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Non-Emergency Transport Now Available

D80_2304Vehicle #3 has arrived at Concierge Transport Services. We are so excited to offer non-emergency transportation to patients as we’ve seen first hand the growing need for reliable and affordable transportation in Naples and Southwest Florida.

This new, non-emergency van is handicap accessible and equipped to handle up to two wheelchairs or a stretcher. The vehicles are designed for people who are unable to travel without leaving their wheelchair or for patients who need to be transported from one hospital to another.

Our Concierge Executives are available to pick you up anytime of the day or night to take you home, to an assisted living facility or another hospital.

Customers who use our non-emergency vehicles typically call us for dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation appointments.

Regular hours of transport are from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. After hours are available at an additional cost.

 


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Meet our Driver: Vinny Muzii

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Driver: Vinny Muzii

Born: Brooklyn, New York

Experience: NYFD Paramedic, LPN

Favorite Thing about SWFL: The Weather

Family: Wife and Daughter

 

 

D80_2308Vinny Muzii was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where he lived for 40 years before moving to Naples in 2008. Vinny worked for the New York Fire Department (NYFD) as a paramedic for 12 years and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Vinny began working with Just Like Family Home Care in 2014 as an LPN, helping specifically with critical care & hospice patients. Ultimately, Vinny decided to combine his experience driving ambulances with his nursing skills to become a full-time driver for Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services.

Vinny has been married for 18 years. He and his wife have a 15-year-old daughter who is Miss Southwest Florida for the Cure. Vinny’s favorite thing about living in Southwest Florida is the weather. In his free time he enjoys playing sports including baseball, softball and fishing.

 


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Thank You!

ImageWow, what an incredible turnout for last night’s Celebrity Bartender Night at Noodles. Just Like Family Home Care presented the evening as a way to raise awareness and funds for local seniors in need. For $20, guests received a drink ticket and wristband for a sushi buffet. $10 went back to Noodles and $10 went to St. Matthews House. For two and a half hours, 16 celebrity bartenders in the medical field poured drinks (in 30 minute shifts) and worked for tips behind the bar. I am not sure what the total count is just yet, but there were at least four tip jars and they were all full and that was amazing to see.

Not only that, but we had a donation box out front to collect new items for our Senior Collection Drive and the box was full! I couldn’t believe how generous everyone wasimage-5

It was a huge success and great event to celebrate Senior Citizens Month and our Senior Collection Drive. Friends of the celebrity bartenders came out to support and we got to meet some new faces! Just Like Family is very passionate about helping the community, especially seniors. We will be collecting NEW items for our Senior Collection Drive through the end of the month so if you have any items you can bring them directly to Just Like Family Home Care or we can send our Concierge Transport Service vehicle to pick up the items.

A HUGE thank you to Noodles, our celebrity bartenders and everyone who came out! I can’t wait to do another event very soon!

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Celebrating our Seniors

This May we are celebrating Senior Citizens at Just Like Family Home Care as May is Senior Citizens Month. The history of Senior Citizens Month goes back half of a century.

According to the Administration on Aging, when Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.”

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month ofMay asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the Coun
try through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

The older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. 

At Just Like FamiImagely, we see the growth first hand and we know many of our local Seniors are in need of more than just caregivers. They need everyday toiletries, clothing, cards and more. Join us Wednesday May 14 from 5-7:30 p.m. for a Celebrity Bartender Night at Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar in Naples to celebrate Senior Citizens Month. A $20 donation at the door will provide you with a drink ticket and food.