The Spires at Berry College with Jill Trapp

The citizens of Rome, Georgia are about to get a great addition to the beautiful Berry College Campus. The Spires at Berry College is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that is currently being built on 48 acres of the campus overlooking Eagle Lake.

Jill Trapp, a Retirement Counselor with The Spires with a background in healthcare marketing, sat down with me to talk about this new project and the impact it will have on Rome and Floyd County. Set to open June of 2020, they are at 80% capacity with only 35 units available at the time of this recording.

Originally proposed as an addition to Berry College’s student work programs, The Spires will be a full service retirement community as well as a valuable resource for students to get hands on experience.

Living Units Available

  • 170 Independent Living Units
    • 2 Apartment Buildings
    • The Lodge (17 Living Units)
    • 26 Individual Cottages
    • Living spaces range from 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath to 2 Bedroom and 2 ½ Bath
  • Assisted Living
    • For Independent residents who need light assistance.
      • Medication Reminders
      • Personal Care
    • Studio apartment with kitchenette
  • Skilled Nursing
    • Meals prepared
    • 24 hour nursing available
    • More hands on care
  • Memory Care
    • Specializes in creating a safe environment for those with cognitive impairment

What are some of the benefits of living at The Spires at Berry College?

  • Housekeeping
  • Meals provided
  • Spa
  • Concierge
  • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
  • Access to Berry Campus’s hiking and biking trails
  • Pets welcome
  • Group Community Events
    • Braves Games
    • Rome Little Theatre
    • Shopping Trips
    • Rome Symphony

For more information on The Spires at Berry College contact:

The Spires At Berry Information Center



113 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161

On the corner of 2nd Ave. and Broad St.

Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM



At Risk Adult Crimes with Lindsay Greenwald from the Georgia Department of Human Serivces, Division on Aging

On today’s show I talked with Lindsay Greenwald, a Forensic Specialist with the Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. We discussed At Risk Adult Crime. Statistics show that 1 in 10 vulnerable adults are victims but only 1 in 23 report abuse. Just a warning for our listeners, some of the discussion of this topic may not be suitable for sensitive audiences.

Lindsay Greenwald has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on working with adults with developmental disabilities. She works with the Forensic Special Initiative Unit who work in Georgia to provide training, conduct monthly At Risk Adult Crime Tactics Training, and act as a liaison between law enforcement and social services.

What is an At Risk Adult?

  • Elder person age 65 and over
  • Adults with disabilities over the age of 18
  • Or residents who live in a long term care facility

What Laws help protect At Risk Adults?

  • Prohibits the neglect of a vulnerable adult by a caretaker
  • Prohibits exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable adult
  • Failure to report for Mandatory Reporters
  • Georgia is the first state in the country to develop a law against benefits trafficking
  • The penalties can be one to twenty years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine

What are the Typical Types of Abuse?

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Neglect
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Sexual

What do I do if I feel someone is being abused, neglected, or exploited?

Georgia Abuse Neglect or Exploitation (GANE) App – Available for Apple or Android Users

  • Submit a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Financial Capacity Test
  • Cognitive Capacity Test
  • Report a Missing Person
  • Report a Found Person

For more information contact:

Department of Human Services, Division on Aging

Two Peachtree Street, NW, 33rd Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303-3142

404-657-5258 / Toll-Free: 866-552-4464

Floyd County’s 2019 Relay For Life with Stephanie Nichols

We are very excited to celebrate the 2019 Floyd County Relay for Life event this Friday, May 17th at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, Georgia.  I sat down with Stephanie Nichols, the Office Manager of Maximum One Community Realty, to talk about her work as a volunteer for Relay for Life. Stephanie is part of the Planning Committee and has participated in this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for over 10 year.  

Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society is a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. You can find out more about them here:

Relay for Life is the largest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in over twenty countries. With the funds raised in the communities resources are provided, such as:

  • The Cancer Helpline is a service provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help guide people through the cancer experience. Find support and information by calling 1-800-227-2345
  • The Road To Recovery Program matches cancer patients with volunteers who can provide transportation to and from treatment.

This Year’s Event:

May 17, 2019

Ridge Ferry Park

Survivor Dinner Times:

4:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Luminaria Ceremony: 10:00 pm

If you would like to register for the Survivor Dinner, sign up a team, or find out more information about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life you can contact Haley Campbell at:

The American Cancer Society

Haley Campbell


Silver Sneakers With Mary Wannall and Real Life Fitness

I was so pleased to sit down with Mary Wannall, the Head Personal Trainer and Crosstraining Director of Real Life Fitness in Cartersville, Georgia. Mary has always been an advocate for health and fitness and while attending the University of Georgia she began working with group fitness and training. After graduating with a degree in Health and Physical Education she began working in the fitness industry teaching classes. It didn’t take long after moving into management that she decided to create Real Life Fitness Gym.

