Senior Living on the Suncoast

CARE Awards LIVE!

November 23, 2020 Steve Bennet-Martin, Brittany Jennings Season 1 Episode 37
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Senior Living on the Suncoast
CARE Awards LIVE!
Nov 23, 2020 Season 1 Episode 37
Steve Bennet-Martin, Brittany Jennings

Steve Bennet-Martin and Brittany Jennings host the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards, recorded live on Saturday November 21st, 2020. Listen to hear the winners in over 40 categories of senior care up and down the Suncoast.

Note: This is the LIVE video recording of the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards 2020. While we have shortened some gaps in the audio, there might be visual referrences that will not be seen in this format. You can find the video on our Facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/SLotSCpod

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Show Notes Transcript

Steve Bennet-Martin and Brittany Jennings host the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards, recorded live on Saturday November 21st, 2020. Listen to hear the winners in over 40 categories of senior care up and down the Suncoast.

Note: This is the LIVE video recording of the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards 2020. While we have shortened some gaps in the audio, there might be visual referrences that will not be seen in this format. You can find the video on our Facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/SLotSCpod

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Steve:

welcome everyone to the 2020 Suncoast senior care awards. I am your host and producer, Steve Bennet-Martin from senior living on the Suncoast. I'm here with your co-host for the evening.

Brittany:

Brittany Jennings from seniors blue book

Steve:

and everywhere else.

Brittan:

That's right. We'd like to welcome you to the first annual,

Steve:

because we will be having anymore for short, after the community support we had for this one. So. Consider that done. We will be having a more, but this is the first award show to really give thanks for all the hard and awesome care that everyone in our community has been doing over there past year. But while you all are too tuning in, because I know not everyone always just is live right away. It takes some time for the viewers to trickle in. Well, I hear we have hired some cheerleaders for the student way.

Brittan:

We did, you know, set aside for entertainment in the budget this year. And so I, I know there's a couple of cheerleaders that are super excited and ready to share some of those tears with us this year.

Steve:

They were also super cheap.

Brittan:

I think they were really classy,

Steve:

cheap or tacky at all. It was no go back to party city. It was classic.

Brittan:

They reminded me a little bit of the Saturday night live cheerleader.

Steve:

The uniforms even looked had like an uncanny resemblance. So let's transition over there.

Brittan:

Let's do it. So Steven, I'd love these outfits. Go fight, win brings back by middle school.

Steve:

Yes. And if I didn't want to get bullied more than I already did, I would have been my high school days.

Brittan:

So Steven seeing just how we look, the part, I think that we should eat show up our talents.

Steve:

Cheers here. Yes, we can. If no one can care, we all can. And there's a spirit. I know that from that. Oh, is that legally blind?

Brittan:

Rawr rawr rawr rawr rawr

Steve:

rawr. I figured we should do some care tiers for the care awards. So we can give thanks to all of our sponsors and all the people that are really helping in our industry make the awards something special in words,

Brittan:

I'm into it. I mean, you know, any chance to dress up I'm in.

Steve:

Yes. And so I started, I think I have the finals. You're all set. Okay. What I do is I took one of the most talked about and popular songs of the year and I turned it into it's

Brittan:

here. Okay. Well, I'll step aside and let you

Steve:

take it from there. Then you can just watch me and take notes so that we can then do it again together. And it'll be perfect. One take no crap. There's some care in this house. There's some care

Brittan:

in this house.

Steve:

There's some care in this

Brittan:

house. So that's really great. That was wonderful. However, I don't want that's appropriate for the character.

Steve:

Well then what can we possibly do to be able to find arts here at the last

Brittan:

well, Stephen, so back in the day, when I used to do some improv and different things, we would do like, word finding. Different techniques. So I say a word you say word, and that will complete, like in this case, a cheer.

Steve:

So let's go forward.

Brittan:

Okay. So actually,

Steve:

do you want to start all right here

Brittan:

today for

Steve:

caregivers cheer

Brittan:

again

Steve:

for

Brittan:

all. Categories

Steve:

care.

Brittan:

So Steven, you're pretty much a pro with that, but let's do one more. Let's maybe focus in on the category. Some of those. Okay. Today.

Steve:

We want to tell you all about category.

Brittan:

You

Steve:

have

Brittan:

the

Steve:

power

Brittan:

to

Steve:

care.

Brittan:

Go fight, win. So, I mean, I think that worked pretty well.

Steve:

Yes. Well, I also saw this other exercise once. I don't know what I was going to go as soon as like, but I'll make up a cheer on the spot and you just try and go along with me as we go. So it's all very like live and organic and flowing.

Brittan:

I'm going to try to like, try to predict what you're going to say.

Steve:

Yes, exactly. And so let me think of one row.

Brittan:

I feel like we can normally finish each other's

Steve:

sentences.

Brittan:

See what I mean? So this will be good.

Steve:

Seeing yours blue book is a sponsor and we're very happy to have all the, how that they give to our professionals and seniors in our

Brittan:

industry three.

Steve:

Yeah.

Brittan:

Okay. Ready? We

Steve:

won today for

Brittan:

painting. Yes. Wonderful. see, here

Steve:

on the sun coast

Brittan:

is

Steve:

best

Brittan:

pod pass.

Steve:

So I think we have the perfect one for all of the categories, the perfect cheer,

Brittan:

perfect cheer,

Steve:

cheer. The Suncoast has the best year. Yes we do with our caregivers and resources. You know, we really do this. The worst show is our way to say, thank you. Yeah, well, those cheerleaders were amazing and they had an uncanny resemblance to this like handsome man and very handsome woman. I see. Yeah,

Brittan:

that's right. I mean, honestly, those tears were about bomb.com. Can I say that still in 2020.

Steve:

You can say it. I'm not saying you should say it, but yes. before we move into the awards themselves, it wouldn't be an award show. If there wasn't a red carpet, right.

Brittan:

That's right. I hear some of our sponsors have gotten all dressed up and they're walking down their carpet this year from home.

Steve:

Yeah. Yes. So let's see that walk right over there.

Brittan:

Here we go.

