February 29, 2012

Brightstar Healthcare is hiring a full time Staffing Manager/Recruiter for their Tampa office.

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 2:27 pm

Brightstar Home HealthBrightstar Healthcare is the fastest growing private duty home care company in the country with over 250 locations across the nation. Each Brightstar location is independently owned and operated and the current owners of Brightstar Tampa are expanding and hiring. They are looking for someone who is interested in working their way up through the ranks. RIght now we are looking for someone that can be our primary recruiter, provide support scheduling scheduling as needed, can process employee files, etc. Our ideal candidate is someone who has the skills and abilities to be a self-starter

This person will be primarily responsible for managing all staffing processes, including staff recruitment of primarlly Certified Nursing Assistants and Home health Aides, nurses, and more. This person will handle the entire recruitment process from posting ads, to pre-screening candidates, to interviews and processing their new hire paperwork. Since this is a team environment, everyone will be cross trained on other roles within the company including support scheduling as needed, and more. .


  • Management of hiring process, including:
    • Gathering required background information and paperwork (i.e. I-9’s, tax documents, references, background checks, etc) and scanning of documents into online employee records
    • Scheduling initial interviews and completing related paperwork (i.e. interview summary)
    • Coordinating review by Nurse Manager for viable candidates within tight timeframes (Nurse Manager must assess nurses before placement)
    • Monitoring customer compliance process to ensure any new employees placed at a customer are 100% compliant before being placed on client site
    • Continual monitoring applicant status (i.e. active, pending, inactive, etc.)
  • Managing ongoing client staffing process, including:
    • Scheduling staff for both new and existing client engagements
    • Managing staff absences to ensure that all engagements are staffed as required
    • Weekly timesheet review and billing
    • Weekly payroll processing
    • Participating in the on call rotation
  • Brand Development calls
    • Everyone in the organization particpates in brand development calls to help build our brand



Staffing / Scheduling Coordinator


  • BA preferred, significant (2 years +) experience in similar position an acceptable alternative
  • Superior customer service orientation
  • Must be comfortable handling complex scheduling demands and fast paced recruiting requirements

Position will pay $13-$16 per hour depending on prior experience plus up to 20% of annual salary in bonus potential or up to $6600 bonus per year.


Gregg Mazza
Owner- Certified Senior Advisor

324 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 302
Tampa, Florida 33609
P 813 870 6700  |  F  813 870 6701


Qualified, Experienced and Reliable CNA’s/HHA’s wanted immediately! (Riverview/Brandon/Apollo Beach/Sun City)

Filed under: Home Health Care,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:25 pm

Brightstar Home Healthcare

Are you a QUALIFIED CNA or HHA in the state of Florida?
Are you PASSIONATE about helping others and giving them the care they need?
Are you looking to work with a company that will help you GROW as a care-giver?

Brightstar Healthcare is expanding in the Sun City/Apollo Beach/Ruskin/Riverview/Brandon areas and needs RELIABLE care-givers for LONG-TERM clients.

Brightstar can offer:
*Flexible daytime, nighttime and weekend shifts!
*Long-term care, overnights and live-in cases!
*Opportunities for continual training!

-1 yr. minimum of verifiable HHA or CNA work experience (40hr. HHA certificate or FL state CNA license)
-Personal transportation, FL driver’s license and auto insurance
-Ability to pass BOTH criminal and driving record background checks.

Applications being accepted at




Filed under: Assisted Living,Senior Housing Events,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:08 pm

HarborChase invites you to give back in support of Women In Distress and their mission to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, physician education and advocacy.

Join us for a unique auction event in support of the families at Women In Distress who have been affected by domestic violence. The auction will showcase men who are taking a stand against domestic violence by auctioning off various professional services – ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!


HarborChase gives back to Women In Distress

March 28, 2012
Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres – 6:30pm
HarborChase of Coral Springs
2975 NW 99th Avenue
Coral Springs, Fl 33065
RSVP to Lisa Ball at (954) 255-5557

Harbor Chase


February 27, 2012


Kisco Senior Living

January 25, 2012 (Cary, North Carolina) — Woodland Terrace – Arboretum Alzheimer Care Residences, part of the Kisco Senior Living family of communities, recently earned the status of an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction. The community is being recognized as a model of dementia care in the local community.

The AFA developed Excellence in Care to promote continual improvement of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and to establish best practices at dementia care settings across the country. The program provides facilities with the tools and resources to offer their clients the most current and highest standards of care.

The initiative, created by AFA and other industry experts, consists of a comprehensive on-site evaluation and ongoing consultation on strategies to achieve and sustain the highest standards for quality care.

