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College Students Connect with Older Adults in Miami During Coronavirus Pandemic

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc, a Miami-based company that brings college students and older adults together, is providing wellbeing checks for isolated members, in partnership with AvMed.

During the current coronavirus pandemic, state and city governments have ordered social distancing to protect its citizens - especially older adults who may be more susceptible to COVID-19.

The problem with social distancing is the loneliness that comes with it and older adults - the very group we strive to protect - are also the most vulnerable, sometimes needing help shopping, doing household work, and just having someone to talk to.

Papa Inc, a Miami-based company that brings college students and older adults together, is providing wellbeing checks for isolated members, in partnership with AvMed.

The students, referred to as Papa Pals, provide companionship, light house chores, transportation, and technology assistance. During the pandemic, the "Pals" are conducting wellbeing checks to enrolled AvMed members, as well as virtual companionship via the telephone. Tasks include ordering groceries and refilling prescriptions, organizing emergency phone numbers, helping seniors register with telehealth programs, and simply lending an ear.

As part of the AvMed and Papa pilot program, Medicare Advantage members were supplied with up to nine hours of Papa Pal services per month.

A recent AARP study found that there is a 26 percent increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

"Loneliness and social isolation have many negative effects on older adults, including issues associated with the lack of transportation," said Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "The COVID 19 crisis compounds these effects and our Pals have become a critical resource for members."

Companies like Papa and AvMed make a difference in helping aging seniors by providing necessary options for them to stay nourished and healthy while maintaining their social distance.

About Papa

Papa - Family On-Demand is a Miami startup that provides assistance and companionship to older adults and families throughout Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, California, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018.

For more information, visit https://www.joinpapa.com/

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About AvMed

AvMed is one of Florida's oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans, providing Medicare Advantage coverage in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Individual and Family coverage in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, and coverage for Employer Groups in more than 30 counties

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Push Button Care Mobilizes Certified Senior Advisors Across the Country to Provide a Local Response Team

MILPITAS, Calif. -- Push Button Care, a division of OverSightMD Inc., has mobilized Certified Senior Advisors nationwide to bring its special support services directly to vulnerable seniors concerned about staying independent while facing the current health crisis and beyond.

COVID-19 has threatened the lives of senior citizens in multiple ways due to the health concerns it causes for older adults and the required social distancing practices that are being enforced for individuals, families and care providers.

Push Button Care has trained and equipped independent senior advisors in over 100 markets to be on our local response team. Push Button Care has mobilized these well-trained professionals in communities across the country to bring guidance and reassurance to seniors that help is available and they are not alone.

Through the Push Button Care network, seniors receive support from personal assistants, aging in place advisors and wellness nurses to answer pressing questions and concerns. Push Button Care's support team is standing by to assist seniors in getting access to services they need including meals, transportation, and other essential services. Seniors managing chronic conditions can receive timely care through guidance and care coordination support.

"Push Button Care is dedicated to providing exceptional service and support to seniors at all times, however, this current crisis is a concern for many older adults, especially those with pre-existing health conditions. We are available to train any Certified Senior Advisor that is seeking to provide answers for their clients or help others in their local community," says Mark Godwin, CEO of OverSightMD.

Push Button Care keeps the communication lines open with the client's entire care team so that healthcare providers can monitor without bringing vulnerable patients into offices, emergency departments, and clinics unnecessarily. Through a simple mobile application, key health metrics can be tracked and shared with anyone authorized by the client. The Push Button Care personal assistant team coordinates non-emergency support with primary care physicians, licensed home health nurses, in-home caregivers, and family caregivers.

"As a senior advisor I understand the unique challenges that seniors face every day, and I am excited to be able to offer Push Button Care to my clients and be part of the Push Button Care local response team in San Diego," says Jacqui Clark, CSA, and a CarePatrol franchise owner.

OverSightMD's website at (https://oversightmd.com/) contains full information about Push Button Care services and our mission to support seniors and others while keeping them safe and independent at home.

OverSightMD Inc. (https://oversightmd.com/) is a care management organization that provides comprehensive aging in place solutions through its Push Button Care division. Healthcare plans and non-affiliated hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and home care companies can function as a unified healthcare delivery system through the Push Button Care network. OverSightMD maintains the Push Button Care integrated healthcare network and care management platform to actively coordinate care and information to improve aging in place while reducing ER visits and hospitalizations.

