2017 Cost of Care Data

An additional view of the 2017 Cost of Care data from Genworth Financial, showing local, Tampa-area costs versus state of Florida median.

GNW 2017 Tampa vs FL


Meeting the Family Care Needs of Employees

1714-OverwhelmedMomPhone.220w.tnThe need to support workers who provide unpaid care for a family member is a growing reality for employers (large and small).  As the population grows older and life expectancies increase, the need will grow significantly for the next ten to twenty years.

As many as one in six full-time or part-time employees care for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a fairly recent Gallop poll.

The role of family caregivers involves everything from arranging or coordinating, services/support, to navigating the complex health care system, to performing actual care in the home — all while balancing workplace demands and responsibilities.

FL regions County w CitiesEmployers can help families save time and reduce stress – while improving workplace productivity, employee morale and loyalty – by connecting their employees with elder care resources through access to knowledgeable specialists and appropriate providers for family care services.

Call today to arrange a free, workplace educational presentation on senior care services and resources in Tampa Bay.  Or, simply fill in and submit the form below. We will get back to you quickly to see how we can help.

Free Medicare Counselling in Jeopardy

Underwood TyprewriterPlease Help Support SHIP/SHINE – Free Medicare Counselling.  The link below will help you contact your representatives in Congress, and help them understand how critically important these programs are to seniors.  Medicare is complicated and seniors rely on SHIP/SHINE to get FREE, unbiased help on Medicare questions and concerns.


Contact your Representatives in Congress

Thank You!

Another Vote for Pet Therapy

A new meta-analysis of 17 academic papers finds evidence that having a pet benefits people with mental health problems. The research also reviews the pet owners’ testimonials, laying out the various ways that pets offer them much-needed solace. Pets provide invaluable support for people with mental health problems. An increasing amount of research is pointing […]

via It’s Official: Pets Benefit Our Mental Health — Good Witches Homestead

PS:  How could you not feel safe, protected and at ease with those two beautiful German Shepherds nearby?

Many Thanks!!



Thank you to those who were kind enough to contribute to our On-Line Food Drive to benefit the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, here in Tampa.

Through your generosity we were able to donate close to 200 food items ranging from ten large bags of spaghetti to sixty cans of tuna, and over forty cans of mixed vegetables.

VA Pension Plus Aid and Attendance Rates 2018

from our good friends at Center for Elder Veterans Rights

Maximum Pension Benefit Plus Aid & Attendance

* Surviving Spouse      $1,176
* Single Veteran           $1,830
* Married Veteran       $2,169
* Veteran Couple         $2,903

Qualifying Pension Service Dates:

12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946:     WWII
06/27/1950 – 01/31/1955:     Korea
02/28/1961 – 08/04/1964:     Vietnam I (in country)
08/05/1964 ‐ 05/07/1975:      Vietnam II
08/20/1990 – Present:          Mideast Conflicts

In the Spirit of Giving …

Please support our on-line  Holiday food drive

“When you find yourself in the position to help someone, be happy and feel blessed because God is answering that person’s prayer through you.

Remember: Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the dark but to be a light to others, so that they may find their way through us.”

By Alberto Casing

Help Cancel Hunger in the Community!


At Always Best Care we’re delighted, again, to be a part of the solution by supporting this easy-to-use, on-line food drive from, http://www.YouGiveGoods.com, to help our devoted volunteers at the  local St. Vincent de Paul conference at St Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.

Please consider helping us reach our goal with your thoughtful, and greatly appreciated, food donation at https://www.yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa-2017 

Items start at just $4.99 and range up to $25.

Every little bit helps put food on the tables of those in need.


Easiest Food Drives, Ever!

Two sherpa porters carrying heavy sacks in the Himalaya at EvereThe beauty of this on-line food drive, from http://www.YouGiveGoods.com, is the ability for anyone, anywhere to contribute to the effort.  There is no need to personally purchase and physically transport cans or boxes   Your donation is added to the mix with a few simple key strokes.  On delivery day, one (hopefully, very large) cumulative donation will arrive at the location of your choosing.

Please consider supporting our drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s conference here in Tampa, FL at https://yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa-2017.  

Every donation will help feed families this holiday season and in the New Year.

Thank you!

Take Two … 2017 On-line Food Drive

clapperOnce again, Always Best Care locations around the U.S. have teamed up with  www.YouGiveGoods.com to manage on-line food drives to benefit a number of great individual charities. Locally, we are working with the St. Vincent de Paul conference at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.  This effort will help augment the outstanding work this dedicated group already provides to hundreds of local families throughout the year.  During the holidays, many food banks/pantries are overwhelmed with requests.  Food drives, like this, are a great way to help meet the need and replenish the shelves after the Holidays.

Our goal is a simple 200 food items raised during December 2017, with delivery in time to help restock the shelves in early January.

Please consider making your on-line contribution to this effort that will help put food on the table of families who are in need.  Our site can be reached at:  https://yougivegoods.com/abc-tampabay-2017.

From all of us at Always Best Care, and at St. Vincent de Paul,


Protect Yourself from Charity Scams


While we may be heading into cooler weather and the beginning of the Holidays, it is also time for an increase in deceptive “charity” scams.

Be prepared, be aware!

From :  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-E-Newsletter 

“Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in need and use it to line their own pockets. Scam artists often play on donors’ sympathy and take advantage of their generosity.

Here are a few tips for choosing a worthy charity and giving wisely.

  • Ask questions, such as:
    • “Who is the fundraiser and who will benefit from the donation?”;
    • “How much of the contribution goes to the charity mentioned in the request”; and
    • “How much of the donation goes toward administrative and fundraising expenses?”
  • Check if the charitable organization is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting FloridaConsumerHelp.com.
  • Never give cash. Contribute by check and make it out to the organization.
  • If you decide to donate online, look for indicators that the website is secure, such as a web address that begins with “https:” (the “s” stands for secure).
  • Be aware that many telephone appeals for funds are made by paid solicitors, not volunteers. The solicitors often work for a for-profit firm hired by the charitable organization. Telemarketing is expensive and may entail substantial fundraising costs.
  • Some organizations have 900 phone numbers. When you call the number, the cost of the call is automatically billed to your phone. Before dialing, make sure you wish to donate the price of the call to that cause.
  • Always obtain and save a printed copy of your donation or a receipt showing the amount of the contribution.
  • Not all organizations soliciting in the name of benevolence are true charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. If this is important to you, ask about the organization’s federal and state eligibility for receiving tax-deductible donations. Typically, such donations fall under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

To file a complaint about a charity, use the FDACS on-line form or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).”