Please let me know how I can help you. Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just want to know what's happening around town, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go to! I know from personal experience from taking care of an aging parent in another state that the search is not easy, aging is not easy. Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate, throw in insurance and legal issues on top, and then manage it all in a crisis… no one should have to do it alone. Let me help you. Thank you for using the Seniors Blue Book!
At Helping Hands Consulting, we specialize in assisting individuals find their way through the complicated maze of rules and regulations involved in obtaining government benefits. We streamline and simplify this process for you while working to promote maximum eligibility and approval rates. Our Eligibility Consultants have a combined 31 years of experience with long term care Medicaid at the State and county level, along with experience interpreting and implementing Long Term Care policies and procedures. Our clients are our most important asset, and we strive to develop lasting, trusting relationships by providing a unique and creative level of service that respects the dignity and integrity of our clients.
Gentle Shepherd Home Care is a best-in-class, locally-owned Home Care provider serving Colorado Springs. What makes us different is our people! Our caregivers must pass rigorous skills testing, qualifications, and a criminal background check, drug screening and driving. Gentle Shepherd Home Care was founded because of our experience and is based on the principal that we only place caregivers we would feel comfortable placing with our own loved ones. We can provide you and your loved one with the individualized, compassionate care that only a hometown agency can provide, enabling your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home.
At CarePatrol we help families find Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, and In-Home Care. We review the care and violation history of the communities we work with. We are a free service and exist to provide the safest care options for seniors across America.
We provide at-home dental services for unique populations in the comfort of the patients home, senior home, assisted living facility, or community center.We solve important dental issues and reduce stress for patients and their loved ones. Our dental team comes to the patient wherever they are. Our licensed professionals are highly qualified and committed to providing the best care to our patients.We are equipped with portable technology and systems that allow us to provide at-home or on-site dentistry. Our handheld digital x-ray units, custom dental chairs, and wheeled dental units make it possible to thoroughly diagnose and perform dental treatment in different living environments.Our clinical staff prides themselves on being resourceful and caring in the treatment of our patients.
Moving to a senior living community before you need care or assistance may seem unnecessary. But, the truth is that moving to a senior living community earlier may be better in the long run, especially for active adults. Learn why many seniors are choosing to move to senior living when they want to and not when they need to.5 BENEFITS TO MOVING TO SENIOR LIVING EARLIER1. LIVE MORE, CLEAN LESSHave you ever wondered how much time you spend cleaning your home? If you are in the home you have lived in for decades, which many seniors are, theres no doubt you are spending a lot of time managing your stuff. Moving to senior living means that someone is cleaning your home and providing home maintenance. You will have no yard maintenance and your bills are all or mostly all-inclusive. That means you have more time to live your life the way you want to live.2. CREATE YOUR INNER CIRCLEFriends are important in every stage of life. You may find that many of your friends have already moved. Now is the time to move to senior living and find your tribe. You may find them in a weekly card game, on a lunch and shopping day around town, or on a hiking excursion. Being in senior living means that its easier to do what you love and its easier to find people who love the same things too!3. COMMIT TO HEALTHY LIVINGResearch shows that moving to senior living can actually be a healthier and safer option for seniors, especially for seniors who live alone. Socialization, nutrition programs, fitness options, and a focus on living well are all benefits to moving to senior living and they can help you achieve your nutrition and fitness goals faster.4. HAVE AN ADVENTURESenior living is evolving to meet the needs of an active generation of seniors. From an onsitetravel agencyand Leisure Care trips to local excursions, senior living can truly be an adventure. Step out of your comfort zone. Get out of your routine. Break up the monotony of life and make meaningful friendships while doing it.5. YOU (AND YOUR FAMILY) WILL HAVE PEACE OF MIND FOR THE FUTUREWhen you move to senior living early, theres no more worrying about the house, about downsizing, about the potential of needing long-term care. It can be stressful for families and seniors to face the unknowns of the future. Making the move to senior living earlier can relieve that anxiety and allow seniors and their families to move forward confidently, knowing they are taken care of and well cared for if needs should change over time.Read More
To learn more about, Vitality Senior Solutions, CLICK HERE.May is National Celiac Awareness Month! We've found some helpful information from organizations that are dedicated to education and research that we thought may be helpful to our clients and their families. Celiac disease is a genetic, autoimmune disorder that is triggered by consuming a protein called gluten (which is found in wheat, barley and rye). It can prevent nutrient uptake causing malnourishment and other serious diseases like cancer, thyroid disease, or osteoporosis. Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. If you think you or a loved one may be affected, work with your primary care doctor for more information, there is testing available! Remember, our caregivers are not dietitians and can't design a gluten-free diet plan but we can follow strict guidelines and prepare meals that are suitable for many different conditions.Read More
6 Amazing Things Happen When You Hire a Professional Organizer Youll have more time for yourself You get help in deciding what to keep and what to toss Youll no longer be drowning in stuff You are held accountable for your choices You can learn ways to create organizing routines You learn tips & tricks that are easy to implementRead More