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Zanthion named Top 10 Home Healthcare Solution Provider for 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Zanthion, an AI-powered digital health company that provides technology solutions for home healthcare, senior group living, and remote patient monitoring, was recently chosen as a Top 10 Home Healthcare Solution Provider by Healthcare Tech Outlook, a print platform offering healthcare decision makers critical information on adopting, innovating and building new programs and approaches to enhance their capability to provide care.

Zanthion will be featured as the cover story of the publication's next print magazine that also includes a 4-page article featuring the San Francisco-based company's CEO, COO, and CFO - Philip Regenie, Jeff Robinson, and John Sebesta.

Zanthion has developed a SMART Wellness IoT Platform with a range of devices, from environmental sensors to wearables, that provide real-time data about a senior's whereabouts and vital signs which can be used to determine if a real emergency is present. Caregivers, both family and professional, use the Zanthion Caregiver App (Google Play Store for Android and Apple App Store for iOS) to respond to automatically detected falls or signals for assistance via a button push or a verbal command on a wearable device or SMART Tablet Gateway (a tablet or a phone).

Environmental sensors also predict any needed interventions, such as a fall is likely to happen in the near future or a possibility that a urinary tract infection is likely through the use of predictive analytics. Caregivers improve their operational efficiencies and lower costs by providing just in time services to their wards while tracking every aspect of their delivery and quality of services.

Senior group living communities can increase revenue, increase client/resident retention, decrease operational costs, provide proactive feedback on care, empower care staff to be "Super Caregivers", and differentiate themselves from competitors with the implementation of a Zanthion SMART Community system.

According to Zanthion CEO, Phil Regenie, "Our sole goal is to help older adults uphold their dignity in life. Zanthion offers an extensive architecture of sensors, wearable devices, and environmental equipment for the senior community so that they age gracefully in the comfort of their own homes," or in senior group living communities."

The link to the article is here: https://home-healthcare.healthcaretechoutlook.com/vendor/zanthion-vanguards-of-technologydriven-senior-care-system-cid-1280-mid-118.html

About Zanthion

Zanthion is an AI digital healthcare company specializing in PaaS, the integration of an extensible architecture of sensors, wearable devices, and environmental equipment for group senior living and aging in place-a combination of ridesharing (Uber/Lyft), smart homes, fall detection, and senior care. Zanthion exists to create new and disruptive solutions for seniors and their families to track and detect possible issues and injuries for today's seniors, using technology to provide a better quality of life for everyone involved.

Zanthion is a pioneer in changing our social environment with future vision, providing solution-based systems that improve the world based on an open source, transparent, crowd-sourced platform and social processes that accurately assess what happened, inform the correct resources, provide resources to the problem efficiently, and keep track of the efficiency of fixing the problem. Zanthion embraces a responsible future.

Learn more at: https://zanthion.com/

About Healthcare Tech Outlook

The goal of the healthcare industry has become determined and consistent: to build a patient-centered healthcare system that promotes choice, quality and affordability. These goals - patient-centrism, consumer choice, quality, affordability - are hallmarks of the pivot toward value-based care, one of the most powerful forces reshaping the industry. With this massive market shift, healthcare decision makers, institutes and care centers are looking towards Healthcare Tech Outlook, a print platform offering healthcare decision makers critical information on adopting, innovating and building new programs and approaches to enhance their capability to provide care.

From interoperability solutions for exchanging patient information across care settings to remote patient monitoring, important technological developments are shaping the future of healthcare organizations. Healthcare Tech Outlook has been a pioneer in offering a learn-from-peer approach to the healthcare arena, offering technology advice to enhance both the overall healthcare landscape and assist individual care providers - from general practitioners and specialists to post-acute care organizations.

One can clearly see that the movement has begun with most health systems such as Ascension Health, Dignity Health, Stanford and others investing into startups, and beginning to build their own innovation centers, redefining the way care is provided by the hospitals and community healthcare centers. In such a dramatic landscape, Healthcare Tech Outlook is determined to bring forth the complete picture of how the healthcare landscape can be enhanced and brought to new heights through the adoption of the latest technologies. Learn more at: https://www.healthcaretechoutlook.com/ or email: editor@healthcaretechoutlook.com.

