Statistics show that most baby boomers have a strong desire to remain independent as they age. These hardworking Americans are turning their noses up at the idea of spending their golden years in a strange nursing home. They have an unshakeable yearning to live life at home as long as possible. This factor, combined with advances in modern medicine that are helping seniors live longer, has set the stage for more home care franchise opportunities than ever before.
Research by the University of Alabama shows that more than seven million people in the U.S. need some form of home care. This fact is bolstered by the rising trend of "aging in place." Seniors not only want to be self-sufficient - they wish to remain at home, where the surroundings are familiar and family is near. Always Best Care nurtures this need by providing quality in-home care that helps both the seniors in need and their families.
When you implement Always Best Care's proven business model, your senior care franchise in Tampa, FL will become a pillar in your community. You will be part of a highly regarded, reputable organization that others will respect. While you refine your reputation and earn respect, you'll be living an entrepreneurial lifestyle that lets you make a difference in other people's lives.
Great entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for recession-resistant franchising opportunities. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in-home care is now an essential service -- one that will continue to be needed, regardless of the economy. No matter what hurdles we must overcome, one thing is for sure: people will always need care.
At Always Best Care, our proven franchise model enables hundreds of dedicated franchisees the opportunity to achieve financial freedom in the most uncertain times. Our award-winning training program provides franchisees with the tools to succeed and the stability they need.
Always Best Care is one of the fastest-growing senior care franchise systems because our franchisees are more than just business owners, they are compassionate professionals dedicated to helping others. Perhaps most importantly, their home care business lets them care for people in their community while building a rewarding business for themselves.
Our experienced corporate team works with new in-home care franchise owners to provide comprehensive training for you and your staff, marketing resources, performance metrics, turnkey operating tech, systemwide benchmarking, national accounts, and customer satisfaction support.
Your local Area Representative and our National Directors work with all new franchisees to arrange mentoring opportunities, communications and team-building strategies, and ongoing strategic planning. That way, you have a leg up in your market and access to key resources to build your confidence as you develop your business.
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The Florida Panthers dispatched the Washington Capitals in six games to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1996. Elsewhere, the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning emerged victorious in a seven-game slugfest against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams handled adversity well in the opening round with the Panthers coming from behind for wins in Games 4 and 5. The Lightning managed to win despite trailing 3-2 in the series and going to overtime in Game 6.
The Panthers will have home-ice advantage in the Sunshine State series after finishing the 2021-22 season with the best record in the league. The Lightning managed to win two games on the road in the opening round, including a winner-take-all Game 7, and took two of three games on the road versus the Panthers in the 2021 postseason.
Carter Verhaeghe led the way for Florida in Round 1 with six goals and 12 points in six games. He scored the game-winning goal in three straight contests to conclude the series. That includes two overtime winners. Verhaeghe will play against his former team in the second round of the playoffs. Claude Giroux, who has been excellent addition since he was acquired from Philadelphia, registered three goals and seven points against the Capitals. Aleksander Barkov provided two goals and four helpers along with a team-high 22 shots on goal, while Aaron Ekblad produced one goal and four helpers following his return from injury.
Nikita Kucherov topped Tampa Bay in scoring in Round 1 with eight points, including a team-high six assists. Victor Hedman was not far behind with two goals and five helpers. He also led the Lightning with 27 shots on target. Ondrej Palat and Ross Colton supplied five points each on three goals and two assists apiece. Steven Stamkos contributed two goals and two assists along with 18 shots.
played in all six games for Florida, while posting a 2.79 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. He surrendered 17 goals on 180 shots and gave up at least three goals on four occasions.
played in all seven games for Tampa Bay, while registering a 3.04 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. He permitted 22 goals on 214 shots and allowed at least three goals against in each of the first six contests of the series.
The Panthers and Lightning met up a year ago in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Tampa Bay won in six games. It wouldn’t be a surprise if there was a similar outcome this time around, but the status of , who was injured in Game 7 versus Toronto, could be a major factor. The Panthers were banged up in the opening round as well, with Verhaeghe, Ekblad and playing through issues. The postseason is often a battle of attrition and this second-round matchup is bound to be physical. These two teams have displayed plenty of unpleasantness towards each other in the past and facing off in another postseason series is sure to stir up some feelings of contempt. Discipline will no doubt be crucial, but it won’t hurt the Lightning if they step over the line if the power play of the Panthers doesn’t improve substantially following a non-existent showing in Round 1. Florida didn’t look completely dialed in against Washington, but appeared to be getting there by the end of the series and there should be some additional motivation for revenge. The Lightning will be a much stiffer test to see if the Panthers are a true contender or a pretender. Tampa Bay has proven that they know what it takes to win in the playoffs, which makes them a dangerous squad to play against on their quest for a third straight championship title.
