May 31, 2011

New Richmond BrightStar Owners Know from Experience the Needs of Home Health Care Recipients.

Filed under: Home Health Care — seniorlivingguide @ 1:00 pm

Founded in 2002 by a couple who needed help caring for a loved one, tadalafil and didn’t know where to turn give her the quality of care, and the quality of life she deserved, BrightStar began as a family business that was created to provide care that was more – more dependable, more supportive, and more complete. Today BrightStar operates from over 200 locations nationwide, to provide the full continuum of homecare (including adult and elder care), childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services), and medical staffing services for individuals, families and healthcare facilities. By providing services from companionship, toileting and hygiene assistance, to in-home blood draws, all of which are available around the clock to meet our client’s every need, BrightStar is able to keep parents and grandparents in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, as well as to assist parents with their childcare needs.

Locally, the Richmond BrightStar office is owned and operated by Mark and Amy Grasser, both of whom came to BrightStar after many years in the corporate world. Amy managed the Human Resource department for a regional bank, where she was responsible for finding the right candidates that would be able and willing to provide the top notch service upon which the bank was founded. In addition to working in the accounting field, Mark, who is a CPA, directed the development of new communities.  Among his chief responsibilities was to ensure that customer needs were met and all customers were satisfied.

Managing the company on a daily basis, local owners Mark and Amy, both of whom have grandmothers in their 90’s, have each experienced first-hand the challenges families go through in identifying the best plan for their own individual family to provide care to aging parents and grandparents. They have experienced the difficult situations that are encountered when family members have to deal with such overwhelming challenges; challenges which are only exacerbated when family members are not living close to loved ones.

As with the couple who founded BrightStar almost a decade ago, Mark and Amy knew there had to be a better way. When they discovered BrightStar it became apparent that this was the solution they were in search of. In addition, with BrightStar not only are they able to provide the high level of service to which they have both become accustomed to providing, but also they are at the same time able to make such a positive difference in the lives of so many families.

The entire Richmond team is dedicated to giving families the piece of mind that comes with knowingthat their loved ones are receiving the highest level of care and services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will do whatever is necessary to ensure that your loved ones are being treated as we would want our family members to be treated.


Walk To End Alzheimer’s Florida Event Calendar

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 10:56 am

Tampa                                                 9/17/11

Curtis Hixon Park


St. Petersburg                                    9/24/11

St. Petersburg Pier


Punta Gorda                                       9/24/11

Fishermen’s Village


Sarasota                                           10/01/11

Payne Park


Sun City Center                              10/08/11

United Methodist Church


Bradenton                                        10/08/11

G.T Bray Park Amphitheater


Sebring                                            10/15/11

Circle Park (Downtown)


Naples                                              10/15/11

Saint Ann School


Spring Hill                                                10/22/11

Anderson Snow Park


Fort Myers                                                10/22/11

Centennial Park


Lakeland                                          10/29/11

Lake Mirror Promenade

For More Information Call 800-272-3900

Or visit


Raleigh Senior Granted Lifelong Wish

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 10:51 am

RALEIGH, May 12, 2011 –

WHO: Steven Meyer, resident of Heritage Raleigh, a Brookdale Senior Living retirement community; Meyer’s son and his family, and a cheering crowd of more than 20 residents from the Heritage Raleigh

WHAT: Through Brookdale Senior Living and Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime,

Meyer will be granted his lifelong wish to guide a plane in on the runway into its terminal

WHERE: Pope Field, N.C., Manchester Gate entry control point.

Media must be approved in advance for access: RSVP to Capt. Torri White at 910-920-6329

WHEN: Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m.

SUMMARY: Meyer spent most of his working life flying to Europe, South Africa and South America, representing his company which was connected to the steel industry. He has flown many times to Spain, Chile, South Africa, England, France, Italy, and more. As a result of his many trips, his two sons grew up in airports watching Meyer come and go. The family developed a deep passion for all things aeronautic. Now this passion is carried on by Meyer’s grandson; a fascination with avionics is a common interest that binds the male members of the family. In fact, two Meyer men have flight simulators/virtual flight capabilities on their computers, and anytime one of the Meyers is traveling by plane, the others keep track of the flight and listen to tower-to-aircraft communications.

“This will be a major family event,” said Meyer. “This will also be a thrill of my lifetime. I have spent thousands of hours watching and admiring the folks on the ground of the runway, and have always wanted to experience the feeling. This would signify the culmination my life of business travels, and very uplifting to my family and me.”

Through Brookdale and Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime, residents at Brookdale Senior Living communities nationwide are invited to share and submit their wishes.  To request his wish, Smith filled out a survey form explaining an experience he would like to have fulfilled, and how that experience relates to one or more dimensions of the company’s Optimum Life® concept.  The six dimensions of Optimum Life are emotional, social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and purposeful.

Brookdale’s Optimum Life® concept is geared toward cultivating whole-person wellness through fulfillment in the six key dimensions. Both organizations, Brookdale and Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime provide a helping hand in making some of the dreams of Brookdale’s residents come true.


May 19, 2011

Heritage at Lake Forest is once again hosting “Casino Night”

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 3:47 pm

Dear Friends,
Heritage at Lake Forest is once again hosting “Casino Night”

Saturday June 25th from 7pm – 10pm
5433 W St Rd 46
Sanford, FL

Benefiting The Alzheimer’s’ Association & Central Florida Zoo tickets are a donation of $20. For more info call 407-322-2207


TLC Family Care Home – Open House Next Week!

