Category Archive: Aging

Viera Senior Living Community Begins Renovations

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Orlando, Fla. – Sonata Senior Living today announced renovations have started at Sonata Viera, a state-of-the-art assisted living facility in Central Florida. The interior upgrades will transform the existing community into an aesthetically inviting atmosphere with distinctive, captivating appeal. Sonata has invested more than $1.3 million in the project, and the renovations are expected to be completed by April 1 of this year.

“The new renovations will bring a cutting-edge look to the Sonata Viera Assisted Living,” said Stuart Beebe, President & CEO for Sonata Senior Living. “We take pride in making sure our residents not only receive the professional and caring treatment they deserve, but also live in a place with style and comfort.”

Formally known as Viera Manor, Sonata Viera opened in 2013. This 15-acre campus is slated for expansion in the future, adding 79 independent living units and 36 memory care units.

Sonata is committed to compassionate care, best-in-class customer service, and providing its tradition of excellence and high standards to the seniors in the surrounding communities. The company received the SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2017 Award for being “the best senior living and home care providers who received consistent high ratings and positive reviews from their residents, families and visitors.”

“We are ecstatic to bring a tasteful new look and feel to our Viera Community,” said Shelley Esden, Chief Operating Officer. “It is our goal to provide our top of the line services to each person who enters any of our 84 spacious assisted living apartments.”

 

Sonata Senior Living is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonata Healthcare, LLC. Based in Orlando,

Florida, Sonata is an owner, developer and operator of senior living communities offering

independent living, assisted and memory care options. The Sonata team includes experienced

senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of

more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

 

For more information, visit www.sonataseniorliving.com or call 407-286-6490.

 

About Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is wholly owned subsidiary of Sonata Healthcare, LLC. Based in Orlando, Florida, Sonata is an owner, developer and operator of senior living communities offering independent, assisted living and memory care. The Sonata team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

For more information see www.sonataseniorliving.com or call (407) 286-6490.

What Happens When a Nursing Home Closes?

Submitted by: Kathleen Flammia, P.A., Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, One Senior Place Resident Business

Kathleen FlammiaA nursing home closure can be traumatic for residents who are forced to move. While there may not be much that can be done to prevent a closure, residents do have some rights.

Moving into a nursing home can be a stressful experience on its own. If that nursing home closes, residents can experience symptoms that include depression, agitation, and withdrawn behavior, according to The Consumer Voice, a long-term care consumer advocacy group. Nursing homes may close voluntarily because the owners decide to close up shop or involuntarily if the state or federal government shutters the facility for care or safety issues.

When a nursing home is closing, it must provide notice to the state and any residents at least 60 days before the closure. The notice must include the following:

  • The date of the closure and the reason for closing
  • Information on the plan to relocate the resident, including assurances that the nursing home will transfer residents to the most appropriate facility in terms of quality, services, and location, taking into consideration the needs, choice, and best interests of each resident
  • Information about the resident’s appeal rights
  • The name and address of the state’s long-term care ombudsman

In addition, the nursing home must provide information to the receiving facility, including the following:

  • Contact information for the doctor responsible for the resident
  • The resident’s representative’s information
  • Information about any advance directives
  • Any special instructions or precautions for ongoing care and any care plan goals

Once a nursing home announces it is closing, it cannot admit any new patients. The nursing home must also provide orientation to residents to ensure a safe and orderly transfer.

For more information from The Consumer Voice on what is required when a nursing home closes, click here.  For the results of a study on reducing the negative impact of nursing home closures, click here.

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The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia has been serving Orange County and surrounding areas for the past fourteen years. Kathleen Flammia began her Elder Law practice in the heart of Winter Park, Florida after being in the criminal defense arena for 15 years.

Home Health Care Patients With Chronic Conditions Are Having Trouble Getting Medicare

Submitted by: Kathleen Flammia, P.A., Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, One Senior Place Resident Business

Kathleen FlammiaMedicare is supposed to provide up to 35 hours a week of home care to those who qualify, but many Medicare patients with chronic conditions are being wrongly denied such care, according to Kaiser Health News. For a variety of reasons, many home health care agencies are simply telling patients they are not covered.