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UpsideHōM Launches In South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- UpsideHōM has officially launched in the United States. The fully managed, shared living concept for senior citizens is an entirely new approach to senior living. The company utilizes standalone single-family homes in lively neighborhoods and provides a turnkey and frictionless living experience for those who desire simplified living, later in life.

Currently, there are 11,000 people a day turning 65 in the US and loneliness among seniors is an epidemic that's putting a tremendous burden on the healthcare system and families alike. According to the Harvard Business Review, loneliness is as damaging to a person's health as smoking 15 cigarettes day. UpsideHōM recently launched with living accommodations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, with the goal of scaling nationally by mid-2020.

"In dealing with my own family members, I saw first-hand how vast this problem of social isolation was and thought that there had to be a better way," says Jake Rothstein, UpsideHōM's Founder and CEO. "Seniors today, from the time their kids move out until the time they require full-time care, simply lack sustainable and viable options. We knew we needed to create suitable and enjoyable living arrangements for the senior citizen population - from there we started looking at the statistics and realized just how massive the need for a creative solution was, now more than ever."

UpsideHōMs are standardized across markets and meet a strict set of criteria to maximize safety, comfort, mobility and design. All UpsideHōMs include interior and exterior maintenance, housekeeping, basic cable/internet, companionship visits, a dedicated UpsideHōM Manager and single-bill simplicity. Modern furniture options are also available. Leases are individualized by bedroom for convenience and affordability. UpsideHōM managers offer residents a single point of contact and handle everything from coordination of basic repairs to rides for personal errands. Additionally, they can arrange and organize dozens of other senior-focused activities and services. Because UpsideHōMs are shared, each location is able to provide the incredible benefits and amenities of facility life for up to 70% less than the cost of traditional independent senior living.

UpsideHōMs are now available in all South Florida counties. Interested senior citizens and their families can reserve UpsideHōMs in their desired locations at https://www.upsidehom.com/.

For more information contact Jake Rothstein at press@joinupside.com or at 754-300-1928.

"Senior Living, Remodeled."

About UpsideHōM:

UpsideHōM was founded on a simple premise; to enhance the quality of life for all people in their golden years. We are doing so by building the first and only fully managed, shared living concept for seniors in the nation. Because life is better together. Learn more at https://www.upsidehom.com/.

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Papa and Priority Health Announce Strategic Partnership Launch to Offer Senior Citizens More Freedom to Age in Place

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc., a nationwide provider for seniors and caregivers announced today its newest partnership with Priority Health. Papa will provide "Grandkids On-Demand" for Priority Health's PriorityMedicare Edge(SM) and PriorityMedicare Ideal(SM) Medicare Advantage plan members. The launch went live January 1, 2020 and it will be the only insurance plan in Michigan to cover services for seniors such as transportation, technology services and companionship to qualified members.

This partnership will improve senior citizen's mental health and help reduce loneliness and social isolation to allow seniors to age in place.

"We are thrilled to partner with Priority Health and help support their Medicare Advantage PriorityMedicare Edge and PriorityMedicare Ideal members in Michigan for their needs as they age in place," said Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "The partnership is exciting for both organizations."

Aging in place is becoming more popular with senior citizens. A recent survey from AARP (*see note 1) showed that roughly 90% of American seniors wish to live at home for as long as possible. The downside to aging in place is the social isolation it brings. A recent poll from The National Poll on Health Aging (*see note 2) found that more than a quarter of its respondents said they only had social contact once a week, or less, with family members they don't live with, friends and neighbors. Papa's partnership with Priority Health will give seniors more care and companionship.

"We are excited to be the first health plan in Michigan to provide the unique services which Papa provides," said CEO of Priority Health Joan Budden. "Most people are not used to a health care plan that provides in-home assistance to this degree, which is creating excitement in our Medicare community."

About Papa

Papa is a Miami startup that has Grandkids On-Demand who provides assistance and companionship to senior citizens throughout Florida, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018. For more information, visit https://www.joinpapa.com/

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About Priority Health Plan

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than a million members each year, and offering a network that includes 97 percent of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Priority Health is the smart choice for people seeking affordable, quality health insurance.