Here are moves you can make to reduce your taxable income. But the year is quickly coming to a close, so plan accordingly.Tax loss harvesting. If you own stock outside a tax-deferred retirement plan, you can sell your under-performing stocks by December 31st and use these losses to reduce any taxable capital gains. If your net capital losses exceed your gains, you can net up to $3,000 against other income such as wages. Losses over $3,000 can be used in future years.Selling appreciated assets. Planfully sell appreciated assets in the tax year that helps you the most. While this strategy may be hard to accomplish this late in the year, it is still worthy of consideration. To do this, estimate your current year taxable income and compare it to next year's projected income. Then sell the appreciated asset in the year that will yield the lowest tax. Remember to account for the 3.8% net investment income tax in your estimates.Max out pre-tax retirement savings. The deadline to contribute to a 401(k) plan for a 2022 taxable income reduction is December 31st. So, if your employer's plan allows it, consider making a last-minute lump sum contribution. For 2022, you can contribute up to $20,500 to a 401(k), plus another $6,500 if you're age 50 or older. Even better, you have until April 18, 2023, to contribute up to $6,000 into a traditional IRA. And as long as your income does not exceed phaseout limits, you can reduce your taxable income on your 2022 tax return.Bunch deductions so you can itemize. If your personal deductions are near the following standard deduction amounts for 2022: $12,950 for singles, $19,400 for head of household, and $25,900 for married filing joint, consider bringing some of 2023's spending into 2022 so you can itemize this year. For most, the easiest way is to do this is to make 2023's planned charitable contributions before the end of 2022. You can also include gifts of appreciated stock where you get to deduct the fair market value without paying capital gains tax.Review health spending accounts. If you participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA), try to maximize your annual contribution to reduce your taxable income. Remember, these funds allow you to pay for qualified health expenses with pre-tax dollars. More importantly, unlike Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), you can carry over all unused funds into future years. If you do have an FSA, you can carry forward a maximum of $570 from 2022 into 2023. The deadline for contributing to your Health Savings Account (HSA) and still getting a deduction for the 2022 tax year is April 18, 2023. The maximum contribution for 2022 is $3,650 if single and $7,300 for married couples.While the year is quickly coming to an end, there is still time to reduce your 2022 tax liability, but only if you act now.Article Submitted by Senior Tax Advisory Group. Call them with any questions at 719-596-4844Read More
This month with KKTV we discussed gym memberships and Medicare. Lyndsey Pouncey of the YMCA joined us in discussing what the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs have to offer to Seniors and how to gain access at no cost with your Medicare plan.Medicare plans with gym membershipsA lot of Medicare plans now offer free gym memberships as a part of their benefits package. These free gym memberships come in a variety of names, but if your plan offers a free gym membership the end result is the same. you get to go to a gym at no cost, such as the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs.Medicare plans such as Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) or Medicare Supplement plans provide these gym memberships. If you are unsure if your current Medicare plan is providing the free gym membership benefit, give our office a call and we can let you know if you have access or let you know how to get access. Many beneficiaries on Medicare do not even realize what benefits actually are a part of the plan they chose, let alone if there is a free gym membership included. So, do not feel alone if you are unsure what benefits your Medicare plan is providing to you.That is what our offices in Southern Colorado are here for. With our local offices you can schedule reviews of your plan options and benefit reviews to ensure you take advantage of everything that is available in your area at no cost. We can also let you know what gyms are near you that will allow you to utilize your no cost membership benefit.YMCA and the Senior CenterThe YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs were able to join us this month for KKTV to go over some of the great benefits their buildings provide. If you have not been to a YMCA recently it is definitely worth the trip. The YMCA is providing daily Silver Sneaker programs, group exercises, pool therapy, racquetball games, cycling, and much more. They are very involved with the community and try to provide as much resources as possible to the senior community.There are several YMCA buildings around Southern Colorado that provide a ton of senior oriented services. Take a look at the local YMCA locations and join one today at no cost with your free gym membership!Veterans and Free Gym MembershipsVeterans with VA access or Tricare for Life do not get a gym membership (unless you want to go to the base with all the trainees) included with their coverage benefits when they get Medicare. HealthCare coverage with Tricare and service-connected veterans can be top-notch, but when it comes to some of the ancillary benefits such as a free gym membership the government is not providing it.The great thing is there are plans available for Veterans that provide the gym membership benefits, along with many other benefits. If you have not had a chance to review your Medicare & Tricare or VA access coverage, then you should reach out to us because you are missing out on benefits that you are eligible for. We know it can seem daunting and seem too good to be true, but there are plans available for Veterans that do not affect the government provided HealthCare to enhance the benefits provided.Thank you to KKTV 11 ConnectsWe are very happy to be a part of the KKTV 11 connects family and to be able to provide these valuable interviews with them. If you have not had a chance to take a look at what KKTV 11 connects is doing in the community, take a look at KKTV 11 connects page. We look forward to next months interview and hope you will enjoy it. (Get excited: we will be joined by a great person, helping an organization do great things for those with Alzheimers- can you guess who it is, or what organization?)As always if you have any more questions, you are more than welcome to reach out to our office and talk with one of your local Medicare Brokers. We have several offices throughout Southern Colorado.You can call us directly at 719-404-3202Or navigate to our contact page and we can reach out to you.
