When my elderly dad was sent home from the hospital in my care, the home care provider offered a variety of support services, including occupational therapy. I almost turned it down -- my dad had been retired for over 20 years, why did he need OCCUPATIONAL therapy?
That would have been the biggest mistake of my life. I don't know how I would have gotten through the last 6 months without Lisa and her OTA (the assistant who provides most of the home visits).
To the untrained eye, "occupational" therapy looks a lot like physical therapy. They do exercises and walking, but they also concern themselves specifically with such things as bathing, grooming, and dressing, to help patients feel a little more human. The unfortunately deceptive name comes from their origins after the World War, when they sought to help returning soldiers (particularly the wounded) occupy their time and help them return to productive lives.
When the doctors shrugged at my dad's reduced mobility, Lisa got the ball rolling to get him a power chair, and helped us every step of the way. When they shrugged again about the numbness brought on by his neuropathy, the OTA offered a solution that is actually helping.
They don't look at my dad and see that he is "old", but rather that he was independent a few months ago and they want to help him get as close as possible to that independence again. If "no" is not a reasonable answer from a doctor, insurance company, etc., they don't accept it! They don't ask for anything unreasonable, and persist with explanations until the provider understands the need.
When Dad got here, he could barely pull himself up in bed. Now, with therapy and the power chair, he is able to dress himself, get out of bed, get in the shower, and get around the house independently.
If you or a loved one are having trouble getting around or with the activities of daily living, occupational therapy can probably help. Give Lisa a call and get started -- you'll be glad you did!
One Senior Place is intended to be a one-stop shop for products, services, and information for seniors and their caregivers/families. A media story promoting the opening explained that the founder had trouble tracking down all the various services available to seniors, and set out to make it easier for others to find what they need.
The cause is noble... but the results are mixed. The resulting business model offers senior-related businesses a small subleased display/office space and a targeted audience in exchange for the monthly rent. I was leery of such a pursuit being for-profit rather than non-profit, but decided to give them a shot.
I visited One Senior Place shortly after it opened to check into various services for my aging parents. The office (if that's what we should call this unique arrangement) was bright, spacious and clean. My eyes were drawn to the elaborate metal sign above the reception desk, with a separate oblong piece naming each participating business. The presence of one particularly offensive nursing home let me know right off the bat that they are not screening these businesses in any way.
They also collect your contact info at the door, which I found a bit disturbing... although that may have been why the reception staff were more helpful than pushy. If the "pitch" is done later by others, the front-line staff can devote themselves to being hospitable.
Our tour of the facility led to the one element I would recommend: a room filled with racks and racks of floor-to-ceiling brochures, booklets, and other useful data. The material is not just from participating businesses, but also from government agencies and various nonprofits. I left with an armload of paper, from which I gleaned at least a few useful bits of information.
I later contacted a couple of participating attorneys. The first one responded the next day, but would not answer any of my questions (including the approximate cost of their retainer) unless I consented to a $200 consultation. The second one took more than 3 days(!) to respond with the same lack of information, and their mandatory consultation fee was $500(!!). Contrast that with an attorney I found through the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) web site, who answered the same day and charged no consultation fee.
I really wanted to like One Senior Place, but in the end I feel it is just a beefed-up version of the targeted advertising supplements (usually medical or home improvement) that arrive in our mailboxes from time to time: the only criterion for businesses' entry is their signature on a check. One Senior Place seems to expect a level of trust that is not backed up by the screening of participating businesses.
After a $400 ultrasound at our vet's office suggested a serious problem, we thought it best to take our dog to a specialist before doing anything drastic. AVS is pretty much the only game in town when you need specialty care.
Another reviewer's experience with non-specialists rings true. I was interviewed by an intern, who misquoted my responses and misinformed me about the test they wanted to do on my dog. She also rejected the existing ultrasound without reviewing it, saying they would need to do their own (at more than $400). (I refused.) They also re-did a bunch of expensive blood tests that had been done less than 2 weeks earlier.
When the actual specialist finally appeared, she didn't stay long. Her exam was not done in my presence; my dog was taken elsewhere to be examined. In hindsight, I wish I had spoken up and demanded to be present for the exam or just walked out.
They had to keep my dog for a few hours to complete the test. Before I could leave, I had to pay a 75%(!) "deposit". How ridiculous! If you're going to extort that much, just go for the whole thing and make it full payment up front.
I realize they have expensive equipment and years of student loans to pay for... but the bill-padding is ridiculous. I'd probably have been more tolerant of high cost if the care had been more trustworthy.
If I need an expert again, I'll call UF!
If I had written this review a few months ago, my rating would have been closer to 5 stars. Freshfields Farm offers a good selection of meats and produce, often at good prices.
What changed my mind? It's a long story.
My dogs get meat, not kibble. Supermarket quantities and prices just don't cut it for their big appetites. I had a good relationship with a butcher shop closer to my home, but it went out of business quite suddenly. The old shop's egg vendor led me to Freshfields. It was quite a hike from Longwood, but worth it to get my dogs' favorite: turkey necks. I also liked most of the items I picked up in the produce and meat markets -- particularly the hamburger patties, roasted chicken, and freshly-ground peanut butter. Oh and of course those eggs! I stocked up for my own household and my parents' every time I went.
