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We’ll Take You There

JLF_ConciergeTransportServices_logoJust Like Family Home Care just recently launched a new company called Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services. We now have three vehicles services clients throughout Southwest Florida (and even the East Coast!) – The response has been incredible and Jacob and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

We’re finding in just a few short months, that this MUCH NEEDED service, originally designed for our senior clients, is really for ANYONE. We’re offering one-way or round-trip rides for:

  • Airport Service
  • Errands/Grocery Shopping
  • Hospital Discharge
  • Doctor & Medical Appointments
  • Hair & Day Spa Appointments
  • Weddings/Receptions
  • Prom & Graduation
  • Special Events
  • Corporate Service
  • Night Out
  • Group Transportation

Concierge Transport Services provide transportation to and from all commercial and private airports with a 200 mile radius:

  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
  • Naples Municipal Airport
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Port of Miami
  • Port of Tampa
  • Port of Everglades

We recently drove a nice couple from Minnesota to the airport on a rainy Tuesday morning and they just gave us this great review:

“We had an extra early flight and had to be picked up at 4:30 am.  It was rainy that morning so our driver arrived a few minutes early to ensure that we had plenty of time to make our flight.

The vehicle was very neat and clean and even had a bottle of water for each of us.  Extra early morning conversation is always a hard one to gauge, but our driver handled it perfectly.

The flat rate of $53.00 to RSW is a great price.  We didn’t have to worry about how much to tip, etc.  We were over the top happy with the service we received and will definitely use it again when we return to Naples.”

— Tom Robertson & Loretta Smith, Hopkins, MN

Whether you want to go out to dinner or to the other coast, Concierge Transport Service Will Take You There. 

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SAVE THE DATE: Celebrity Bartending to Celebrate Senior Citizens

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Noodles Italian Café and Sushi Bar, a locally owned restaurant at Mission Plaza in Naples, will host a fundraiser to help support Southwest Florida Seniors in need on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Just Like Family Home Care, a family-owned home care company servicing seven Southwest Florida counties, is celebrating Senior Citizens Month this May and partnering with Noodles to present a celebrity bartending night. The event is designed to raise awareness of the growing need to help seniors, especially during the summer months.

“Summer is an extremely slow time of year in terms of donations and many of our local non-profits are very low on supplies,” says Nassberg. “People are so generous around the holidays, but our hope is that this Senior Drive will spark giving at a time when it is most needed.”

The cost for one ticket will be $20, and will include a variety of foods, plus one free drink ticket. Tickets for the fundraiser may be purchased at the door. $10 from each ticket and tips raised by the celebrity bartenders will be split between St. Matthews House and Goodlette Arms.

Guests are also asked to bring one new item that can be donated to Just Like Family’s Senior Collection Drive. Throughout the month of May, JLF is collecting items for seniors. Suggested donations include socks, shampoo, pajamas, games, glasses, sweaters, blankets, stamps, wheelchairs, walkers, medical supplies and personal hygiene items.

In June, the donations will be distributed to St. Matthews House and Goodlette Arms, a low income, housing apartment for seniors subsidized by the federal governments HUD.

For more information, contact Just Like Family Home Care at 239.431.6661 or visit justlikefamilyhomecare.com.

 

 


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Senior Month, Senior Drive

Help Just Like Family collect NEW items for our Seniors in Need

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May is just around the corner and that means it is time for Just Like Family Home Care’s 2nd annual Senior Collection Drive. Join JLF as we celebrate Senior Citizens in My. During the month of May through June we are collecting NEW items to distribute to Seniors in need in Southwest Florida.Last year the drive was a huge success because of our partners’ generosity and support. We ask that you participate this year by helping us collect as much as we can for our Seniors. In June, items will be distributed to St. Matthews House and Goodlette Arms. I talked to a spokesperson with St. Matthews House earlier this week and I am told the summer months are when they’re in the most need. People are so generous around the holidays, but our hope is that this Senior Drive will spark giving year round. Last year we donated more than 50 boxes worth of items and I am confident we can surpass that this time around!

How can you help? Create your own Senior Collection Drive. We have marketing materials and custom boxes available.

Suggested Items include:

  • Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Facial Tissues
  • Throat Drops
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Softener Sheets
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towels
  • Household Cleaners
  • Sweaters for Men or Women
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Undershirts for Men
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Undershirts for Men
  • Socks
  • Greeting Cards
  • Stamps
  • Crossword Puzzle Books
  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee
  • Canned Goods
  • Bottled Water
  • Ensure
  • Reading Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Knitting Supplies
  • Deck of Cards
  • Calendars

When your box is filled, simply phone us at (239) 431-6661 and we will pick up your collection. Thank you for your help and support and we look forward to working with you in the coming months!