- Huberdeau had a three-game point streak from Game 2 to Game 4 prior to being held off the scoresheet for the final two games of Round 1. He amassed 10 points (two goals, eight assists) against the Lightning during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Huberdeau also had seven points (two goals, five assists) in four contests versus Tampa Bay during the 2021-22 campaign.
- Reinhart tied for third on the Panthers with two goals in the opening round of the postseason. He lit the lamp twice in the final three games of the series against Washington. Reinhart, who is playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career, has three points through six outings. Additionally, he provided two goals and five points in four matches against Tampa Bay during the regular season.
- Paul accounted for two goals and two assists against Toronto in Round 1. He scored both goals for the Lightning in Game 7 to power the team’s offense in the victory. Paul, who was acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline, is also playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time.
- Cirelli only chipped in one goal in seven games during Tampa Bay’s first-round series. He has 12 goals and 27 points in 76 career playoff contests, but his defensive play makes him a valuable member of the team. Cirelli was instrumental in the team’s lockdown of Game 7 and he will continue to see action against the top players of the opposition versus Florida.
suffered a lower-body injury in Game 7 against Toronto. He tried to come back to the contest, but stayed on the bench after just one shift when he struggled to get off the ice. Point is doubtful to play in the start of Round 2.
sat out the final two games of the opening round because of a lower-body injury. He hasn’t been practicing and he is not expected to be ready for the start of Round 2.
NHL We've been blessed as hockey fans in the second round of the playoffs: we get to enjoy not only the Battle of Alberta but the Battle of Florida as well.The storylines in this Florida matchup as excellent as well.The Tampa Bay Lightning, as back-to-back champions, clawed their way out of the first round by eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 to keep their potential dynasty intact and now stand positioned to potentially shut...
We've been blessed as hockey fans in the second round of the playoffs: we get to enjoy not only the Battle of Alberta but the Battle of Florida as well.
The storylines in this Florida matchup as excellent as well.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, as back-to-back champions, clawed their way out of the first round by eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 to keep their potential dynasty intact and now stand positioned to potentially shut down the rival they definitively defeated last postseason. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers, who haven't won a first-round series since this author was less than a year old, have the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong and show that their high-octane style can overcome a team built to win in the playoffs.
My playoff previews are stats-based, going off of both macro- and micro-level statistics gathered by TopDownHockey and AllThreeZones respectively. This allows us to look not only at high-level results (like goals, shots and expected goals) but also at the stylistic process that creates them (like passes, shot types and transition play) to get a better sense of how the teams match up.
Instead of comparing offence to offence and defence to defence, I'll be breaking down the offence vs. defence matchups.
Some of the shine might have come off the Panthers' elite offence after the surprising difficulty they had eliminating the Washing Capitals, but they're still a well-oiled machine at 5-on-5 capable of running over pretty much anybody.
The Lightning's strategy will be pretty simple: forecheck the hell out of the Panthers' defencemen and try to kill that rush play at the root. As Jack Han broke down early in the first round, the Capitals played an aggressive offensive zone forecheck and then a trap in the neutral zone to blunt the onslaught, and while it didn't fully work, it kind of did! In the first round, Florida ranked fifth in rush chances, third in entry carries with chance, fourth in high-danger passes and, most importantly, 10th in controlled zone entry rate.
These are all strong rankings, but not up to the league-best performance in the regular season.
In the regular season, the Bolts' forecheck was primed for exactly this challenge and executed it to perfection against the Toronto Maple Leafs in round one. Players like Corey Perry, Nick Paul, Brandon Hagel and Anthony Cirelli put tremendous pressure on defencemen, forcing them to make bad decisions with the puck or at least clear it out instead of making a clean pass. Toronto's elite defensive transition game disintegrated under that pressure, with the third-lowest controlled exit rate in the first round. Expect the Bolts to hound MacKenzie Weegar and Gustav Forsling in this series.