“Woodland Terrace Arboretum is pleased to have received this designation as it speaks to our continued efforts to provide and ensure the best quality of life for our residents,” says Trudy Croxton, Assistant Executive Director and Wellness Director at Woodland Terrace. This status also allows Woodland Terrace to be a dementia care resource, conducting educational workshops for residents’ family and friends, provide knowledge and support, encourage communication and enhance associate/family interaction.

“At Woodland Terrace we pride ourselves on making a difference every day in the lives of our residents and their families. Earning this status from AFA reminds us that continuing to strive for excellence and keeping our residents and their families top of mind, truly does make a difference,” added Croxton.

Woodland TerraceAFA’s Excellence in Care serves as a resource and offers a comfort level for families choosing care settings for their loved ones. When families see this status, they know the care setting has voluntarily gone through the Excellence in Care evaluation process and has attained AFA’s national standard of excellence.

Located at 300 Kildaire Woods Drive in Cary, Woodland Terrace is about nurturing the mind, body and spirit, continuing the process of personal growth and having a newfound sense of connection to others. The community calls it The Art of Living Well.SM The community offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residences with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and cottage homes.

Residents also enjoy an award-winning wellness program, healthy chef-prepared meals, and a resort-style campus with pool and walking trails.

Woodland Terrace is currently offering dementia training workshops designed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need, to better relate to your loved ones with dementia and to support the caregiver. All workshops start at 6:30pm. February 18th-Virtual Dementia Tour®; February 25th-“Accepting the Challenge” Module 1: What is Dementia? And Module 2: Communication; March 3rd-“Accepting the Challenge”

Module 3: Progression of the Disease-Levels of Cognitive Loss and Module 4: Meaningful Day & Dealing with Problem Behaviors; March 10th-End of Life Care for Family Members. Contact Trudy Croxton, CDP to RSVP for each session or for more information about Woodland Terrace call (919) 465-0356 or visit them online at www.LifeatWoodlandTerrace.com.

About Kisco Senior Living:
Kisco Senior Living communities offer independent lifestyle options for seniors as well as licensed assisted living and memory care in some locations. Family-owned Kisco Senior Living, based in Carlsbad California, owns and operates 19 senior communities in six states. With an award-winning approach to senior lifestyles and wellness, Kisco creates communities where residents and associates share passions, live and work in balance and leave a legacy. Kisco is an International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) member and has recently been recognized as an ICAA Champion Organization. This program is part of ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® Campaign, an initiative that aims to shift the way society perceives aging. Since 1990, Kisco’s guiding principles of integrity, dignity and compassion have balanced the interests of residents, associates and business partners. For more information, log on to www.kiscoseniorliving.com.


Kisco Senior Living

January 25, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Magnolia Glen, a member of the Kisco Senior Living family of communities, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was recently named a “2012 Caring Star”, a new nationwide designation based on consumer ratings and reviews recognizing service excellence. In reviews from families, seniors and others concerned about assisted living care, Magnolia Glen captured the highest possible rating of five stars on Caring.com, a leading internet source for senior care reviews and an online destination for those caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones, with nearly two million visits to the website monthly.

Magnolia GlenMagnolia Glen was one of 119 assisted living communities in 24 states across the United States ranked as a “Caring Star” of 2012. Currently, there are over 38,000 assisted living communities serving more than a million seniors nationwide, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America.

The Caring Stars of 2012 list is designed to help consumers make assisted living choices, and to provide direct insights to providers about the preferences of families and residents in senior care. In addition to giving star ratings, reviewers are asked to provide specific details on their experiences and observations, adhering to Caring.com’s Review Guidelines with their comments.

Characteristics consumers often discussed in a five-star rating for an assisted living community include care that is personalized and provided with genuine concern, home-like amenities and decor, a wide variety of activities, and a high level of cleanliness.

The Caring Stars of 2012 for Assisted Living was based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com during the past year and tallied in December 2011. This year is the first of what is expected to be an annual ranking and go-to guide for consumers.

“We are pleased to have been recognized by Caring.com as a Caring Star,” says Tom Ford, Executive Director at Magnolia Glen. Our commitment to making a difference every day for our residents, their families and our associates is a big part of what we do at Magnolia Glen and a distinction such as this helps to solidify our commitment.”

Magnolia Glen is located at 5301 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh and offers full service senior living including: Independent Living apartments and private cottages, Assisted Living apartments, an award-winning wellness program, state-of-the-art fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, picturesque walking trails, lifelong learning, intergenerational activities plus art & music appreciation. The community is close to shopping, restaurants, places of worship, medical facilities and more. Call the community at 919-841-4747 or visit them online at www.LifeatMagnoliaGlen.com for more information.