A case quantity of turkey necks was, of course, a special order -- which they said they would be happy to take care of for me. The first time, pickup and checkout went pretty smoothly. Each successive time, however, it became more and more of an ordeal. First, the product code disappeared from the registers. I'd be "That Customer", holding up the long lines while they hunted for a code, always inserting the wrong one first (no I didn't get $150 worth of wing sauce!) before finally getting it right.
As time went on, employees who answered the phone would tell me I couldn't place my usual order. They would have to pass me around, or I would have to call back another day and hope to get someone different on the phone. One time, the employee said they had to check and would call me back; the call never came. The last time I was successfully able to order, I got a very strange hoop to jump through: I had to pick a time that I would be there, and I had to be there within 2 hours of that time. When I challenged this, I was told it was a new policy.
No specific consequences were given for missing my window. (Really, what are they going to do with a case of something they can't even find a code for??) They couldn't (or wouldn't?) tell me what time the truck arrived. So... the truck arrives whenever it arrives, whether it has my order on it or not... and I'm supposed to pick a random 2-hour window that makes no difference to them one way or the other? And... something random will happen if I miss it?
Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, I called to place my order yesterday because supplies in the freezer were getting low. The call went well until I mentioned turkey necks. I was stunned by the response: "OH, HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE TURKEY NECKS! Hang on a second." I tried to smooth things over with a humorous remark while he reached for a pen, but I realized I was talking to dead air. After a minute or so, he picked the phone back up. In a tone of voice I can only describe as barely controlled rage, he ranted, "______ [I can't remember the name he cited] has been doing this for you. We CAN'T do it anymore. We no longer CARRY that item, it's NOT in our system...." By this point, my brain tuned out. When he finally stopped ranting, I attempted to say "Well, thanks for letting me know"... but he HUNG UP ON ME before I could even get the sentence out!
I talked to a different person every time I called, so I have no idea how he was blaming any one person for anything. All I ever asked them was whether they could get a product for me; at first they were eager to serve me, but they apparently were not honest with me as that position changed.
I've maintained a good sense of humor all the times I've been stuck in line waiting for a code, or jumping through hoops on the phone; I'm not the kind of person who wants to make service employees' jobs harder by having to deal with a grump. The trip to their store was the better part of an hour each way, and close to $4/gallon to feed my diesel. I bought far more than just the special order, to make the transaction more worth my time (and their effort)... and this is the thanks I get?
In addition, their lack of honesty with me about their ability or willingness to place this order has now left me in a lurch. People who place special orders call in when they NEED their item. I would have been much less offended (and inconvenienced!) if they had accepted my order, but told me this is the last time they could do so.
I wish there was some way to give them 2.5 stars. They are a good option for people who want good prices and selection when buying off-the-shelf. But I cannot in good conscience rate them as "satisfactory" (3 stars) when I get treated this unprofessionally for no fault of my own.
If you have searched in vain for a great hot dog, your quest is over.
I had the good fortune to be a guinea pig at BITE when they were training their staff, and I am pleased to say that they are ROCKIN the hot dogs and fries!
The menu is built around Chicago-style hot dogs. They are available in arrangements from plain to fancy. My mom got a basic chili dog, while hubby got more adventurous with a Bloody Mary dog (I don't recall all of the ingredients, but horseradish and olives were involved) and some other concoction with hot peppers on top, the name of which escapes me [EDIT: it was the signature Chicago Dog]. The dogs and their toppings are served on steamed poppy seed buns. Both diners (even my picky mom!) raved about the flavor and texture of the dogs.
I couldn't indulge in a dog myself, but my sorrow was soothed by the best fries I've had in years. Potatoes were fresh-cut on the premises and fried to perfection. I can't wait to try them with chili and cheese. They weren't quite prepared to do that during training, but I was told it would be a regular menu item.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant is pretty good. The decor is industrial, and the music (80s genre) was at a sensible level during our visit. My only quibble is with the traffic pattern inside the building. The flow is fine if you are carrying out or sitting outside, but if you dine in, the seating area is a dead end. If you have to go back for more ketchup, vinegar, etc., your progress is hampered by other diners. I suspect there will be an opening in that end wall before too long.
My experience was so good with a staff who supposedly didn't know what they were doing -- I can't wait to find out how great it's going to be when they unlock the doors for real today. Welcome to the neighborhood, J&V!
Ford owners, don't even stop at the dealer for one of their wallet-busting estimates -- just go straight to Mobile Oval. This guy is an actual MECHANIC who uses his brain to diagnose your problem, unlike the dealers' code jockeys who just plug your vehicle into the computer and read the codes (with a keen eye for the most expensive ones).
