments, after which the senior has to pay $460 per day, for as long as he lives, or until he runs out of money. Once he runs out of money, Medicaid starts paying for the nursing home.The Cause Of The Financial CrunchThis problem is largely attributable to the Covid crisis, with increased deaths of the elderly and the staff who worked in nursing homes contracting Covid. Costs associated with covid care and protective equipment became costly over time.  Many healthcare workers did not return to the industry after Covid, causing a staffing shortage and overwhelmed facilities.  Caregivers who stayed are seeking higher compensation in light of the change in work conditions. If you consider the wave of baby boomers who are now seniors, many of them are needing long-term care. With 65% of them on Medicaid, it is a crisis that needs to be resolved. If financially struggling nursing homes are forced to close, who will care for the increased aging population that will soon be nursing homebound? Finding adequate facilities might become a challenge. A Big PlusFortunately, this plight has been recognized, and $515 million has been offered to long-term care facilities. This money will go towards alleviating this financial crunch. The nursing homes are receiving $1000 more per month, in reimbursement for each senior who is on Medicaid. This rate is probably not as much as the private paying rate, but it is a significant increase in revenue. This increase will help the nursing homes cover costs and provide care, and allow the nursing homes to hire and train good people to take care of the seniors.UnresolvedThis increase is a great boost for long-term care facilities, but the issue of seniors going broke to be eligible for Medicaid, has not been resolved. Additionally, the amount of money seniors are allowed to keep has not been increased. If a single person, Joe, goes into a nursing home, he is only allowed to keep $8000. If Joe has a house and $200 000 in savings, he has to spend that money down. He would have to write checks every month for $15,000 to the nursing home. Joe needs to do this until he is left with about $8,000, and only then he is eligible for Medicaid to pay for his care. However, all of Joes income must go to the nursing home every month. This means he can only keep $45 per month. Joes allocation of money is not being increased, despite the rising costs for basic provisions. Having only $1.50 per day for his personal needs is not much at all to enjoy retirement. Nobody Wants To Go Broke In A Nursing HomeWhile Joe still owns a house, he would not be able to afford the maintenance costs for the house for very long. Having only $8,000 is not enough to cover these costs. If Joe sells his house it would yield $150,000 cash. Given Joes $8,000 allowance, he cannot keep $150,000 cash, because he risks losing his Medicaid benefits. He would have to spend that money down to once again becomes eligible for Medicaid. He can only keep $8,000. Essentially Joe would lose the house and his savings to long-term care costs, which is a great shame. Joe didnt want to go broke in a nursing home. Sadly, this is an issue many seniors face, and it must be resolved.You Can Protect AssetsFortunately, there are ways to protect assets. The law allows you to take legal steps with trusts and different techniques to protect assets. Long-term care costs are the biggest issue facing middle-class Americans in retirement. Find out more when you come to one of our Estate Planning and Elder Law asset protection workshops. Register for a workshop call 724-564-6615.

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Why Choose A Winter Respite At A Personal Care Home

Moving to a personal care home is a big decision based on many factors. Cold winter months are drawing near, and the Farmers Almanac is forecasting a Winter Wonderland for the northeastern United States. Keeping this in mind, and to avoid winter chores, this is a great time to consider a respite stay and experience first-hand what life is like living in a personal care home.Experience an easier moveWinter weather conditions like snow and ice can complicate the move to a personal care home. Moving before bad weather conditions arrive allows seniors to avoid potential weather-related delays, accidents or other challenges during transportation and when moving belongings.Try out the personal care homeRespite care offers seniors a chance to try out a retirement community without making a long-term commitment. Country Meadows offers all-rental retirement living accommodations, so seniors are not beholden to a lengthy lease or an ownership stake. A respite stay can help older adults see for themselves whether or not the community is a good fit for a permanent move.Avoid winter weather challengesMany older adults struggle with winter chores such as shoveling snow, chipping away ice, walking on icy sidewalks, managing heating systems and driving in inclement weather. A temporary respite stay at a personal care home eliminates these responsibilities, as well as many other daily chores, removing worries. It provides seniors the opportunity to settle into their new living arrangement without the added stress of winter weather.Access daily assistance and health servicesAlong with cold weather, the winter season can also bring several challenges for older adults to maintain wellness. A major benefit to living at a personal care home is prompt, easy access to health resources and assistance. This is especially beneficial for seniors with health concerns and mobility issues. If a resident requires assistance with medications, dressing, bathing or another daily activity, simply push a call button and a personal care associate can provide needed help. And a wellness team keeps an eye on each residents overall health.Reduce lonelinessMany seniors experience loneliness and isolation while living at home. The winter months can magnify these feelings. Respite care offers opportunities for social interaction and engagement with new neighbors and friends in the same age group, reducing feelings of loneliness and providing mental stimulation.Participate in activities, enjoy entertainment and outingsSenior living communities often offer a variety of enriching activities and events. At Country Meadows, our Vibe program considers each residents physical, cognitive, social and spiritual needs and customizes activities, entertainment, outings and purposeful service opportunities. Events are organized seasonally by categories and offer opportunities for socialization and fun. When living at a personal care home, one doesnt need to brave the elements outside, because all the fun during winter is happening indoors, fostering a sense of belonging among residents.Provide relief for family caregiversA respite stay offers a break for family members and friends providing care in a seniors private home. This break is especially appreciated during winter months when private caregiving responsibilities might become more demanding due to inclement weather, illnesses or holiday-related activities.When considering respite care at a personal care home or retirement community over the winter months, its important to do some homework. Families and seniors should research and visit potential facilities to ensure the community can meet specific needs and preferences of each individual. The decision for respite care should prioritize the well-being, comfort and specific needs of each person, aiming to provide a supportive and enriching experience.  Contact Country Meadows Retirement Communities today.

