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McKenney Home Care

Non-Medical 9021 Bonita Beach Road Southeast, Bonita Springs, Florida, 34135

McKenney Home Care provides exceptional in-home health care and client centered services delivered in a compassionate and competent manner. We are driven by our passion for maximizing the quality of life of our clients and their families and ensuring social engagement during all stages of life. McKenney Home Care is a private pay home health agency servicing Naples, as well as all of Collier and Lee Counties. Our caregivers are employees, we do extensive background searches and competency testing. We are licensed by AHCA and accredited by ACHC and are a family owned, professionally managed company designed to bring leading practices in home health care to South Florida.  

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Chefs for Seniors

Meal Preparation , Naples, Florida,

MEET YOUR NAPLES PERSONAL CHEFChef Bill Springer is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, and has cooked for the King and Queen of Sweden, US Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, as well as many other celebrities during his decades of experience as a chef. He has been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in ACF culinary competitions and even starred in his own TV Show Bills Bow Hunting Adventures.He was the chef for 5 years at the First Baptist Church Naples and 10 years at North Naples United Methodist Church. He is a Master Mason at the Cypress Lodge No. 295 F&AM Naples, and is one of the founding members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Collier County Chapter. Over the years Bill has honed his chef skills by continually challenging himself to expand his Culinary Cuisine repertoire.Our personal chefs are ServSafe certified, undergo background checks, and are fully insured, and totally committed to creating delicious meals based on your dietary needs and food preferences. Let our highly trained personal chefs create specialized menus based on all the foods you love. Chefs for Seniors Naples is the affordable healthy meal service youve been looking for. Now you can spend less time cooking and cleaning and more time enjoying your life with your friends and family.

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Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh

Memory Care 4800 Aston Gardens Way, Naples, Florida, 34109

Welcome to Aston Gardens at Pelican Marsh in Naples, one of Florida's most prestigious and exclusive cities. Our community is situated overlooking the Greg Norman-designed Tiburon Golf Course and interior lakes and fountains on the campus. Residents are within minutes of a host of cultural destinations, fine dining, name-brand shopping, and entertainment attractions. We offer an all-inclusive, affordable country club lifestyle with golf course vistas and five-star resort amenities, services and carefree living programs. There are a variety of floor plans from which to choose, and an elegantly appointed 20,375-square-foot Grande Clubhouse where you will find exciting programs, fine dining and good times.

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Gulf Coast Medical Center

Hospitals 13681 Doctor's Way, Fort Myers, Florida, 33912

Our origins can be traced to the Fall of 1916 when a group of community leaders set aside 300 dollars, and donated lumber from the dismantled Court House, to build the first hospital in Fort Myers. That first hospital, Lee County Hospital, a two story, four room, 10 bed, wooden building was the beginning of community health care in our area. Today, Lee Health consists of four acute care hospitals: Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital, and two specialty hospitals: Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and The Rehabilitation Hospital. We encourage you to explore and find any information you need about Lee Health.

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Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? The Science Says…

As we move further into the COVID-19 pandemic, one question seems to be on everyone's mind: Can you get COVID-19 twice?Like with so many other questions we have about COVID-19, the answer isnt clear.Here is the CDC's latest information on the question:"Cases of reinfectionof COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected."Antibodies: What Do They Mean?The body's immune system fights infections by producing antibodies to viruses, and some experts think that those who recover from COVID-19 developantibodies that may offer protection against reinfection.But how strong that immune response is and for how long it lasts remains unknown.Top infectious disease experts assert that immunity to other known coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold, typically lasts only 3-6 months.The Hong Kong reinfection study, slated for publication in the medical journalClinical Infectious Diseases, details how researchers sequenced the genomes of the virus after both infections for comparison.Researchers found the second infection appears as a slightly different virus strain from the initial one, thus confirming reinfection, rather than a positive result due to a lingering first infection.Dont StressNevertheless,Dr. Stephanie Stovall, infection prevention medical director with Lee Health, says we shouldnt stress about the reinfection case.We see this with other types of coronaviruses, the ones that give us the common cold," Dr. Stovall says. "It is unknown if the genetic differences that were seen will affect immunity.Its remains unclear how common reinfection from COVID-19 might be because few researchers have sequenced the virus from each infection, Dr. Stovall adds. That's a reminder that COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus previously unseen in humans.Long-Term ImmunityOn Aug. 24, researchers in Hong Kong confirmed a 33-year-old man was infected a second time with COVID-19 more than four months after his first bout.The patient was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in March and cleared the virus in April, according to the study.Dr. Stovall says the patient became re-infected relatively soon (4.5 months) after clearing his first infection, and this suggests that long-term immunity may not be naturally occurring after infection.For example, people who have had a virus like the measles develop lifelong immunity (along with antibodies) to it, she explains. When were re-exposed to the measles, special white blood cells called B lymphocytes in our immune system start producing antibodies that neutralize the virus and mark it for destruction by other types of white blood cells.With COVID-19 and common cold viruses like other coronaviruses and rhinoviruses, our bodies may develop detectable antibodies, according to Dr. Stovall. But there is the possibility that these antibodies either dont last long enough or arent strong to prevent reinfection.This may mean that the conceptof herd immunityis less likely to be effective atcontrolling disease in our communities, Dr. Stovall notes. Ultimately, we need more information from vaccine trials and from the genetic sequencing of the virus in suspected re-infection cases to know more.Until more evidence-based data become available to bolster the fight against COVID-19, wearing a mask, practicing social distance, and regularly using alcohol-based hand sanitizers remain theanswersthat we can count on.For Original Blog Source Click Here*

