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Nov 09, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Cumberland County Women's Expo

The Womens Expo brings together women of all ages to shop, enjoy mini spa treatments, watch demonstrations, learn about products and services for themselves and their families, and be entertained.Exhibitors will be on hand representing beauty, home, health and wellness, fashion, nutrition, shopping, finance, technology, and more.For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.agreatwaytospendmyday.com.

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Oct 16, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Cumberland County 50plus EXPO

Presented by OLP Events and Cumberland County Aging and Community Services, the 50plus EXPO will feature exhibitors providing up-to-date information for baby boomers and seniors.With free health screenings, door prizes, educational seminars, and entertainment, the 50plus EXPO is a unique fusion of timely, relevant information and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.50plusexpopa.com.

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Oct 12, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Lancaster County Women's Expo (Fall)

The Womens Expo brings together women of all ages to shop, enjoy mini spa treatments, watch demonstrations, learn about products and services for themselves and their families, and be entertained.Exhibitors will be on hand representing beauty, home, health and wellness, fashion, nutrition, shopping, finance, technology, and more.For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.agreatwaytospendmyday.com.

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Sep 24, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

York County 50plus EXPO

Presented by OLP Events, the 50plus EXPO will feature exhibitors providing up-to-date information for baby boomers and seniors.With free health screenings, door prizes, educational seminars, and entertainment, the 50plus EXPO is a unique fusion of timely, relevant information and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.50plusexpopa.com.

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Local Aging Options

Alzheimer’s Association – Greater PA Chapter

Care Management - Nonprofit 2595 Interstate Dr Ste 100, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17110

The Alzheimer's Association provides vital services and support to those individuals struggling with the disease, their families and caregivers.The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter serves 59 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania through our four offices.

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Homestead Village

Independent Living 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Situated on 90 beautiful, tree-lined acres, Homestead is just minutes from the trendy and vibrant shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities of downtown Lancaster. Our "THRIVE WHERE YOU ARE" Philosophy means that we have the option to bring care services to YOU, without an extra move through a continuum of care until truly necessary.  This is especially beneficial for couples who wish to live together despite differing care needs. Our transportation team provides free car service to all medically-related trips within 5 miles of Homestead Village. Homestead Village; Where Historic meets Modern, and Luxury meets Security.Residents moving to Homestead Village choose us for our friendly and neighborly community experience defined by casual elegance and genuine relationships.  With a wide range of beautiful homes to select from, there is something for everyone!Our Campus Features a Variety of Living Options, Including: Apartments:From cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom, two-bath models with dens, these stylish homes are convenient to first-class facilities and services.Our newest expansion, The Townstead at Homestead Village will feature spacious new apartments in a variety of sizes and styles, as well as bring space for new amenities to our campus!  Cottages:Situated around the pickleball courts, these classic cottages are surrounded by mature trees, welcoming lamp posts, and small-town charm. From cozy to spacious, these homes also feature sunrooms, and single-car garages.Villa Court:Two-bedroom, two-bath villas are contemporary, bright, and open, featuring 1,340 square feet of living space, vaulted ceilings, and single-car garages. Many villas also feature a sunroom.The Mews:Surrounding a charming pond, the unique rooflines, sunrooms, one- or two-car garages, gas fireplaces, computer nooks, and lofts make these 1,420- to 2,382-square-foot villas an exciting living choice.The Farmstead:Nestled in an elegant neighborhood setting adjacent to historic Lime Spring Farm, these elegant 1,510- to 2,257-square-foot carriage homes feature open floor plans, two-car garages, and the option of full basements. GovernanceWhen considering a community lifestyle, be sure to consider the leadership of the organization.  Homestead Village is proud to have up to four residents actively serving on the Board of Directors.  The Resident Association and the Resident Council provide an official voice of the residents to the community leadership.  Monthly Coffee with the President meetings give residents a chance to personally meet with the President and discuss ideas.  Over thirty committees and clubs such as the Library Committee, HV Chorale, Golf Club, Soil for the Soul gardening club, Wood Shop, are fully run by the residents.  Having residents involved in leadership creates a better community. The Non-Profit DifferenceIf youre looking for a community lifestyle, be sure to consider the organizational financial structure.  Non-profit communities exist to serve the residents that live there, rather than financial interests of the ownership.  Annual proceeds are reinvested into the community to enhance services and amenities. The mindset and mission of leadership and staff is also geared towards service. Additionally, our commitment as a non-profit is to care for our residents, even if they experience financial hardship. The distinction of being a non-profit community, with residents serving in leadership positions can be felt in positive ways throughout the entire community.Amenities and Services That Put You FirstFitness center with heated poolPickleball courtLibraryCorner Gift ShoppeThe Bachman Center special event venueThe Stauffer Spring House caf and club houseWide range of life-enrichment programsBeauty salon and barbershopTransportation to shopping, outings through life enrichmentComplimentary transportation to doctors office visits within 5 milesEmergency call system and 24-hour securityLinen and housekeeping services (apartments only)Maintenance-free livingHome care availablePet FriendlyCampus nurse, social worker, and chaplainOn-campus physical, speech, and occupational therapy servicesDine Your Way, Every DayThe Plow and Pineapple, our largest on-campus dining option, serves meals morning, noon, and night in a casual setting. With menu selections that range from savory home cooking, to the fresh salad bar, to premium steaks and seafood, there is something for everyone. Our Pineapple Room is an elegant evening option for fine dining, and our Stauffer Spring House caf is within the walkable community of The Farmstead.  All residents participate in a flexible dining program, and special dietary needs are carefully accommodated. 