Steve:

Rewards rewards. So I'm going to show that red carpet was something. And I really appreciate that all of our sponsors had the chance to take a moment at other data, send us either with their pictures or there are walks for us to showcase because that's the one thing I really missed this year about having these awards.

Brittan:

I know me too. I talking about the awards in general, Steven, what's the why behind the 2020 care awards?

Steve:

Well, it's interesting. I started planning it in the early fall because we were having a, assisted living week where we give thanks to assisted living. And after that week, and just spending even just four or five days, talking about all the nurses and the CNAs and the caregivers and the administrators and everyone in. Assisted living communities that are doing all this awesome hard work this year. And like the focus of having it be about care. I just saw, also realized that assisted living is not the only part of senior living. That's had a rough year. It's been all of us. And so I really wanted to make something where we can give thanks to have like every aspect of senior living to really just say, like, thanks for all your hard work this past year, because this past year has been hard for all of us. We always provide the best care we can year to year in a year, which is why this is going to keep on coming on to you every fall. But you know, this year, especially with the perfect year, inspire me to get this started. And I was blessed by my co-producer Sierra Butler and all the sponsors. that is the why of why we're doing it because we are doing this virtually. And so many other things have been done virtually this year. I just want to take a moment to reflect back on what in-person events we might've missed this year had COVID not happened. And had we not been social distancing. I mean, there are these annual events each year that can really be extravagant at times. Like what did what's one annual event that we missed this year that you really wish had happened? Well,

Brittan:

I do in my mind, I'm always thinking about tiger King and Carol Baskin. I'm sorry, but it's there. It's on my mind. I think we missed having a giant like tiger King party, like a professional party where you came as Carol or Joe or, you know, Elian or

Steve:

a bear. Oh my. Yeah. I don't know whether that's something that we missed out on this year specifically. I mean, I had never heard of the tiger King or Kara last name before this year, but you have made it quite a, quite a wonderful stick that you do.

Brittan:

What about you? I mean, what are some of the, the parties that you wished you had gone to?

Steve:

I remember, the symposiums that senior bloke would put on or something always greater than marketing mania. I know that last year they did their toe into kind of a circus themed event. And so what I had imagined had none of this happened is like this year circus themed event would have made you happy and had like tigers. And like circus performances and trap he's artists and elephants and llamas and Jackman would have been there to do an appearance of singing. The greatest showman

Brittan:

you would have

Steve:

been Hugh Jackman

Brittan:

would have been the greatest show, man,

Steve:

I would rather have

Brittan:

more than one reason,

Steve:

a good portion of the proceeds. Didn't only go towards the Sarasota County dag network and the Sarasota County. At senior advocacy council, which were two organizations that help seniors in our area. But I also did put a little nest egg aside for next year, so we can have the live red carpet. Everyone can walk down and you can have a words that are more than,

Brittan:

but if you put it closer to the camera, it gets Spader

Steve:

speaking, amazing sponsors who helped make this all possible. Sierra Butler was actually is actually the co-producer for this event. Because when I first had this idea a couple of months ago, and I sent out like an email to three or four close professionalists I worked with, she was the first one to respond back right away and say, yes, I want to make this happen. Our community deserves it. And I want to help you along the way.

Brittan:

Absolutely. So let's go over to Sierra and talk to her for a moment about what she does every day as an elder law attorney. Hi. Hi everyone. I see you're a Butler

Steve:

of Butler elder law, and our firm

Brittan:

is proud to be a co-producer of the care awards. We

Steve:

are so excited to celebrate

Brittan:

all of you out there who service

Steve:

our seniors,

Brittan:

Melissa Casanova and

Steve:

myself provide elder

Brittan:

law services to our community. What

Steve:

does that mean?

Brittan:

Can mean a lot of things,

Steve:

maybe someone is incapacitated and they need a guardian. Maybe you have a loved

Brittan:

one that just needs some help. Maybe someone's going into a facility and we need to make sure that we protect

Steve:

assets for their spouse. That

Brittan:

is still in the community.

Steve:

Those are just some of the things an elder law attorney does.

Brittan:

We're happy and proud to be a resource for those in our community. So thank you for tuning

Steve:

in.

Brittan:

Thank you for what you do

Steve:

and let's enjoy these

Brittan:

awards.

Steve:

Thank you, Sierra. And thank you to everyone who voted to Nikki's and where it's possible. I, we spent the first three weeks of October encouraging all of our professionals, friends, family, seniors, and caregivers, to go onto my website. Happy life, pod.com. So vote and I'm having to report, we had over a hundred people write in their own nominations. And then what even surprise me from there is that that really helped make the top three or four nominations nominees in each category. But from there from November 1st, until this past Saturday, the 20th. First. Yes, we, have been having, we had over 200 votes people voted in until the last minute and they really, every vote did count.

Brittan:

Awesome. Awesome. Well, thank you so much for doing that everybody. And let's jump into our very 1st of March.

Steve:

And so for our first category, we had, it was the best independent living community on the sun coast. And for those of you who, as a refresher, the nominees were. Fountains

Brittan:

at Lake point what's yes. Plymouth Harbor and Cypress

Steve:

Springs. Yes. And the winner is the first one. Okay. Good luck. Reading my handwriting. congratulations to the entire team there. This one's for you. You haven't your award. All set. So congratulations and thank you to everyone who voted for them. Next category is best assisted living. So once you're done with your independent living and you move on to assisted living transition some great three options are Harbor. Face of Sarasota inspire living of Lakewood ranch or the Sheridan and Lakewood ranch.

Brittan:

And here's the winter. Steven

Steve:

winter is. Our word, chase the Sarasota. Congratulations. I love going to their networking events for, for years now. So

Brittan:

yeah, they're awesome. This one is

Steve:

for you.

Brittan:

I won't do that for every one, but we will put one aside

Steve:

for every single one of you and do it for each one, if you want. I'm sure they'll enjoy it. Knowing that are specific trophy is waiting for them. And

Brittan:

the next category is best memory care. And Steven who were the nomination.