Meet Sandy Golias, Music Therapist, and owner of Mountain Music Therapy Services. Sandy loves working with seniors! While music therapy is beneficial for many populations, Sandy's passion is seniors. In her practice and through group therapy sessions, Sandy uses live music to help her clients engage, reminisce, and connect, all improving their quality of life. Do you know someone who could benefit from music therapy? Call Sandy at 440-537-9471
Listen in to this Senior Spotlight with Melissa Balizan. She helps keep seniors independent by making sure medications are appropriate. How many medications do you take? Need help better understanding what they do? Call Dr Melissa today at 719-250-5389.
Our PEARLS program of Colorado is looking for compassionate, dedicated, and skilled Director for: El Paso County. The director needs to be highly focused and mission-driven, and believe in the goals of PEARLS program of Colorado and embody the core values when interacting with employees, and business contacts. A creative and visionary spirit, considering the long-term path of the organization. Job details:v Competitive Salaryv Parttime: approximately 20- 30 hours a month (hours and times are based on need and staff availability) v Identify, recruit, train and develop a talented team of employees who can lead critical departments and manage strategic business functions.v Supervise PEARLS program Coaches as outlined by UW PEARLSv Develop the organizational culture and promote transparency and collaboration throughout the organization.v Offer continuing support to coaches and volunteers as needed by the individuals.v Represent the company at social and corporate events in ways that strengthen the brand and communicate the companys message. Attend Programs that might offer referrals such as SRC and SNP.v Monitor company operations and ensure employees and business practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements.v Take donations and grant checks to the bank as well as write checks as needed to pay for program needs and pay staff with bookkeeper. Send thank you notes for donations. Qualifications:v MSW/BSW or equivalent experience in human services working with older adultsv Direct care with geriatric population: 5+ year (preferred)v Multilingual (preferred)v U.S. work authorization (required)v Valid drivers license, current automobile insurance, reliable vehicle to use for visits (required) v Mileage reimbursement We look forward to hearing from you! Ways to apply:Call Cynthia Margiotta Director 719 459-2017 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
Full Job DescriptionCompany DescriptionDo you have HEART? We are looking for individuals who can embrace our mission to purposely brighten and enrich the lives of those we serve with HEART; Hospitality, Excellence, Appreciation, Respect & Teamwork. In these roles you will be responsible for planning and implementing programs and events which provide socialization opportunities, fitness and wellness activities, educational and recreational programs, as well as spiritual life support based on the needs and preferences of the residents at the community. This position is for our Skilled Nursing Level of Care.Job DescriptionPlan, develop, and implement resident lifestyle programming within the community as well as through outside trips and events.Survey and interview residents to determine their past and present interests and talents, as well as their satisfaction with the communitys programs and activities.Recognize the individuality, diversity, and spirituality of all residents when planning activities and celebrating holiday functions.Develop individualized care plans for each resident and be a part of the interdisciplinary team care conferences.Document and file resident participation.Develop relationships with residents to encourage their participation in activities that enhance their quality of and appreciation for life.Observe residents function and behavior and reports significant changes or concerns to appropriate staff.Utilize outside community resources and independent contractors to enrich the variety of programs made available to residents.Attend interdisciplinary team meetings.Keep up to date with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Regulations.Assist with developing and managing the annual department budget.Reports directly to Director of Resident Programs.Assist with managing Resident Program Assistants as needed in the absence of the Director of Resident Programs.QualificationsMust be an activity professional certified by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals as an Activity Director Certified (ADC) or Activity Consultant Certified (ACC), ORAre registered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist having at least one year of experience in providing activity programming in a nursing care facility.You are able to professionally communicate and listen to residents, guests, and coworkers.Perform work tasks in a manner that preserves each residents dignity, privacy and confidentiality.You are an enthusiastic person and enjoy building relationships with the residents and co-workers that you work with and for.Additional InformationSenior Lifestyle offers a comprehensive benefits plan to eligible team members including health, dental, vision, retirement benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability, and paid time off. All Senior Lifestyle positions are eligible to use DailyPay, an application that allows you to access your earned but unpaid wages before your next payday.Job Type: Full-timePay: $17.00 - $19.00 per hourBenefits:401(k)Dental insuranceFlexible scheduleFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceHealth savings accountPaid time offReferral programTuition reimbursementVision insuranceSchedule:8 hour shiftMonday to FridayWeekend availabilityAbility to commute/relocate:Colorado Springs, CO 80921: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)Experience:planning or activities: 1 year (Preferred)Long term care: 1 year (Preferred)APPLY HERERead More