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 3:45 pm

Come join us at TLC Family Care Home for an Open House Tuesday May 24th from 2pm to 6pm.
Live Music from 4-5, Intro’s & Tours, Door prizes and lots of fun.
For more info call 352-504-0352 or email Will at
34017 South Haines Creek Road
Leesburg, FL


May 17, 2011

Billions of federal dollars are lost annually due to health care fraud, error and abuse.

Filed under: Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 7:49 am

Protect! Detect! Report!

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a grassroots network of volunteers who work to educate seniors and other Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries on how to protect, here detect, stuff and report health care fraud. We believe that educating and empowering health care consumers to prevent fraud is an essential strategy for protecting our citizens and their health benefits and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid.

Help Fight Fraud. Join the Senior Medicare Patrol

SMP projects recruit and train retired professionals and other older Americans. These volunteers educate consumers to protect themselves against fraudulent, wasteful, and abusive health care practices. Use the SMP Locator to find your local SMP and learn more about becoming an SMP volunteer.   1.866.357.6677

Stop Health Care Fraud Frequently Asked Questions

Reviewing Medicare Summary Notices or Part D Explanations of Benefits can be confusing—making it more difficult for health care consumers to detect potential fraud. To find the answers to your tough questions about what to look for in Medicare documents. contact your local SMP. 1.866.357.6677,

Stop Health Care Fraud Flyer, Poster, FAQ Fact Sheet

You can educate others about Medicare fraud and the SMP program by displaying our free poster in your office, community center, or hospital. Download a copy of these at


May 16, 2011

Try these strategies to make helping Mom and Dad less stressful

Filed under: Boomer,Retirement — seniorlivingguide @ 8:31 am

By Abigail L. Cuffey Posted February 22, unhealthy 2010 from Woman’s Day; March 1, 2010

If you’re one of the millions of baby boomers caring for aging parents, you know just how overwhelming it can be. Keep these helpful tips in mind to make it easier on both you and them.

Be Prepared

“When you become a parent, you get nine months to prepare,” says gerontological social worker Amy D’Aprix, PhD, founder of The Caregivers’ Coach (, a company that provides support and services. “When you become a caregiver, you get nine minutes.” A sudden stroke or fall can alter an adult child’s life quickly, so it’s important to have the caregiver conversation when everything is still fine. Use the 40/70 ruleSM, suggests Paul Hogan, coauthor of Stages of Senior Care. When you’re 40 or your parents are 70, talk to them about their preferences. Then have them get these must-have advance directives in order with the help of an attorney: a living will (a legal document that spells out your parent’s medical wishes if he or she is incapacitated) and a health care proxy, also called a durable power of attorney for health care (which allows your parent to appoint someone to make important medical decisions if he or she is unable to do so).

Explore the Options

Figure out what’s best for your parent’s specific situation. Home modification, like installing grab bars in the bathroom, may be a good start. Beyond that, you can hire medical or nonmedical in-home help for a few hours each day.

If your parent needs more assistance, look into your options– everything from assisted living to dementia care. Go to and to learn more. A geriatric care manager can help you determine what’s best for your family; visit to find one in your area.

Think Twice About Relocation

You may feel that having your parent live with you is best. But consider a few factors, advises Marion Somers, PhD, author of Elder Care Made Easier. Can you shoulder the responsibility? How deeply involved is your parent in his or her community? “You could be moving your mom from a comfortable environment,” says Dr. Somers, which can take a toll on her health and happiness. Is your family on board? Hold a meeting to discuss their feelings and how having your parent move in might affect them.

Talk Money

Caregiving is costly. Medicare covers your parent for the short term in the event of an acute health crisis, like a heart attack or stroke, but it doesn’t provide for long-term care. And while Medicaid does pay for longterm care, it is solely for low-income seniors. Discuss finances during your initial conversation with your parents and be sure to ask if they’ve purchased long-term care insurance. If they haven’t, perhaps they should.

To find specific services in your community, including free or lowcost assistance, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (

Ask for Help

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to go it alone. “So many caregivers take on more than they can handle,” says Dr. Somers. And the stress can put your own health at risk. Reach out to family and friends, senior centers and local services that can offer help.


May 11, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 3:24 pm

By Brian Simpson
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in North Carolina

Public Service Recognition Week takes place from May 1 to May 7, 2011. We at Social Security appreciate the hard work and dedication of not only our own employees but all people who serve the American public.

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is a nationwide public education campaign honoring the men and women who serve our nation as Federal, State, county and local government employees — such as school teachers, police officers, and fire fighters — and who ensure that our government is the best in the world.

Recognition of public service goes back further than 1985. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation’s need.’”

Social Security employees consider it a privilege to serve the American public. You only need to visit an office, call our toll-free number, or visit to see that when it comes to serving the public, we want to be the best.

A convenient service option for many Americans is our web site.  For example, if you need to obtain general information about Social Security, apply for benefits, or get an estimate of your future benefits, visit us online at or go directly to our online services page at

You also can call Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security office. If you’re not sure where the nearest office is located, just visit and select the “Social Security Office Locator” at the left side of the page.

Learn more about Social Security at


FREE Seminars – Legal Issues Facing Seniors Today

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 8:35 am


May 10, 2011

Save up to $9,000 annually in South Carolina!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Assisted Living — seniorlivingguide @ 10:36 am

We are offering large discounts on Private and Semi-Private Apartments.

Stop by for a tour or join us for lunch to find out more about our special savings.

To schedule an appointment call 803-781-2243 and ask for Blake or Paula.

We have a limited number of apartments available.  Call now so you don’t miss out on the special pricing.

HarborChase of Columbia
Assisted Living and Memory Care
120 Fairforest Road
Columbia, physician SC 29212

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