Steve:

I remember it was hard in courts, inspired living of Sarasota, Windsor reflections and Brookdale deer Creek.

Brittan:

And the winner for best memory care is Arctic cards. And might I add by one vote article courts pushed it over?

Steve:

Yes. This was a very unique category because there was actually. Until this morning when voting ended a three-way tie and a 13 hour right before I was like, closing it out and refreshed it. Art in courts had at one last person who voted to push them over seven. Congratulations already.

Brittan:

Congrats. Oh, and Steven, we do want to mention a giant thank you to harvest for giving us this lovely, lovely voting final. Balance

Steve:

permanently from my office. So it says, thank you. Their responsers in surprise. The next category, Brittany is the best acute hospital or short-term rehab. And the nominees are

Brittan:

encompass Sarasota health and rehab and the Pines of Sarasota

Steve:

and Hawthorne

Brittan:

village. All right, Steven who's the winner

Steve:

is. And

Brittan:

confidence.

Steve:

I know so many wonderful professionals that encompass, and I always knew if I was working, especially in the community where even if I was at home and I was working with somebody who wanted to go out to the hospital or the rehab get better. As quick as they possibly can work really hard to be home within days instead of weeks or months, they were always the place to go. Fantastic. Congratulations everyone there.

Brittan:

All right, Steven. And the next category is best skilled nursing facility and who are the nominations?

Steve:

Sarasota health and rehab, the Pines of Sarasota Hawthorne village and ManorCare.

Brittan:

And the winner is. Sarasota health and rehab.

Steve:

Yes. Congratulations, Brittany. And your team there you are amazing work for the community. Really appreciate all you do. He being seniors safe in their homes. We have our best private duty category for in-home

Brittan:

care, but nominations are home. Instead. Senior helpers, nursing styles and McKenny home care. home and staff,

Steve:

the woman said, congratulations, David Chaz, and your team, the Sarasota specifically, but the entire home said franchises. And then the Suncoast I know are, have great reputations. And they're a great option to help your loved ones. Stay at home as long as they can before they need that independent living or assisted living community.

Brittan:

Absolutely. All right. The next award is best Medicare home health and the nominations are

Steve:

kindred home health, trilogy, home health accomplished home health, and I'm at USCIS home health.

Brittan:

And the winner of the golden globe care award goes to. Trilogy. Congratulations. Steven Hall, I was actually able to pie him in the face and the Sarasota senior advocacy council event lately over at cerebella. Thank you, Steven. I'm glad you won that award, but thank you for allowing me the privilege to pie you in the face. And

Steve:

you also doing that. And everyone else involved within raised, I heard over $500 for seniors in our communities. So that was awesome. And I heard you got a pie in the face or two too,

Brittan:

and not going to play on the face. However, Andre was senior living selections decided to back attack me where I had my back to him and literally bear hugged me after he had been pied 50 times. And so the next award is the best adult daycare. So Steven. Let's go through the nominations. We have friendship center of Venice

Steve:

friendship center, six soda,

Brittan:

Chelsea place,

Steve:

and Sonny Bowers.

Brittan:

Oh, very nice. So let's find out who the winner is. The winner for best adult daycare is

Steve:

friendship center of Sarasota. Congratulations. And I know that adult daycare with the word daycare oftentimes has negative connotations, but the friendship center really has these amazing programs for seniors. Of all ages of seniors, but you know, different levels of different things of, if you want to not only go for the traditional senior activities like bingo and talks about veterans benefits and education and resources, but they also do a lot of more active activities like dance classes and things to help them more active seniors get involved. And so a daycare is not just what you would expect. From the name alone anymore, they really have been revolutionizing it recently. And so thank you to the friendship center and all the other nominees as well for really helping make that a place where you can use as an option for care during the day when you need it, or a little bit of extra help. And the last of our care facility categories, we have the best hospital in the sun coast. And then on the knees are Lakewood ranch medical center.

Brittan:

Venice Bay, front

Steve:

Sarasota Memorial

Brittan:

hospital and doctors

Steve:

let's see the winner of best hospital on the sun coast is Memorial hospital. Congratulations. And so that actually wraps up the first section of our awards. I mean, while we had over 45 categories, it was nice to split it up kind of into the four categories. And so. You hadn't noticed as you were watching all of the, those were care facilities, whether it be independent living when you just need help with, you know, like housekeeping and maintenance and a couple of meals here and there to memory care, skilled nursing, they were all places where you get that hands-on care wherever you are. It was great seeing all of the categories for the first group, but I also wanted to give you a chance to tell us a little bit about seniors blue book, because they are a platinum sponsor. For the event. And so they also helped make this whole evening possible.

Brittan:

Absolutely. So I want to put a big shout out to Samantha. Samantha has been an owner publisher senior's blue book for actually over 20 years. And so all up and down in Southwest Florida, she has basically given resources such as all of the amazing categories that we are. Giving awards out tonight through, so from senior housing to in-home care to elder law attorneys, physicians, we are here to be able to provide resources for seniors. Again, for any type of, of care needs that you may need in your journey. Senior split book is here to help you basically, the entire purpose of seniors blue book is just to give back to our seniors and be able to support our professionals in the area and in doing what they do best

Steve:

speaking of resources on the Suncoast, that is our entire next. Set of categories is different professional resources for seniors to help them navigate the complex systems of aging. So we have first senior care advisor. And what is it? I,

Brittan:

senior care advisor is somebody who basically helps navigate whatever part of somebody's aging journey they're in. The resources. Right? So if somebody is needing to move into an independent living assisted living, if somebody's needing an elder law attorney, maybe they need in-home care. That senior care advisor is, has the experience and knowledge of all of the resources to be able to connect those dots for somebody.

Steve:

Yes. And they almost always are an entirely free resource to families, which helps. Yes, because as much as it's nice for me to say, working at hardest to Venice, that if you need it independent or assisted or memory care in the Suncoast, we're the only place to go to. But I'm also a little bit biased, just a little bit. And so having a senior kind of buyers advisor, who's an unbiased person to help guide you through the process can make it this whole crazy thing, less confusing when you have over 50 assisted living communities. In Sarasota County, having someone to tell you, like you don't have to tour all 50 herself, they'll talk to you for a little bit, figure out what your loved one wants and help you find it. It's a really cool thing. So who are the nominees?