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Your Estate Plan Checklist

Estate plans are a common way for Americans to get all of their assets in order, especially as they age. However, most people's plans are incomplete and often don't address some of the most important subjects.This estate plan checklist will help you ensure that you have a sound estate plan. However, you should also look into getting an attorney who specializes in elder law, and a financial analyst to help ensure that your plan and your assets are protected and being managed properly. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is a great resource to find an attorney in your area that meets your needs.1. Will A will provides instructions for distributing your assets to your family and other beneficiaries when you pass. Your will also appoints someone to be the executor to pay final expenses, taxes, etc., and then distribute the remaining assets. If you have minor children, a will is also a way to designate a guardian for them. A wont take effect until you die, and it cannot provide for management of your assets if you become incapacitated. Thats why it is necessary to have other estate planning documents in place to utilize if you should be unable to act for any reason.2. Durable power of attorney for business and health care decisionsA power of attorney is a legal document in which you name another person to act on your behalf. You can give this person/agent broad or limited powers. You should choose this person carefully because he or she will be able to sell, invest and spend or distribute your assets. A durable power of attorney continues to apply if you are incapacitated and terminates only upon your death, whereas a traditional power of attorney terminates upon your disability or death.3. Health care power of attorney and living willA health-care power of attorney authorizes a person you designate to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself. This document, coupled with a living will are necessary to avoid family conflicts and even court intervention should you become unable to make your own health care decisions. A living will dictate your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatments and other end-of-life medical care in the event of a terminal illness or accident. It states what you do and do not want done in terms of treatment but doesnt give any individual the legal authority to speak for you. That is why it is usually coupled with a health care power of attorney.4. Revocable living trustYoull need one of these to transfer, manage and distribute assets while you are alive and to avoid probate after your death. There are many different kinds of trusts, which are usually put in place to minimize estate taxes. Each trust has benefits and should be discussed with your attorney. There are marital trusts, charitable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, bypass trusts, testamentary trusts, qualified terminable interest property trusts, and more. A revocable living trust is often used in estate plans. By transferring assets into a revocable living trust, you can manage your financial affairs during your lifetime and provide management if you become incapacitated. A revocable living trust lets trust assets avoid probate, keeps personal information private and can designate the disposition of trust assets to future generations.5. List of AssetsA list of assets will serve as a guide for those managing your estate or your affairs if you are incapacitated. Use this form from Retired Brains to list all your assets and where they are located.6. Do not Resuscitate Order (DNR)A DNR medical order written by a doctor instructs any healthcare providers to not use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient stops breathing or heart stops beating.  Some feel this is an important document, while others do not. If it is important to you, include this document in your plan.7. Legacy LetterA legacy letter is an ethical will designed to pass ethical values from one generation to the next. Traditional wills involve what you want your loved ones to have. Ethical wills involve what you want your loved ones to know.8. Discussion with attorney about who inherits what assetsDecide where you want your assets to go and discuss this specifically with your attorney.9. Selection of someone to make medical decisions if necessaryDecide whom you want to make health decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated.10. Instructions on how you want your assets distributedHave this discussion with your attorney and/or spouse or appropriate family member, trustee, etc.11. Guardian decisionIf you have minor children, you may wish to name a guardian to take care of them in the event of your passing.12. Estate plan tax reviewMeet with your accountant and attorney to discuss the tax consequences of your estate plan.13. Instructions on how to handle digital legacyCheck your digital footprints. Most people arent aware of the full extent of their presence online.  List any personal sites and review the steps necessary to protect online information after your death or if you are no longer able to act on your own behalf.14. Letters to your familyConsider writing a letter to your spouse or family regarding your funerary wishes should you need to be removed from life support or pass unexpectedly. This letter will make their decisions a great deal easier if you reiterate that this is your wish with a personal, not formal, request.