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Seniors Blue Book of South Central PA

Resource Specialist 35 Conifer Lane, York, Pennsylvania,

The Seniors BlueBook for South Central PA provides seniors, caregivers, adult children and senior professionals a comprehensive source of educational information on available services, senior housing options, resources and information that enrich the lives of our older population.   Our guide covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties as well as some information for Chester and Berks counties.  We offer free guides, a free referral line, free seniors activity calendar, free professionals activity and CEUs calendars, and free job boards. Our free guides are available for individual and agency use. Each guide comes with many educational articles of interest to seniors, their caregivers, and the professionals that serve them. 

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Columbia Cottage - Hershey

Assisted Living 103 N Larkspur Dr, Palmyra, Pennsylvania, 17078

An alternative to Skilled Nursing and Personal Care that allows individuals to age in their own apartment. Couples can remain in one apartment even when they have very different care needs! Call and arrange for a no-pressure tour so you can understand the great options available! We are the only licensed assisted living residence in the area - and the difference is very inviting, warm, caring, and personalized to your needs! Long Term Care and Veterans Benefits do cover some services if eligible.

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Why to use Bellomo & Associates for Medicaid Instead of Doing it Yourself

When it comes to filing an application for Medicaid, the process can be quite daunting.  Hiring a professional at Bellomo & Associates can relieve the pressure on everyone. To qualify for Medicaid, you must be determined both medically and financially qualified.  To be medically qualified, you must be assessed by the County Area Agency on Aging and the family or Nursing Home physician.  Becoming financially qualified is the tricky part.  For Community Based Services your monthly income cannot exceed the yearly income limit established by Pennsylvania. For skilled Nursing Home Care, your income needs to be below the Cost of Care for that facility.  In addition, you must provide statements for the previous five years for all accounts, verify all transactions over $500, and document all closed accounts. How can we help preserve excess assets if you sell the home or car, or even if you transferred or gifted assets?   This is done by a process that follows the rules for Medicaid qualification.  We will review the financials and determine what can be done to get Medicaid approval. A single person can have one house, one car, and up to $2,400*,  or possibly as much as $8,000* depending upon their income,  in all accounts.  If you have resources within those limits but have transferred assets for less than Fair Market Value or given a gift over $500, you will not qualify.  You are penalized and must pay privately during this period.  We can help determine the penalty period and establish how the payments to skilled nursing care will be paid. A married couple can have one house and one car, and assets are divided in half with the maximum protected at $130,380* for the Community Spouse, this is the Resource Allowance.  As of 2021, the Community Spouses retirement accounts are exempt from the Resource Allowance calculation.  If you file for Medicaid and have assets over the established Resource Allowance, you will be denied Medicaid and will need to spend the excess over that amount, then refile.  Most likely the excess will be paid to the Nursing Home or private care.  This is another time way Bellomo & Associates can help protect assets and assist in obtaining financial eligibility for Medicaid.Bellomo & Associates can potentially assist in qualifying a single person that has excess assets, has previously made gifts, and perhaps even leave a legacy for their beneficiaries. We can also protect the excess assets for the Community Spouse so that the Community Spouse can maintain the same lifestyle and the family legacy.  Requesting help from the team at Bellomo & Associates will ease the process and help preserve what you worked so hard to earn.  If you are interested in learning more about Medicaid crisis planning, please call our office at 717-844-9218.

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Stretching & Protecting Wealth