Brittan:

So nominees are senior living selections.

Steve:

Andre's company, right?

Brittan:

Yeah. Andre, Santa Maria, who, like I said before, decided to attack me with whipped cream. Last week, we have the writing solutions

Steve:

from handwritings.

Brittan:

Some ways assisted living comes a year. One of our sponsors,

Steve:

Allie

Brittan:

and care patrol.

Steve:

Yes. And the winner is I still live in concierge. And I mean, I can say, honestly, even this past week I was working with Mark and Ellie with a family and they are just, they couldn't speak highly enough of the two of them and how much they've helped them through this crazy process of dealing with a mom and need right away, right around the holidays.

Brittan:

Absolutely. They're amazing.

Steve:

Yes.

Brittan:

So the next category is Kate as the next category is best care manager. So let's talk about some of these

Steve:

nominations here. Yes. So we have Denise Treybig from senior crossroads of Florida. I am actually a previous employees of hers and she has a sponsor and she is excellent at what she does. We also have

Brittan:

and writings of writing solution.

Steve:

Yes. And Melissa.

Brittan:

And we have Melissa up with secure aging

Steve:

and Alison Hildreth from GPS cares. And Alison was the first care manager I ever met when I was working at Windsor

Brittan:

reflection. Yeah. GPS has been around for quite a while. They're all.

Steve:

Yes. And then, I mean, Denise, she taught me probably like 75% about what I know about senior living, working with her. Awesome. Let's see who won?

Brittan:

Alrighty.

Steve:

The winner is. congratulations. And I know that we already are working with a couple of families with you at harvest spinach. So I look forward to getting to know you better as we move closer to our opening.

Brittan:

Congratulations. All right. The next category is wealth management or financial advisor. And so the nominations for that category are framed up with Zollinger mediation free is amazing.

Steve:

Yes. Freya Robbins, Trevor Taylor from accurate advisors, Bonnie Goodrow from Edward Jones and John Laterno from RBC wealth management. I know winter is. With some of those last names, let's see how you can

Brittan:

read my handwriting to have him announce those because the, there were some challenging games. Okay.

Steve:

Also my handwriting isn't always the best, but the winner is John Turno.

Brittan:

John,

Steve:

congratulations, John, as anyone who's paused and zoomed in my handwriting is not all that.

Brittan:

So I do want to mention that. so the awards are starting to get low. And so I'm wondering what the solution might be because there's one

Steve:

left. I know I have a feeling I have more than just that. I mean, look over there. We're good. They kind of fell down there so you might not have seen them all, but also I'll send them back up again so that they're there and ready to go.

Brittan:

is that the right word? They, they created their own selves. That's amazing.

Steve:

Yeah. Yes. And I'm very excited for the next category because I have a vested interest because I know.

Brittan:

Okay. Well, I think that the Google had announced a category, which is the best elder law. So the nominations are Daniel Smith with advocates and aging. Who

Steve:

loves Brittany Spears, DG dub.

Brittan:

No,

Steve:

it's true.

Brittan:

No, I know, but we're now announcing that on this award show.

Steve:

So you would be ashamed of liking Brittany as long as it wasn't 2010 past Brittany, as long as it was before that you're

Brittan:

good to go, right? That's right. As long as it was before she shaved her head.

Steve:

Anyways, Edwin Boyer from Boyer and Boyer, who is unknown as to his stance on Brittany Spears. We have Sierra Butler from Butler, elder law. And I know she would love to here.

Brittan:

Yes, you would. And Kevin pillion, and I don't know that Kevin would be on board with Brittany Spears, but Kevin is amazing.

Steve:

He works with life playing and love for him. And he is definitely there for senior care. No matter his stance on Brittany.

Brittan:

Oh my goodness. Drum roll. We have a winner.

Steve:

Thank you. Congratulations.

Brittan:

Awesome. So the next category, Steven is best senior move management company.

Steve:

Yes. And that's different than just, you know, hiring, you know, teenagers down the road to move your stuff from point a to point B. Right? Don't they do more stuff at senior move management

Brittan:

companies. So senior move management companies, a lot of times to have special credentials and are trained in, let's just say for instance, cognitive impairment. So they know how to work with. Seniors and seniors again, who may suffer from dementia. And so they're, they're used to kind of being thrown into this crisis modes and being able to truly give that TLC that is needed during that time of, of stress, right? It's a stressful thing to move from your home to a senior living community. So it takes a very special person and that's our category. Our nominations here specify that

Steve:

we have senior moves. we hear senior relocation services and Davina Jones and the winner is we care. So congratulations, Cathy and Jeff, and the entire team there. All right.

Brittan:

So the next category is

Steve:

senior focused realtor.

Brittan:

And what does that mean? A

Steve:

realtor who focuses on seniors.

Brittan:

Okay, so let's get right to it. Nominations include Susan fel,

Steve:

Kelly, old Randy Brusco

Brittan:

and Jason

Steve:

Weaver. Yes. And the winner is Randy Briscoe. Congratulations, Randy.

Brittan:

Awesome. This one's for

Steve:

you, Ricky, only you. And next up we have best local pharmacy because as much as. Large chains like CVS and Walgreens can help make our days easier. A lot of people like shopping local and pharmacies is one of those things that really can make a difference in the care you get with getting your medication for your loved one. And so our nominees are,

Brittan:

we have some

Steve:

discount. Yes, Davidsons

Brittan:

and hedges.

Steve:

And the winner is.

Brittan:

David

Steve:

pharmacy. We

Brittan:

have one left in this category group B non-emergency transport.

Steve:

Yes. And for that way, ITN of the sun coast,

Brittan:

Apollo

Steve:

and doctors transport

Brittan:

that's right. And the winner is.

Steve:

Doctor's transport. Congratulations, Dean. So with that though, as you can tell with our little piles of nominee envelopes, we are now halfway done technically with the award categories. So what we have left is the best nonprofit resources for seniors, as well as the best individual care awards. But before that we have an intermission, cause I know I have to go to the bathroom. Do you have to go to the bathroom?

