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Speed is always of the essence

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM
       The Caring Transitions Chicago Northwest Suburbs Team recently hustled to move Phil and Rita, a senior couple from Lombard, into a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment at Bridgeway of Bensenville. They packed and unpacked with minimal disruption and stress. The Team even hooked up the sound system!Rita gave MaryBeth a hug and was very appreciative of the team's efforts. Phil settled right in to his new living room. The team? W...

"Green Moving" Practices

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 22, 2016 at 8:56 AM
At Caring Transitions we also encourage consumers to consider “green moving” practices as they prepare for your next move or relocation:Packing materials: When consumers shred documents in preparation for a household move, they can place the paper shreds in cloth, paper or plastic bags that are already in the home. Seal the bags and use the entire package as protective packing material instead of toxic “peanuts” or bubble wrap.  The bag...

End-of-Life Planning

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 21, 2016 at 11:38 AM
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, “Advance care planning allows a person to make his or her wishes and care preferences known before being faced with a medical crisis. Advance care planning is simply smart life-planning.” Recent government policy debates aside, there is no question end-of-life planning offers substantial peace of mind for families in the midst of crisis. Patients who have the opportunit...

Securing Valuables during Transitions

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Once you make a decision to move or store some of your belongings or even remodel your home, it is important to evaluate whether any of your personal valuables could be at risk for damage or theft. If you are one of the thousands of people who will move next year and have not yet considered how to organize or protect your valuables, the following suggestions may help you secure important papers, small valuables, coins, jewelry, passports...

Gifting to de-clutter your home

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 16, 2016 at 10:25 AM
More ideas on unique way to gift this holiday season--and it won't break the bankGifting Holiday Décor In most counties, there are a number of organizations who provide shelter, housing and group homes for individuals and families in need. Early December is s perfect time to donate excess holiday themed décor. Please only donate items in good condition.  Keep in mind that many of these organizations also need cash donations, furnitur...

When in Transition, Call the Experts

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM
At Caring Transitions®, we support people who are in the midst of personal transitions. By “transitions” we usually mean the kind of life changing situations that have an effect on your current residence.  Whether someone is moving or downsizing due to job change, marriage, divorce, illness or retirement, we are among the first resources to contact for help and advice. Our services were developed specifically for people navigating life ...

The Gift of Giving

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 14, 2016 at 10:13 AM
The holiday season represents so many things; a time for giving, for entertaining and spending time with family and friends. For some, the holidays may even be a time to address household clutter. It’s true! Right now, you may be trying to figure out your gift list and also where to stash all the “stuff” that has slowly filled the guest bedroom over the course of the year; or maybe you need to clear piles of paperwork off the dining room tab...

Communicating with Older Parents

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM
Oftentimes family members hesitate to talk with their aging parents about common topics of concern such as changes to health, transportation, home care, legal and financial issues as well as retirement housing.  Geriatric professionals suggest it is much better to have these parent conversations sooner rather than later. It is often too late to make informed decisions or be sensitive to everyone’s point of view once a personal or medical cri...

Looking to Downsize Your Stuff? These 6 Tips Will Help You Sort It Out

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 10, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Sometimes you’re changing jobs, sometimes you’re moving to a smaller place, sometimes you find yourself either adding on a child or having one move out. Whatever the reason, you may realize that you’ve ended up with too much stuff. And the idea of going through it all to decide what should stay and what should go can be daunting. But to make an easier job of it, just take it one step at a time with the tips below:   ·         Clothes -...

Do you need a Healthcare Advocate?

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 10, 2016 at 10:56 AM
If you have a healthcare advocate in your family or group of friends, congratulations! You will receive higher quality care, and better understand what's happening when you fall ill. For those of you who don't have someone to help navigate the healthcare system, there are options!The use of healthcare advocates has been on the rise over the last few years and is recommended for higher quality care by the US Department of Health and Human Ser...
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