The Panthers are far from doomed, however. If they can manage to evade the forecheck and get into the neutral zone with speed, Tampa Bay's veteran defencemen might not be able to keep up off the rush. This wasn't an issue against Toronto's dump-and-chase scheme in round one, but the Cats will push them to their limits.
Carter Verhaeghe's exceptional performance in round one (12 points at 5-on-5 in only six games) points to this group's dynamic talent and breakthrough abilities. A lot will come down to whether the Lightning's strong in-zone defence can smother the cross-slot passes the Panthers love (as it did Toronto's) or if they can establish an offensive zone presence.
Despite their star power, the Lightning were a great but not elite offensive team this season, and that continued through a playoff series where they struggled to drive results in round one. Tampa Bay was at or below-average by almost all offensive measures in the first round, particularly struggling to create off the rush or get to dangerous areas of the ice for rebounds or deflections. For the most part, this was roughly consistent with their regular season performance, which hinged heavily on sustained possession cycles. To their credit, they also created a decent number of high-danger passes. With Brayden Point out for at least a portion of the series, however, that creative playmaking might take a series hit.
The Panthers, on the other hand, hewed quite close to how they played during the season in round one. They choked off quantity, allowing very few shots of any type, just like how they ranked top five in both rush and in-zone defence during the season. But what they did allow, high-danger passes and net-front chances off of scrambles, were dangerous opportunities. If Tampa can be opportunistic and get to those areas of the ice, particularly on the counter-attack, they can break through here.
This will come down to who wins the battle of attrition over puck possession. The Panthers thrive by denying their opponents sustained offensive zone time and keeping them on their heels; the Lighting thrive by grinding their adversaries down with dizzying cycles and point shots. This applies doubly on the powerplay, where Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov run the show, sending pucks back and forth until the defence are barely keeping up and the goalie moves an inch too far.
Goaltending will also be a major factor. Sergei Bobrovski wasn't exceptional by any means in the first round and had some bad moments for sure, but overall he gave the Panthers what they needed and then a little more, stopping 1.4 goals above expected. He's faced the Lightning before, of course, and maybe can strike a little fear in their hearts if he has a hot start to the series.
The Panthers have been rewarded for their President's Trophy-winning season by one of the toughest second-round match-ups out of anybody and will be looking to take a page out of the 2018 Washington Capitals' book to knock out the back-to-back defending champion.
It's very possible that they do it, and it will come down to beating Tampa Bay's forecheck, denying the Bolts the ability to cycle, and getting strong goaltending from Bobrovsky. They need to overwhelm the Lightning with speed, setting the tone their way instead of playing a, for lack of a better term, Spiderman vs. Spiderman match-up like the Leafs did in round one.
Meanwhile, for the Lightning it will come down to smothering and frustrating the Cats from top to bottom, forcing turnovers and suffocating their transition game to make them play like a team that they aren't. Combined with a lethal powerplay and arguably the best playoff goalie of his generation, that's a decent route to another Conference Final.
For me, I need the Panthers to prove that they can play their game against a top opponent in the playoffs. The burden of proof is on them.
Prediction: Lightning in 7.
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Calls to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay now average 12 minutes, that's five minutes longer than the pre-pandemic average.This year marks 50th anniversary of the Center serving the community."What a crisis looked like in 1972 when we started versus today in 2022 are vastly different," said Crisis Center of Tampa Bay president and CEO Clara Reynolds. "And that has been the beauty of the Crisis Center is to be able to pivot, and be flexible ...
Calls to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay now average 12 minutes, that's five minutes longer than the pre-pandemic average.
This year marks 50th anniversary of the Center serving the community.
"What a crisis looked like in 1972 when we started versus today in 2022 are vastly different," said Crisis Center of Tampa Bay president and CEO Clara Reynolds. "And that has been the beauty of the Crisis Center is to be able to pivot, and be flexible as the community’s needs have changed."
A woman who is now volunteering for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay says the organization ended up saving her life.
A visit to Lisa Pizarro-Yob's house has her sharing her Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
"My whole family has a copy," she said. "It helps them keep me alive."
The 50-year-old, who runs a family foundation and works in commercial real estate, said a broken marriage, lost job and health problems created the perfect storm, and sent her into depression.
"The feeling of hopelessness was just so overwhelming, I just couldn’t do it, and I couldn’t keep being a burden to my family — I barely got out of bed or did anything," said Pizarro-Yob.
She says the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay rescued her in 2014.
