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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 ...

"It's a Miracle!"

 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...

Assessing Parents’ Well-Being

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on December 14, 2016 at 3:52 PM
Assessing Parents’ Well-BeingWhen you visit family this year, you may notice some changes in mom and dad’s home and environment. The following is a list of significant changes which may indicate your parents may need additional support such as home care, companion or financial services or assisted living:Difficulty keeping up with finances. Observe stacks of unpaid bills or late notices.Changes in personal hygiene or housekeeping that indicate pa...

'Tis the Season for Giving!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on December 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM
With our families stretched out across the United States, it’s all too common to find yourself watching a struggling loved one from a distance. Whether it be foreclosures, downsizing, liquidation, or even the death of someone dear, you may not always know how to help someone through stressful times when you’re so far away. This is why we are here; to help people with the burden of emptying out homes in sometimes less than a week or organ...

Five Tips for Family Caregiving

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on December 6, 2016 at 3:40 PM
As the Baby Boomer generation moves into their 60’s and their parents move into their 80’s and 90’s,   more attention has been given to the role of the family caregiver.  An increased number of resources are available in communities and online and within that data, it is evident most experts agree on the basic tools adult child require to help them gain control over stressful family situations.1. Assess the Situation: You can find ...

Happy Thanksgiving from Caring Transitions of Chicago Northwest Suburbs

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on November 23, 2016 at 11:08 AM
The weeks leading up to the holidays can be very busy. It is easy to get distracted by things like shopping, cleaning, and prepping for visitors. These tasks can cause the little things to go unnoticed.  Thanksgiving is just a few days away. This is a special time to get together with the special people in your life. For some it may be the only time throughout the year that you see them.  It is important to use this family ...
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