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How to Maintain Independence as You Age

Here at Just Like Family Homecare, we want to help you or your loved one maintain independence for as long as possible. Sometimes you need a little help getting to the grocery store, doing household chores, or walking the dog. Our caregivers are always here to assist in any help you may need. Our transportation business, Concierge Transport Services, also caters to those wanting to maintain an independent life. We provide helpful drivers and comfortable vehicles to get you to doctor’s appointments, the airport, or just to the supermarket.

Maintain independence

Many of us out there balk at the idea of receiving help from others. We are independent and enjoy doing things on our own, even if it may take a little longer. As we age, it gets a little more difficult to maintain a fully independent life. Some of us are lucky and have great health til a very old age. Others may need some assistance every now and then. It is a good idea to stay physical for as long as possible. Walking daily is a great, low impact exercise that keeps your muscles moving and active.

It may be tough to admit, but our eyesight tends to decline as we age. We may need glasses or bifocals to see properly when before we had 20/20 vision. It is important to update your prescription as soon as you notice a decline. Poor eyesight can lead to accidents like slips, or, if you are still driving, fender benders. To ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers, you should be testing your eyesight regularly. If you notice a marked decline, it may be a good idea to forgo driving. Driving is a key part to our independence, but there are many safe alternatives out there for getting you from point A to point B. Even asking a friend or family member in advance is worthwhile. Don’t feel like a burden, your friends and family will be happy to help you out! There may even be a bus or driving service in your area that caters to the elderly.

There are some small fixes you can have done to your living space that can help you maintain independence. Items like shower seats or handrails will allow you to safely bathe yourself. Place non-slip mats inside the shower/tub and just outside. Making sure your floor is level, is also important, as this will help prevent slips and falls. Adding a grab bar near the toilet is also useful. As is raising the toilet, so sitting and standing is easier.

If you or a loved one needs some extra assistance to help maintain independence, or just wants a little extra help, Just Like Family Homecare has you covered.


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Driving for Seniors

imagesAre you or a loved one starting to feel the effects of aging? The aging process can have an effect on your driving skills. There are no age limits for older drivers, but it is recommended to get your eyesight tested, be certain your loved ones aren’t worried about your driving, and make sure driving doesn’t make you nervous or overwhelmed.
All of these concerns should be taken into account when you consider whether or not to give up your ability to drive. It may seem hard to give up that independence, but the safety of yourself and other drivers and pedestrians needs to be taken into consideration.
Eyesight
Have you noticed it is difficult to read signs? Is the headlight glare at night bothersome? Are you able to properly navigate at night? Be certain that your seat is high enough so you can see over the steering wheel. If you wear glasses, make sure the prescription is up to date and get prescription sunglasses if needed. It is also recommended if you are over 60 to visit the eye doctor each year.
Control of the Vehicle
Be certain you are able to physically control the vehicle. Is it difficult to look over your should when you change lanes? Is walking a concern? Do you get pain or out of breath walking up or down stairs? Answering yes to any of these questions should prompt you to consult your doctor. Be sure when you drive that you are comfortable, that mirrors and your seat are in the proper positions so you can see.
Feel Safe Driving
Have you had any dizzy spells recently? Has your vision become blurry? Be sure to wait a while before driving, or have a friend drive you if you have been feeling dizzy. If you recently took medicine it may cause you to become fatigued, so it is best if you do not drive right after. Try to avoid driving during busy times of the day, plan your outings for during the day.
Loved Ones Concerned
If your loved ones have expressed concerns over your driving it may be a good idea to enroll in a mature driving class. These are offered by AAA and AARP. It is also smart to give your loved ones a call or text when you plan to go out and when you return home, so they know you are safe. If it becomes a major concern, ask them to provide rides for you or set up rides with a transport service.
If you ever need a ride to a doctors appointment, event or you just need help running errands, call Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services 


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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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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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Need a Ride to the Airport?

We have some news to share…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Colby Robertson
239.676.9756 | colby@markit-group.com

Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services available for airport pick-up and drop-off

NAPLES, Fla. – Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services, a family-owned transportation company servicing Southwest Florida, is now available to drive customers to and from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) during this busy travel season.

Concierge Transport Services is a personalized solution to anyone in need of accessible transportation. Drivers are friendly, trained, licensed, insured, and safe. The vehicles are handicap accessible, air-conditioned, and comfortable.

Concierge Transport Services offers one-way or round-trip transportation to and from the airport with no tipping, minimum distance, or minimum price. Customers can book exact pick-up and drop-off times when booked with 24-hour notice, and prices are competitively rated with taxi services. There is also an on-call dispatcher to assist callers after hours and on weekends.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Concierge Transport Services offers customers safety, freedom and independence by relieving traffic and parking hassles for customers.

For more information, contact Just Like Family Concierge Transport Services at 239.682.8907, or email info@jlfcts.com

 

Concierge Transport Service is a personalized solution for anyone in need of accessible transportation. Fulfilling local travel needs, Concierge Transport Services, available 24/7, takes customers to and from errands, the Airport, church and more. Concierge Transport Services fills a prominent hole in the transport needs of Southwest Florida, offering one-way or round-trip transportation with no tipping, minimum distance, or minimum price, and full handicap accessibility. Conciergetransportservices.com

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