Medicare is mandated to cover home health benefits indefinitely. In addition, Medicare is required to cover skilled nursing and home care even if a patient has a chronic condition. Unfortunately, many home health providers are not aware of the law and tell home health care patients that they must show improvement in order to receive benefits.

According to a Kaiser Health News article, confusion over whether or not improvement is required (it is not) is one part of the problem. Another issue is that home health care workers are afraid they will not get paid if they take on long-term care patients. In an effort to crack down on fraud, Medicare is more likely to audit providers who provide long-term care. This encourages providers to favor patients who need short-term care.

In addition, Medicare’s Home Health Compare ratings website may be having a negative effect on home health care agencies’ willingness to provide for long-term care patients. One measure of care qualification is whether a patient is improving. Because patients with chronic conditions don’t necessarily improve, they could lower an agency’s rating. Also, under a rule that just went into effect, home health care agencies cannot dismiss a patient without a doctor’s note. This may make agencies even more reluctant to take on long-term care patients.

If you are wrongly denied Medicare home health benefits, you can appeal, although you may have to be persistent to get coverage. The Center for Medicare Advocacy has a self-help packet for navigating appeals.

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The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia has been serving Orange County and surrounding areas for the past fourteen years. Kathleen Flammia began her Elder Law practice in the heart of Winter Park, Florida after being in the criminal defense arena for 15 years.

‘Live Long & Prosper’ Series brought to you by Whittaker Cooper Financial Group: “You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility”

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Columnist, Radio Host Kicks off ‘Live Long & Prosper’ Series

Health and Well-being advocate Lillian McDermott to speak at One Senior Place 

 

(VIERA, FL)  January 3, 2018 –  Too many Christmas cookies? Deflated energy? A New Year’s resolution gone awry?  Live Long & Prosper! is a new discussion series and a good reason to visit One Senior Place on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 PM.  Newspaper columnist, radio show host and Certified Life Coach, Lillian McDermott will kick off the new series at the Viera marketplace for boomer and senior resources at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road with a high energy talk entitled, You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility.  The signature talk by Ms. McDermott espouses the importance of personal responsibility in self-care and the opportunity to learn and grow.  Sponsored by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, the series of free monthly events will feature advice from professional women and men on charting a course for well-being during retirement.  Attendees will also receive a free soft-bound resource and planning guide by the MIT AgeLab.  Refreshments and a prize drawing will be provided by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group, which maintains a satellite office at One Senior Place in Viera.  Attendees are encouraged to call (321) 751-6771 and RSVP for the event to reserve seating and free resource materials.  For more information about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit their website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or call (321) 751-6771.

 

Raymond James Investment Advisor Representative, Jim DeLaura, thinks You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility describes the perfect mindset for the series of discussions on well-being in maturity.

 

“People today who are eying retirement want to do it the right way; with physical and financial health that will help them enjoy every second,” said Mr. DeLaura. “The new discussion series at One Senior Place is the perfect place to listen, learn and ask questions as they prepare to make the leap.  Lillian McDermott has a message and a name that is synonymous with health, well being and confident self-care.  Who better to address folks who are wanting to Live Long & Prosper?”

 

You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility is just one of the dozens of events presented annually by One Senior Place in Viera.  One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  To learn more about One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com or call 321-751-6771.

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PHOTO  (attached) The role of individual responsibility in growth, learning and well-being is the subject of discussion by radio host and columnist Lillian McDermott at One Senior Place in Viera on Thursday, January 18. To RSVP, call 321-751-6771. photo courtesy of lillian mcdermott

 

ABOUT LILLIAN McDERMOTT – Lillian McDermott has been in Sales & Marketing most of her career and is the owner of Lillian M. McDermott & Associates. A daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend, her purpose is to reach out to all who are open.  Ms. McDermott’s belief is that life is perfect and a huge classroom full of gifts & lessons if one chooses to look at life with gratitude!

