Q. How do you know what to look for when Safety and Socialization become a concern?

Once safety is a concern there are many things to consider: Is your loved one taking their medication as prescribed? Are you sure? Is it timely? Are they eating a nutritional meal and drinking enough fluids?
Are the things they use on a daily basis up on the counter tops and not under cabinets? Throw rugs; although they are decorative are they a fall risk? Safety first!

Isolation causes depression and stress which leads to illness. Is your loved one sleeping more than usual, not caring about their appearance? This can be a sign of depression. We all need a purpose. When your loved one is able to share their experiences and days with people their own age they seem to thrive and grow.

Our professional advisors can also help determine if isolation and safety are issues that may need addressing. We are passionate advocates for seniors and their needs by providing a complete senior living resource service.



What is the biggest difference between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities?

Residents in a nursing home require around the clock care and monitoring. They typically live with more complex health care conditions that require the assistance of a skilled nurse. Residents in an assisted living community generally require custodial care. It might be a person who lives with memory loss and isn’t safe living alone. Or an adult with mobility problems who needs a little help transferring from their bed to their favorite chair. Assisted Living Communities are the ‘new’ Nursing homes of the future. To find out more information please give us a call at Assisted Living Made Simple (386) 847-2322 or visit our facility at 629 N Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

What is the difference between a National placement agency and a local placement agency?

A local placement company will keep your information confidential; we are more knowledgeable about the properties in the area as we visit them on a regular basis. We understand the day-to-day operations of the local facilities, and we know what each facility specializes in.
To find out more information please give us a call at Assisted Living Made Simple (386) 847-2322 or visit our facility at 629 N Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

What Can a Senior Placement Service Do For You?

Our Senior Care Advisors guide you through the “healthcare maze” while taking away the fear of the unknown. We provide a complimentary service that takes you by the hand and walks you through that process. We are passionate advocates for seniors and their needs by providing a complete senior living resource service. To find out more information please give us a call at Assisted Living Made Simple (386) 847-2322 or visit our facility at 629 N Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

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Helpful information and phone numbers

Balance and Motion – Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:15 at Florida Health Care Wellness Center – 471 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Seniors can develop balance, coordination, core strength, and flexibility. Free – call to register – 386-676-7110, ext. 7293

Cancer Support Group – Support groups for breast cancer, caregivers, prostrate cancer, and many others. Every Thursday at 9:30 at Catholic Church Palm Coast 386-235-5310 – 386-917-5853

Council on Aging – Assistance for the elderly – 386-253-4700

Creative Caregiving – Mondays 11:30 – 1:30 at Harris House – 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach. Focus on caring for the caregiver, and engaging their partner through experiences that promote relaxation, concentration, and discovery. Free – call to register – 386-423-1753

First Call for Help – 24 hour info. for community services in Volusia and Flagler counties: 386-253-0563

Votran offers a special Gold Service which helps with transport to Doctor’s appointments. Sign up online at Votran.org, under special services link, click on Gold Service. Fill out application and send back to Votran. Numbers for Votran are as follows:
386-322-5100 – Daytona Beach area
386-943-7050 – West Volusia
386-424-6810 – SE Volusia
Votran does NOT transport Medicaid patients – please call the Medicaid hotline at 1-877-254-1055
The Florida Medicaid Task Force is investigating issues related to inadequate notices given to clients who are assessed for the Long-Term Care Program waiting list for home health services.
Any client who is assessed for the LTC Program Waitlist is supposed to receive a notice telling them their priority rank and how to request a copy of the completed screening tool and score, a fair hearing, and a rescreening. This requirement is set out in an adopted rule – 59G-4.193.
Despite the fact that this rule has been in effect for over a year, the notices still are not including this information. Recently, a memo went out to AAAs from DOEA saying that the AAAs can give out this information, IF ASKED. This still doesn’t meet the notice requirements.
DOEA needs to be pushed to do what the rule requires. We’d like to challenge the new memo as an un-adopted rule that conflicts with an adopted rule. Please check with clients who have been assessed to get a copy of their notice, and check to see if they might be willing to participate in a rule challenge to force DOEA to provide legal notice. The initial step, which often results in agency compliance, is just to write a letter on behalf of the client(s) warning that a challenge will be filed after 30 days if the problem isn’t corrected.
This will not require fees. If interested, email Nancy Wright at newright.law@gmail.com.

Selling or buying a home or business? Let Arnie Traub – Your Real Estate Navigator, save you from the overwhelming task of finding that perfect Florida Dream Home or Business Opportunity. Whether you are looking for commercial property with highway frontage, an oceanfront or riverfront home or condo, or simply a building lot with a great view, he can help like no one else. Tel: (386) 295-9999  email info@captainarnierealtor.com

At a loss of what to do for your loved one? You need this book! It is an educational guide to prepare you for senior care and its many facets. In this book are solutions to some of life’s most difficult decisions. It’s available as a free download for your kindle on Amazon.com and for purchase at our office. 



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April 2018 Happenings

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April 1, 2018


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver Support Group – Join us for a monthly education and support group designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support to people who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.


Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:30—11:30 at Harris House located at 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Call 386-847-2322 for more information.
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:30—11:30 at Aberdeen located at 50 Allwood Green Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. Call 386-615-6621 for directions or 386-847-2322 for more information.



Bereavement Support Group

This non-denominational bereavement support group is for any adult who has
experienced the death of someone they love. Whether it was by illness, accident or
suicide, you will find support, education and coping techniques to help you travel your
personal grief journey.