Brittan:

Yes, I do. I think it's healthy that we both do

Steve:

not together

Brittan:

separately,

Steve:

separate but equal bathrooms. Yes. We'll also refresh our drinks.

Brittan:

That's that's right. That are not in this video picture. And we are going to go ahead and transition into a little video from our sponsors that made this entire event possible. Thank you so much. For allowing me to bring together this Brady bunch fantasy that I've had in the video world.

Steve:

Yes. I can't wait to see your fantasy comes to fruition, so

Brittan:

we might should cut now. Well, we say those kinds of things. Here we go.

Steve:

Thank you, everyone for that awesome intermission. I know that it was so nice that even, I didn't almost want to pause it to go to the bathroom.

Brittan:

That's right. But, but the good thing is, is that you can go back

Steve:

and watch and then go

Brittan:

back. That's right. Technology in 2020,

Steve:

what the person and of those sponsors, I want to take a special moment to thank, especially to people who have already been award winners. So the evening actually, Kathy and Jeff parish from a week here, senior relocation services and Mark and Ellie from someways assisted living company. So what do you know about both of them and

Brittan:

what do you want to say? Maybe too much? Maybe too much, but I don't hold that against them. Just kidding. They are amazing. Kathy and Jeff, I know from before I was Wisener's blue book, I had so many clients of mine move into assisted living or any type of. Let's just call it care and they help with that transition and they truly truly know exactly what they're doing. They do such a fantastic job with that extra again, TLC that is needed. So I'm Kathy and Jeff. You're amazing. And thank you so much for making this award show possible. And some

Steve:

ways, some ways assisted living kind of Sierras is also awesome. Mark and Allie, I've worked at, in every community I've worked at over the past year or two, and I will. I say that like I've worked at a million different communities,

Brittan:

but

Steve:

I know that like when they first were getting situated in our area, I worked with them at a Savanna Grande to Sarasota. And now I've got the pleasure of working with them. I can say officially as of last week and my courage of, of harvest and they were great to work at. They're great resources. They'd been a guest on my podcast as has Kathy. So they are, they are a great resource for seniors. Like we said earlier to help kind of navigate that system. Free of costs for the family has helped you kind of figure out where the best place for your loved one might be and how to make sure their finances will last them through the however long they need them to last.

Brittan:

Exactly. So thank you so much. We care and thank you so much. Some ways.

Steve:

Yes. And I think in terms of, thanks, it's also great tan time now to move on to our next session of categories, which is the best nonprofit resources for seniors and caregivers and professionals in our area.

Brittan:

Absolutely. I'm really excited about this category. Again, nonprofit, there are so many great ones in our area that are serving our local seniors. And a lot of us have been a part of those groups to help raise money through fundraisers and different things. So we just want to say that we love our nonprofits. Whoop.

Steve:

Yes, we do so much. And the first group would be the best resources for Alzheimer's or memory care related disorders. And the nominees are

Brittan:

the friendship center.

Steve:

The Jewish family children's services,

Brittan:

Alzheimer's association

Steve:

and Melissa Vanderbilt Bester Alzheimer's association. The big OJI for Alzheimer's assistance is still being number one. Alzheimer's a resource right now. So thank you. The Alzheimer's association. I know I started off in the industry with Sue Fox, helping with all of our support groups. And since then every iteration of their people that I've met has been more wonderful. Parkinson's support are three nominees. One of which has had significant increase because of their online focus recently. And that is park is in place, which is our first nominee. Although neuro challenge is another nominee with excellent resources as well. Stock the Mingo,

Brittan:

dr. Domingo is amazing. Yes,

Steve:

I, and I believe, I mean, he's affiliated almost with Parkinson place a lot. He does a lot with that, so they almost are one in the same, but I would say it with the winner being, yeah. Parkinson's, you know, I don't know landslide. I have to say honestly, because they have done so much help because they've already been great for our community and the Suncoast recently over the past few years that I've worked with them. But recently since COVID and everything has happened the way they took it all virtually I've talked with so many people there that have really made a big difference. So they've done a great job of adjusting with the new times. Definitely check them out. If you have Parkinson's or care for someone who does recently on Netflix, I watched Def you and did you watch it?

Brittan:

I have not watched it yet, but I've seen the preview for it.

Steve:

Yeah. Yeah. And it is awesome. It's about this college campus that specializes for like deaf education and definitely resources and everything. And it kind of really opened my eyes. And so I'm really happy with that. So thank all the resources on the Suncoast for the hearing impaired, including here in

Brittan:

America. We have Sarasota hearing center

Steve:

and we have audible and the winner is

Brittan:

here again, America.

Steve:

Congratulations.

Brittan:

I'll take this trophy on your behalf and make sure that I keep it safe. Well on that note, let's move into the best visually impaired resource. So the nominations are

Steve:

the lighthouse of manna SOTA

Brittan:

center for sight

Steve:

and the eye associates where I got my LASIK done. Oh, very

Brittan:

nice.

Steve:

Yes, it was my favorite Christmas gift last year. I

Brittan:

hope to get that Sunday and the winner is

Steve:

lighthouse and Minnesota. Awesome. For all of those who need it. So thank you.

Brittan:

I love pun on words. So that was a good one. I liked that

Steve:

one, right? Yeah. And we have veteran's resources on the sun coast and our nominees clued life planning a lot. Right? Kevin

Brittan:

paleon. We have Patriots

Steve:

angels. We have veterans financial and the winner is.

Brittan:

Patriots angels.

Steve:

Congratulations, Patriots angels. Your award is all set for you.

Brittan:

Well, keep it very safe and sanitized as you'll see.

Steve:

All right, next step. We have best support group on the sun

Brittan:

and Steven, why is that important?

Steve:

Because everyone needs a little bit of support. That's right. Like a good bra state farm is there.

Brittan:

I don't know if they supply those, but state farm. If you're listening, you should. Anyways. So nominations are the friendship center.