Sources:
*NOTE 1: AARP1: https://states.aarp.org/virginia/home-matters-survey
*NOTE 2: Healthy Aging Poll2: http://www.healthyagingpoll.org

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Papa Announces Launch with Alignment Healthcare for Medicare Advantage Members

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc., a leading provider for seniors and caregivers nationwide, announced today its partnership with Alignment Healthcare to provide "Grandkids On-Demand" for qualifying members of its Medicare Advantage plans. A soft launch kicked off in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2019, with expansion to additional membership on Jan. 1, 2020.

Papa will provide qualified Alignment members with assistance around the home, technology support and general companionship to reduce senior loneliness and social isolation, while improving overall mood.

"The impact of social determinants of health, which include loneliness and isolation, has a significantly negative effect on older adults," said Andrew Parker, Founder and CEO of Papa. "Our commitment to support these members by removing the obvious barriers associated with SDOH has a huge impact. We are proud to partner with Alignment Healthcare, a progressive partner that recognizes the importance of improving the lives of their members beyond medical care."

In partnering with Medicare Advantage plans, Papa empowers seniors with companionship, technology support and home help. Research from the National Institute on Aging shows that social isolation and loneliness are linked to higher risks for heart disease, cognitive decline and other chronic illnesses (*See Note 1). Papa Pals allows seniors to engage in meaningful and productive activities with a companion.

"At Alignment Healthcare, we believe caring for older adults, especially those with little support at home, needs to go beyond a physician's office," said Dawn Maroney, consumer president of Alignment Healthcare. "That's why we are excited to partner with Papa, which shares our mission to put the seniors we serve first and improve their overall health care experience."

About Papa

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Papa is the first and only companion health company that provides access to a curated network of motivated and vetted companions who are available for on demand, in-home assistance. With nationwide expansion under way, Papa Pals are currently available in Florida, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018. For more information, visit http://www.joinpapa.com/

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About Alignment Healthcare

Alignment Healthcare is redefining the business of health care by shifting the focus from payments to people. We've created a new model for health care delivery that cuts costs and improves lives by unraveling the inefficiencies of the current system to drive patients, providers and payers toward a common goal of wellness. Harnessing best practices from Medicare Advantage, our innovative data-management technology allows us to commit to caring for seniors and those who need it most: the chronically ill and frail.

With offices and care centers across the country, Alignment Healthcare provides partners and patients with customized care and service where they need it and when they need it, including clinical coordination, risk management and technology facilitation. Alignment Healthcare offers health plan options to California residents through Alignment Health Plan, and partners with select health plans in North Carolina to help deliver better benefits at lower costs. For more information, please visit http://www.alignmenthealthcare.com/.

*NOTE 1: https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks

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Florida Blue and Papa Partner to Address Social Isolation, Improve Health Outcomes

MIAMI, Fla. -- Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, announced today that it is partnering with Papa, a nationwide provider of senior services, to offer Florida Blue members in select Medicare Advantage plans assistance with transportation, house chores, companionship and other senior support services.

Social isolation is a significant issue for aging adults and can have a major impact on overall health. Papa, which connects college students to seniors, removes some of the burden and stress on family caregivers and provides a level of assistance and companionship for older adults. The program bridges the gap between two generations and offers seniors a unique at-home experience that can enrich their lives and help combat feelings of loneliness.

"Driven by our mission to help people and communities achieve better health, we take a holistic approach to health by offering solutions to fit our members' needs and address social determinants of health like social isolation," said Kathy Feeny, president of Florida Blue Medicare. "There is no one-size-fits-all solution for seniors, which is why we 're working with companies like Papa that specialize in senior services and understand how to meet the unique needs of aging adults."

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Florida Blue members in select Medicare Advantage plans, who have certain chronic conditions, can qualify for up to 120 hours of assistance a year (30 hours per quarter) by completing an annual wellness visit and a health risk assessment.

Once a member qualifies, Papa will provide a consultation to learn about the individual's needs and discuss ways in which a Papa Pal can help. Papa carefully selects their "grandkids on demand" or college students, many of whom have a specific health-related focus of study. The senior, or their family member, can request a Papa Pal on demand through a phone call, a mobile app or an online platform.