My estate planning and elder law practice have given me insights into these topics that I never thought possible. I encounter questions on a daily basis in my practice, how can an individual get the most out of retirement and how do you stretch your money and protect your wealth for future generations?I am an estate planning and elder law attorney who happens to have a Master's in Law and Taxation as well as a Certified Elder Law Attorney under the authorization of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. However, more than any class or degree I have received, representing numerous families over the years and watching their decisions, and in some cases mistakes, has really provided me the most prevalent insight into these questions and their answers.I firmly believe it is very important to work with a financial professional to assist you during your working or earning years, as well as heading into your retirement years. Although it is possible for some people to do it alone, Im a firm believer in hiring professionals to provide assistance in their area of expertise.The small fee you will pay will be far worth it in the long run versus what you would save in the short term. Having a financial professional and a plan for retirement, not only how to get there, but also how you will live during retirement is imperative. Stretching your money during retirement is similar to when you were saving for retirement, being disciplined, and having a goal in mind.The one piece that no one ever wants to talk about is the cost of long-term care and how were going to pay for it. Although none of us really want to receive long-term care in our home or in a nursing facility, statistically it is a likely possibility that we need to consider.Long-term care in a nursing home will cost anywhere from 10,000 to $12,000 a month. And in-home care, depending on the amount of care that is being received, can cost anywhere from $17,000 to $20,000 a month. This care is often necessary and needed but if there isnt a plan in place, it can devastate a family pretty quickly and wipe out all of their savings.The most obvious way to pay for long-term care is to simply self-insure, and make certain you have enough assets or investments to cover the cost. I find this to be a very difficult proposition, not only because it is impossible to know ahead of time how much care you are going to need, but also because the cost of the care in the future is very unpredictable. I remember at the beginning of my career the cost of a nursing home was around $5,000 a month, and now it is well over $10,000 and in some cases in our area $12,000.I honestly dont think it is out of the realm to predict the cost will more than double in a short period of time. But for the people who were planning to self-insure, it was certainly a shock to them when they finally got to the point of needing it and learning that we were closer to $12,000 a month. Although this can be possible for wealthy individuals, it is not typically possible for the middle class, since they cannot accumulate enough wealth to absorb $12,000 a month in costs. The other thing to remember is that often times one spouse is the caregiver for another spouse, and when the good spouse ends up needing care himself or herself, both spouses end up in the nursing home to the tune of $25,000 a month. It would be very difficult to self-insure this kind of need.Another option is long-term care insurance. I am not licensed to sell insurance and have done numerous blogs on the topic of long-term care insurance. I am a big fan in general of insurance because I love that it could keep an individual in their own home for as long as possible. If you are looking at long-term care insurance policies, I would definitely look at a rider that will pay for in-home care.Pennsylvania has products that are hybrid policies which are life insurance policies, as well as riders that provide in-home care or nursing care. Pennsylvania also participates in the partnership plan, which will allow an individual who has a long-term care policy to exempt a number of assets equal to the amount of benefit that they have received. I am a big fan of both of these and if an individual is able to afford it, I believe it is absolutely a good investment. You certainly want to talk to an agent to determine if it is something that is possible for you and your loved one, as well as whether it is financially doable.In many cases, self-insuring or long-term care insurance is not an option, for a myriad of reasons, but often times we are stuck in a situation where a spouse does not have any way to pay for the long-term care, and they are reliant upon the crisis rules. Currently, in the state of Pennsylvania, the crisis rules are very favorable and will allow us to protect 100% of the assets of the spouse in the community. If you are interested in learning more about Medicaid crisis planning, please call our office at 717-844-9218, or click the link here to RSVP to our upcoming workshop to learn more about it.

