SHINE’s Light Will Burn Bright for Another Year!

elderly phoneThank you to all of you who advocated to Congress about the importance of SHINE.  Congress has approved funding for the SHINE / SHIP program for 2018.

This means we can continue to light the way for Medicare beneficiaries to pick the best plans and answer their questions about Medicare throughout 2018.

Click here for a message from Charlotte McHenry, SCC’s President and CEO.

Senior Connection Center’s April Newsletter

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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!!

 

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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

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://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.

Thanks!

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

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

Assisted Living Navigator's Blog

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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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.