Steve:

Melissa Vanderbilt, Besters memory care support group.

Brittan:

Amazing. We have the Jewish family and children's services.

Steve:

We have Parkinson's place. And the winner is. Melissa Vanderbilt, but also Besters memory care support group. And I love that I'm stumbling over her name, even though she's my boss, Melissa Vanderbilt.

Brittan:

We call her in VB because it's like MVP.

Steve:

See

Brittan:

what we did there with that one. Yes.

Steve:

Relations. That's awesome. All right. And we have the next. Categories the best resource for food assistance programs on the sun coast. And we have

Brittan:

all faiths food bank

Steve:

meals on wheels,

Brittan:

mom's meals,

Steve:

almost Ryans, and the winner is meals on wheels. Excellent. Next up we have the best resource for the disabled. So the

Brittan:

nominations are Suncoast center for independent

Steve:

living senior crossroads of Florida

Brittan:

and Southeastern guide dogs.

Steve:

And the winner is senior crossroads to Florida.

Brittan:

Nice. That's one of our sponsors, Denise.

Steve:

Yes. I have to admit, I mean, while working with her, some of our more complex patients were those who were disabled and I wouldn't know. Put my loved one with any sort of special needs or disability in anyone's cure, other than hers. I mean, any other story, and she would be more focused on making sure that those people had what they need before she was even worried about her own family. She always puts everyone first, but especially if you, she knows your union, that help cause you can't get the help on your own. She's going to make sure you get it. So she is that great

Brittan:

resource. Congrats, Denise and we are running low again on award.

Steve:

Are we going to look over there? There we go. They rematerialized.

Brittan:

What am I looking

Steve:

at? You're looking at Ronnie. He's over there. Yeah. Hi Remi. There you go. There's a whole bunch of,

Brittan:

Oh, this one though. He's taking a nap. So I'm gonna put him back

Steve:

on. Alright.

Brittan:

So onto the next category, which is the best durable medical equipment company.

Steve:

And we have some custom medical supply.

Brittan:

Stay in your advocacy council

Steve:

and discount medical.

Brittan:

Alrighty.

Steve:

And the winner is

Brittan:

Southern coast medical supply. Congratulations. Yay. And this one's for you.

Steve:

It's like our first tour to the night.

Brittan:

That's right. So the, the next category we have is the best nonprofit for seniors, which is, this is a tough one because a

Steve:

big one, the next three are they'll the final of the categories, because this is really getting down to other than the personal areas of who individually, one categories. These are the companies, the next three categories, the best nonprofit for seniors, the best one for caregivers. And the best one for professionals. I mean, those three are really what senior care is in a nutshell. And so for our not best nonprofit for seniors, the nominees are,

Brittan:

we have the say, Oh,

Steve:

let's do it together. Okay.

Brittan:

Go ahead.

Steve:

The Sarasota County aging network.

Brittan:

Friendship centers,

Steve:

the Sarasota County, senior advocacy council

Brittan:

and save our seniors.

Steve:

Yes. And the winner is, did you like that? I liked it more than I should. Friendship center.

Brittan:

Congratulations. That's awesome. Ian, we'll save this one for you. All right. So next

Steve:

category, the best resource for

Brittan:

caregivers. All right. So we have the one, the only the legendary Sierra.

Steve:

Yes, we have seniors.

Brittan:

The third. Now I'm in Houston for this category is you're going to have to say it that

Steve:

one. I don't know. Sharla bursts Jack from shuts in Bowen and the winner is. Seniors blue book. Congratulations.

Brittan:

Can I say something that Steven did not share any of this information with me? So that is amazing. Samantha. You're awesome. Whoa.

Steve:

Yes.

Brittan:

I don't know

Steve:

what to ahead. Well, next category with the best resource for professionals. Yeah, the senior living on the Suncoast, which is my podcast.

Brittan:

Awesome. We have seniors blue book,

Steve:

your job, and we have the Sarasota County aging network to which we are both basically members and boards.

Brittan:

So we're all one big family here in this category.

Steve:

Exactly. And the winner of the two of us basically is. Congratulations.

Brittan:

Thank you. Well, that's awesome. Again for Samantha. Here it is. Here's actually, here's your words right here. So,

Steve:

yes, I mean, I mean, normally you guys do so much year to year, but especially this year, when we all found ourselves lost with how do we connect during this time? I mean, you could have made up a secondary career on how do you get on zoom?

Brittan:

And I did. Yes, there were many. No, I'm just kidding.

Steve:

No, you're not. I mean, it was a lot this year and you helped a lot and you really made it possible for a lot of our professionals that normally might struggle to really make it work. Oh,

Brittan:

absolutely. And you too. It was a, it was a brainstorming thing I feel.

Steve:

Yeah. Yes. And next up we actually have a. I wanted to take a moment to thank two of our sponsors, senior crossroads of Florida, as well as home instead senior care. Or we touched a little bit on, senior crossroads with Denise, from my time working with her. I mean, I learned so much about senior living at you at the pleasure of getting to work with her.

Brittan:

Yes, I have. So Denise is awesome. You can tell just from when you, when you first talked to me, she really truly cares again, like you said, she'll do anything for anybody. So she's amazing. And again, she is a care manager covering so many different things. As people are aging and needing assistance. I like to call care managers like local boots on the ground. You know, somebody who is here, families out of state, whether they're out of state or they're here, they're working, they're in that sandwich generation, taking care of moms and dads or their own kids. care managers are such a huge asset for families to use as somebody needs that.

Steve:

Yep. And she's one of my favorites on the sun coast. Awesome. So thank you. And we also have a home instead senior care, which is, locally owned by David hoops. And Chelsea Davis is their director of sales and human resources and a billion other things to cross

Brittan:

town. Yeah, they're amazing. So if you're looking for a great in-home care, service, that's going to provide homemaker companion, or if you're going to need some on, you know, some ongoing care for your actual activities of daily living, they're an amazing company. again, very trustworthy and reliable and Chaz. Does wear a lot of hats she's involved with a lot of the not-for-profits. I think she's on the board for all of them.