I had been ripped off badly by an Orlando-area dealer's repair shop in the past, so my heart sank when I started having problems starting my diesel truck. A different dealer sent me home with a list of codes and their respective remedies, varying in price from ~$800 to over $2,000 -- over $4,000 in total -- and they "weren't sure" that any of those things would fix the problem.
Having a bad feeling about a $4,000 gamble, I started calling around. A chain of referrals led me to a highly-rated mechanic, who unfortunately doesn't work on diesels... but when he found out I drove a Ford product, he said "you're in luck" and told me to look up Mobile Oval. I had no idea how right he was.
After a few hours of actual investigation, Myron found the problem to be a corroded battery ground wire. Total damages: under $150... and my vehicle was actually FIXED.
Because of my good experience, my dad took his Ford over there for various concerns. Myron actually talked him out of an expensive repair that wouldn't have solved much. The other repairs were under $200. When we picked up the van, it was literally cleaner than it was when we left it -- he had cleaned off the pollen!
When you check out, you get a full explanation of what was done, and what you can do to prevent problems in the future.
Ladies, seniors, snowbirds, tourists -- take your vehicle here with confidence. Your days of being a ripoff target are over. You won't be treated like an idiot or overbilled.
-- Ford specialist, but I have seen other makes in the service area
-- Commercial/fleet welcome
-- One-man shop, but he works FAST.
-- Vehicles left overnight are stored inside if at all possible
It took a co-worker several months to talk me into trying this place -- I wish I hadn't wasted all that time! An order of Peking spring rolls is almost a lunch in itself! Most of the other dishes I've tried have also been good.
Peking is a little hard to find -- it is in the shopping center with Pizza Boli's and the unemployment office. You can also turn onto the back of the parking lot from Berger Rd.
This Farm Store location reopened in Oct. 2006 after a long absence -- the old store was completely razed, and this new one built in its place. The new store is very modern and well-kept. In addition to a pretty substantial hot/prepared food menu, they also have shelves stocked with those late-night essentials such as diapers, coffee, ice cream, chips, etc. It's unfortunate that their plans to install gas pumps got quashed (with a little help from the nearby ripoff Exxon (reviewed separately), no doubt?). Pull-through parking is available for larger vehicles such as buses.
I can't believe that BJ's Warehouse associates itself with these people! I took in a vehicle to get some BJ's-purchased tires installed... that's all... simple and straightforward. I got back a vehicle with a broken seat belt and broken suspension! They never made good on their damages. THE WORST! AVOID!!!
Go about a block down Snowden River Parkway to The Lube Center (reviewed separately) or out 175 to Route 1 and use Waterloo Shell (also reviewed separately).
My parents have been customers of Happy Go Lucky's owner, directly or indirectly, for close to a decade -- first when he worked at Dogs4U, then when he split his time between two animal hospitals at opposite ends of Longwood. We are all delighted that he finally has his own shop!
Before my parents' dog, Ben, passed away, he had skin tumors for several years. Other groomers didn't want to be bothered dodging them with the clippers; but Lazarus felt Ben deserved to look as good as any younger dog, and patiently gave him a neat haircut without ever injuring him. Also, as Ben gradually lost his ability to jump in and out of the car and my parents were less able to help him, Lazarus or Dave would get him in and out of the car. Mom and Dad's other dog, who passed away before Ben, was very particular about being messed with, and would sometimes try to bite, especially if you touched his feet. Again, Lazarus was able to deal with this without injury to himself or the dog. Lazarus is one of those people who just naturally deals well with animals.
When we visit Florida, our dogs go to Lazarus as well. One visit came shortly after we adopted a Chow from the shelter. He had been partially shaved at the shelter due to matting. We had had him bathed and brushed at other salons on a couple of occasions, with no mention from the groomers that anything else was necessary. Lazarus recognized that the Chow's undercoat was beyond redemption, and was the cause of his incessant panting. He stayed on the phone as long as it took to convince me that a full shave was the right thing to do for my dog. It took me a while to get over the "hairless Chow" look, but LAZ WAS RIGHT! The dog's personality actually changed when he wasn't constantly overheated! And I must add that the quality of the clip was impressive -- no uneven spots anywhere. Our last visit was six months ago; it's time for another trim, and I dread taking him to anyone but Lazarus!
Our elderly German Shepherd, who had been intractably stinky for years, is now also six months beyond his Happy Go Lucky grooming, and still smells pretty good! He's not shedding nearly as much either. I have no idea what they did that nobody else did, but it worked!
When you make your appointment, be sure to tell them if you or your pet have allergies, so they don't use cologne or other irritants.
Although they didn't (as of 3/06) include natural pet products in their retail product selection, they are philosophically supportive of natural rearing.
The "fine print":
~ Se habla Espanol
~ Visa/MC accepted
~ All breeds and sizes of dogs and cats welcome
~ Pickup/delivery available (limited area, small fee applies)
~ Posted hours are Tuesday-Saturday 7:30am-5:30pm but occasionally differ; call ahead to get this week's schedule.
PROS: True animal lover who is good at what he does
CONS: Shop is a bit hard to find