What is Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit?

Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit are programs designed for seniors to help keep them physically active and mobile. The classes are covered by most supplemental insurance policies and can be covered if you are Medicare eligable.

Some of the benefits in participating in a Senior Fitness Program can be:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep
  • Reduces the needs for some medications
  • Gaining back mobility
  • Less risk of falling or serious injury during a fall
  • Building a strong social network with other participants
  • Helps with Osteoporosis
  • Sense of personal accomplishmen

When starting a new physical fitness routine always remember:

  • Always consult your doctor.
  • Start small with 5 or 10 minutes and move your way up.
  • Always workout in a safe enviroment and possibly with a group
  • Consider hiring a personal trainer to help get a safe routine established, even if it’s just for a few sessions. Having a professional walk you through the correct way to workout lowers your risk of injury and helps you reach your goals.

To learn more about the Silver Sneakers or Silver and fit programs visit the websites below:

For more information about the Real Life Fitness Team in Cartersville contact:

Mary Wannel
Phone Number: 404-940-8085
Physical Address: 650 Henderson Dr. #303, Cartersville, GA 30120

Transamerica Agency Network with Jace Thompson and Tim Ray

We were very excited to sit down with Jace Thompson and Tim Ray from theTransamerica Agency Network. Tim Ray has been with Transamerica for 24 years and is now a Managing Director with the company. Jace Thompson is new to the field, but very excited to be able to provide their products and services as our local representative covering Georgia and Tennessee. At Transamerica, they believe that down home personal service and a dedication to client advocacy are what set them apart from the rest of the insurance industry.

What is Transamerica?

With a history that dates back to 1928, the Transamerica Corporation is an American holding company for various life insurance companies offering life and supplemental health insurance, investments, and retirement services.

Some of the services and products Transamerica provides are:

  • Living Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Education of Medicare Benefits
  • Long Term Care Policies
    • Traditional
    • As a rider on a life insurance policy

For more information about Transamerica you can contact Jace Thompson at:


Phone: 706-508-2488


PruittHealth Hospice with Brook Shell

Today, we recorded our show at 35 Three Rivers Dr. in Rome, Georgia, the office of Brook Shell. Brook is the Community Relations Representative for the Rome office of PruittHealth Hospice that provides care in Paulding, Haralson, Polk, Chatooga, and Floyd counties. Born and raised in Northwest Georgia, Brook has a passion for helping her community make informed decisions when it comes to their healthcare and helping them find the resources that they need. In this interview she talks with me about PruittHealth Hospice and their programs and benefits, patient choice, and some of the successes and challenges of working in the hospice industry.

What is PruittHealth?

PruittHealth was founded in 1969 by Neal Pruitt, Senior. Starting in the pharmaceutical industry, he soon developed a Model of Care that has grown throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Some of their services include:

  • Home Health
  • Skilled Nursing Placement
  • Hospice
  • Home Infusion Services
  • Pharmacies

What are some of the programs from PruittHealth?

For more information about PruittHealth Hospice you can contact Brook at:

PruittHealth Hospice (Rome)

35 Three Rivers Dr. Rome, GA 30161

Office: (706) 236-4706

Cell: (678) 232-8521


2019 Best of Home Care Awards!

Rome, GA – ComForCare of NWGA announced that it has received both the 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. ComForCare of NWGA is now ranked among a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.

“We want to congratulate ComForCare of NWGA  on receiving both the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award,” says Erik Madsen, CEO of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, ComForCare of NWGA has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality professionalism and expertise in home care.”

Best of Home Care providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“We are always striving to give our clients and caregivers a positive experience. We are so proud of the work that we do and the personal care services we provide and being presented with this award is something that we take great pride in,” says Moriah Medina, Community Outreach Coordinator.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible,” says Erik Madsen, CEO of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize ComForCare of NWGA as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.”

To find out more about ComForCare of NWGA’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 706-622-3065.

About ComForCare Home Care of Northwest Georgia

ComForCare Home Care of Northwest Georgia is a locally owned in-home care company and was founded in 2011 by Roger L. “Chip” Mitchell.  It’s office is based in Rome, GA and serves clients in their homes throughout the Northwest Georgia area. Its mission is to provide personalized, compassionate care to the NWGA area.  

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance. On behalf of home care businesses across North America, Home Care Pulse gathers unbiased satisfaction ratings from clients and caregivers and detailed feedback to ensure the best in-home care possible can be provided. Powerful online reports allow businesses to identify needs and take action to reduce increase satisfaction, reduce caregiver turnover, and address client needs. For more information, please call Home Care Pulse at (877) 307-8573 or visit

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