Steve:

Yes. And so thank you both. And before that we have a whole lot of awards left to go in our last category of the best caregivers on the Suncoast. I think we're writing for the home stretch. Joan, you all right. Well, now we were looking at the caregivers at the care giver level. So starting off, we have the best executive director.

Brittan:

Oh, very nice. That's a great place to start.

Steve:

Yeah. So these were the people that run these communities in town. We've able to friendly from inspired

Brittan:

Melissa, especially Allie with hardest.

Steve:

And then I snap from Windsor reflections.

Brittan:

Awesome.

Steve:

Ironically, I can say, I know April very well. I know she's a great director.

Brittan:

Yes.

Steve:

I've worked for both Melissa and Dennis before. So there we go. And the winner is

Brittan:

Melissa, especially.

Steve:

Congratulations.

Brittan:

Awesome. So what was it? So obviously the hardest was just starting up, but Melissa has been an executive director for years.

Steve:

Yeah. She comes from down South. She helped buildings through changeover of ownership and crises. And so I know she's going to be a great boss.

Brittan:

Absolutely.

Steve:

Yes. And next up we have our best director of nursing. Diana We have April Gillepsie. We have crystal Whitley.

Brittan:

I think I know her

Steve:

a little bit. And the winner is

Brittan:

April chill

Steve:

from senior helpers. Congratulations, except we haven't best business office manager, a role. I feel very finally of cause that's how I got started in senior living.

Brittan:

Wonderful. So you know the importance and we're going to jump into the nominations. We have Amy Craig with sunny side.

Steve:

Yeah. Beth McCullough from Desota palms

Brittan:

and candy Johnson would serve someone to health and rehab

Steve:

and the winter is.

Brittan:

Candy

Steve:

Johnson. Congratulations. Candy. You are so sweet.

Brittan:

Taking this for you. Keeping it right here. Keeping it safe.

Steve:

I didn't even get a comment about candy being asleep.

Brittan:

Oh, candy sweet.

Steve:

That's right. No, it's okay if you lost the moment there. All right. Next up we have for a best chef, we have Matt Collada from the Windsor reflections.

Brittan:

We have Gabe Meelo from Tuscan

Steve:

gardens and we had Michael Carter from the spring. South Biscayne

Brittan:

can try food from every single one of these people just,

Steve:

and the winter is Windsor reflections. I have tasted his cooking before and I told him it was okay. In actuality, he was awesome. I just worked there at the time. So on to give him a hard time.

Brittan:

Well, you wanted to help them continue to up his game. I have gained pounds from each of you. Thank you.

Steve:

You're welcome. Next up, we have the best activity or life enrichment director in the community.

Brittan:

And so we have Becky Lester from the Springs itself. This game,

Steve:

we have Holly West from the Pines of Sarasota

Brittan:

and we have.

Steve:

Sariah. Beliard from inspired living of Sarasota.

Brittan:

You very much for pronouncing. And the winner is

Steve:

Holly West from the Pines of Sarasota. Congratulations

Brittan:

and congrats to the Pines because I saw that there is obviously new construction happening. So they have a video of the new Pines of Sarasota 2021. So it'd be looking out

Steve:

for that. Very nice. Next step, speaking of keeping communities up and running well, we have the best maintenance director.

Brittan:

That's right. So you have Randy Heath, Sarasota health and rehab.

Steve:

And Steve Walter is from Geneva lakes.

Brittan:

All right. Well, let's say it's a 50, 50 toss up for this bad boy right here.

Steve:

And it's Randy Heath from Sarasota health and rehab.

Brittan:

Sarasota health and rehab. It seems like you guys did a great job voting this year. So thank you for the participation.

Steve:

Congratulations. You guys are a great resource for skilled care and rehab in our area. Next step we have best housekeeper keeping all of our apartments clean and nice. Especially during this time, cleanliness is next to godliness and the winner is. Tara LaBianca from the Springs congratulation. All right. Next up, we have the best of registered nurse.

Brittan:

All right. So we have Pam decane me with home. Instead.

Steve:

We have Cheryl Herard of accomplished home care and the winner is

Brittan:

Pam

Steve:

decaying from home instead senior care.

Brittan:

What to make sure I'm saying names

Steve:

already

Brittan:

licensed practical nurse plus LPN.

Steve:

Yeah. So we have Eric quick, rough at encompass.

Brittan:

We have Georgette Ludwig from Westminster manner.

Steve:

We have Brooke Singh from inspired living and the winner is

Brittan:

Brooke sing with inspired living,

Steve:

congratulations,

Brittan:

and moving this from here to here.

Steve:

And next step we have the best CNA.

Brittan:

And Sanchez.

Steve:

We have Terry

Brittan:

hoops and we have joy McCoy with inspired living.

Steve:

I mean, if she's not doing CNA work, she should be doing something else with that name because it's,

Brittan:

it's got a nice ring to it. Join McCoy.

Steve:

Yes. And the winner is Terry hopes for my home instead, senior care. Congratulations,

Brittan:

Terry. Next

Steve:

step, we have the best home health aid.

Brittan:

We have nominations for Joe Alice Bennett of right at home.

Steve:

Yes, too. My husband also calls mama at work because of our share last name of Bennett. When he sees her come in, we have Raquel Gonzales from home. Instead, senior care,

Brittan:

Karen Hodges with senior helpers

Steve:

and Karen corner black from home. Instead, senior care

Brittan:

is.

Steve:

Or account Gonzales. Congratulations. Raquel your trophies in the mail.

Brittan:

Aye. It's going to be in the mail right now.

Steve:

It's going to, it's

Brittan:

going to sit right here for just event.

Steve:

Next step. We have the best physical therapy or occupational therapy on the Suncoast. We have Jackie Harding from Chilla, G.

Brittan:

Kathy core from Southwest Florida.

Steve:

Here, we have Alex Gehrig from Hawthorne village

Brittan:

and we have Yorta redhead from McGarry.

Steve:

Yes. And the winter.

Brittan:

Here's a red head. Just want to say up for the record, she got the last name red head. I did

Steve:

not. Well, you own it anyway. And the winner is Jackie Harting. Congratulations, Jack.