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What a Prediabetes Diagnosis Means for Older Adults

Prediabetes is a serious but beneficial diagnosis to receive. Think of it as an early warning sign that gives you the opportunity to take important steps to make changes that can help improve your health, while avoiding some of the more serious health complications.Currently, as many as one in three adults in America are living with a prediabetes diagnosis. And many people live with the condition for years without any noticeable symptoms, remaining undetected until it becomes a serious health concern.At American, Advocate and Whitsyms In-Home Care, we know the first and most important step in assessing the danger for prediabetes is to understand the risk factors, which include:Age (over 45)Race (a higher risk for African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans)Being overweightA family history of type 2 diabetesA sedentary lifestylePrevious diagnosis of gestational diabetes, or giving birth to a baby weighing over 9 poundsIf you or someone you love falls into any of these categories, a routine blood sugar test can help preempt the condition or detect and get it under control. The good news is, simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference. These include:Maintaining a healthy weight and BMI. Losing as little as 5 to 7% of body weight for someone who is overweight (about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) can have a tremendous impact on reducing the risk for diabetes.Staying physically active. Check with the doctor for specific recommendations, but in general, the guideline is to strive for 30 minutes of brisk walking or a similar activity, five days per week.Following a healthier diet. Replace foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, salt, and sugar with fruits and veggies, fish and lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.Most importantly, follow the doctors guidance and ensure youre staying up to date with recommended check-ups.As youre working to reverse prediabetes, be sure to keep an eye out for the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and contact the doctor as soon as possible if you notice them. These include:Extreme thirst or hungerIncreased urine patternsBlurry visionFatigueDiabetes can lead to a number of serious health issues such as kidney failure, adult-onset blindness, and lower limb amputations. Not only that, but nearly three in four patients with type 2 diabetes need treatment for hypertension, and nearly half are impacted by severe cardiovascular disease.At American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care, our referred care providers can help those with prediabetes, diabetes, and other serious health conditions in a variety of ways. We can plan and prepare healthy meals, provide motivation to stay physically active, run errands like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions, and more. We also care for family caregivers by providing the professional respite care services that allow crucial time for self-care.Contact us at the location closest to you and let us connect you with just the right caregiver to meet your needs. American In-Home Care  Serving North, Central, and West Coast of FloridaAdvocate In-Home Care  Serving Southeast and Southwest FloridaWhitsyms In-Home Care  Serving Southeast and Southwest FloridaState of Florida License and Registration Numbers: 30211518, 30211651, 30211295, 30211390, 30210978, 30211293, 30211382, 30211504, 30211733, 30211535, 30211531, 30211710, 30211709, 30211045, 5661

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Understanding Interment, Inurnment and Entombment

InurnmentMore commonly known as cremation, inurnment involves reducing the deceased to ashes. These ashes, which are placed in an urn, are most typically kept by a loved one or are buried in the ground.EntombmentEntombment involves the interment of a loved one within a crypt or tomb. It is often referred to as an above ground burial, and requires the placement of a cremation urn or casket in a columbarium niche or crypt inside of a mausoleum. The niche or crypt is afterwards sealed. In many cases, a memorial is then added as a final step of closure and remembrance.If your loved one has indicated what he or she prefers, it is important to respect their wishes and take this into careful consideration. However, if there are not any directions, consider the lasting benefits to each method and carefully determine which option is the best way to honor and remember your loved one who has passed.   our loved one may have specific wishes about how their body will rest in its final place. In general, Western culture dictates that a person will be buried or cremated. In many cases, the deceased will have already decided on their preference, which should most often be carried out. However, when it comes time to make plans, many people are unfamiliar with the terminology that describes how to proceed with the care for the deceased. They include interment, inurnment, and entombment. IntermentThis refers to the physical burial of a person who has passed on. It involves the digging of a trench or grave and the placement of the deceased into the ground. The site is then filled in with new soil and left to rest. The ritual of burial is a way for family members and friends to commemorate the life of the person who has passed on, and to formally say goodbye. 

