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Nancy Harvey – 55

It’s a surprise card shower! Please send birthday wishes to Nancy Harvey as she celebrates her 55th birthday on June 21, 2017. Cards may be sent to 9242 Cotter Rd., La Porte City, IA 50651

La Porte City Specialty Care is Business of the Year

For more than 50 years, La Porte City Specialty Care has served the La Porte City community, growing and changing to serve the needs of area seniors. In recognition of that service, the facility has been named the 2017 Business of the Year on behalf of La Porte City Economic Development.
La Porte City’s nursing home dates back to 1966, when a new facility called Colonial Manor was constructed. In 2004, a new facility was constructed behind the old one, with residents making the move to “The Lodge” in June.
Over the years, the facility has experienced changes in its name, from Colonial Manor to La Porte City Nursing & Rehab Center. On October 1, 2015, the facility’s name was changed to its current name, La Porte City Specialty Care.
What hasn’t changed is the high standard of care the residents continue to receive, as evidenced by the Commitment to Quality Award the facility received in 2016. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
La Porte City Specialty Care remains a part of Care Initiatives, an Iowa–based, not-for-profit organization for over 25 years, whose mission statement concisely reflects its purpose: “Improving quality of life for Iowans and their families during life’s health transitions through compassionate, individualized care.”
“Dedicated employees providing quality care to our residents is what we do best and we are committed to continuing on this quality journey,” said La Porte City Specialty Care Administrator, Pam Tallman.
The 2017 Business of the Year Award will be presented at the City Park on June 15 at 6:45 PM as part of the Family Fun Night activities sponsored by Heartland Community Church.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – June 14, 2017

 
Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Simon (about 5 years old) is a handsome chocolate point Siamese that loves to chase anything that rolls! He gets along well with older children, and would prefer to be the only pet in the home. He is not a huge fan of being held, but he loves to be petted and sitting by your side as your relax on the couch. He is fairly independent, and would love to find a home that respects his space when he requests it. Simon is declawed on his front paws; his adoption fee is $80.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com  –  www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Staying Safe Online – June 14, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15: Protect Yourself From Scans
There are many scams out there than can ensnare even savvy consumers. Many are designed specifically to target seniors. Scammers are professional liars and can be very convincing. They may contact you through the mail, email, social media, on-line dating sites, on the phone, or even in public. This guide will help you learn to recognize common warning signs of scams and simple steps that you can take to protect yourself.
Is It A Scam?
1. Is the sales person using high pressure sales tactics? Scams often say things like, “Act Now!”; “Time is running out!”; “This is a onetime offer!”
2. Are you being asked to pay upfront fees? Lottery and sweepstakes scams often employ this tactic. If you really won something the fees can be taken out of your winnings.
3. Are you being told that you won a contest that you didn’t enter? Lottery and sweepstakes scams almost always start this way. You can’t win a contest that you didn’t enter.
4. Have you been scammed in the past? Often scam victims have their personal contact information sold to other con artists. You may get unsolicited calls from people promising to get your money back or provide other remedies or offers. These ‘offers’ can be scams too. Beware!
5. Did you receive unsolicited mail, emails, or phone calls for services that you were not seeking? Research the companies that you want to employ. Many scams begin with someone knocking on your door offering services, or sending out promotional materials. This often happens in the case of home repair scams.
6. Are you being contacted by the police over the phone? Verify that they are who they say they are. Some scams begin with a person pretending to be a police officer who tells you that they are concerned that you have been a victim of a crime. They then proceed to solicit your personal information. In truth, the police will contact you in person if they have questions for you or believe that you have been a victim of a crime.
How To Protect Yourself
1. Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov.
2. When no longer needed, shred junk mail, old bills, bank statements and any other documents that have personal identifying information.
3. Don’t give out personal information over the phone unless you originated the call and you know with whom you are talking. Particularly safeguard your social security number.
4. It is ok to be rude. If a sales person calls you or comes to your door who does not seem to be taking no for an answer, it is ok to terminate the conversation. Hang up the phone or close the door. You don’t have to let yourself be pressured into anything.
5. Never sign something that you don’t understand. Have a trusted and unbiased professional assist you when enter contracts or signing legal documents.
6. If you hire someone for personal assistance services, in home care services, etc. ensure that they have been properly screened with criminal background checks completed.
7. Learn about scams and stay informed.
– Sign up for AARP’s Fraud Watch: http://action.aarp.org/site/SPageNavigator/FWN Registration Page.html
– Check out AARP’s interactive national fraud map: http://action.aarp.org/site/PageNavigator/FraudMap.html
– Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers information and tools for older Americans:
www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans
– The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force offers resources and reports to help protect yourself against common types of frauds and scams: www.stopfraud.gov/protect.html
– Stay alert to common frauds and scams by checking consumer protection sites such as www.Fraud.org
– External Web Site Policy and FBI Common Fraud Schemes: www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust

Meditations – June 14, 2017

By Christopher Simon
Emptying the Dishwasher
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” ~ Colossians 3:12 NIV
I recently had houseguests who stayed with me for several weeks. It was a blessing to share my house with these good friends who I have known and loved for many years, but our different habits of loading and unloading the dishwasher became a source of real annoyance. It wasn’t that they were leaving dishes in the sink, but that they had the habit of turning the dishwasher off before they left the house, so I couldn’t always tell whether the dishes had been done or not. Eventually we had to talk about it and figure out a way to keep all of us happy.
Loading and unloading the dishwasher is one of those ordinary acts of kindness and consideration that goes a long way towards keeping our relations smooth and friendly. These are the kinds of things that considerate people do as a part of their everyday life. Never underestimate the importance of these
minor things like loading and unloading the dishwasher.
What else in your everyday life has the potential to irritate those around you? Christian love is sometimes seen in the smallest details, such as whether you hang up your coat when you come inside, or whether you replace the roll of toilet paper.

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