Thursday, August 8, 2019

Southern Arizona Family Services Caregiving Job Opportunities - Full Time & Part-Time in Tucson

If you are looking for a job that offers flexible schedule and rewarding experiences, Southern Arizona Family Services is perfect for you!

Southern Arizona Family Services is a caregiving agency that provides both in-home and community-based care to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, in addition to Tucson’s elderly population.

We are currently hiring caregivers to work citywide, from North Tucson to South for Part-Time and Full-Time positions.

Fingerprint clearance card, Article 9, CPR/First Aid will be required but can be provided by the agency if necessary. Reliable car and clean driving record required.

$11/hourly, PTO, HealthCare, Vacation time, Workers Compensation, Referral bonus, the employee of the month bonus, etc.
You can fill out an application in person at 310 S Williams Blvd Suite 130, Tucson AZ 85711 and get an interview on the spot by our hiring managers.
For more information or to schedule an interview you may call 520 512 0200 or email us at
and mention that "I saw you in SPOTLIGHT!"

Friday, July 26, 2019

Living with Alzheimer's: When YOU Are the Statistic


Tucsonan Kathleen McCormack, an accomplished woman with a long and varied career in health policy, gerontology and career coaching, now has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  

For a health professional like her, the irony of living with Alzheimer’s disease is particularly poignant.

Having known Kathleen for 22 years, I recognized that she was showing some signs of cognitive decline. Greeting cards started coming a month or more before my birthday.  She began missing birthday lunch gatherings (including her own) because she couldn’t find the restaurant.

Terry, her husband of 50 years, noticed something as well. 

“When I had my first inklings that Kathleen was having short-term memory problems, I waited for awhile and also consulted with other family members to make sure before I sat down with her to discuss it.  Although she was resistant, Kathleen allowed me to be present during her next consult with her doctor (an internal medicine specialist). Well, not only did Kathleen resist (at first) but so did her PCP.  This surprised me.”

Eight months and several appointments later, Kathleen got her referral—and diagnosis.  How is she dealing with it?

“It’s a long and winding road that plays out differently for everyone,” she notes, and there are emotional ups and downs from day to day.  “This is not like surgery or an illness, when you expect to get better and to recover.  In our culture, people expect to get better.”

The first step is deciding what to say—and when. “For all of us, the question is, ‘Whom do you talk to?  Whom do you tell?’”

Managing the family’s response is another important consideration.  “They’re going through their own feelings of anger, sorrow and denial,” she says.

Now, she wants to help others facing a similar diagnosis.

Two of her siblings also have begun to exhibit signs of memory loss. Urging them to be proactive, Kathleen has taken on the delicate and difficult task of encouraging them to have a neurological assessment.

Because of her health industry background, Kathleen understands the importance of research.  She is participating in a worldwide study of individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease on gantenerumab, a prospective drug developed by Hoffmann LaRoche and Genentech.  She does not know if she has the placebo or the drug.  

When the study concludes in two years, all randomized participants will have access to the drug, if it proves safe and effective.

In the meantime, she has found an unexpected upside. “I’ve started writing rhyming poetry, something I’ve never done before.”   

Terry also is upbeat about his wife’s journey.

“Right now, Kathleen is doing well, and I see small improvements in her ability to remember things. This may be because of the behavioral modifications that she has made herself, after doing her own research on short-term memory improvement. It could also be from the positive effect of the study drug, or maybe just a placebo effect. Regardless, I am hoping that this will continue.”

---by Jodi Goalstone.  She serves on the Regional Leadership Committee of the Alzheimer Association’s Desert Southwest Chapter in Southern Arizona.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Full Time Scheduler Position with Right at Home Non-Medical Home Care


Right at Home is the premier provider of non-medical home care in Southern Arizona. With offices in Tucson, Green Valley, & Sierra Vista we serve clients throughout the area. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those we serve. We accomplish this through our focus on what we call RightCare: The RIGHT PEOPLE, doing the RIGHT THINGS, in the RIGHT WAY, for the RIGHT REASONS!  Learn more about us by visiting our web site at

This position plays a substantial role in the day-to-day operations of Right at Home. The Scheduling Coordinator manages the company's care schedule and is a key daily contact for both clients and caregivers.

In this role you will touch every client and every caregiver. You will ensure client shifts are staffed with the right caregivers to ensure proper care and extraordinary experiences; and your pleasant, service-oriented, compassionate approach will create memorable moments for clients and caregivers.

