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Checklist for Storage and Lighting Safety

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most when it comes to creating a safe and accessible home.  We have given you  many tricks and tips in our YouTube videos that will change your life over night, but there is always something more that you can do.  Things like electric outlets, lighting fixtures and smoke …

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How do you organize downsizing effectively?

Downsizing can be a hard transition at any point in life.  We’ve put together some suggestions to make this move an easier one. Folded Clothes Select the dresser / chest(s) you will take to the new apartment.  Clean it out, and re-pack with your clothes just the way you will use it in everyday.  *If …

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Top 5 Points to Consider When Planning Your Downsizing Move

Organizational Suggestions for Furniture and Other “Stuff” Whether you want to stay in the home you’ve owned for years or not, sometimes it’s no longer functional.  Downsizing to a smaller home may be the practical choice for you and your family.  Here are five suggestions on how to properly plan downsizing. 1.  PRIORITIZE When planning …

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Why You Should Remodel to ‘Aging in Place’ Now

Near the end of When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal races to find Meg Ryan at a New Year’s party. When he finally gets to her, he tells her he ran because “When you know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start …

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What’s the easiest door handle to use for the front door?

As anyone who has come to the front door with an armload of groceries and the keys, there are some easier ways to negotiate getting into the house. One is a little table next to the door onto which you can put your packages…or a little shelf. As for the door itself, the knobs can …

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How Utilizing A Hoyer Lift Is Actually Better For Patient Care

In relation to home healthcare, there are several things that can be helpful and a Hoyer lift is certain one of them. There are many reasons to use a lift, but perhaps two of the more important reasons are for comfort and safety. The caregiver has the responsibility of maneuvering or transferring a patient while …

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New National Healthy Housing Standard Unveiled

NCHH in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) unveiled a new National Healthy Housing Standard. The standard is aimed at improving the health of Americans by addressing serious health and safety hazards in U.S. homes. The home is the most dangerous place for U.S. families. Roughly 30 million families live in unsafe and …

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Healthy Homes Principle 5 – “Keep It Contaminant-free”

This principle was originally “Keep it Poison-free,”  but has been expanded to include household contaminants, not just poisons. Poisons and dangerous household chemicals should be secured from access by children and the local emergency and poison control phone numbers should be posted prominently near the phone. All members of the household should know what the …