Is independent living the right choice for you?

When you’re an older adult, any housing change can seem like you’re losing your independence. However, as the name suggests, independent living is more about making your life easier than giving up your independence. Sometimes, acknowledging your limitations—that you’re unable to manage the upkeep of your existing home, for example—and accepting some assistance now may help you maintain your regular independent routine for longer.

Is independent living right for me? – 4 Questions to ask yourself

1. How easy is it for me to maintain my current home?

Maintaining a home may be a longstanding source of pride for you, but it can also become a burden as you age. Perhaps your home has a large yard which requires constant maintenance, or maybe it’s becoming more difficult to clean those extra rooms that are rarely used. If your home is difficult to access, such as on a steep hill or up several flights of stairs, it may be harder for you to leave your home as often you’d like, leading to more isolation. Or increased crime may mean that your neighborhood is now too dangerous to walk around safely.

Some of these challenges may be partially remedied by hiring outside help, remodeling parts of your home, or by other family members lending assistance. However, if you’d like a place that does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, independent living may give you more freedom and flexibility in the long run.

2. Is it difficult for me to connect to friends and family?

The more isolated you are, the greater your risk for depression and other mental health problems. You may have a difficult time getting out of the house, perhaps due to trouble driving or increased mobility issues. Or your friends and neighbors may be busy with other work or family commitments, or the neighborhood may not be easy to get around. While the phone and Internet can help, nothing can take the place of face-to-face human connection.

Independent living facilities can give you a built-in social network of peers, while many also provide structured activities such as sports, arts, or field trips.

3. How easy is it for me to get around?

You may live in an area where you have to drive to attend social activities, visit friends, and shop. If you find yourself less comfortable with driving, you may find yourself relying more and more on public transportation or family and friends to get around. It may be harder to visit others, go to activities you enjoy, or keep doctors’ appointments.

As well as onsite amenities, many independent living or retirement communities also offer convenient transportation options to outside activities.

4. How is my health (and the health of my spouse)?

It’s important to consider your current and future health. For example, if you have a health condition that makes it difficult to stay active and will most likely worsen with time, it’s good to consider your options carefully. It’s also important to consider the health of your spouse if you are married. Can you manage the activities of daily living, such washing, showering, and eating? Can you manage your finances? Can you manage medications and doctor appointments?

If you see needing only minor assistance with activities of daily living, independent living may be right for you.

This article was provided by Liberty Residence

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10 Things to Do with a Finnbin Baby Box Once Baby Grows Out

Finnbin is a baby box company inspired by the Kela (Finland social security program) maternity package that grants a kit to all expectant or adoptive parents who live in Finland. Finnbin goal is to make life easier for new parents by helping them prepare for their baby by introducing great brands with quality products and providing babies with a safe place to sleep. They are excited to bring this beloved and age-old Finnish tradition to families throughout the U.S.
Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 8.43.03 AMWhile your baby may only be able to sleep in his or her Finnbin box up to six months, that doesn’t mean you need to ditch the box once your baby graduates to the crib. Here are the top 10 ideas for what you can do with your Finnbin box after the baby moves out of it:

  1. Keepsake box: use it to keep memorable items you’ll always want to remember the early days with your baby. A favorite hat, blankie, or boox. You can add to it as your little one grows up.
  2. Next-size-up clothing: use the box to put the next side up clothes that your little one may not quite fit into yet, but will soon. That way they’ll be organized and easy to access once a growth spurt comes along.
  3. Cleaning supplies: Keep your cleaning supplies, sprays and soaps out of reach for kiddos but placing them in the box and putting in a pantry or on a high shelf. This also makes it easy when you’re in cleaning mode to bring all your supplies in a quick and organized way.
  4. Road trip survival box: If you’re packing up the kids and hitting the road, put all the things they’ll want in the box and make it easy for them to access in the backseat so you can have a little sanity up front.
  5. Art box: as your baby gets bigger and begins to make art, this is a perfect box to collect those one-of-a-kind treasures to keep for a long time.
  6. Important files: The box fits multiple file folders and as your child grows, you’ll accumulate materials along the way (birth certificate, hospital records, school files, etc…). This is a recognizable and large enough space to store all the important docs needed for your child.
  7. Game night: Keep your board games, cards, dice and other game night essentials in the box so not pieces are lost and it’s easy to take down for a fun night of games.
  8. Toy box: Quick! Guests are coming over and you have a hundred mini-race cars all over your living room. Grab your box and use it for quick toy storage that can hide a mess in a matter of minutes.
  9. DIY galore: Crafting is a great activity as your child gets bigger and keeping all those DIY materials in one place will ensure you have a mess-free home! From paper to popsicle sticks to googly-eyes, keep them in your box and know when you take it out, fun lies ahead.
  10. Magazine storage: keep magazines and newsletters in the box to easily access when you have a little downtime (ha!) to catch up on reading. When the magazines start to overflow the boxes that’s when you throw out what’s in there and start over.

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Prepare for Spring Cleaning

Winter is almost over—time to heave a sigh of relief and enjoy not seeing your breath in the air. If you hope to spend the coming nice days outside instead of stuck indoors doing seasonal tidying chores, start sprucing up your house early! As things thaw out, here are a few easy to-dos to knock off your list now … and avoid a spring cleaning meltdown later.

ON-TRACK WINDOWS
Northeast Ohioans know better than to put in screens on the first warm spring day. But when reliably balmy temperatures finally arrive, enjoy the weather while maintaining your windows. To ensure easy up-and-down sliding action, clean out window tracks with a vacuum attachment and/or narrow wood strip to remove accumulated dust and dirt. Follow up by spraying the inside of each track with a non-oily silicone lubricant to maintain
your efforts.