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The Talk

No, we are not talking about the birds and the bees and how to have a conversation with your young son or daughter. We are talking about the conversation with your parents as they age and what are their wishes in regard to caregiving, long-term care, death, and the planning associated with it. Most families shy away from these conversations and essentially treat them as faux pas conversations and avoid them at all costs. While avoiding the conversation can make it seem like its going away and make it seem like everything is okay inevitably that decision will blow up and will become a very painful situation for those involved.As an estate planning and elder law attorney, I cannot begin to tell you how many families avoided this conversation with their parents and regretted it later. I have never had a family come back to me after I suggested that they sit down and have The Talk and told me that they regretted it and wished they wouldve waited. They all say that it was great to get everything out on the table.Most parents dont talk about it with their children mainly because they dont think that their children want to discuss it. We often hear parents saying that their kid clams up or their kid gets very nervous and just doesnt want to talk about them or their spouse dying. Therefore its easier just not to have the conversation. Believe it or not, most parents are open to having the conversation because they are dealing with it on a daily basis and they understand that its better to have the conversation or at least to think about it ahead of time.Our advice is to try to start the conversation to understand what your parents wishes are for their golden years. Where do they want to live as they age? Do they have an idea as to how they would like to be treated if they were ever to be in an end-of-life situation? Where would they like to be buried? Do they have their financial affairs in order and do they have professionals that they are working with that you could contact if something happened to them? What is going to happen when if they have to go into a nursing home how can you assist them with their planning? What happens when they die?These are often great conversation starters. An estate planning and elder law attorney could also assist you with filling in the details and understanding how to put these answers in legal documents to make them binding in the future. Dont underestimate having your parents go to a workshop on estate planning and elder law, it will get them thinking and may also provide the opportunity for the conversation to occur.The holidays and times that families together often end up being the time that people get to discuss these topics and we encourage you to have The Talk not only for your parents but for you and your family as well. As much as your parents will thank you for wanting to have the discussion to figure all of the information out you will also be relieved to know that they have thought a lot about it and have a lot of strong opinions and beliefs and now you know that you can carry out their wishes. One thing that I have found is that people always want to do whats best for mom and dad and oftentimes want to do what Mom and Dad intended. If you have had the conversation and have documents in place everyone will be on the same page and no one has to speculate or argue about what was intended.If you are interested in learning more about Medicaid crisis planning, please call our office at 717-844-9218.