According to the 2017 National Population Projections by the U.S. Census Bureau1 there will be 78 million people 65 and older by year 2035 compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18. As the senior population continues to grow, the need for reliable companionship and transportation will, too.

"Expanding our reach and partnership with Florida Blue will give more support to members who need extra assistance," said Papa Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "Papa is a company that genuinely cares about all seniors and we believe everyone should be able to experience what a difference a Papa Pal brings to the home. We are much more than a service; we become family. That is what support looks like and what aging adults need when someone comes into their homes. We are happy to provide that service."

About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for nearly 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve 16 million people in 29 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Papa
Papa is a Miami startup that has Grandkids On-Demand who provide assistance and companionship to senior citizens throughout Florida, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018. For more information, visit https://www.joinpapa.com/

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OverSightMD Activates Aging in Place Network in 100 Retirement Cities

MILPITAS, Calif. -- The Push Button Care network by OverSightMD provides comprehensive aging in place support and care coordination for older adults nationwide. Every day 10,000 people are turning 65 years old and are faced with aging in place decisions.

Through the push of a button from a cellular pendant, Push Button Care provides aging in place advisors, a variety of support services, and health & wellness tools to assist older adults and their family caregivers. Push Button Care keeps seniors safe and supported while they age in place by working in conjunction with healthcare plans, physicians, home health agencies and home care companies.

The Power of our Network

Our health and wellness tools empower older adults to take control of their health. Proactively reporting changes in their condition enables our support team to catch things early and alert their care team or provide referral recommendations. When our cellular pendant is activated our support team goes to work. Care coordination or emergency response may be coordinated or other aging in place support may be determined. Scheduling a physician visit, coordinating transportation or finding a caregiver are only a small sample of what the Push Button Care team is standing by to assist with.

"By integrating care providers into our senior centric support model we can keep older adults connected to their ecosystem of providers, automate referrals, and streamline care delivery," says Mark Godwin CEO of OverSightMD, "proactive support and timely care is what really prevents ER visits and hospitalizations from happening.''

Join the Push Button Care Network

OverSightMD is now accepting partner registrations from physicians, home health agencies, private-duty home care companies, and senior living communities. We are looking to work with caring and compassionate organizations that have an outcomes-based culture and a patient centric care model. Partners will receive referrals and other exclusive Push Button Care benefits that can provide an immediate competitive advantage over their competitors. We are providing our network to 100 senior friendly cities.

Interested companies can reach out to us here: https://pushbutton.care/partner-program/

About OverSightMD

OverSightMD Inc. (https://oversightmd.com/) is a care management organization that provides comprehensive aging in place solutions through its Push Button Care division. Healthcare plans and non-affiliated hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and home care companies can function as a unified healthcare delivery system through the Push Button Care network. OverSightMD maintains the Push Button Care integrated healthcare network and care management platform to actively coordinate care and information to improve aging in place while reducing ER visits and hospitalizations.

For media queries, contact Mark Godwin at media@oversightmd.com

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Papa and HomeThrive Strategically Partner to Better Support Loved Ones Aging in Place

MIAMI, Fla. -- Papa Inc., a nationwide provider of services for seniors and caregivers announced today its newest partnership with HomeThrive. The launch will begin November 11, 2019 in Illinois, Michigan and Florida where Papa Pals will work with HomeThrive and their clients to provide Papa's companionship and in-home support services to improve the health of loved ones currently aging in place and living independently.

With over 34 million people serving as unpaid caregivers to adults over the age of 50, demand has steadily increased for solutions that both enable loved ones to live independently at home and make it easier for family caregivers to support them. HomeThrive and Papa are combining efforts to offer a comprehensive care service, provided as an employer or payor benefit, that integrates Papa's innovative "grandkids on-demand" capabilities with the expert coaching and personal assistance services delivered by HomeThrive CareGuides, who are master's level- social workers assigned support to the entire family.

A recent study in 2018 from the Home and Community Preferences survey shows that almost 80% of adults age 50 and older want to remain in their communities and/or homes as they age (*see Note 1). People who prefer to age at home want to stay around their friends and community. If someone has a strong commitment to their environment, they have stronger reasons to want to live at home.