Brittan:

Okay. All right. The next category is best liaison.

Steve:

Yeah. So for all of you, marketers, who rather later day, these are going to be your best sales professionals and like the home health industry or the skilled home health industry. So private duty and skilled care. We have Cindy from accomplished home care. Cindy Zimmerman.

Brittan:

We have Chaz Davis from hope instead.

Steve:

Yeah. Francesca Alfonzo tubs from perfect solutions for seniors.

Brittan:

And Melissa Earl from all staff, all wonderful nominations.

Steve:

They, he used to bring me bingo cards. And the winner is

Brittan:

Chaz Davis.

Steve:

Yes. Which I'm not surprised because she has her little that he chose and everything related to senior is up and down the Suncoast. Absolutely. Yes. And so with a couple of awards left, I'm happy to see, look over there that we have all these awards to. So next time we have the best sales or marketing director of a community.

Brittan:

We have MIMA with Nima Patel with Brookdale, senior living. We

Steve:

have Melissa Vanderbilt. Bester my boss at hardest

Brittan:

Venice Donna gall here with the Windsor

Steve:

and Sam from inspire living Sarasota. Melissa Vanderbilt. Bester from hardest Venice you one under the wire. And I wanted to give a shout out to the person who got second place by just a few votes and that's done. I go like you're. And the reason why I wanted to thank her is because, I mean, she was my first sales mama, because she

Brittan:

was when I worked,

Steve:

when I worked at Windsor reflections, I was still the business office manager. When I met her and she like taught me about sales and how to work during events and gave me a couple of pointers while I was entertaining. And so from there eventually I worked on two sales and she ended up like, mentoring me. She's amazing. And so she's amazing. And she recently was promoted well much well deserved, up to be a regional director. So we'll miss you in our area. Donna. Thank you. All right. And the next category we have is the best ARN P which stands for. Woo. Woo. Well, it's a gentlemanly Wolf. Alright. And the best Aaron P is. Which

Brittan:

by the way stands for advanced registered nurse practitioner.

Steve:

Yes. And I was trying to save you from that, but kudos fist

Brittan:

pump. All right. Who do we have?

Steve:

Sam Palmer from Palmer medical.

Brittan:

Yeah, for Nate Fletcher from Sarasota Manatee

Steve:

geriatrics. Speda from prime care

Brittan:

events and the winner is

Steve:

Renee Fletcher. Congratulations.

Brittan:

And you get these three.

Steve:

We are almost there.

Brittan:

Yeah. I just thought it might be like, it looked good. Kind of pulling three over anyways.

Steve:

All right. We have next step. We have the best doctor on the sun coast. How many doctors there are on a Suncoast.

Brittan:

There's

Steve:

thousands more than a dozen.

Brittan:

Yes. A Baker's dozen at that. Anyways, who are the nominations?

Steve:

Dr. Jacqueline Beck.

Brittan:

We have dr.

Steve:

Boss. We have dr. Angela Domingo.

Brittan:

All right. Let's find out who the winner is. Dr. Domingo.

Steve:

Congratulations, dr. Domingo.

Brittan:

He makes fun of my dad jokes. Just throwing that out there, but I'm not going to hold it. I'm not going to hold that to him this time. I'm going to say congratulations, Angelo. Well-deserved.

Steve:

Yes. Well, everyone made fun of you for your dad jokes. You held that against you to have no friends.

Brittan:

That's probably true.

Steve:

And the last category we have is the caregiver of the year. Now this person is not a registered nurse. She's not an LPN, he's not a caregiver. He and or she, or both is someone who's just really the best of the best. If you think of care, you think of that. And the nominees are.

Brittan:

We have Susan

Steve:

Blessey from Parkinson place. We have Andy Swartz from the international cremation society.

Brittan:

We have Sierra Butler from Butler law, attorney

Steve:

elder law,

Brittan:

elder elder law. Thank you.

Steve:

And we have Brittany Jennings from senior's glue book. And so before I have the winner, we're actually, I'm going to read the winner, but before we then throw out the confetti. But there was no confetti, but blurry confetti. But before that, after we announced the award, I, you have a couple of words from other people as well to share before you cut it. So the caregiver of the year for 2020 on the Suncoast, helping people through the craziest year, ever with the pandemic is Brittany Jennings. what I have here though for everyone is I have some words from our sponsors that also got the heads up. She was likely to win and they wanted to give their respects. I have Kathy Parrish says, Brittany, Brittany, Brittany, what can I say? You're loved, respected, responsive, and the person everyone goes to when they have need for care or support. Thank you. And congratulations. So,

Brittan:

I didn't know who's was going to cry.

Steve:

No, it was unplanned. Chaz said, Brittany is amazing, compassionate, kindhearted, outgoing and hilarious are the ways I would describe this beautiful human. She always rains everyone's day and loves what she does, which is helping and educating people a true inspiration to the individuals and communities. She served. Congratulations girl. You have to screen have a great weekend, everyone. And then Allie says, Brittany is one of a kind, she leads with her heart and is always looking to help others. You won't find someone more compassionate about seniors in our community. And she lifts up all of us in the senior care industry to rise to the daily challenges of giving our best to those that need it. Most, we are so grateful to you, Brittany. And so those are just a few words from people who really gave this a word to you because this wasn't me. It wasn't even planned. When I asked my co-host you already guaranteed, but an overwhelming number of people felt that you deserved it. So

Brittan:

thank you. Thank you so much.

Steve:

And you actually do get to keep this one and I'm not going to make you look.

Brittan:

Yes.

Steve:

That one is yours.

Brittan:

I'm just kidding. There's not a case. This is amazing.

Steve:

Maybe they're really one day.

Brittan:

Really sweet. Thank you so much.

Steve:

And thank you everyone. Who's been tuning in so far. I hope you've enjoyed our little antics as well as our award ceremony itself. We've appreciate your taking the time to give thanks to all of you. And we look forward to seeing you again, hopefully in person safely and responsibly real soon. Bye.

Brittan:

Bye. Take care, everybody. Thank you so much.