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What is Medicaid Spend Down?

Tim Sechler explains what Medicaid Spend Down is.

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Seniors Blue Book Cares! Interview with Pittsburgh Publisher, Apryl Garrett

In Caregiver Champion's ongoing series to Spotlight people in Pittsburgh who put the caring back into health care, please check out this video interview with Apryl Garrett, Publisher/Owner of Seniors Blue Book Pittsburgh.  Seniors Blue Book offers one-stop researching (they are the #1 search engine nationally!!) for senior living housing, senior care, and senior resources. The Pittsburgh edition offers valuable information for our local market.You can obtain your FREE copy of this valuable resource at your local Walgreens, Kuhn's or Shop N Save, from many public libraries, and from most social workers and case managers at local hospitals.

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The Inside Connection Podcast (ep. 2) What Makes MediConnect Different?

Ready to go behind the curtains and into the boardrooms of the Medicare insurance industry? MediConnect gives insider access to help our audience quickly access clear information that allows for confident decisions. Medicare Made Simple. Stay with us as we track the government's oversight of Medicare Advantage and their delayed prior authorization processes, and we provide information on yet another scam aimed at the Baby Boomer generation as well as how to avoid falling victim of it. In this podcast, Sean and Lance discuss:  who is MediConnect and what makes them different?  

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Seniors Blue Book welcomes Lauren Yuran, MediConnect Insurance!

We welcome Lauren Yuran, Associate Manager with MediConnect Insurance! Lauren shares why she chose a career with MediConnect and what makes them unique. She shares how overwhelming the Medicare enrollment can be and the ways that MediConnect can help simplify the process, at no charge. She also shares why it is important every year to re-evaluate your Medicare Plan. To learn more call 888-818-6334.

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Multiple Positions - Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms

We are hiring!  Feel free to apply online, using Indeed or by phone at 412-221-0202.  Walk-ins are welcome!

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Registered Nurses

Looking for a rewarding career in nursing?  The Kane Community Living Centers are looking for certified RNs to join our team.  Make a difference and get rewarded with generous benefits, defined pension plan, educational benefits, and much more.

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Career Opportunities with LIFE Pittsburgh

CareersBe part of a unique team that provides care so that seniors can live in their own homesLIFE Pittsburgh, a growing nonprofit organization with approximately 400 employees, is a community based alternative to nursing home care and assisted living. Through the LIFE Pittsburgh program, frail older adults can remain in their own home and receive a coordinated plan of care that enables them to maintain their independence and enjoy a safe and active life in the community.Our health teams of geriatric doctors, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation specialists and other health care professionals assess our Participants needs and desires, plan and approve services with them and their family or caregiver, monitor for changes and provide timely interventions. Primary care and community services are provided through our Day Health Centers and through our in home program according to an individual Participants needs.  LIFE Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.  Apply for a rewarding career caring for seniors with LIFE Pittsburgh.Questions for our employment team?   Call 412-388-8042 or email employment@lifepittsburgh.org

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Caregivers - Greater Pittsburgh Area

Are you a caring and compassionate individual looking to make a difference? Join our team at Senior Helpers and become a caregiver! Enjoy a personally rewarding work environment, build meaningful relationships with clients, receive specialized training, and have the flexibility to work on your own terms. Apply today and start making a positive impact  https://bit.ly/48yaTAt

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