Must have excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills. Have good attendance and punctuality. Must demonstrate TEAMWORK and URGENCY to meet client needs and follow company procedures. Maintain a PROFESSIONAL and POSITIVE attitude. Must be flexible and able to work in the dynamic environment of a rapidly growing company.

You will work full-time from our Broadway/Kolb office location. There is the option of working some days from the Green Valley office for the right candidate.

Primary duties: 

*Serve as the primary contact for clients, family members, and caregivers regarding the Right at Home care schedule. 

*Manage details of the care schedule with general guidance from care management staff. 

*Ensure all scheduled shifts are staffed and completed. 

*Align with company management and office staff to ensure strong caregiver engagement and client delight. 

*Share after hours on-call supervisor duty on rotational basis among 4-6 team members. 

*Must be self-motivated team player with strong commitment to excellence. 

*Must have the ability to work with various personalities and types of individuals, including senior clients. 

*Must demonstrate good listening skills.

Ideal candidate:
* Experience in non-medical home care, home health, hospice, or related industries.
*Able to work INDEPENDENTLY while adhering to certain pre-defined standards, and communicating frequently, clearly, and efficiently.
*Willing to work more than 40 hours per week—including evening and weekend hours as needed—and to share after-hours on-call duty. *Commitment to living the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People on a daily basis.

Other requirements:*Documentation of eligibility for work in the United States Valid driver's license & automobile insurance.
*Clean motor vehicle record AZ DPS.
*Fingerprint Clearance Card (can obtain).
*Pass drug screening (no medical marijuana)
*First Aid & CPR certification (can obtain)
​*Negative TB results (can obtain)

Starting Salary Range: $32,000 - $40,000/year. Dependent on experience, impact on business, and contribution to our team.

Benefits: Change lives every day! Awesome team environment. Casual dress every day. PTO Paid Holidays Health Insurance Dental Insurance Life Insurance More to come as we continue to grow!

Job Type: Full-time 40+ hours/week Job

Location: 7507 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710

210 W Continental Rd, Green Valley, AZ 85622

Job Type: Full-time resumes can be emailed to

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fire Extinguisher Safety for Seniors, Adults & Everyone

Fire safety is something we all agree is important though is seldom thought of during our daily routine. Just as the fire extinguisher sitting under the kitchen counter or hanging on a wall is seen all the time but remains unseen as it is so common. I will not address all the various components of sizes and powder types here. My goal is to bring this vital topic up to the surface so everyone will take a new look at your business and home extinguishers. In many homes the extinguisher may be tucked away in the cabinet under the sink or in the laundry room, out of sight out of mind. All too often it is way too close to the stove where a fire can start. When a fired does start or explodes into the air over the stove ruining your latest version of fried eggs and spam it is impossible to get close to search for that “red cylinder” under the cabinet. Doing so can put you in more danger than you think. It is better to find a place on the wall near a doorway away from the stove to hang it. If you decide to use the fire extinguisher you will be in a safe part of the room to take it off the wall, pull the safety pin and then aim it at the base of the fire.

