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Caring Resources for Moving Mom and Dad

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on May 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing care for family members who suffer from illness or disability. Those caregivers must often seek additional support in the form of qualified third party providers. Caregivers who support aging parents may find the following information helpful when making those choices. Housing Resources: The U.S. Government provides...

Managing Your Move

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on April 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Once you’ve made a decision to take charge of your own health, safety or social needs by moving to a Senior Living Community,   1. Prepare in Advance Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start putting your home in order today. Begin by evaluating what you really need to keep and then start to downsize, clear out clutter, plan an Estate Sale or make major home repairs. It is a proven fact that homes will sell for a higher p...

Win a $100 Gift Card to the Container Store!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Do you consider yourself clean and organized? Or are you one of those people that cleans AROUND your clutter?We want to hear from you. Answer our one question about what Spring Cleaning looks like in your house and you'll be entered to win! Share the contest and you'll receive even more entries!https://p.antavo.com/f/Ep8/

Our Clients are the generous types

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on April 3, 2017 at 11:40 AM
When Margo and Bing G. asked us to clear their home after a move to a senior community, we didn’t expect it to benefit another senior community and the people of Palatine and McHenry County, but it did! Margo and Gin’s home didn’t have enough items of value to make a sale of their items pay for the effort, so they elected to let us help them donate the items to the Home of the Sparrow. Their cast-off items will be sold at the Sparrow’s Ne...

What To Do With It All

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on March 23, 2017 at 4:09 PM
Possessions can gather up in your life, especially when you have kids. You may look around and find yourself waist-deep in clutter. But while you dream about a clean and orderly home, the downsizing process can feel daunting when you have an entire house to go through. Where do you even start? How do you avoid the heartache of accidentally parting with some of your memories? If you take a look at these five tips below, you may find your dow...

Daylight Savings Time Can be an Adjustment for People at Any Age

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on March 13, 2017 at 3:18 PM
The start of Daylight Savings time can be an adjustment for people at any age.  Most of the United States observes this time change.  In the fall we “fall back” an hour allowing us to catch up on our rest, but in the spring we “spring ahead” which costs us an hour of precious sleep.  However, it is not just about sleep.  It throws off routines.  Sleep can be a struggle for older people and a disruption in schedule is more...

Advice for Selling a Home this Spring

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on February 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Preparing to leave a home you’ve lived in for a while may take weeks, and in some cases, even months. Families should take great care when establishing closing and vacancy dates. Although not always possible, Caring Transitions usually recommends an 8-10 week window for the entire relocation process. This includes tasks like mover and realtor selection, downsizing, space planning for the new residence, packing, moving, unpacking, and finally, dis...

Garages need love too!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on January 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Staying in your home instead of moving to a senior community is a great option for some. In this recent project, a client needed us to sort and organize items in the garage so that a wheelchair lift could be installed. Our crew made the project from an overwhelming obstacle to an afternoon of sorting and donating--and yes, we even found some items to sell which will help to pay for the effort!Check out the before and after photos, standing on wha...

How to Downsize Someone with Memory Impairment

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on January 18, 2017 at 3:05 PM
Helping a loved one relocate to a senior facility is hard enough. But when complications such as dementia or other memory impairments are added to the mix, the task can feel nearly impossible. Many family members struggle with the added complexity of assuring their senior loved one that they are safe and secure, all while trying to figure out which possessions should go and which should stay. In the end, your senior loved one may know best the pr...

Blessings of the Season

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on December 24, 2016 at 11:58 AM
A blessing is   a circle of light drawn around a person     to protect, heal and strengthen. - John O'DonohueIt is this time every year we pause to think about those closest to us, and our impact each other.To the group who minister to the oldest among us: Listeners with solace during times of confusion, change Coaxing to a new life of comfort Of interdependence They do this for the wise ones Those who are full in life ...
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