Care Plus More named Best Senior Living Provider

Care Plus More, a Senior Home-Care Agency, located in Washington Crossing, has been named Best Senior Living Provider for 2015.

“Because we treat our clients and caregivers like family and are committed to delivering the best home care experience, we are honored to have won this award. We pride ourselves on attracting employees who have a genuine love for helping others,” said Gregg Rackin, Agency CEO.

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors now open

Farmers Market Nutrition Program – offering free vouchers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets – is now open throughout Bucks County.

County residents 60 or older are eligible for free vouchers worth $20. Income guidelines start at $21,775 or less annually for an individual, adding $7,696 for each additional household member.

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‘I would just like a simple cremation.’

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

Many times families or individuals will contact a funeral home for a pre-arrangement or when a death occurs and state, “We just want a simple cremation.” What they may not be aware of, however, is that even though the services selected are more simplistic in nature, a family must still go over the same amount, or more, details than a traditional arrangement.

Funeral homes still must follow certain procedures. They must take custody of a loved one by transferring an individual from a place of passing. This requires a vehicle, a trained individual or more, special equipment to lift and transport a decedent and a licensed funeral facility to shelter an individual prior to cremation.

The funeral home must also have a physician sign a death certificate with a cause of death listed for state vital statistics. Once signed, the funeral home types the vital statistics onto the certificate and sends a copy to the Coroner’s Office in the county where the death occurred, excluding Philadelphia County. The coroner will approve the cause of death stated by the physician and issue a cremation permit to the funeral home.

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You should have your estate plan reviewed if…

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Some people think that once they’ve written a will and implemented an estate plan, they can forget all about it. Of course, that’s not true; an estate plan must be reviewed periodically and updated, or it can become out-of-date and actually frustrate all your good intentions.

As a general rule, an estate plan should be reviewed at least every several years to make sure it still reflects your personal and financial situation, your wishes, and the current tax laws. But sometimes it’s good to look at an estate plan more often.

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Visiting Angels of Doylestown PA: Providing seniors with personalized non-medical, in-home care

by June Portnoy

Jacqueline Mekanik, Co-Director of Visiting Angels of Doylestown PA, has professional and personal experience working with seniors in need of assistance. In addition to being a nurse for 25 years, she and her husband, Steve, cared for her grandparents at their home when they were ill.

“Even as a nurse, I saw how challenging it was to care for your loved ones without any help,” says Jacqueline. “However, I didn’t want to change their entire routines and uproot them from their familiar surroundings by placing them in an assisted living facility.”

This first-hand experience gave Jacqueline and Steve the motivation to purchase their Visiting Angels franchise, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of at-home assisted living services for seniors. This non-medical senior care agency offers both personal and companion care services for your elderly family members.

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Mother’s Day at Spring Village

Spring Village at Floral Vale held an elegant outdoor Mother’s Day Luncheon earlier this month, attended by many residents and their family members.

Pictured are Laura Moutoux, Ruth Childs, and Lynn Iosti enjoying the festivities. Photo by Kelly Maroney.

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Middletown Seniors’ bus trip

The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel program for all ages.

Buses depart from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown. Make checks payable to M.S.C.A. and mail to above address.

Include traveler’s name, phone number, address, and partners. Call for further details at 215-945-5345 or 215-945-2920.

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Can you be discharged from an Assisted Living facility?

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Assisted Living facilities provide long-term or permanent care for residents. However, occasionally they are confronted with a situation, which requires them to discharge a resident or terminate the resident’s admission contract.

As a resident, you have rights, which protect you from being discharged without cause.

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Falls Senior Center sponsoring trip to CT

The Falls Township Senior Center is sponsoring an overnight trip to Connecticut casinos on Sunday, June 28th and Monday, June 29th.

The cost is $223 for a double and $273 for a single room. The bus will leave the center, located at 282 Trenton Road in Fairless Hills, at 8:30am on June 28th. There will be a lunch stop at Mystic Village, CT. Your overnight stay will be at Foxwoods Casino’s Great Cedar Hotel. Included are dinner and breakfast buffets. There is a large Sunday night Bingo where hundreds of people play for good size winnings. On your second day proceed to Mohegan Sun Casino, includes free play ($15) and a buffet. Return on June 29th at approximately 7:30pm.

Signup deadline is May 28th. For more info call 215-547-6563.

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Spring Village at Floral Vale: Helping memory care residents Live in the moment

by June Portnoy

If your loved one is in need of memory care, there are numerous personal care/assisted living facilities from which to choose. However, keep in mind many of these communities are administering various care programs under one roof, with their memory care residents in a secured unit behind locked doors.

For that reason alone, a better option you might want to consider is Spring Village at Floral Vale, specializing exclusively in memory care.

“Our community can offer more freedom and independence,” says Callista Oberholtzer, Director of Admissions. “Our residents can walk freely throughout our entire community in a secured setting, which includes our beautiful outdoor courtyards.”

Spring Village’s first priority is to provide memory care with respect, love and understanding. Assessing a new resident’s level of care resulting in an individualized plan of care is the first step.

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