"Older adults want to age in place. We are excited to partner with HomeThrive to support them and their clients and help loved ones thrive at home," said Papa Founder and CEO Andrew Parker. "Our Papa Pals provide amazing companionship and support members with transportation to improve their lives. We look forward to expanding our services with HomeThrive."

Aging adults also want to stay in their homes because they want to maintain their independence. Papa Pals are able to help them live independently while helping them with everyday tasks in and out of their homes. Seniors have the capability to have assistance when and where they need it.

"We are thrilled to partner with Papa and support more aging adults in their homes," said Leland Brewster, VP of Product and Business Development at HomeThrive. "Families who aren't able to have a live-in caregiver can now have peace of mind knowing that vetted and qualified Papa Pals will be able to assist their loved ones and help them stay engaged and healthy at home."

About Papa

Papa is a Miami startup that has Grandkids On-Demand who provide assistance and companionship to senior citizens throughout Florida, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas. Papa launched their service in January of 2018. For more information, visit https://www.joinpapa.com/

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About HomeThrive

HomeThrive provides non-medical care management and personal assistance services to help aging loved ones thrive at home with dignity and purpose. HomeThrive matches each client and their family with one of its dedicated masters level social workers who begins by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of home safety, health, and well-being to inform a personalized care plan. The same social worker develops a trusted relationship with the senior and provides ongoing expert coaching to embrace healthy behaviors and identifies, recommends, and coordinates any necessary third party services to provide meals, transportation, home care, medication delivery or other essential offerings. To learn more, visit https://www.homethrive.com

(*Note 1: https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/community/info-2018/2018-home-community-preference.html )

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Papa Continues to Expand Across Florida to Stop the Loneliness Epidemic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As of August 2018, Papa expands to the Orlando and Jacksonville markets to assist seniors and elders with transportation, household chores, and technology. Papa's mission to cure loneliness for seniors is aligned with their goals to bring on energetic college students who aspire to bridge the generational gap and give companionship to senior citizens. There are no signs of stopping the growth as they are currently in 11 cities throughout Florida.

Because of their expansion to the Orlando and Jacksonville markets, Papa will be recruiting qualified candidates at University Central Florida, Rollins College, Full Sail University, Valencia College, Seminole State College, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Edward Waters College, and Chamberlain College of Nursing in the upcoming weeks.

"I am excited to say that we are on track expanding Papa throughout the state of Florida by the end of year," says CEO and Founder Andrew Parker. "We have realized that loneliness in America is an epidemic not many people are talking about. As the life expectancy keeps increasing we are also finding more people with the feelings of isolation and desolation. Our Papa Pals are well-trained companions and we listen to our members' feedback to keep improving for them."

He adds, "Through our data we noticed that a first visit may last an hour or two, but recurring users of Papa show longer visits up to 10 hours. This shows us that we are on our way to curing senior's loneliness while two generations connect through board games, technology, daily errands or doctors' visits."

COO, Alfredo Vaasmonde says, "We are seeing great growth. As we notice more demand is needed in different markets we strategically get after it and make it happen. We are excited to help seniors in these areas and make a difference."

More than 40 percent of seniors experience loneliness on a regular basis, according to a recent University of California, San Francisco study and more than half of these respondents said they would like providers to connect them to people or activities in their community to help them stay healthy (*see note 1). In an AARP study it stated that loneliness is also linked to health issues and can lead to death (*see note 2). Papa has been listening to these studies and is taking action to prevent these issues and show seniors that no matter their age they can still participate in activities and feel accepted.

Cited Information:

Note 1: Perissinotto, C. M. (2012, July 23). Loneliness in Older PersonsA Predictor of Functional Decline and Death. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1188033
Note 2: Anderson, G. Oscar. Loneliness Among Older Adults: A National Survey of Adults 45+. Washington, DC: AARP Research, September 2010. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00064.001

About Papa:

Papa, Inc. is a Miami based startup that opened late 2017. Papa provides assistance to its senior members throughout South Florida, Sarasota, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Jacksonville and Orlando. Papa plans to expand to 4 different states at the beginning of next year.

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