This is a monthly group, beginning Wednesday, March 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and
will continue every 4th Wednesday of the month. The group will meet at the Law
Office of Debra G. Simms, 823 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, FL. (east of Nova) This
group is facilitated by Randy Herman, MSW, LCSW, Phil, EdD and Debra G. Simms,
MSSA, JD. There is no cost to attend.

Registration is required. Please register by calling 386.256.4882 or by emailing

Meet our facilitators:

Randy Herman, MSW, LCSW, Phil, EdD. has a clinical social work practice in

New Smyrna Beach and is a retired professor emeritus from the University of St. Thomas
School of Social Work. He has many years of clinical practice with individuals, couples
and groups.

Dr. Herman was involved in the Purpose Project as the University of Minnesota
School of Medicine, providing groups for people facing second half of life decision
making. He has worked in the fields of mental health, HIV / AIDS, grief and trauma, and
has been a consultant to hospice programs, skilled nursing homes and hospitals.

Debra G. Simms is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, and has been practicing
law for 30 years. Prior to full-time law practice, Debra worked as a clinical social worker
in hospital settings. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case-Western
University, Cleveland, Ohio and her Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland State University-
John Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio.

Debra’s education in Social Work and Law gives her unique insight into the
interface between the two disciplines. She is a member of the Elder Law and Real
Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar and the Volusia County,
Bar, and she is an active member of the Florida Association of Elder Law Attorneys.


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Seniors with Mesothelioma: How to Live the Life You Want

The days when doctors prescribed nothing but bed rest during cancer treatment are long gone. Modern research has revealed that excessive inactivity actually poses a grave danger to seniors with cancer.

Inactivity can reduce the benefits of medical treatments by leading to poor physical fitness, and being idle all day also increases your risk of anxiety and depression. This can lead to a vicious cycle as chronic fatigue further discourages you from getting out and living your life.

No doubt, the symptoms of mesothelioma and the side effects of the treatments you undergo will sap some of your energy and make certain activities more difficult. If you keep an open mind, however, you will find there are still ways to keep yourself active and make good use of your time.

Modify Your Favorite Activities

Don’t let go of your passions — just change your approach to them. For example, if exercise is an important part of your life, but you’re not quite up to running laps and lifting weights anymore, remember gentler activities such as swimming and yoga can still do wonders for your physical fitness.

If you enjoy working with your hands, you can focus on work that requires precision rather than strength. Pruning a little bonsai tree takes the same amount of skill as trimming a big hedge, just as constructing a model boat is often as complex a task as building a real one.

Make New Friends

The world is full of illuminating perspectives and colorful personalities, and discovering them is often as simple as striking up a conversation with the person sitting next to you. While the greatest joy and comfort in life comes from the bonds we share with longtime friends and family members, don’t ignore all the other opportunities for companionship you have.

As a senior with mesothelioma, it may be tough to keep in touch with your old social network, and younger family members may not always have time to spare or the ability to really relate to what you’re going through. However, many other seniors out there are in the same position you are, and they could benefit from making a new friend just as much as you.

Get the Help You Need

The foundation to living the life you want is receiving the support you need. Of the many ideals you can choose to live up to with the time you have left, “rugged independence” shouldn’t be one of them. Mesothelioma is a rare disease that requires specialized care, and the challenges that come with it will make many activities of daily living more difficult.

If maintaining your independence is important to you, consider joining an assisted living community. Professionals can provide you with transportation, nutritious meals and help with chores while still letting you enjoy your own living space. In addition, you will have ample opportunities to socialize with the other members of the community.

Also be mindful of specific financial resources available to many mesothelioma patients. Look into grants for travel and treatment expenses, as well as legal options for patients with asbestos-related illnesses.

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Does Your Elderly Relative or Friend have an Advocate?

At a recent doctor’s appointment with Granny, I was praised for being her advocate. During her exam, the medical technician turned to Granny and said, “What happens to people like you that don’t have an advocate”? I’m sure it was meant rhetorically, but Granny replied, “THEY DIE.”

Sound like an exaggeration? If so, think again. Granny needed oxygen and it had been denied for her because of incorrect paperwork and insurance stipulations. She didn’t understand the problem, nor did she feel good enough to fight for herself. Thank goodness we got it taken care of when we did.

Many times over the past few years, I have gone to doctor’s appointments with my elderly relatives and friends. Most of the time I been called upon to offer additional information about their medical condition, take notes on what is diagnosed, and assist with carrying out a doctor’s directives. In many instances I have had to be insistent and adamant to get them the care they needed.

As people age it seems self-confidence diminishes and they become less and less prone to question doctors and advocate for themselves. Also, with diminished mental capacity, confusion may cause them to misrepresent the severity of their medical condition. They also only seem able to understand simple direct diagnoses and their medical conditions can be complicated and involved.

If you have an elderly relative or friend that doesn’t have an advocate, please consider being it for them. Or hire an advocate; they are sometimes called a Patient Advocate. The list below includes some of the services a “patient advocate” may provide.

  • Medical Assistance
    • Review diagnoses and treatment options
    • Handle medical records and test reports
    • Accompany and advocate for patients during medical appointments
  • Decision Making Assistance
    • Help patient decide between making an independent medical decision or shared family decision
    • Mediate or conflict resolution if families do not agree on a decision
    • Advocate decision with doctors or medical professionals
  • Insurance Assistance
    • Assist with choosing their health insurance plans
    • Handling insurance paperwork
    • Negotiating denials of insurance claims

For further information visit www.verywell.com, patient advocate.