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Senior Companion Program Coordinator & Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator

Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. does not discriminate based on age, race, national origin, gender, religion, veteran status, or disability in employment, in provision of services or in access to programs. Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Drug Free Workplace. Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. requires pre-hire background checks. Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. provides medical, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.Minimum Requirements: Associate degree and/or 3 years with volunteer coordinator experience Training and/or experience in working with individuals over 55 years of age Computer knowledge (Word and Excel) Valid drivers license and a reliable car and willing to travel within a 6-county area Must be Bi-lingual (Spanish speaking)Responsibilities: Create new volunteer files and make sure they are complete as required by the policies and procedures of the Senior Companion Program. Review and calculate volunteer timesheets and mileage and input accurate payroll information in software program. Assist volunteers with documentation requirements including timesheets, sign-in logs, annual income review, physical examinations, care plans, evaluations, affidavits, etc. Act as liaison between the volunteers and volunteer station coordinators to enhance communication and teamwork. Assist Senior Companion Program Director with program monitoring. Regularly visit Lee County volunteer stations for monitoring purposes and to meet with volunteer coordinators to ensure good relationship and communication. Assist in the coordination and preparation of volunteer orientation and monthly in-service meetings to include securing trainers. Assist in recruiting new volunteers by handing out flyers in the community and providing information regarding the program by speaking to individuals or groups regarding the program. Perform comprehensive intake and assessment of client needs to ensure appropriateness of participation in the program. Provides case management of clients to include scheduling of appointments and services and providing information and referral of community resources. Processes client information and progress notes in database. Maintains on-going dialogue with agencies and other community resources in coordinating services for clients.

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Nurses, Dining Servers, Resident Care Assistants, Med Techs

We have several job opportunities here at Canterfield of Fort Myers.We are looking for:Nurses- $29 per hour (lpn preferred)Dining Servers- $15 an hourResident Care Assistant- $15 an hourMedtechs- $16 an hourAll are starting rates but there is room to grow in this family-ownedfacility. We would love to see some new passionate people join ourfamily at Canterfield of Fort Myers.

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Estate Planning and Probate Attorney

If you are looking for an awesome place to go to every day and help people and change people's lives with your work, then you might be our next Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Probate attorney.You will be working with wonderful clients and staff. Check out our reviews as to what our clients say about us.We offer a great benefits package and guess what? No crazy hours like in Big Law.We value life-work balance.Benefits:Bonus compensation packagePaid vacation/holidays/PTOIRA contribution by Firm - whether or not you contributeHealth InsuranceLife InsuranceShort term disabilityCritical IllnessFlexibilityDon't let the starting salary deter you from applying.ResponsibilitiesMeet with clients to design, sign and fund their plansDraftingTake excellent care of the clientsCommunicating with managing attorneyEnsuring the work is completed in a timely mannerQualifications5 years of experience in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration in FLORIDAFL Bar LicensedIf you have business formation and corporate experience, your salary will be adjusted higher for itCompensation$84,000 Base + Bonus + IRAAbout Kushi Law Firm, P.A.We take excellent care of our clients, help protect people and keep the court system from interfering in our clients' lives!

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Office Manager

Griswold has been giving people the help they need to live in the place love since 1982. We are a non-medical home care registry that connects clients with professional caregivers who can assist with bathing, transportation, homemaking, companionship, and more! Our office in Bonita Springs, FL is looking for an Office Manager to join our team of passionate, energetic, and committed professionals who serve the elderly and disabled community in the greater SWFL area.  The Office Manager is responsible for the daily operations of our home care office, which are varied, fast-paced, and rewarding. A mix of social services, customer service, finance, human resource, and sales are all parts of this exciting role. The ideal candidate is an energetic, professional, kind, and well-organized leader who can wear multiple hats and has extensive experience in customer service or client-facing environments. Manager qualifications include, but are not limited to: Articulate, with strong verbal and written skills; Pleasant phone manner; Reliable and consistent; Creative with problem-solving skills; Organized and detail oriented; Flexible and able to multitask; Hold a current and valid drivers license; Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Office Manager duties include but are not limited to: Provide exceptional customer service according to company standards; Maintain all systems, policies, and procedures to meet State regulations; Supervise and manage all staff, client coordinators, marketers, administrative personnel; Achieve growth goals; Maintain and manage local marketing efforts; Other tasks as deemed appropriate and necessary.  If you are caring, compassionate, and have a true desire to help others, becoming a member of the Griswold team may be the perfect opportunity for you.  Please send your resume to Shannon Gettier at s.gettier@griswoldhomecare.com   Griswold is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy status, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristics protected by law.

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