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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 

How to Pay for Assisted Living, part 2

Another excerpt from our Consumer Guide to Senior Living Options.

Costs vary from community to community, and from city to city.  Some charge a la carte for an array of care services using a point system, some charge for levels of care, while others offer only all-inclusive rates whether you need a little care or a lot of hands-on care.  It is important to know what is included in your fees and what is extra.

You can arrange for an in-home assessment to identify if moving into an assisted living community is the right next step for the health and safety of your loved one. 

We will share selections from the Guide, here at the Assisted Living Navigator™ blog, on occasion, but you may contact us at any time for your personal copy

What to expect

When you work with our local team, you get access to years of local senior housing knowledge and experience in matching clients with the communities that most closely fit their needs.

As we work together I’ll encourage you to:

  • Openly share needs, concerns and any special requirements,
  • Breathe easy, as I ease the stress of finding and comparing your best community choices,
  • Ask the right questions on guided tours of communities so you can gather the information you need to make an informed decision.

We are your go-to resource, connecting clients with community and professional resources – attorneys, financial advisors, realtors, move managers, insurance advisors – to name a few.

A little late for Veteran’s Day, but useful information none-the-less.

You Can Help Get Information Out to Our Vets

The Veterans Health Administration wants to let Veterans know about the health support services available to them. Check out 13 of VA’s top links for Veteran services below.  We can use your help in getting information about these services out to Veterans. Here is a quick list of links to the many programs available to our Vets.

If you know a Veteran, we hope you will print out this list (pdf) and give it to them.  It may be a homeless Vet you pass on the street every day — you can suggest they take the list to a public library computer to learn what VA has to help them.  It may be a young Vet recently returning from a combat zone, who is not aware of the benefits he or she is entitled to.  There are many potential opportunities for you to help Veterans make the connection to the services VA has for them, benefits they have earned!  In addition to the doctors and nurses who provide our Vets with high-quality health care, VHA has many programs to help Vets reach their optimal health.

Vets! Here are 13 of the top links for VA services. Use these health support services to maintain your physical and mental wellness:

Health Benefits
www.va.gov/healthbenefits
Start here to learn what VA health benefits you are eligible for and apply for care.
Helpful Phone Numbers
Health Benefits: 877-222-VETS (8387)
Other VA Benefits: 800-827-1000
Homeless Services: 877-424-3838

Compensated Work Therapy
www.cwt.va.gov
A vocational rehabilitation program to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs.

Disease Prevention
www.prevention.va.gov
Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention, and health education for our nation’s Veterans.

Geriatrics & Extended Care
www.va.gov/geriatrics
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans including non-institutional and institutional options

Homeless Services
www.va.gov/homeless
To end Veteran homelessness within the next five years, VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless.

Mental Health
www.mentalhealth.va.gov
Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.

MyHealtheVet
www.myhealth.va.gov
Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
www.ptsd.va.gov
VA’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
www.vetcenter.va.gov
Offers services to Veterans and their families to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life.

Rural Health
www.ruralhealth.va.gov
Improving access and quality of care for Veterans living in rural areas.

Substance Abuse Programs
www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceabuse.asp
Treatments addressing problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions

  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • www.veteranscrisisline.net
  • The Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1) is a toll-free, confidential phone support line that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.

Women Veterans Health Care
www.womenshealth.va.gov
Implementing positive changes in providing care for all women Veterans.