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
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...
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/
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on December 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM
There’s nothing like a beautiful, stress-free move. Shirley
J., Floor Manager at Bridgeway of Bensenville was clearly impressed with the
speedy and organized effort of the Caring Transitions Chicago Northwest Suburbs
team after we moved her client to a new space.
We try to leave everything better than we found it.We are careful to mirror the senior's new space so that they feel more at home as soon as they arrive.Our clients are alway...