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Storage Services: More Than a Place for Old Furniture

Using a storage service may not be at the top of your mind when youre trying to move to a new home, busy running your business or simply organizing after the holidays. People think of storage as a place to stash unwanted furniture or boxes filled with unused items. But storage can be a solution that allows you to have space to hold your possessions and gives you peace of mind.   Storage services offer you with a temporary place to keep your possessions safe and secure whether youre moving, remodeling or just need space.  Moving to a new home or doing renovations When youre getting ready to show your home to potential buyers, storage services can give you a place to hide those personal pieces such as family photos or extra furniture. You want your home to look open, spacious and inviting, so clearing out furniture and other items temporarily can help.  Organizing your business If you own a business, or work for a company that is moving or renovating their space, extra storage can be a real asset.   Ways WayForth can help you utilize storage: Items for a college student apartment or summer break Party decorations Inventory for your home business, including boxes of supplies Getting ready for an estate or garage sale  Want more information about our comprehensive moving solutions with WayForth, including storage options, downsizing and clear-out? Contact our moving professionals today at 817-697-4478 or go to our website to learn more! 

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Local Business Videos

Episode 29 - 2022 in Review: Challenges Result in Exciting Developments

Jeff reviews some key changes in 2022 that have enabled Bellomo & Associates to expand it's estate planning and elder law services. He also shares a Covid-related health issue that arose during the year along with the positive developments that resulted from that very same challenge. Looking ahead, Jeff and the team will continue to provide distinctive consultation and educational opportunities for industry professionals and members of the community. These include their popular workshops, boot camps, and this podcast in addition to a new book thats due for publication later this year.  Your host, Jeffrey R. Bellomo, the founder of Bellomo & Associates, is a licensed and certified elder law attorney with a masters degree in taxation and a certificate in estate planning. He explains complex legal and financial topics in easy-to-understand language.

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Episode 47: Anthony Billet of abSketches

Episode 47:  Anthony Billet of abSketchesAnthony Billets love for art and architecture led him to start abSketches in 2009. The visual marketing agency began by creating renderings and models of things that don't yet exist to help clients show possibilities to potential investors. Over time, abSketches has evolved its techniques and scope to include a blend of sophisticated visual media by a growing team of expert individuals dedicated to collaboration and excellence. Based in York, PA, abSketches was instrumental in the local renovation of The Yorktowne Hotel, but most of the agencys clients are architects, developers, and engineers in larger U.S. cities and abroad. Visit the firms website to learn more about some of its featured projects.Don't forget to Follow, Like, and Subscribe for upcoming podcast episodes: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anthony-billet-of-absketches/id1634278675?i=1000617928127 YouTube: https://youtu.be/TAqh6S8HUkA Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0CwOrYm03XAxPDPTlAoC7q?si=a8XZakcHT0idNmBNQmHAKQ

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The Inside Connection Radio Show 7.1.23

In this edition of The Inside Connection Radio Show, featured on KDKA AM1020 with Rob Pratte, Lauren Yuran welcomes her counterpart and colleague Mark Clark as they break down Part A (Hospital) for our Medicare 101 series!

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12 - Working with Bellomo and Associates