Many seniors have mobility/vision concerns so getting out of the area to a safe place will be a better option than going back near any danger. For those caregivers who are agile, and the fire is small, the extinguisher may be useful in putting the fire out before major damage is done. 
Did you call the fire department?
If vision, the ability to move quickly is reduced or if there are obstacles that can get in the way or tripped over trying to fight the fire, then getting out of the building is the better option for safety. This should be discussed by the caregiver to the family member, client or even the neighbor who is a frequent visitor. Making a plan with your client and family members about what to do if a fire starts can save a life. Plan and practice the exit plan for all parts of the home or office once a year. 
All fire extinguishers should be looked at once a month, yeah I know it sounds like work but it will take less than one minute in most cases. 
Look: to see that it is still where it should be, that getting to the extinguisher is not blocked by furniture or even temporary items such as chairs or boxes that someday will be put into storage. 
Look: at the gauge: is the needle in the green part? If not then bring it in for service or replacement. 
Look: is the safety pull pin still in the handle? If not the extinguisher can be accidentally set off when you pick it up and that will be a scary mess. (Think of a few pounds of powder scattered in the room by a fan)
Look: to see if the cylinder has been damaged in any way, if so the unit needs to be replaced. (Dents, rust, damaged gauge or handle)
When the extinguisher is sitting and hoping to never be put to use, the powder inside settles and over time may form a semi solid cake at the bottom of the cylinder.
How long has your unit been sitting and not moved? One way to keep the powder feeling free and eager to do the job intended is to upend the extinguisher a few times.
That is, shake it, inverting it upside down 4 or 5 times, you should feel the powder move from one end to the other at this time. Do this once every 6 months, maybe at the same time you put  new batteries in your smoke detectors.
For extinguishers located in a business, they need to be serviced on an annual basis and a tag attached showing the date of the last inspection. This is required in all work locations, offices, warehouse, job sites retail shops and more. The tag is marked or punched with the month and year of the last inspection. We can provide this service to your business, just call to set up a time, or bring your extinguisher to our store for service. (There is a service charge)
Please note: when you do use your extinguisher, even if for a few seconds, it must be serviced or replaced as soon as possible. The powder will corrode the inner parts resulting in a loss of pressure so it will not be usable the next time the hamburger is left forgotten on the stove.
Did you call the fire department?
There are many sizes of fire extinguishers to meet your needs. You can ask your local fire department, insurance company or Service Company for advice. 
The 2 ½ # or 5# sizes are fine for most homes or facilities that do not have high risk exposure.
When you do use the extinguisher be sure to aim at the base of the fire and move the flow of powder from side to side (SWEEP) Once the extinguisher is empty the fire will be put out. If not then it is wise to get out of the area, don’t try to retrieve the eggs.
If there is any doubt about you or your family member being able to use or lift the extinguisher, do not take any chances trying to remove it from the wall, don’t panic just get out of the area. Many of the smaller extinguishers weigh from 4 ½ #To 10# (pounds) then pulling the safety seal and pin can take strength some do not have. 
Your first priority is your client/family member: get them to safety. 
Did you call the fire department?
Please give us feedback on what topics of safety or medical equipment you would like us to write about.
Tucson Safety & Medical Supply
1740 E. Fort Lowell Road
  Tucson, AZ 85719

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Friday, July 5, 2019

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Homes of Joy Senior Living

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the 

Homes of Joy Senior Living 

Homes of Joy is an upscale Senior Independent Living home in the Catalina Foothills where joy and love abound, where laughter is heard often, peace is known and as a result, our residents ­flourish.  We offer live-in caregivers whose focus is to get to know each resident individually in order to help them engage in activities at their own pace so they feel comfortable and fulfilled.  

Due to our small, family environment we are able to provide support and facilitation for each person’s specific needs and desires leading to a cohesive community of residents living life to the fullest!
Our home-like lifestyle encourages residents to enjoy life while living maintenance free.  We plan and prepare all meals and snacks.  Residents never have to lift a finger cleaning because we include housekeeping and laundry!  All the luxuries of home and and nails done on-site, medical care wrap-around services provided as well as shopping and mall hopping!  

We offer a unique activity calendar that includes many opportunities to engage in the community as well as participate in our in-house games, crafts and socials because we believe that community engagement and social stimulation leads to a Happy Heart and Joyful Soul.
If you are wondering if our community could be the next place you or a loved one call Home, please give us a call.  

We would love to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have about what an Independent Senior home is and why it may just be the best place to live!

Visit us online today, or call and say
"I saw you in SPOTLIGHT!"
(520) 248-0550

Thursday, June 27, 2019

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Valor HospiceCare

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the 

Valor HospiceCare specializes in in-home hospice care.  We are a family-owned business and have been operating in Southern Arizona for over 15 years.   Hospice care involves an inter-disciplinary team approach to helping a patient and his/her family at the end of that person’s life.  A physician has to certify that, in their best judgment, the patient has 6 months or less to live.  

Our team of doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual counselors, and volunteers make visits to the patient/family as needed during the hospice period.   

Our goal is to make the patient comfortable during this life transition while ensuring the patient’s and family’s wishes are met to the extent possible.  We also work with the family after the passing to support with bereavement counseling.  

We pride ourselves on delivering empathetic care, rapid responses, and good and thorough communication.  We treat every patient as if they are our family.   Anyone can inquire about hospice.  

To inquire, simply call (520)615-3996.
Visit us online @

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Empower Your Move to Tucson Arizona with Long Realty Services

Su Swanne, Realtor GRI, CSHP, SRES

Graduate, Realtor Institute
Certified Senior Housing Professional
Senior Real Estate Specialist

Empower Your Move!

Flower for May - Lily of the Valley - My mother’s favorite flower! Every Mother’s Day these flowers are a sweet memory of her. As I write this, we have already enjoyed some of May with Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. So what other ideas can we focus on?

May is also Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that has no cure. I’ve had asthma since I was five years old. Fortunately, the medicines available today are so much better than the ones when I was a child. Here is a photo of the kind of nebulizer I used; epinephrine was the inhaled agent to clear the lungs.

