August 18, 2020


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 9:00 am

Social Security Scams

By Lizna Odhwani
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Virginia

One common tactic scammers use is posing as federal agents and other law enforcement.  They may claim your Social Security number is linked to a crime.  They may even threaten to arrest you if you do not comply with their instructions.  Just hang up.

As a reminder, you should continue to remain vigilant of phone calls when someone says there’s a problem with your Social Security number or your benefits.  If you owe money to Social Security, we will mail you a letter explaining your rights, payment options, and information about appealing.

There are a few ways you can identify a scam call.  If you do business with us, remember that we will never:

  • Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
  • Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  • Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
  • Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
  • Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.

If you do not have ongoing business with our agency, it is unlikely we will contact you.  If you get a suspicious call claiming to be from Social Security, you should hang up and report it to our law enforcement office at

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April 29, 2020

More Ideas Keeping Your Residents Engaged and Happy While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Filed under: Caregivers,Retirement Community,Senior Activities,Senior Housing,Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:33 am

Senior Housing NewsWe can safely say we are in a holding pattern for several more weeks.

Keeping that in mind, you may find yourself in a constant state of working hard to keep things fresh within your communities.

It is now more important than ever to have a plan to engage, entertain and keep your residents and your staff active daily.

Please don’t forget to include the staff, it is more important than ever to keep them motivated and happy on the job.

Setting up a weekly schedule of themes, decorations, activities and engagement will make a difference.

Once again, your team have drafted a few more ideas to share with your Program Directors, Marketers and Admin staff. Get everyone involved. This can really be a fun time!

  1. Play Dear Abby & Dear Arnold – Get some poster Boards and Big Markers – Pick a Topic, (such as – How do you not get gray hair?  What’s the best way to lose weight? Best place to Honeymoon and why?  Best advice your mama gave. ) Take pics of residents holding signs with their advice – make a video of all their advice.  Send out on Social Media – email to families.
  1. Cook Off – Each Resident submits their favorite recipe (dessert/salad/veggie/main course) for the Chef to pick from–Or your Chef gets creative and puts out a list to be voted on by the residents for something fun at Lunch every Friday. Everyone votes and the Chef makes. Will help bring diversity to the menu and residents love food.
  1. Elf on the Shelf re-appears – Who says the elf has to be good all year, dig him out of the Christmas box and let him get into mischief. The night shift is responsible for his next naughty move. Residents will love looking for him each day when they go for a walk.
  1. Decorate your Door Day – Have your residents get creative – Wrapping Paper, Tin Foil, Pictures or Drawings – Use Butcher Plain Paper and let residents and staff write little notes to each other on the doors.
  1. Poker Run- 5 Card Stud – (make sure you know how many rooms/people are playing and how many decks you will need) At Breakfast Everyone gets their first card, Mid-morning a second card is dealt to each resident, Lunch a third, Mid-day a forth and Dinner the fifth card. Top four hands win prizes. If you do not want to spread it out over the day, it can be a hallway activity. (use a unique decorated back deck that no one has, here are some on Amazon ).
  1. If you allow Pets – Resident/Pet of the Week – Have residents submit picture and story – let others vote to elect a community “pet of the week” – Get a cute little toy for the Pet of the Week – Post Pics of pet and owner on Social Media with their story and share with others to post.
  1. Patio Play – With an amplifier or intercom system – Do Patio/Balcony Games – Simon Says is always a fun one, the fall back is Bingo but when you start thinking you can get creative. Have a Balcony/Patio Dance. – Check out what The Talbot on Granby did.
  1. Shooting Range – Outside Time, set up tables (6 ft. apart) a bucket of water and some targets or empty water bottles as targets. Squirt gun competition – who doesn’t love a good squirt gun, always a party favorite.
  1. Window Paint day – Using the individual small trays of water color and a paint brush (38 sets for $39 on Amazon – Bulk Water Color Paint Party Pack)- Let Residents Paint their window. You can also set up one special window and tape it off to do the Stained Glass Window we have seen on Social Media.
  2. Show Horses – Its time to have a horse show- decorate brooms – get several employees to participate. Set up a silly obstacle course outside the building that is viewable from room windows. – Have the participating Staff ride the halls on their decorated brooms before the show. Outside have each Horseman weave in and out of lawn chairs, have little signs here and there “stop” “hop 3 times” “spin right spin to the left” “stop and tip your hat” get creative throw in some dance moves. Make it so everyone can enjoy from their window and cheer as the riders go by waving to the residents being silly and fun.

Last but Not Least – “Let’s Dance” – Your Staff need to enjoy the day as well, having your lunch servers break into a simple line dance or skit keeps things light and fun (don’t forget to get the video and post on Social Media)

If you do any of the activities that our staff has recommended, please share pictures or video with us by emailing to: We would be happy to share your community’s story via social. We will tag your community if you so wish! Our social accounts can be a positive marketing extension of your brand during the Covid-19 pandemic. #weareallinthistogether

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April 6, 2020

In the Senior Housing industry and hiring? We want to help you spread the word!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 2:50 pm

Senior Housing Employment Listings

These are trying times and we want to help in any way we can. Send us your job openings and we’ll help get the word out!

We will Eblast them to our data base of Industry Professionals.

We will Post them on our 13k+ Social Media followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Let us Help!

This offer is for everyone in the industry serving seniors.

Send to: Nbirckbichler@SeniorLivingGuide.comNanette Birckbichler

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March 17, 2020

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

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** Online Services Remain Available **

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services. social security administration logo

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.  We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.