For more information contact: Kendall Carre at 760-804-7077  Kendall.carre@kiscosl.com

About Kisco Senior Living:
Kisco Senior Living communities offer independent lifestyle options for seniors as well as licensed assisted living and memory care in some locations. Family-owned Kisco Senior Living, based in Carlsbad California, owns and operates 19 senior communities in six states. With an award-winning approach to senior lifestyles and wellness, Kisco creates communities where residents and associates share passions, live and work in balance and leave a legacy. Kisco is an International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) member and has recently been recognized as an ICAA Champion Organization. This program is part of ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® Campaign, an initiative that aims to shift the way society perceives aging. Since 1990, Kisco’s guiding principles of integrity, dignity and compassion have balanced the interests of residents, associates and business partners. For more information, log on to www.kiscoseniorliving.com.

February 24, 2012

What Should I Know About Assisted Living?

Filed under: Assisted Living,Senior Housing,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:59 pm

Assisted Living

by Kelly Wilson, hospital Publisher – South East Florida Senior Living Guide – www.seniorlivingguide.com

The good news is you can and most likely will find your size and your style…. Making the decision to move into an assisted living community can be a tough choice for any one, order including the family members involved in the process. The resistance to change, healing feelings of guilt and denial all too often lead to a delay in making any decision or move. That is, until something serious happens, that SOMETHING usually affects the health, welfare and safety of our parent, grandparent or spouse. Once this has happened you now add into the mix, stress and a sense of urgency to the decision making process.

If this seems to be the course you’re on, then you are going about this all wrong! Stop and think of the many changes and adaptations we all make throughout the years of our lives……just chalk this up to one more. Putting a positive spin on everything that is good and right about making this move is the key!

Know that here in S. Florida alone there are well over 1400 assisted living options to choose from, like choosing what restaurant to frequent or where to go on your vacation, look into your many choices. Whether you are comfortable in a quiet, residential home setting, usually with 5 or 6 residents or opt for a larger resort setting with restaurant style dining and amenities, there is just the place for you. Being clear and realistic on your budget, physical and social needs and your likes and dislikes is a great starting point. With average cost ranging from $2200 up beyond $4800, finances can play a large part in narrowing down options, and the difficulty covering these costs can create hardships as well. There are some long term care, LTC, policies that provide funding for assisted living costs, review your individual policy terms. (See below for a few basic pointers to lead you in the right direction for possible assistance.) Keep in mind that just like buying real estate, the family car or making any large purchase, you should take some time to research and plan. There are many resources available by way of publications, websites (such as www.SeniorLivingGuide.com) and private placement services that can help you find the assisted living community that fits YOU.

How Can I Pay For Assisted Living?

Generally assisted living costs are an out of pocket expense, however, for those in need and meeting eligibility requirements, assistance may be available. Below is a simple guide to point you first, to the local agencies who can help you navigate through this process of eligibility determination.

1. Your Aging Resource Center, aka the Area Agency on Aging will assist you in determining any eligibility for state or federal government programs or assistance

2. Veterans Aid & Attendance to determine…
eligibility contact your local VAMC directly.
To find location nearest to you go to www.va.gov
If wealth, income or other issues arise or the process becomes complicated you can seek professional services

3. Private Medicaid & VA Planner

4. Elder Law Attorney


Life Choices – When is quality more important than quantity?

Filed under: Healthcare,Hospice,Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 12:37 pm

by Kelly Wilson, tadalafil Publisher – South East Florida Senior Living Guide – www.seniorlivingguide.com
I do not nor have I ever worked for any hospice provider, see but I have had the opportunity and privilege to care for people, 13 to be exact, that had hospice services in the last weeks, months and sometimes even years of their lives. I have since changed professions and now attend various lectures and presentations regarding healthcare services, some of which the primary topic is hospice care. There are a few different providers here in our SE Florida area but the fundamental concept is universal. Also universal is the uncomfortable feeling the word “hospice” seems to create, the lack of public education, awareness and timely intervention by way of open discussion even among our healthcare providers.

Let me share a little something I heard at a recent lecture. Over the last 100 years our medical advances have come quite close to doubling our life expectancy. What was once considered a ripe old age was 46; it is now 80 years old. Nevertheless, with all this medical technology we will ultimately reach an end to our life here on earth as we know it.