Looks kind of ancient, doesn’t it? Since 1980 asthma death rates overall have increased more than 50% among all genders, age groups and ethnic groups.

A Word About Real Estate in Tucson
  • In the Tucson Main Market area, April 2019 active inventory was down 5% from April 2018 to 1.9 months. Closings in April 2019 were up 6% from April 2018. Median price of sold homes was $215,000 for the month of April 2019, up 2% from April 2018. The Tucson Main Market area had 2,146 new properties under contract in April 2019, up 6% from April 2018. To read more visit my website.  

  • Mortgage lenders have lots of ways to help you obtain the funds you need to buy a home. And the current interest rates are down slightly, hovering around four percent, depending on your loan. Contact your mortgage lender to see what s/he can do for you. If you need a referral, you can contact me (520-248-6297). NOW is a great time to buy a new home!

  • A new hotel at the Tucson Convention Center is now under construction. A DoubleTree by Hilton, it will include a pool on the second level, a rooftop bar, restaurant, coffee bar, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, 170 rooms, four suites and a presidential suite. The hotel is scheduled to open late 2020.

A Word About Seniors
A few weeks ago my friend Peggy passed away in one of Tucson’s newer assisted living communities. She was 89. Her husband remains in memory care in the same community. From the day they moved in they were separate as their needs were quite different. Their main contact was at mid-day meals when they ate together.

I also have a client, 79, who has been in either the hospital or skilled nursing care for the past few months. This week the limits of skilled care will be reached and my client will be moving to...where? The family lives a few hundred miles away; they are not available to help.

Both of these scenarios are common for the Senior population. The difference between these stories is that my friend and her husband had financial resources to cover their living arrangement. My client, who made different choices for end-of-life care, is struggling to find the resources that are needed.

My question is: What is really required to meet the needs of our Seniors? Trendy, upscale apartments? Low-cost shared rooms with two beds? The competition for Seniors’ money is strong. As the Baby-Boomers continue to “flood” the market for Senior housing, what will be the outcome? My opinion is that there is an imbalance in the kinds of housing available for Seniors. Is the quality of care unbalanced, too? If you are a Senior, or you are helping a Senior determine the “right place”, take a moment to think about what is needed, and what is not.

A Word About Me
The past couple of months I’ve been living with my husband in his house, while abandoning my own. Now I’m in full “move” mode, and getting ready to put my house on the market through the Pima County Community Land Trust (PCCLT)

The PCCLT provides an alternative for low to mid-income buyers to be able to buy a home. When I bought my home I was moving out of a travel trailer I’d lived in for seven years. I had totally downsized and sold my condo to go traveling. I would never have been able to afford a new “sticks and bricks” home without the help of the PCCLT. If you are thinking about buying a home, and would like to know more, come to a workshop on May 22, 5:30-7:30, 801 W Congress.

At the end of the month we will be taking a trip back east to investigate the possibility of yet another move. Having family on the East Coast we hope to get a little closer to them. What that means for me here is completing the transactions I’m involved in, and then saying goodbye to the world of real estate in Tucson and the many wonderful folks I’ve met and worked with. I haven’t decided whether I will obtain a license in my new location, but it is a possibility. It is also possible we won’t like the new location, and we’ll return to Tucson to make other plans.

As a Senior myself, I am finding that everything I have learned about serving Seniors applies to myself as well. Learning to downsize, getting help with packing and cleaning, finding the right professionals - all has helped me to take on moving out of my house, and thinking about what I need and want in a new home. Considering my health needs, whether or not to age in place...all of it has been in my thoughts as I make the transition.

This will probably be my last monthly newsletter. If you would like to stay in touch, please let me know. In the future you may find me on my blog, SwanneSong - Views From the Edge, voicing my perspective on issues of all kinds.

It’s been a pleasure to offer my newsletter every month, as I’m a bit of a writer at heart. After three years of presenting information about real estate, I hope you have found something that has given you something to think about. I thank you for your support!

A Word About Events in Tucson
  • Eyeopeners Toastmaster Club meets every Wednesday, 6:15-7:30 a.m., 801 W Congress. If you’re interested in learning how to speak before an audience, this is the place to be!
  • May 22, 2019 - Free tour of 14 Demonstration Gardens at UofA Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 9-10:30 a.m. Expand your gardening knowledge and get ideas for your own landscape.Let a Master Gardener volunteer lead you on a journey of discovery through these beautiful and interesting gardens. Meet at the plant clinic.
  • Enjoy improvisational humor at The Unscrewed Theater - 4500 E Speedway Blvd, #39. See their website for dates and times of shows.