Tuesday, 17 December 2013
If you or someone you care about is moving to a retirement or long-term care home, consider the following tip. The most important factor in determining quality of care in any residence or care situation is that of the staff. You can determine this easily if you take the time to watch and listen during your visits. Watch other residents when you visit; get to know them, their families/regular visitors and talk to them. Developing relationships with both staff and residents in the home is important and will ensure that if there are issues, you are notified of them. Focus on the food quality, cleanliness and staff attitude. Join a Family Council if there is one or encourage your loved one to join a Residents’ Council if they are able to participate. If you have the time, join in activities in the residence. This is a way to help your loved on adjust while creating opportunities for you to get to know other residents and staff by observing and interacting.
Friday, 13 December 2013
Yet another downsizing suggestion which we absolutely love! Even though we found it a long time ago, we like sharing it with people (still) since it can apply to just about everyone. And you don’t have to be moving or downsizing to try it. When you are looking to pare down your clothes closet a bit do the following: “Reverse Coat Hanger Trick: We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. Turn all coat hangers in your closet back to front. In the next six months, when you wear something, put it back in your closet the correct way. At the end of six months, you'll see what you've worn and what you haven't. Give away what you haven't worn.” Seems like such a simple idea but I've never read or heard about it anywhere else but in this one article quoted below.
Quoted from: “Culling Your “Stuff” Can Be Painful Task” by Ellie Kahn, November 3, 2005, The Jewish Journalwww.jewishjournal.com/lifecycles/article/culling_your_stuff_can_be_painful_task_20051104/