"I attempted suicide that July 13th, and my daughter found me, and through the help of 211 they saved my life," she said.
Pizarro-Yob says the support hasn't stopped.
"Ever since, they’ve taken me through a journey, a healing journey," she said.
Her journey with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay actually started in 1999, when she volunteered with the organization and helped to get phones installed on the Skyway Bridge. Pizarro-Yob said she had no idea she would later benefit from a call herself.
Before that call, she said the Crisis Center helped her family when a relative was raped.
"It was the most encouraging, supportive people that you could ever come across," Pizarro-Yob said of the Center. "Down to all the resources post-rape to help through the healing process."
Grateful for the help, healing and hope the Crisis Center brought her family, Pizarro-Yob wanted to give back. She served on the board and continues to volunteer, and the mother of three says she's found happiness and has a lot to celebrate.
"In just a few days, my daughter graduates from NYU and I’m going to be there," she said. "And in just a few weeks my daughter gets married, (the one) that found me, and I’m gonna be at the wedding. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for 211."
Anyone needing help can call 211 to receive free confidential intervention and referrals to a crisis center service, and other community resources.
About the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay says its mission is to ensure that no one in the community has to face crisis alone. The organization is the community’s gateway to help, hope, and healing, and is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to more than 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence based programs designed to meet community needs:
Brief Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Timeline:
1972 – Suicide and Crisis Hotline, established by a group of volunteers and concerned citizens, licensed by the State.
1974 – Sexual Abuse Treatment Center incorporated to provide crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault and community rape prevention programs.
1982 – Psychiatric patient transportation services began.
1996 – Basic Life Support ambulance services began.
1997 – Crisis Center assumes management of Travelers Aid desk at Tampa International Airport.
2001– 211 services launch with calls answered by the Crisis Center.
2006 – Expanded trauma-focused counseling services to include victims of physical abuse or neglect, domestic or community violence or other trauma.
2014 – Florida Veterans Support Line (1-844-MyFLVet) launched to offer peer-to-peer support for veterans.
2022 – TransCare launches Advanced Life Support inter-facility ambulance transports in Hillsborough County.
A minimally invasive technique called Focused Ultrasound targets an area of the brain that controls movement, and requires no anesthesia or surgical opening of the skull. Tampa, FL (May 16, 2022) – Focused Ultrasound, an innovative, new procedure being used by USF Health Morsani College of Medicine neurosurgeons at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) for the first time in the...
A minimally invasive technique called Focused Ultrasound targets an area of the brain that controls movement, and requires no anesthesia or surgical opening of the skull.
Tampa, FL (May 16, 2022) – Focused Ultrasound, an innovative, new procedure being used by USF Health Morsani College of Medicine neurosurgeons at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) for the first time in the region offers promising treatment for people suffering from essential tremor (ET), Parkinson’s disease, and other debilitating neurological disorders. The minimally invasive method is FDA-approved.
The procedure – which is typically done on an outpatient basis – is part of the next generation of care at Tampa General, and aligns with its commitment to driving innovation,” said Dr. Oliver Flouty, assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and a neurosurgeon at Tampa General.
“This creates new opportunities to help patients with essential tremor and other neurological conditions who haven’t fully responded to traditional treatments,’’ he said. “It’s a powerful, new tool we now have at our disposal and we expect it to improve the lives of many patients who struggle with these disorders, particularly disabling tremors.’’
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from some form of ET, a condition that causes uncontrollable shaking of the hands, head and voice. In the initial stages, the tremor is mild, but progresses over time. In some patients, the severity of the tremor becomes unbearable, interfering with daily activities, such as eating, dressing, or typing on a keyboard. ET is more common in people over age 40, although it also affects people who are much younger.
Parkinson’s disease, another neurodegenerative disorder, affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States, with symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, slow movement, and unstable posture. When traditional medication induces side effects or isn’t well tolerated, Focused Ultrasound may be an option for select Parkinson’s patients who suffer from symptoms primarily affecting one side of the body or suffer mostly from tremors while their remaining symptoms are medically managed.
“Movement disorder neurologists now can offer their ET and Parkinson’s patients a less-invasive surgical option as part of their treatment plan,” said Dr. Yarema Bezchlibnyk, assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and a neurosurgeon at Tampa General. “This definitely expands what we can do, and drives our efforts to help transform the lives of people living with debilitating neurological conditions.”
