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Advocacy Toolkit | NCOA (National Council on Aging)

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Find tools and resources to help advocate for older adults to live health, secure, and remain independent.

Source: Advocacy Toolkit | NCOA

How to learn more / reach us

Watch our new Assisted Living commercial to learn more about our personalized placement services.

Visit us at www.AssistedLivingNavigator.com for more details.  Follow this link to just a few of our Family Testimonials

By the time our work together is done, you’ll feel relieved, reassured, and confident that you made a sound decision from appropriate options tailored to your situation.

To book a time for your consultation:elderly phone

Call us at 813-422-1561 with your questions.

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Or, Email us at mmanzolembo(at)abc-seniors.com.



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.

Where do you start?

Blue DotWith hundreds of Assisted Living Communities to choose from in the Tampa Bay area,  where do you start the search for the perfect living arrangements for your loved one?

The internet may be a reflex choice, but that can be wrought with sites that have just enough information for you to supply your name, phone and email address – in your hope to get some budgetary numbers.  That only leads to your phone and email account loading up with solicitations from people that may have no idea what you are looking for.

Using one of the drug store guides is another likely course of action.  Keep in mind that you will find only a small number of the communities listed in there, and, at best, you will find a web site address (see para. 2) or phone number for you to call.

Other options, like friends, family and co-workers, may seem like a natural choice.  But, do they have the breadth of coverage to know more than a few communities they may have visited?  Do they really know what your family needs?  Do they know what makes a great community?

Why not utilize a complimentary service brought to you by one of the most trusted names in the senior care industry, like Always Best Care Senior Services?  

Their local offices in Tampa and Brandon can provide a matching service that takes the hassle and stress off of your plate.  They have helped families in the five counties surrounding Tampa Bay, and have extensive knowledge of the market.  They will only recommend communities they have personally visited and evaluated.

They will meet with you, get to understand you specific needs for lifestyle, budget, amenities and location.  They will develop, and discuss with you, a short list of communities that meet your needs, AND arrange tours to meet your schedule.  They are there throughout the process to help with any issues that arise before, during and after the move.

Contact them today for your complimentary consultation!

See client testimonials here!


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Contact us today for more on a local independent living community undergoing a complete renovation but offering the opportunity to reserve your spot today with a fully refundable deposit!

Additional incentives are available.

If you know of someone looking for a conveniently located, northern Hillsborough independent living community experience, let them know of this opportunity.

Well-planned Transition to Emergency Assistance

Someone asked the other day, “How long does it usually take to help a family find the right community?”  We had just finished discussing a situation where Michele took a call on a Sunday afternoon and had arrangements made for a Monday transfer between communities.  That is a record that will stand for quite some time!  Certainly, this is a unique case and one that is far outside the “usual;” but, it does illustrate the value of working with someone, person to person, who has a detailed knowledge of the market and the connections to make something like that happen.

To get back to the question, placements can be broken down in three broad categories:

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  • Normal Discharge
  • Long-term plan in place

We will talk about each of these in future posts, but here is an overview of each:

Emergency placements usually occur if the senior does not have family members locally to help, or there is a drastic change in their situation (like an imminent discharge or their care level exceeds the ability of their current caregivers).  These have been done in under one week – without seriously compromising the level of service.

Normal discharges or transitions, generally, take place over a few weeks.  The family is working toward a scheduled discharge, lease termination or some known, future target date.  That time gives us the opportunity to better know the family’s needs and tour communities.

In the case of carrying out a long-term plan, the family’s health status and financial planning have laid the ground work for a well thought out transition.  We could be working with a family, off and on, over a period of months.

So, the “usual” means around three to four weeks, but the range is one day to nine months!

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Our ‘sister’ page on Facebook has even more information on a variety of senior care and assisted living topics.  New posts today on: Parkinson’s, senior diet, and ‘sundowning.’



Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2015!!

Our Best,

Mark & Michele

Always Best Care® Helps Seniors throughout Tampa Bay Find Assisted Living Communities – Free!

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         
  • December 4, 2014
  • CONTACT:   Mark A. Lembo
  • malembo@abc-seniors.com
  • 813.422.0750

Always Best Care® Helps Seniors throughout Tampa Bay Find Assisted Living Communities – Free!

Tampa, FL (December 4, 2014) — Through a nationwide program delivered by Always Best Care® Senior Services, Always Best Care in Tampa Bay is helping families with one of the most daunting tasks they will ever face – the selection of an assisted living community for their loved one.

Always Best Care has partnered with select independent and assisted living communities, Alzheimer’s and dementia care homes, and residential care homes to broaden the awareness of the communities and services they offer, provide escorted tours to meet facility residents and staff, and help families make an informed decision about senior housing.  Always Best Care now has agreements with companies representing more than 2,000 communities across the United States and Canada, including a great many around Tampa Bay.

“Finding and selecting the right senior care facility for a family member can be one of the most difficult tasks and is usually something very few of us are prepared for,” said Michele Manzo-Lembo, Area Representative, for Always Best Care in Tampa.  “Always Best Care is pleased to offer this complimentary service and help guide families from the area through what can typically be a difficult and overwhelming process.”  Nearly 2.5%, or more than 500, of the country’s 22,000 Assisted Living Communities are within a short drive of Tampa.

An assisted living community for seniors provides care for persons who need some help with activities of daily living, yet who wish to remain as independent as possible. These communities bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care.  The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchise territories and area representatives throughout the United States.  Our local team now consists of the local Area Representatives, Mark Lembo and Michele Manzo-Lembo, as well as franchise unit owners Jane and Bill Schumacher, in Safety Harbor, and owners Jennifer and Bob Morgan, in Brandon.

Always Best Care provides its senior housing and assisted living placement services at no charge. With free finder and referral services, Always Best Care matches clients with the top three or four assisted living partners that offer the most appropriate living options based upon the individual’s needs, personal preferences and available budgets. Then, clients are personally escorted with their families on a tour of the matched commu­nities so they can decide which senior housing option is best for them.

For more information on the multitude of assisted living communities, or the other programs provided by Always Best Care around Tampa Bay, call 813.422.0750, or contact malembo@abc-seniors.com.  Or visit our website at http://www.alwaysbestcare.com/assisted-living-navigator.aspx.

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About Always Best Care

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 3 million hours of care every year.  By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of the Always Best Care business portfolio include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.  For more information, visit www.AlwaysBestCare.com.

Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas. For franchise opportunities, visit www.FranchiseWithAlwaysBestCare.com.

Always Best Care also offers Free ABC Rx cards, which provide discounts of up to 65 percent off the cost of prescription drugs at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the USA, and have saved consumers more than $500,000 since its inception.  This service is offered at no cost to the users, there are no deductibles, no waiting periods, no pre-existing exclusions, and no eligibility requirements — everyone can use the card (even family members and pets!).   The Free ABC Rx card covers many medications that Medicare Part D and regular insurance often do not.  To download a free card, visit www.FreeABCRx.com.

Another exclusive program offered by Always Best Care is Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world.  Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada.  For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit www.Always-in-Touch.com.

Today’s Term: Nursing Home (or Skilled Nursing facility)

Nursing Home

Facility licensed by the state that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term care illnesses. One step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in the Medicaid program. May be referred to as skilled nursing facility.

– from http://www.alwaysbestcare.com/assisted-living/important-definitions.aspx#Nursing