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As told by Pat Waldron, RN, CCM, Active Health


This is the story of Mrs. T, a Jewish Holocaust Survivor and a remarkable woman who survived for almost four years in concentration camps before being liberated at 14 years old. With such strong fortitude of character, she not only survived, but ultimately built a life over decades as she raised her family. However, like many aging seniors, health issues eventually became a challenge for Mrs. T. I was initially contacted by her sons. Between geographic distance and caring for their duties as husbands, fathers and businessmen, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make sure their mother got the care she needed. My team and I jumped in immediately to coordinate her care and provide support. Ultimately, it was determined by her doctors that Mrs. T, at over 90 years old, would require a cardiac procedure. Would someone of her age be able to rehabilitate? Her desire to get well was amazing. The support provided by Active Health Care Solutions, Schwartz Family Home Care and a loving, devoted family made a full recuperation possible.

Mrs. T thrived until March of this year when she tested positive for COVID-19. Her care team once again was called into action to battle this virulent new disease that had proven to be especially deadly for those of Mrs. T’s age. This didn’t stop us from providing 24-hour private care, daily visits by me and frequent checks by the Medicare RN. Her strength gave us strength, and what transpired for Mrs. T was just short of a miracle. She was able to remain in her home with the daily care and attention of her medical team. Over a matter of several weeks, she made a full recovery. Her family and caregivers were delighted to say the least.

Mrs. T. has been my client for 3 years. She has a wonderful attitude towards life and displays a tenacity and strength that will surely continue to be a beacon of light for the rest of us for many more.

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Arnie Cowan NHA RD

Making real connections with seniors and their families and working tirelessly to provide a personal, one-on-one approach has always characterized Arnie Cowan and his team at Sunshine Senior Placement. However, this has become a little more challenging due to the ongoing pandemic.  This didn’t stop Arnie from helping a family with an incredible story find the services they needed. Cowan was contacted by a man who received a call several months prior from his estranged, 86-year-old biological father. They were in a tough situation with fragile emotional, financial and medical factors that needed to be treated with extreme care.

After decades of absence, this elderly gentleman had moved, on a whim, from Mississippi to South Florida in hopes of meeting the son he never knew. Initially, this long-lost son helped his father to find a place to stay at an Independent Living Community nearby. However, it became clear that his father had additional issues and would need to find a better living situation.  That’s where Arnie came in to assist. He was recommended to the family by the Director of the Independent Community to help with finding the right placement with additional services. In the meantime, the son was becoming understandably anxious about making decisions for a man who seemed to be exhibiting some forgetfulness, paranoia and had some financial problems as well.  Arnie immediately knew that this family needed a facilitator. Both father and son would have to agree on a plan that would work to resolve their immediate issues without squashing a chance of rekindling their relationship. 

Arnie set up a meeting at a pub and guided the two men through their options in a more relaxed setting. After subsequent sessions, they came to understand the issues. Dad needed additional benefits and a transition to a community with dementia support. Arnie was able to develop a plan that worked out for everyone. 

After his dad was settled in a new home in Dania Beach, the son called Arnie. He was thankful and relieved to be able to cherish this time with his father without mounting medical and financial concerns. Truly, our team members make a lasting impact. 

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Expressing Ourselves in Emoji Self-Portraits

Without face to face contact, we are embracing the new ways to express ourselves digitally. While your old English teacher might be cringing at the way that these miniature pictures have infiltrated our written communications, more and more linguists are recognizing the value Emoji have added in enriching our conversations.

Plenty of experts agree that rather than degrading language, Emoji and other symbols can actually add depth and meaning to the sentences we construct. Much like facial expressions and hand gestures, these icons can clarify meaning, add humor as well as personality to an otherwise cold, technological interaction. We tend to agree!


Florida Senior Care Solutions and members are sharing their Emoji self-portraits this month and we hope you share yours back with us!


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My Emoji Wears a Mask Just Like Me

Covid-19 has brought back not so fond memories of wearing masks in my early career. Thank Goodness styles and choices have changed. Nurses Rock. 

- Pat Waldron, Active Healthcare Solutions


Summer of Work and Outdoor Play


Our summer has been spent taking care of patients in their homes while staying protected and spending time with my wife and three sons. We enjoy playing basketball and swimming in our pool for quality family time.  

- Dominic Aloma, PT, DPT, United Care Home Health Services


Keeping a Positive Attitude by Keeping Busy


Semi-isolation is tough. When I'm not assisting with transitions, I have been enjoying new music, beach walking and a little golfing.

- Ann Meyerson, PhD, Trust Power Transitions/The Keyes Company


Adjusting to My New Normal


A lot of our business is the same - it's the new amount of free time that we are getting used to! We are finding some fun ways to pass the days.

- Rich Berkowitz, Cheerful Transitions


Keep Calm and Carry On!

As we head into the last third of the year we all need to be positive and optimistic that better times are just around the corner. maybe we all need to take a deep breath - in through the nose and out the mouth or as I tell my mother, smell the roses and blow out the candles.

- David Michaels, Personal Living Alert


Still Spreading the Sunshine From My Home Office

Adjusting to working at home has taken some time, but the Sunshine team is awesome! We are Zooming through the year and can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

- Arnie Cowan, NHA RD, Sunshine Senior Placement



Doc is Always on the Clock

Working from home isn't really an option when you are a doctor! We are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe, but otherwise it's business as usual. - Dr. Ron Oberman, Oberman Podiatry


Committing to Emotional and Physical Wellness

Figuring out a new routine, it was important to us to make sure of our physical and emotional wellbeing. Getting regular exercise, doing a little bit of traveling and learning new, healthy recipes has allowed us to boost our health mentally and physically.

- Howie and Mindy Schwartz, Schwartz Family Home Care


Hooping it Up This Summer

I've always loved basketball - this summer I've been able to get some more court time in to hone my skills.

- Howie Weinstein, Total Medical


Getting Back to Basics

I've been enjoying new music, Bible study and mentoring in my down time. Transforming this time into an opportunity to give back has been really satisfying.

- Dan Miller, Care Resource Planning


The Peak of Hurricane Season is Upon Us



With all of the other distractions that 2020 has brought upon us, it may have slipped to the bottom of your to-do list to make sure your family is prepared for hurricane season.


Did you know that from August 28th on is considered "peak" hurricane season? This year is already one of the most active seasons on record.


There are plenty of great resources in the community to help ensure that your household is ready whatever may come:

Official Palm Beach County Hurricane Preparedness Guide

National Hurricane Center Home Page

List of Basic Disaster Supplies


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