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.

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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 …

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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!

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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!

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!

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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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