PebbleCreek Kare Bears

Flu /Pneumonia Clinics
Friday, October 25; 8 AM to 1 PM
Tuscany Falls Ballroom 3

As part of Kare Bears year-‘round Health & Wellness programs, Walgreens will again be conducting inoculation clinics where Standard Flu Shots, High Dose 65+ Flu Shots, Pneumonia shots and Shingles shots will be available.

Here are the dates: Thursday, Oct. 12; Monday, Oct. 16; Thursday, Oct 19; and Wednesday, Oct. 19. All clinics will be held from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Tuscany Falls Ballroom #3

Most health insurance policies (including Medicare) cover the cost of the Standard Flu Shots at 100%.  If your insurance policy doesn’t provide coverage, the cash price is $25.99 for the Standard Flu Shot, and $55 or less for the High Dose 65+ shot. 

The cash price for the Pneumonia shot is $90. Cost of the Shingles shot varies by insurance company.  Be sure to find out find out if your insurance company provides coverage for any of these shots and bring your Medical Insurance Card to the clinic.

A signup sheet is in the Kare Bears folder at the Community Information Center across from the Eagle's Nest Pro Shop. 

Walk-ins will be accepted but you may have to wait, so don’t wait to register!

Questions? Please call the Kare Bears house at 623-536-1200 between 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Saturday.

October Monthly Presentation
Wednesday, October 25; 11 AM
Eagles Nest Ballroom

Get ready! The 2018 Medicare open Enrollment Period gets under way October 15 and continues through December 7. To help unscramble the mind-numbing world of Medicare, Kare Bears invites you to attend our next meeting at 11 a.m. October 25 in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom. Our guest speaker will be Maryna Sachs from the nonprofit Area Agency on Aging. Maryna is a representative of SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program), which provides free counseling services to help the people make informed health insurance decisions.

Why is this meeting important? Because of the choices you will soon be making.

During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you will be asked if you want to make changes to various aspects of your coverage. Such as:

 Switching from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
 Switching from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
 And if you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

To make things even more confusing, the plans available in our area sometimes change from year to year. That means your 2017 plan may not be the best choice for you in 2018.

Many residents will be facing choices about their current Medicare Advantage Plan.

(In Arizona, there are 30 such companies competing for your business.) Medicare Advantage Plans are offered by private companies that contract with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits.

Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, most Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.

Then there are Medicare Supplement (“Medigap”) plans to consider, plus issues involved in switching from an employer’s insurance program to Medicare.

Bottom line: make it easy on yourself and join us at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 25 in the Eagle’s Nest Ballroom.

Prostate Health Screening
Saturday, October 28,   8AM to 11 AM
TF Milan Room

On Saturday, Oct. 28, two physicians from Academic Urology will be on site to answer questions in a private setting and provide a PSA screening (blood draw) performed by Sonora Quest Laboratories. The sessions also include a symptom survey/questionnaire for participants. The event will be held from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Milan Room, Tuscany Falls Clubhouse. Light snacks will be provided. A registration sheet is located in the Communication Center opposite the Eagle’s Nest Golf Pro Shop. Questions? Please contact Al Serpa at 480-689-8050.

AED /CPR Class
Friday, October 27, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TF Chianti Room

The CPR/AED defibrillator and resuscitation class is open to all employees and residents of PebbleCreek.  The certified instructor does an excellent presentation with hands-on training in all equipment and technique.

The cost is $30 for residents and can be paid with cash or checks to AZ Pro CPR & First Aid LLC at the beginning of the class.

 A sign up sheet is available in the Kare Bears folder at the Community Information Mailbox across from the Eagle’s Nest Pro Shop.


Abrazo West Hospital Tours

November 16

Tours are offered monthly, meeting at 10 AM at the Hospital, 13677 W McDowell. 
You MUST make a reservation by contacting Kare Bears House, 536-1200

Kare Bears Gala Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, November 8, 10:30 AM
Tuscany Falls Ballroom

One of the most-anticipated events of the fall season is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Tuscany Falls Ballroom. That’s the date and location for the Kare Bears Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Traditionally a sold-out occasion, residents are reminded that tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come basis only at the Eagle’s Nest information kiosk between 10 a.m. – noon on October 11, 12, and 13. There will be no pre-sales.

Kare Bears Programs Director Linda Jo Orinski points out, “This is the one occasion when we are able to come together and thank the hundreds of PebbleCreek volunteers who give generously of their time and talent throughout the year.”

Tickets are $30 each, payable by check or cash. For those who like to enjoy the event with a group of friends, one individual may purchase up to 10 seats (one table) for their group.

Please Note: if you plan to purchase tickets for several guests, please come to the kiosk with a written list of each individual’s name, and each person’s choice of menu item. The entrée selections include: (1) Roasted Pork Loin, (2) Citrus-Herb Chicken, or (3) Spinach Artichoke Crêpes.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the luncheon there will be a cash bar and display of an amazing selection of raffle and silent auction items in the Chianti Room.

 You won’t want to miss the jaw-dropping array of gourmet consumables, dazzling jewelry and fashion accessories, golf packages, free dinners at PebbleCreek restaurants, a computer, art work, hotel nights, and restaurant gift cards.

The Ballroom doors open at 11 a.m. for seating, followed by lunch and the awards program.

A sign up sheet is available in the Kare Bears folder at the Community Information Mailbox across from the Eagle’s Nest Pro Shop.