Episode Summary Jeffrey Bellomo decided to specialize in estate planning and elder law because of a health crisis in his own family. He discusses how that difficult situation motivated him to make sure that what happened to his family does not happen to others.Today, members of the Bellomo team emphasize client education, fair billing practices, and proven systems and processes to ensure a predictable yet personalized client experience. Its how they create outcomes that protect the personal and financial freedom of their client families.Key Takeaways Takeaway 1: Jeffs mother became ill, and it was eye opening - 01:39Jeffs family lacked knowledge of estate planning and elder law. They did not have a good experience trying to care for the personal and financial well-being of his mother and the family.He vowed to specialize in this area of law and committed himself to fair billing practices and client education.Takeaway 2: Bellomo & Associates developed a better way 08:07After launching Bellomo & Associates, Jeff founded Lawyers with Purpose to provide law firms with an education-based model of operation that results in predictable yet personalized experiences and outcomes for clients.The model features repeatable systems and practices, including free workshops and consultation for clients.This approach helps the Bellomo team get to know the client, understand their needs/goals, and learn whats important to them.The client, in turn, learns the key concepts of estate planning and elder law, along with details of plans and pricing, so that they can make informed decisions aligned with their needs and goals.Working together, the Bellomo team and the client create a personalized, no-surprises plan to protect the family into the future.Takeaway 3: Estate planning ahead of time is best, but were prepared to help with the unexpected crisis 15:25Our Medicaid Crisis Workshop is conducted on demand and can be attended online. Call us or make contact via our website.Were also prepared for unexpected probate or trust administration when needed. (See Episode 11: Probate v. Non-Probate Assets)Takeaway 4: Bellomo & Associates offers a range of services to meet specific challenges - 20:04Services can be divided into three major categories: estate planning, probate, and Medicaid.Clients with special medical needs are part of the estate planning category, but also have special planning needs. Its crucial to develop a plan tailored to the individual. (See Episode 6: Special Needs Trusts)With the low-cost maintenance program, long-term clients can keep their plans updated as their needs change and/or the law changes.The 20+ member Bellomo team is very proud of what they have built. They share core values and continue their commitment to client education and personalized service.  Links and Resources MentionedLawyers with Purposehttps://www.lawyerswithpurpose.com/Bellomo & Associates workshops, including Medicaid: https://bellomoassociates.com/workshops/ Red Wagon Estate Planning and Elder Law ShowEpisode 11: Probate v. Non-Probate Assets https://sites.libsyn.com/420320/probate-v-non-probate-assettsRed Wagon Estate Planning and Elder Law ShowEpisode 6: Special Needs Trusts https://sites.libsyn.com/420320/special-needs-trustsFor more information, call us at (717) 845-5390   Connect with Bellomo & Associates on Social MediaTwitter: https://twitter.com/bellomoassoc YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/BellomoAssociates Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellomoassociates Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellomoassociates/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellomoandassociates

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Home Health LPN

The VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove is seeking a full-time, day shift Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to provide nursing care to Home Health patients in their home under the direction of the RN Case Manager. A graduate of an accredited practical nursing program, an active PA LPN license, and a minimum of one-year of general work experience in nursing is required. Ability to work in a home health setting and reliable transportation are also required. Must be able to participate in the weekend rotation. 

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Director of Sales and Marketing

The Sales and Marketing Director will oversee the internal and external marketing efforts of the community in order to meet or exceed the budgeted census.Why Harmony?401k + Fulltime & Part-time Benefits PackagesEmployee Referral Bonus + Incentives (free meals, movie tickets, dining, automotive deals, retail discounts, finance/legal, consulting, electronics, and more!)Training, Development & Career LadderingGreat work-life balanceFlexible SchedulingTelehealth + Flex Spending + Health Savings Account Options

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Caregiver

Full job descriptionThis is a part-time position with up to full-time hours available depending on flexibility, availability, and demand.Are you seeking a rewarding role that fits your schedule?Enjoy the flexibility you need with Visiting Angels of YorkAsk About Our $500 New Hire Bonus!We serve clients in York, Dover, Shrewsbury and Wrightsville, PAJob Benefits:$500 sign-on bonus and referral bonuses availableCompetitive Starting PayFlexible Scheduling - choose from days, evenings, or night shiftsWeekend wage premiums, for eligible shifts401K plans, with company matchVoluntary supplemental health care plansCaring office staff, who value individual employee contributions24/7 support during shiftsone-on-one care environmentReady to get started? Apply easily online now!Caregiver Responsibilities:Assist with bathing, getting dressed, toileting, and incontinence careHelp with light housekeeping and other quiet household tasksPerform transfers, ambulation, and mobility assistance as neededMonitor the client to ensure their safety and comfort throughout the nightProvide all other non-medical assistance as assignedRequirements:Must be 18+ years to apply1 year of professional caregiving experience preferredCNA license preferred, but not requiredAble to pass a criminal background check and drug screenMust have valid Drivers License, reliable transportation, and proof of current auto insuranceWe cant wait to hear from you!Our office is located in York, PA, and we serve seniors in Hanover, Dover, Red Lion, Spring Grove, and the surrounding areas of York County. This position may require travel.

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