Even though Lillian has a full-time career in legal and medical marketing, she is also a soloist at her church, a Certified Life Coach and the host of The Lillian McDermott Radio Show.  Her show can be heard weekdays at 8 am on “The Biz” AM 1600 , FM 100.3;  at noon on AM 1510, FM 94.7, FM 99.9, FM 100.7; and Saturdays,  at 11 am at “WBOB” AM 600, “The Answer” FM 101.1.  The show is heard from Southeast Georgia, Northeast Florida to West Palm Beach.  The Lillian McDermott Show has listeners all over the world through the internet, YouTube and on-demand through iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio.  Visitors can listen LIVE at http://www.lillianmcdermott.com/.

 

The purpose of the show is to empower those who have forgotten they matter and create 100% responsibility for everything we do.  Each week, the focus is to share friendly and respectful discussions that lead to growth. From the wise unknown person to internationally renowned celebrity experts, all come on the show to share “love and knowledge.”  The show has allowed Lillian to reach an ever-increasing circle of “Listening Friends,” with whom to share the message of hope.

 

WhenYouNeedaFriend.com was created to offer a different perspective and be a friend to anyone who needs a good friend to turn to.   Lillian’s commitment is to promote healing; her mission is to make awareness, responsibility and truth a part of our everyday life.  Her hope is for listeners and readers of her column to feel empowered to live the life of their dreams.  Contact Lillian McDermott at Lilly@WhenYouNeedaFriend.com or by clicking on  the “Contact” button at http://www.lillianmcdermott.com/.

 

ABOUT ONE SENIOR PLACE– Now in its 11th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.

 

ABOUT WHITTAKER COOPER FINANCIAL GROUP –

The Whittaker Cooper Financial Group Inc. is a full service firm offering accounting and tax services, and where advisors provide financial planning services for clients in Brevard County and Central Florida.  Begun in 1985, Whittaker Cooper Financial Group is headquartered at 1692 West Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne. Principals include Branch Manager Kenneth Whittaker, CPA/PFS*, CFP®, CLU, ChFC and I. Wayne Cooper, CPA.  Whittaker Cooper Financial Group maintains a satellite office inside of One Senior Place in Viera, located at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road. For more information on Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, call 321-723-3352 or visit the website at http://raymondjames.com/whittakercooper/.

 

Whittaker Cooper Financial Group is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.  The accounting and tax advice and services of Kenneth Whittaker, I. Wayne Cooper and Whittaker Cooper Financial Group are independent of RJFS. Raymond James is not affiliated with Lillian McDermott, the Lillian McDermott Show, MIT AgeLab or One Senior Place. Links are being provided for information purposes only. Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse, authorize or sponsor any of the listed websites or their respective sponsors. Raymond James is not responsible for the content of any website or the collection or use of information regarding any website’s users and/or members. Opinions expressed are not  necessarily those of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information, contact: Kathi Ridner, Director

Kathi@OneSeniorPlace.com  or call 321-751-6771

Every Day is Veterans Day: One Senior Place hosts free event in Altamonte Springs Sept. 22

A Fitting Tribute to Veterans

One Senior Place Greater Orlando is hosting Every Day is Veterans Day, an annual event that recognizes our country’s veterans.

Sgt Harry Shakes and Don KramerIn order to celebrate and honor the service of U.S. veterans, One Senior Place Greater Orlando, along with Honor Flight Central Florida and VITAS Healthcare, will host Every Day is Veterans Day on Friday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its offices in Altamonte Springs.

Free and open to the public, the event has become a tradition at One Senior Place, and this year, numerous veterans and military organizations will be represented. Every Day is Veterans Day will feature a color guard, musical tribute, celebrity emcee, refreshments and door prizes.

“We feel there’s nothing more important than honoring and remembering the service of our veterans,” said Don Kramer, CEO of One Senior Place. “As providers of advice and services to seniors, caregivers and those approaching retirement, we constantly come into contact with them and understand the critical role they play as mentors to our younger generations and individuals whose sacrifices have helped preserve our freedoms.”