We are now able to diagnose and treat many illnesses with modern advances in medicine. Over the years safety improvements of our vehicles and workplace environments have reduced sudden and accidental deaths. Approximately 90% of deaths are predictable, with many enduring lengthy courses of treatment. It is under these circumstances that the question can be asked, when is quality more important than quantity? When is the right time to opt for comfort and care when there is no cure? This is such a frightening thought, the family, the patient and even the treating physicians sometimes feel the need to fight the battle to the bitter end. This battle statistically has been shown to sometimes shorten the length of life and with it the quality.

Critical and terminal illness know no barriers like age, race or religion. That being fact we need to all become aware and educated on options. Those options include the invaluable services of hospice providers that are not only focused toward the patient but extend to the entire family, providing spiritual, emotional and physical support in the home, assisted living, nursing home, hospital or any setting the patient is comfortable in. State of the art care is delivered by some of the most caring and compassionate physicians and nurses as well as social workers, music therapists and massage therapists just to name a few.

Please make it your business to seek out information, attend a presentation or an educational lecture. Share and talk about experiences with family and friends. We have no control over the fact that we will all die, but for some, we can have control over how we and those around us will experience the last leg of the journey. Human nature is to fear what we do not know…if or when you are faced with a difficult decision you can find comfort in the life choice you make.


February 17, 2012

Charlotte, NC – Hope & HeART Gala benefitting The Respite, A Centre for Grief & Hope

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 11:32 am

The Respite

Charlotte, illness NC – The Respite, salve A Centre for Grief & Hope, providing holistic services for those suffering any kind of loss, will be holding their first fundraising gala on March 23, from 6:30-10pm at Grace on Brevard in Uptown Charlotte. The Hope & HeART Gala is being sponsored by Harris Development Group and Compass Asset Management. Tickets, at $50 each, include dinner, live music, inspirational speaking and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheRespite.gala or by mail. All proceeds from the Gala will be used to provide services to all who need them.

“The Respite is greatly needed in Charlotte and fills a void with unique services related to grief and hope” says Steve Harris, principal at Harris Development Group. “We recognize the need that The Respite addresses and, along with Compass Asset Management, wanted to show our support for this new non-profit organization by sponsoring their first fundraiser.”

The evening will include a delicious meal with wine, soulful live music by Ananda and The Inclusion Profusion Art Ensemble, inspirational speaking, and a fabulous silent auction with items including original artwork and jewelry, JetBlue tickets, winery tours and more!

In 2011, three women in Charlotte, N.C., Mandy Eppley, Elizabeth Berrien, and Cindy Ballaro, came together using their separate journeys through grief to start The Respite, A Centre for Grief and Hope, a place providing a holistic approach to confronting grief and loss. The Respite, located at 4919 Monroe Road in Charlotte, offers workshops, support groups, therapy, yoga, massage, healing arts and personal and nutritional training for a variety of losses – death, divorce, unemployment, etc. The mission is to help people, regardless of socio-economic status, who have suffered a significant loss in any form to reclaim healthy and productive lives. The philosophy at The Respite encourages individuals to view their grief as a powerful creative force and a rich resource to cultivate.

For more information about the Hope & HeART Gala or The Respite visit www.TheRespite.org or call 704-372-4010.


February 16, 2012

Do you know someone who is suffering the loss of a loved one? – Grief Relief BOOT CAMP 12 week workshop

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 8:21 am

Life After Loss Healing Solutions, LLC

Do you know someone who is suffering the loss of a loved one? Do you know someone who knows someone else who is? Reaching out is a VERY tough thing to do when you are grieving. YOU can help. Spread the word. You might just save a soul.

Grief Relief BOOT CAMP
12 week workshop
Topics covered:
common myths about grief & mourning; unique grief; what might I expect; am I crazy; reconciliation; how am I doing; taking care of myself; do I need add’l help & where can I get it.

A grieving heart can be lost in the wilderness of a foreign land with no light, no road map, no directions, and doesn’t know the language. LALHS speaks the language; offers flashlights, road maps and compasses; and grants permission, validation, and a safe place to walk this journey. They need not be alone . . .

Contact Information

Cynthia Gossman
Life After Loss Healing Solutions, LLC
P. O. Box 62942, Virginia Beach, VA 23466


February 15, 2012

Hampton Roads Area – New Caregiver Support Group

Filed under: Senior Housing Events — seniorlivingguide @ 5:22 pm

Caregiver Support Group
Place: R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA
301 Sentara Circle
Multipurpose Room
Date: 2nd Thursday of the month, prostate starting March 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Barbara Monteith, 253-7595
Dick Boyden, 345-6974 rboyden1@cox.net

caregiver support group

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