Help Cancel Hunger in the Community!

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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://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.

Thanks!

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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,

THANK YOU!

Protect Yourself from Charity Scams

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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).”

Home Care/Assisted Living Cross-over … 2017 Update

Senior Care costs continue to rise, but most are within reason:

  • Home Health Aide, up 2.8%
  • Adult Day Care, up 3.1%
  • Assisted Living, up 1.8%
  • Nursing Home, up 6.2%

GNW 2017

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Cost of LTCRecently updated figures (emphasis, sadly, on “up”) from the annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey.

While every situation is unique and based on its own set of circumstances, note the potential cross-over point around $3,000 per month, where Assisted Living starts to make sense economically.  Certainly an aspect to weigh, but equally important are other medical, emotional and social considerations.  Always consider the complete scope of needs when making this important decision.

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Hurricane Preparation Tips from Bryan Norcross

Link to Weather Channel’s Bryan Norcross.  Great tips on what to do and when, as a hurricane approaches.  BE SAFE!

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/irma-hurricane-expert-bryan-norcross-shares-safety-tips

 

New Look: Assisted Living Navigator’s Blog!

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We just made color and formatting upgrades to the blog – let us know what you think!

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Mark & Michele