This new technology works in concert with an existing, compatible magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit at Tampa General. USF Health Morsani College of Medicine neurosurgeons conducted this region’s first Focused Ultrasound treatment for ET at Tampa General on May 14.
Focused Ultrasound is primarily used to treat and improve tremors of the hand by employing high-intensity Focused Ultrasound beams guided by an MRI machine. The procedure requires no anesthesia or exposure to ionizing radiation and because there are no incisions, risk of infection is minimal. Focused Ultrasound is FDA-approved for disabling tremor and select Parkinson’s patients.
During the procedure, the patient’s head is fitted into a helmet surrounded by a soft membrane filled with cool water, a medium through which the ultrasound’s sound waves travel. A computer then carefully calibrates 1,024 independent ultrasound transducers arrayed around the head to precisely focus the ultrasound beams on targets such as the thalamus, an area of the brain that controls muscle activity and causes tremors. The patient is awake throughout the procedure.
“Millions of Americans struggle every day with ET and Parkinson’s disease, and giving them this choice to improve their lives is part of the process of continuous improvement here at Tampa General,’’ said Dr. Donald Smith, associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and a neurosurgeon at Tampa General. “This is a component of our dedication to providing critical, personal care at the highest level, anywhere in the country.’’
Spring sports student-athletes from across the county came together Thursday morning to celebrate their accomplishments this season. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — Although students are in the final countdown to the last day of school, spring sports student-athletes from across the county came together Thursday morning to celebrate their accomplishments this season.Many of the students present were seniors who are about to embark on the next phase of life.Congratulations to the following teams with the highest team GP...
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — Although students are in the final countdown to the last day of school, spring sports student-athletes from across the county came together Thursday morning to celebrate their accomplishments this season.
Many of the students present were seniors who are about to embark on the next phase of life.
Congratulations to the following teams with the highest team GPA during this season:
Individual athletic award winners:
Jack and Barbara Thompson Softball Player of the Year – Madison Frey, Steinbrenner High School
Frey plays catcher and third base and has lettered all four years at Steinbrenner. Her weighted GPA is 6.0449 and her unweighted GPA is 3.9649. She will attend Florida State University on a full scholarship to play softball and will major in exercise science/athletic training.
Happy Home Center Outstanding Flag Football Player of the Year – Devyn Silvestri, Newsome High School
Silvestri plays quarterback and safety for Newsome. She has lettered all four years in flag football and is a two-year team captain. Her weighted GPA is 5.931 and her unweighted GPA is 3.931. She will attend Florida State University to major in sports management.
Andres Garcia Memorial Tennis Award - Tana Huntley, Strawberry Crest High School (female)
Huntley has played tennis all four years at Strawberry Crest. She was the captain of this year's team. She was the 2021 district champion for singles No. 3 and doubles No. 2. Her weighted GPA is 4.7396 and her unweighted GPA is 3.3396. She is undecided on her college choice but wants to major in psychology.
Andres Garcia Memorial Tennis Award - Elijah Rhoden (male)
Rhoden has lettered all four years in tennis and was captain his senior year. His weighted GPA is 4.469 and his unweighted GPA is 3.109. He will attend the Tampa Fire Department Fire Academy, following in his father's footsteps.
HALAX Outstanding Lacrosse Player - Maya Bronson (female)
Bronson has lettered all four years in lacrosse and was selected by her teammates as a captain her senior year. She is a midfield shooter and draw circle member. She was chosen 2nd Team All-Western Conference Midfielder for 2021; Tampa Lax Report player of the week in 2021 (week 6); and Tampa Lax Report Top 25 girls player to watch in 2021 and 2022. Her weighted GPA is 6.08 and her unweighted GPA is a 4.0. She will attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville, majoring in aerospace engineering.
HALAX Outstanding Lacrosse Player - Luke Haley (male)
Haley plays midfield and lettered all four years in lacrosse. He was selected as one of the team captains his senior year. He is Newsome's all-team leading goal scorer with over 200 career goals. His weighted GPA is 5.4 and his unweighted GPA is 3.5. He will attend the University of Utah where he committed to playing lacrosse.
Vernon Korhn Award – Plant High School
This award, named in honor of former Hillsborough County Athletic Director Vernon Korhn, goes to the top athletic program in the district. The winner is chosen based on three components: the school's sports teams' success, overall GPA, and sportsmanship (ie. the number of ejections recorded throughout the season).