Monthly Archives: August 2015

13 Aug

Expectations from Assisted Living Services

The typical Assisted Living model is based on apartment style living with care services built in. This model encourages independence and autonomy while providing supervision and daily assistance with care needs. We tried this type of dementia care in Nassau County for my grandmother – split between her home and here, we hoped the activity would help. Meals are typically served in a main dining area with the intent of a social gathering while enjoying meals selected by the residents. Activities will be offered, including outings, scenic bus rides, and trips to the grocery store, bank, and doctors visits on designated days of the week.

Assisted Living provides custodial care, not medical care: Bathing, Dressing, Toileting, Grooming, Mobility, Medication Management Cooking, Housekeeping, Transportation, Laundry and you can most likely expect to pay on an “ala carte” system. You will be quoted a “base cost” or “room and board cost” ranging from $1500-$3000 per month, depending on geography, size of apartment, and amenities offered. Expect to see additional costs added on right away. Based on an assessment of your care needs, the price will increase accordingly. This price can vary from month-to-month, especially if care needs drastically improve or decline over time.

Assisted living facilities won’t accept seniors in wheelchairs or those who experience urinary incontinence.While independence in mobility is encouraged among residents of assisted living facilities, wheelchairs are not prohibited. However, residents must be able to transfer (move from bed/chair to wheelchair, etc.) with the assistance of one other person. Those who require the assistance of two people or who cannot bear any weight are not appropriate for this environment as their care exceeds the licensure of assisted living facilities. Similarly, residents who experience urinary incontinence are usually accepted as long as their condition can be managed with a toileting schedule, incontinence products and reminders on a consistent basis.

13 Aug

Geting a Fresh Look Again

I thought that when my hours went back to normal, I would lose the tired look that always seemed to accompany my face lately. Well, my hours were cut back, but my face did not instantly rejuvenate like I thought it would. I could see dark circles underneath my eyes, and they always seemed to have a puffy look about them too. I had to start admitting to myself that I was just getting older, and that was one of the sad facts about it. Thankfully, my friend down the road told me to try Revitol eye cream before I threw in the towel and let Mother Nature win.

She told me that it was possible that the stress of the last year had taken a toll on me, and I just needed a bit of help to get rid of the wrinkles and other effects of long term stress. I asked her if she used it too, because her skin was perfectly flawless. If that was the result of her using the eye cream she was recommending, I knew that I wold end up ordering it the same day. She told me that she had tried for the longest time to find the right eye cream, and she had nearly given up hope of it too.

That is when a friend of hers shared the information about Revitol with her, and she has been using it ever since. When I went to the website to read about the product, I was surprised to see that it was not stress or sleepless nights causing my tired look. I thought that would dishearten me at first, but then I saw where this is the highest rated eye cream for women like me. I ordered it that day, and I can tell such a difference now. I have received a lot of comments about how much I glow now, and I owe a lot of that to this eye cream!

13 Aug

A Quality Paint Job on Her House

When my uncle died unexpectedly a few years ago, he was in the middle of remodeling his house. I tried to help my aunt with some of the work, but there were a few things that I was not able to do. I did help her find the best people in the area though that was not only qualified for the work but had reasonable prices as well. After the plumbing was done, the last major job was finishing the exterior painting of the house. I found a house painter in bergen county nj that came highly recommended from a couple of my close friends, and I could see why after he was done with my aunt’s house.

My uncle didn’t get too much done on the outside since he liked to multitask. He had started preparing for a new paint job by scraping what he could, but that was the extent of it. The house didn’t look horrible, but I knew my aunt would feel better knowing that everything that my uncle wanted done was finally completed. The painter I hired came out to the house first to take a look at everything.

He gave us a great estimate, and we did compare it against a few other painters in town even though he came highly recommended. We were not too surprised when other companies were higher than his price, and one couldn’t even start the job for several weeks. We hired him after the comparisons, and it did not take him long to have the house looking great. We were impressed not only with the equipment and the quality of the paint products, but his crew was extremely professional too. They took every safety precaution possible, and the house definitely looks much better now that we are finally done with all the renovations.

13 Aug

They Want One of Everything

Last year there was a great documentary on the company, Amazon. What the documentary showed was that there was a huge warehouse where Amazon ships everything from. The manager of the warehouse said that there was no problem getting any of the items out as there were a lot of procedures and policies to get the items ready to ship. I was in awe of how big the warehouse was and then they said that they wanted to provide one of everything on their site so that it would be one stop shopping for everyone. They had and said that there was one of those bottles at any given time. They pulled random items from their web site that people were tweeting and then they took those items and showed the people on the TV that were watching how fast they could get to the item using the system that they had in place. They have stories after stores as long as a football field where people were getting things down.

I watched with my daughter who is twelve and I do not know if she had any idea what life was like before you could go online and simply buy something off of the internet. We were looking and thought it was a great thing that we could go online and find anything that she could think of, within reason. I showed her that we could even order groceries and have them delivered to our house after we went through our entire grocery list. She could not believe we could do that so I had her order everything and pick a time when she could be home for delivery so that she could see the process from the beginning to the end, she absolutely loved it and thought it was amazing.

07 Aug

What Convinced Us to Get Satellite TV Service

I saw all of the commercials telling me which TV service to pick. Every company had good points that they would brag up. However, when I actually tried out satellite service at the recommendation of TV advisors, I liked it much better than my cable. Hey, I remember having a 13 channel dial on the television that I had to get up and change when I wanted to watch something else. Not only that, but we only got four channels of the 13 on the dial! To top that, only one of them came in clear. Now we have over 100 channels, but you really have to look at how many you actually watch and the other stuff you like or dislike about your TV service.

We did not like only being able to watch one channel while recording another. Satellite service has let us watch or record up to five things at once. We also like the interactive on-screen guide with satellite a whole lot better than the one that our cable TV service offered. We get more HD channels with our satellite service too. I would have switched a long time ago if I had had a chance to try it out like this. I really liked the live demonstration we got to see.

We went in armed with what we wanted and did not want. We wrote down all of the channels we got with our old service to compare apples to apples with what we might sign up for. The satellite offer was too good to pass up. For the first year we were getting a discount that would save us money. By the second year of the contract we were still paying less than we would for cable. Getting the DVR with the huge capacity and all of the TVs hooked up was a clincher for the deal.