The Brunswick breaks new ground for gardens

On May 19th, students from the Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia donated their day to create a new garden for the 100+ residents at The Brunswick at Attleboro, a Personal Care Community in Langhorne Borough. Lincoln High School students were responsible for the design and implementation of the new garden.

On their day off, the students donated over five hours of their time to put it all in to place. This time did not include the countless hours spent in development.

Along with the students, Dylan Thomas, a fifth grader at Herbert Hoover in Langhorne, and some of the residents and staff of The Brunswick were out in the gardens volunteering as well.

This day brought many generations together to develop a place for the community to enjoy. The Brunswick at Attleboro is proud to be cultivating relationships with the community at large, and hopes this is the beginning of many more events and opportunities to come.

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Deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st, 2015. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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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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