If you need help from Social Security:                                                       

  • First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at
  • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
  • If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing.  Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone.  Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).  Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at

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December 18, 2017

A Dozen Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Contact: Emily Mesiano

(ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18, 2017)- While holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions, they can be challenging and stressful for the five million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s and their families. The symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make holiday celebrations or travel more difficult, but it doesn’t mean the whole family can’t participate in holiday festivities.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central North Florida Chapter encourages families to try implementing the following tips for a happy and memorable holiday for everyone.

Tips for holiday celebrations:

Make sure others know. Let guests know what to expect before they arrive and tell them how they can help. For example, what activities can they do with the person with Alzheimer’s or how best to communicate with them.

Build on traditions and memories. Take time to adapt, or create new traditions that might be less stressful or a better fit with your caregiving responsibilities. For example, if evening confusion and agitation are a problem, turn your holiday dinner into a holiday lunch.

Involve the person with Alzheimer’s. Depending on abilities and preferences, make sure to keep the person with Alzheimer’s involved in the celebrations, such as packing cookies in tins or helping wrap gifts.

Plan ahead. When attending a holiday party, prepare the host for special needs, such as a quiet room for the person to rest, away from noise and distractions.

Tips for travel:

Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations. Try to visit places that are familiar.

Be prepared. Create an itinerary that includes details. Make sure your loved one’s medications are easily accessible. Keep comfort items close by, in case he or she becomes anxious during travel.

Pick the right time. Consider the time of day that your loved one is at their best, and schedule your time of departure during those hours to prevent possible confusion and agitation.

Avoid layovers. If unavoidable, ask about airport escort services.

Ask for help. Notifying hotel and airline staff that the person you’re traveling with has Alzheimer’s disease and request necessary accommodation during your trip.

Ensure a Safe Return. Changes in environment can trigger wandering. Enroll in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®.

Find local support. Before you travel, reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association chapter at your destination.

Contact the 24/7 Helpline. As always, the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help, contact the Helpline with any questions or concerns. 1.800.272.3900

For more tips and information visit:


Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 800.272.3900.


November 16, 2017

Thank YOU from

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 2:26 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


August 8, 2017

The Glens at Birkdale Commons is driving more traffic via a FREE test drive of!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 12:43 pm

The Glens at Birkdale Commons in Huntersville NC is boosting their advertising game by TEST DRIVING a Premium listing on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource –!

The healthy, active lifestyle that embodies The Glens at Birkdale Commons ensures you will stay independent and active longer. Our features include spacious home plans as well as a wealth of community and area activities that make The Glens a perfect place to live.

Our location in the Birkdale community is one of our best assets…we are located within a mile of good restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, movie theater, and great shopping!

From neighborhood gatherings to outings with friends, at The Glens you will feel right at home the moment you arrive. The Glens is a community where new friendships are easily formed and neighbors share common interests.

Check out the full listing here!


Zoom Zoom! Brookshire Senior Living is revved up for a TEST DRIVE!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 12:35 pm

Brookshire Senior Living is all gassed up and ready to drive some traffic to their buildings via a TEST DRIVE! We’ve bumped them up to Premium listings to help showcase all they have to offer!

Brookshire Nursing Center
Whether you need 24 hour nursing care, occasional assistance or rehabilitation, we can serve you. Our highly trained and compassionate staff are there to assist you in your recovery and provide for your every need.

Our newly renovated community offers an 80 bed skilled nursing unit – 48 semi-private rooms & 32 private rooms with private baths.

Brookshire Senior Apartments
At Brookshire Village, you can enjoy the freedom of independent living in a natural setting, and decorated as you please in our unfurnished , upscale cottages. No detail has been missed in our one bedroom apartments, not even the utilities, and cable access. You never need to worry about maintenance or landscaping. We even provide weekly housekeeping and daily meal service. However, you are never far from Brookshire’s Nursing and Rehab Center if you should ever need it. Come visit us for tour!


Comfort Keepers – Fort Myers is Test Driving the nation’s fastest growing senior resource!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:45 am

Comfort Keepers – Fort Myers is boosting their advertising efforts with a free test drive from the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services reource –!

Comfort Keepers Fort Myers and Naples home care services enhance aging in place, and are provided in the Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral areas. We allow the seniors to maintain their independence and control through our gentle approach called Interactive Caregiving. We take the worry that the adult children may feel, and replace it with the assurance that caring assistance is just a phone call away.

Few things are more important than your independence. If you or someone you love is becoming less able to care for themself, let Comfort Keepers help. We’ve spent over a decade helping older adults live happy, independent lives in their own homes by providing them with companionship, home care and safety solutions. Call us today to discuss the right home care solution for you!

View the full ad here.


The last few TEST DRIVE’s are rolling out today!

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:29 am

Piedmont Home Care in Lexington NC is one of our last few TEST DRIVES to roll out today. We’ve given away lots of FREE ads, upgrades to Premium and Featured listings and even a few banners, but sadly the TEST DRIVE event has ended.

Here’s a little Piedmont Home Care teaser –

Being surrounded by family, friends and the things that make a house a home is the very essence of home care. We will provide services in the comfort of your home while you’re recovering from an illness or surgery. Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy are on an intermittent basis in accordance with your physician’s orders. We strive to support healing at home and our primary purpose is to educate patients and their caregivers. This education will enable patients to promote self-care and remain in the comfort and independence of their own homes for as long as possible.

Our skilled professional staff is trained to provide comprehensive care to address your specific needs. Our multi-disciplinary team includes skilled nursing, enterstomal/wound care, diabetic teaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathologist, registered dietitian, medical social worker and home health aides.

Thanks again to all of you who took advantage of our FREE ADVERTISING TEST DRIVE, we hope it brings you lots of opportunities!

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