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Celebrating Five Years with Just Like Family

Our slogan at Just Like Family is: “Just Like Family: Where your family is our family, too.” We always say that we treat our customers like family, but it goes hand in hand with our employees and caretakers. As a small business, it’s a challenge to find loyal, reliable employees, which is why Just Like Family feels so blessed to have not one, but two employees celebrating their five year anniversaries with us.

Michelle Krumm: Regional Sales Manager 

Michelle Krumm began her Just Like Family career in 2009, working as a Sales Representative prior to being promoted to Regional Sales Manager three years ago. Krumm is proud of how much growth the company has seen in the last five years. Her job is to work directly with sales reps out in the field in Lee and Collier County, working to train them in order to grow the business and expand Just Like Family’s territory to Charlotte County. Her efforts are evident as the company now has 17 employees.

“The possibilities are endless,” says Krumm. “I love working for a smaller company. I love being able to take an idea and run with it. I don’t have to go through the corporate chain, but instead, I can go to Lis and Jacob and the next day the idea can come to life.”

Krumm says it’s easy to come into work everyday when her bosses are her best friends. “That goes a long way because Lis and Jacob are compassionate and loyal. The loyalty we have for one another is hard to find with businesses today.”

On top of that, Krumm says helping people everyday is very rewarding. “This job is different than the sales I’ve done in the past. Here, I’m making a difference in people’s lives. It’s hard when adult children are out of state and can’t see mom and dad on a daily or even monthly basis. You’re that piece that brings everything together for them.”

Alissa Mitchell: Client Relations Manager

When Alissa Mitchell started at Just Like Family in 2009 she never imagined the growth the company would see in just five years. When she started, she did everything from payroll to staffing.  “We were four people. I was excited. Michelle and I started two weeks apart. I remember discussing how we’d like to see the company grow, but it happened so quickly. I can’t believe we have 17 people in this office today,” says Mitchell.

Mitchell says it’s a combination of the people she works with and the clients she has met that has made coming into work for the last five years so rewarding. “The company name says it all. Just Like Family. Lis and Jacob have always been like family to me. Not only that, you grow a bond with the caregivers, the clients and the clients families. It’s huge and that’s what makes this job interesting and fun,” says Mitchell. “It’s something different every day and as we continue to move forward, it’s about being a part of helping the company grow.”

 


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Spring Cleaning!

Spring “sprung” back on March 20, but it doesn’t really start feeling like the season until April comes around.  Once it’s April, you can really feel the change in the air (and the air finally getting above freezing up north!).  Spring brings spring rain, spring flowers, and, of course, spring cleaning!  It’s a great idea to clean out the old living space once a year, and make certain you aren’t drowning in superfluous flotsam.  When you’re older, it can be very easy to let decades’ worth of living take over your home, and be lacking the physical capabilities to do something about it.  You may not even be able to keep up with simple housecleaning chores throughout the year because of poor health or mobility, making that annual purge all the more important.

So, where do you even start?  And how do you stay safe while you clean?

Make a List

The first thing to do is make a list for yourself of what you’re going to be cleaning, so you can keep it all straight and make sure you get to everything you want to.  Doubly important is a list of safety tasks to make sure you’re keeping yourself safe while you clean, like making certain hallways are clear of clutter that you could trip over, getting rid of expired food or medications, and making certain bulbs in lights and batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are up to snuff.

Get a Crew Together

Once you know what you’re going to be cleaning, don’t try to do it alone!  Get your friends and family to help you.  Not only will this make it take less time, it’ll make the effort far safer, and far more fun.  Don’t overexert yourself, and never lift heavy objects on your own!  And remember, you’re never alone: many retirement communities even have “cleaning clubs” to take care of these sorts of things as a community.

Make it a Party

Use this opportunity to be social and make stronger connections with your loved ones.  Cook for everyone and play bouncy music while you work to help pass the time and make the affair a positive experience for everyone.

Start with the Piles

Are there piles of clutter in your home?  Start there!   Organize those large piles first, don’t just go around them.  You can’t very well be sweeping the floor with piles of magazines and knickknacks in the way!

Don’t be Afraid to Trash

It can be hard to let go of some things, but you should always be ready for the future.  Use this opportunity to throw away now-useless items that are just taking up space.  This will reduce dangerous clutter, and also get you ready in case you have to move to a smaller home in the future.  If you can’t bring yourself to throw away something, but know, in your heart, you don’t need it, give it to a loved one for safekeeping instead.

Don’t Ignore the Details

Scrub and polish every surface, and sweep every floor.  Make sure there’s nothing left that could cause a fall in the future, and cover any potentially slippery surfaces with a rug.

Double Check Before you Finish

Before you wrap up the cleaning, double-check those bulbs and batteries, and make a note of anything you need, like new medications, replenished emergency supplies, fire extinguishers, and lists of emergency contacts.  Don’t just clean, make sure you’re prepared.