One of the event’s hosts, Honor Flight, is a non-profit organization dedicated to  providing veterans with honor and closure by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials created to honor their service and sacrifice.

Top priority is given to WWII veterans and those who may be terminally ill.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 640 WWII veterans die every day, so the time to express thanks to these brave men and women is running out. Honor Flight works to ensure as many as possible get to visit these memorials.

“Veterans have given so much, and it’s important we show them their efforts are not forgotten,” said Donald Menzel, Honor Flight Central Florida marketing director. “Every Day is Veterans Day is a great example of how a community should honor veterans, and we’re proud to be hosting this event with One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare.”

Highlighting this year’s event will be a patriotic musical salute performed by the CINQ Brass Quintet and Legacy! Choral Ensemble from Central Florida Community Arts.

For the fourth year, the multiple-award-winning Dorie Miller Memorial Post 331 of Orlando will perform Presentation of Colors. Winners of several color guard competitions, Post 331 will also be presented with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from U.S. Congressman Bill Posey during the event.

Lauren Rowe, best known as the award-winning news anchor for WKMG-TV Local 6 Orlando, will act as celebrity emcee. Rowe is currently president of Rowe Communications and Director of Communications for Orlando Sanford International Airport.

This year, the Vietnam Unforgettable Memories Foundation (VUMF), a group of Vietnamese-American women whose mission is to thank all Vietnam-era veterans for defending their country against communist aggression, will present memorial pins to all Vietnam veterans in attendance.

For those who have passed, the VUMF will present memorial pins to surviving spouses or Gold Star Mothers.

“This is always such a touching and special day for everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event more than ever before,” said Kramer. “It just keeps growing, which says a lot about this community and its support of veterans.”

Most of those who will be attending the event served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, but all veterans are welcome. And while Every Day is Veterans Day is all about the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, it is free and open to the public.

“Everyone is welcome,” stressed Kramer. “We want everyone to join us in honoring and celebrating the selfless service of those who have given so much.”

While an RSVP is not required, attendees are encouraged to call 407-949-6733 so that organizers can fully accommodate the expected large turnout.

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Photo Caption: 95-year old Army Command Sergeant Major Harry Shakes (Retired) is a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam and is pictured here with Don Kramer, Founder and CEO of One Senior Place.  Honor Flight and One Senior Place will team up to honor veterans at a special patriotic concert during Every Day is Veterans Day on Friday, September 22, from 10am-1pm at One Senior Place. Call 407-949-6733 for more information or to reserve free tickets.  Photo courtesy of One Senior Place

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One Senior Place is a comprehensive, one-stop resource office with access to information, advice, and services for seniors. Not only are a variety of businesses available in one location, but we also offer educational seminars on a regular basis, and our Senior Resource Library is available to help you find what you are looking for. Call 407-949-6733 for more information or for a complimentary consultation with a One Senior Place Aging Services Expert.

 

Honor Flight Presents ‘Every Day is Veterans Day’ Sept 22

Patriotic musical salute at popular annual event in Altamonte Springs  

(ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL)  September 12, 2017 –  Honor Flight Central Florida presents Every Day is Veterans Day, a patriotic concert and special free event for veterans on Friday, September 22 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs. Co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare and One Senior Place Greater Orlando,  the event will begin with a Posting of the Colors by the award-winning Dorie Miller Memorial Post 331 of Orlando Color Guard. Rousing marches by John Philip Sousa as well as songs of America will be performed by Cinq Brass Quintet and Legacy! Choral Ensemble from Central Florida Community Arts.  The event will be emceed by Lauren Rowe, best known as the award-winning television news anchor for WKMG-TV Local 6 in Orlando.  A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Vietnam War Commemoration pin, given to all Vietnam Veterans in attendance, or their Gold Star family member, by the Vietnam Unforgettable Memories Foundation.  The mission of the Foundation, operated entirely by Vietnamese-American women, is to thank veterans of the Vietnam war and educate the public at large on the scope of American sacrifices for freedom.  Attendees are invited to wear red, white and blue in patriotic solidarity.  While there is no charge for the concert, attendees are asked to RSVP to 407-949-6733 to reserve seating in the VITAS auditorium at One Senior Place, located near Florida Hospital, off I-4 between State Roads 434 and 436.  More information about the free Every Day is Veterans Day is available at www.OneSeniorPlace.com, on FaceBook at www.faceboook.com/OneSeniorPlaceOrlando or by calling 407-949-6733.

