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).”

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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!

How’s it look?

Content still relevant to your needs?

Anything else we can provide to help ease your journey through the process of finding just the right senior living option for your loved one?

Our Best,

Mark & Michele

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.

Memorial Day – Benefits Check

VA Benefits Review

Are you a veteran or a surviving spouse of a Veteran?

There may be VA benefits available which you have not researched or you may have been denied in the past and your situation has changed.  These benefits can help you pay for long-term care.

WW2_Iwo_Jima_flag_raisingQualifying Service Dates:

WWII   12.7.41  to  12.31.46

Korea   6.27.50  to  1.31.55

Vietnam I   2.28.61  to  8.4.64 (in country)

Vietnam II   8.5.64  to  5.7.75

Mideast Conflicts   8.20.90  to date

Call our colleagues at the Center for Elder Veterans Rights directly for a no-risk interview concerning eligibility … 800-394-1250


The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC is the independent law office of attorney Kristen Vanderkooi.  CFEVR is solely focused on assisting elderly and disabled Veterans and their Families to access disability entitlements administered under Title 38 of the United States Code.  
We do not practice in any other field of law, be it elder, civil or criminal.  Our sole area of practice is administrative representation before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Clients engage our services for two reasons: they want to know before a health care buying decision is made if (under Title 38 regulations) they qualify for VA disability benefits and if eligibility does apparently exist, assistance of a VA-accredited legal professional is preparing and prosecuting an effective benefit claim before the VA.
Our initial consultation is without fee or obligation. To obtain more information or ask specific questions pertaining to VA benefits or potential eligibility, call us at (615) 226-8600 or (800) 394-1250.  
The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC / 718 Thompson Lane / Suite 108-235 / Nashville, Tennessee 37204 

Panel Discussion on Senior Housing Trends and Topics

 

Better Living for Seniors – Hillsborough has identified housing as one of the top three issues facing seniors today. Join us Tuesday, May 16 for everything you and your clients need to know about Housing for Seniors. The Communications Committee is proud to present a panel of experts discussing:

  • Available options for seniors; pricing; important   factors to consider
  • Choices in low-income housing; requirements; availability, & how to access
  • Current and future trends, urban planning challenges; future models

Michele Manzo-Lembo  Senior living expert, area representative and local owner, Always Best Care Senior Services; past president, Better Living for Seniors – Hillsborough.

Pilar Carvajal CEO of Innovation Senior Management, works with public housing
authorities, subsidized housing providers and private developers to bring affordable assisted living facilities to the market

Stephen B. Griffin  Senior Planning Manager/Team Leader of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, holding various leadership roles in the Commission since 1990.

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Networking begins at 8:30am

Program begins at 9:00am

Children’s Board Hillsborough

1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa

Guests are welcome to attend!

 

 

BLS Hillsborough, an initiative of the Senior Connection Center, is open to businesses, individuals and not for profits that work with or serve the senior population. Our mission is to empower members with the knowledge and resources they need to advocate for, provide guidance to and improve the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. For a nominal membership fee, become a member and improve the lives of seniors while building valuable professional relationships.

Honoring our forefathers and foremothers.

mt-rushmoreOne of the best ways we can honor our country’s forefathers this Presidents’ Day, is to be available on Monday to help with your senior loved one’s housing needs.

As with the men who founded our great country, we should always honor and salute those that founded our families, and gave so much to attend to our upbringing.

As always, we will be available Monday to help answer your senior housing questions.

In addition to our services, our local, Tampa/St. Pete-area network of trusted, associated professionals can assist with elder law issues (wills, advanced directives and power of attorney), coordination of veterans benefits, financial planning, down-sizing and moving – to name a few.

Give us a call, or drop us a line.  We will be happy to help.

God Bless America, and our seniors, too!

 

 

 

 

How to Pay For Care – in a nutshell (or two)

Contact us for additional details on these important funding options.

 

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