Marketing Director for Honor Flight Central Florida, Donald Menzel is expecting a big turnout for Every Day is Veterans Day At One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs.

“We are delighted to be partnering with One Senior Place and VITAS Healthcare to honor our veterans with this special patriotic concert event,” said Menzel. “Our focus has always been on the debt of gratitude we owe to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. The concert is a reminder of our great nation and those who answered the call to serve.”

Begun in 2005, Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials of their service branch. Top priority is given to World War II veterans, along with veterans of other conflicts who may be terminally ill.  Since 2005, more than 180,000 veterans and 126,000 guardians have been flown to the nation’s capital by Honor Flight.

Every Day is Veterans Day is one of several major events held annually at One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, a marketplace for resources, information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families.  One Senior Place Greater Orlando is located at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs.  The award-winning concept brings together various services for seniors under a single roof.  The One Senior Place Greater Orlando site offers over 14,000 sq. ft. of showrooms, office suites and advertising opportunities for 50 senior-focused businesses.  The Altamonte location was recognized for its positive impact on the community and named “Business of the Year” by the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. A complete calendar of One Senior Place events and list of affiliated providers is available at www.OneSeniorPlace.com, through FaceBook atwww.facebook.com/OneSeniorPlaceOrlando or by calling 407-949-6733.

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Photo (attached) –  Veterans will be honored during ‘Every Day is Veterans Day,’ a patriotic concert event on Friday, September 22 at One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs.  Call 407-949-6733 for more information. photo by judith vaughn photography.

 About Honor Flight – Each Honor Flight is conducted by a chapter of the non-profit network dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the Washington, D.C. memorials of the respective war(s) in which they fought.   An Honor Flight is at no cost to the veteran.  Currently the Honor Flight network of organizations is focused on transporting veterans of World War II to the National World War II Memorial, and any veteran with a terminal illness to see the memorial of the war in which they fought. Organizers will “naturally transition” their programs to focus on veterans of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and subsequent wars as the veterans of those wars get older.

Honor Flights arrive at all three of the Washington’s area airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. The veterans are generally escorted by volunteer Guardians, who help them on the flight and around D.C. After landing, the taxiing airplane may be saluted by fire trucks, and passengers are often met by cheering crowds in D.C. or upon their return flight home. More information about Honor Flight is available at their website,https://www.honorflight.org.

 About One Senior Place– Now in its 12th year, One Senior Place is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place Greater Orlando at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs is a one-stop information and retail sales center “revolutionizing the way America shops for senior care and services.”  It is off I-4 between State Roads 434 and 436.  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 407-949-6733.

About VITAS Healthcare – VITAS® Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care. Our name is derived from the Latin word for “lives” and symbolizes the VITAS mission: to preserve the quality of life for those who have a limited time to live.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS operates 44 hospice locations in in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

VITAS has enjoyed dynamic growth since its founding as a volunteer organization by a United Methodist minister and an oncology nurse. Today, VITAS employs 11,490 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily-primarily in the patients’ homes, and also in the company’s inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities. VITAS team members include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, physicians, social workers, chaplains and other caregiving professionals.  More about VITAS® Healthcare is available on their website at https://www.vitas.com/

Exclusive Q & A with Don Kramer about “Every Day Is Veterans Day”!

*SPECIAL EVENT* “Every Day Is Veterans Day” on September 30th from 3-6pm

An Exclusive Q & A with Don Kramer, Founder and CEO of One Senior Place

OSP_EDIVDflyer2017-F2_NO MARGIN LINES_tinyHow has the event grown since its inception five years ago?

DK: Initially, we hosted the Every Day is Veterans Day at One Senior Place. The response was overwhelming, and we had to scramble a bit to squeeze nearly 200 people in. This year, we expect over 800 attendees, a full house at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Are there any new additions to the event this year?

DK: Actually, it’s pretty much ALL new this year. For each of the first four years, the event revolved around a celebrity Keynote Speaker, and they were all fantastic. This year, we decided to change things up and do a big, red-white-and-blue, star-spangled patriotic concert. We’ll have a symphony orchestra, a choral ensemble, guest soloists, and a bagpipe and drum band…  some of Brevard’s best musicians performing America’s greatest patriotic music.

Also new this year, we’re honored that the Posting of Colors ceremony will be performed by the multiple-award-winning American Legion Dorie Miller Memorial Post 331 of Orlando Color Guard. And – NEWS FLASH! – we just learned that a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from United Stated Congressman Bill Posey will be presented to the Post 331 Color Guard at the event!

 

Which veteran and military organizations are going to be attending with information for the public?

DK: Every year, we invite key agencies, non-profits and service organizations focused on veterans to have a table with representatives and information on the services they offer. So far, we have commitments from Melbourne Combat Vet Center, Space Coast Honor Flight, Volunteers of America Florida Veterans Village of Cocoa, and Aging Matters in Brevard just to name a few. We’ll also be giving away copies of the One Senior Place “Veterans Resource Guide,” where we do our best to list all Brevard County veterans resources that we can find.

 

What do you think people look forward to the most about attending this concert?

DK: Our country is in the middle of one of the most turbulent periods in recent memory, and my sense is that people are feeling unsettled and even discouraged. Our hope is that this concert will cut through all of that. Regardless of our politics, regardless of age, regardless of what color we are or where our parents came from, we all love our country. I think this will be a tremendous opportunity for our community to come together, honor our great country, thank our veterans, and just feel good about being an American.

 

What does it mean to One Senior Place to honor and recognize veterans for their services through this patriotic event?

DK: We’ve done literally hundreds of events since we opened in 2006, but “Every Day is Veterans Day” is always our favorite. It’s a joy to do it, but it’s more than that; it’s a privilege and an honor. We owe literally everything to our veterans, and this is our way to say, “Thank you for your service!”

 

Photo above: Flyer for “Every Day Is Veterans Day” event.  Please click for more information.

Long-Term Care Scorecard Finds States Have Room for Improvement

Submitted by: Kathleen Flammia, P.A., Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, One Senior Place Resident Business

Kathleen FlammiaA new report finds that states have made incremental improvements in providing long-term care, but need to make more improvements in order to meet the needs of the growing number of people who require long-term care services. According to the 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, while long-term care remains unaffordable for middle class families, there has been some progress in other areas.

The scorecard, a collaboration between the AARPThe Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation, measures states’ long-term care system performance in five areas: affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care, support for family caregivers, and effective transitions between care settings.

The 2017 scorecard found that states showed progress since the previous scorecard in 2014 in reducing inappropriate antipsychotic drug use for nursing home residents, helping family caregivers, reducing long-term nursing home stays, increasing the number of Medicaid recipients receiving care at home or in the community rather than in an institution, and reducing potentially burdensome hospitalizations for people who die in a nursing home. However, the scorecard concludes that overall improvements are not keeping up with the demand. For example, there are not enough home care workers to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities living in the community. In addition, while states have made improvements in providing home health care, progress is moving too slowly to keep up with growing needs.

According to the scorecard, the top five states for long-term care are Washington, Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, and Alaska. The bottom five states are Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and Indiana. Tennessee and New York made the most progress since the previous scorecard in 2014.

To see where your state ranks, go here: http://www.longtermscorecard.org/2017-scorecard

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The Law Office of Kathleen Flammia has been serving Orange County and surrounding areas for the past fourteen years. Kathleen Flammia began her Elder Law practice in the heart of Winter Park, Florida after being in the criminal defense arena for 15 years.

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