MINIMAL MUD
April showers bring May flowers, but before that everyone just tracks in a lot of brown goop. If kids, pets, or whoever end up getting mud on clothes or furniture, these tips can help get rid of it: First, sometimes it helps to fight the urge to immediately scrub wet splotches—you can end up spreading the mess around instead. If mud is a thick layer, let it dry into dirt if you can. Then scrape it off with a fl at knife until you get to the base of the stain. Give garments a soak in detergent mixed with water before proceeding with normal wash instructions; in the case of furniture, blot with a small amount of upholstery cleaner, then rinse, until the stain lifts.

FANS AND REGISTERS
Clean up these two crucial summertime appliances before the hot months hit. Ceiling fan blades collect hard to-see layers of buildup…it becomes easier to notice when the fan is on high and stuff flies all over the room. Specialized pole dusters are available, but if you don’t have one of those, try sliding a pillowcase over each blade to contain the fallout. For deeper cleaning, moisten a cloth in vinegar solution and wipe to gently remove grime (just remember to dry blades afterwards). Another frequently unnoticed dusty spot – look up – exhaust fans in your bathroom or registers. Most can be easily removed to wash or use vacuum with attachments.

NO SPRING IN YOUR STEP YET?
PetalSweet Cleaning makes seasonal or everyday cleaning a breeze! Call 330-635-2294 today to schedule a free quote—we’ll help you give Old Man Winter the brushoff and keep your home fresh all year!

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There’s More to Mold than Just the Spore!

By Gregory L. Drenik, CIE (Certified Indoor Environmentalist)

Mold can emit a fungal gas! When particular molds colonize and they progress through their life cycle, they emit a gas (musty smell). As the reservoir of fungus grows to several billion spores in the colony, our noses detect the smell of these fungal gases.

When a closed indoor environment continues to fill with the mycotoxic gases, they can become a health risk. The affect it has on the human body is dependent on three variables. Our individual immune systems, the type of spore, and the volume of fungal gas determines the impact on our bodies. Additionally, the longer the exposure to these gases, the greater the likelihood we will develop a sensitivity. Much like other environmental allergens we are exposed to, the longer the exposure, the greater the chance our bodies will have an adverse reaction.

Some health effects include headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems. More severe reactions are hypersensitivity and asthma symptoms. Although rare, certain Aspergillus species release aflatoxins that are carcinogenic.

There are many things in life we cannot control, but exposure to fungal gases is not one of them. With a little effort, we can reduce or eliminate this health hazard by using a disinfectant or removing the affected material. In some instances, it may be necessary to seek a professional opinion or get professional help.

Mr. Drenik is the president of MicroArmor, Inc. He has performed thousands of mold tests over the last 20 years and completed over 3,000 mold remediation products. Call 440.946.5578.

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Home Checklist To Enjoy Stress Free Holidays

By Jesica Wilfong, Owner

The holidays are upon us, and that means parties, overnight guests and loads of entertaining. Is your home ready for company? Before you get too overwhelmed with your “to-do” list, concentrate on these areas that you may forget about:

Guest Bedroom. You want your guests to feel like they are in a home-away-from-home, and that starts with where they lay their head. Make sure they have fresh sheets and pillows if they are more than three years old, get new ones.

Closets. Pick one closet per weekend in November, and empty everything out of the closet onto the floor, I mean everything. Create four piles: keep, give away, throw away and store. If you can’t remember the last time you used something, get rid of it!

Kitchen. Guests tend to congregate in the kitchen, so make sure the room is de-cluttered and stocked with clean dishes, glasses and utensils. Wipe down the countertops with a lemon/water mixture, the lemon not only has disinfectant properties, but adds a fresh smell to the room.

Coffeemaker. To make sure you’re serving the freshest coffee, clean out the coffeemaker ahead of time. Run white vinegar through the coffeemaker with one brew cycle, followed by two water cycles, and your coffeemaker will be decalcified and ready to brew fresh coffee.

Refrigerator. Your refrigerator will be seeing a lot of action the next couple months. You never know who will be peering inside! Wash off the shelves, drawers and doors and take the time to dust and vacuum the condenser coil.

Your Entryway. Your front door will get a lot of attention this time of year, with people visiting. It’s the first thing they see, so pay attention to the small details. And don’t forget to hang a festive wreath on your door to welcome guests.

A little effort can go a long way toward ensuring you and your guests enjoy your holiday get togethers. Gain back valuable free time this holiday season by letting PetalSweet Cleaning do the work for you!

From hiring our staff to choosing our cleaning products, we are big believers in achieving a perfect-fi t. Our philosophy carries over to our relationships with our clients. Part of ensuring a perfect fit is for clients to understand who we are and the service we provide. Call us today to schedule a consultation to explore your cleaning needs! Call (330) 635-2294.

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Women You Should Know

The Women’s Journal is very excited to feature our WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW section, pages 8-27 in our Cleveland edition and pages 22-34 in our Medina County edition.

Their stories will educate, energize and empower! Passion for helping others is the common trait that has led to their success. Each woman takes the time to listen to her customer’s needs and provides exceptional customer service.

Check out our Women You Should Know in our August September issues!

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home This Spring

deb holmBy Deb Holmstrom, Berkshire Hathaway Kovack Realtors

HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS FOR PREPARING A HOME FOR THE COMPETITIVE SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET

1. Put A Plan In Place. Develop a plan of action before you sell your home. Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells? Do you have the option to move in with family? Can you rent, if need be? Can you buy before you sell?

2. Consult a Lender to Find your “Purchasing Power.” I would be happy to recommend local lenders committed to customer service.

3. Clean and Organize. Give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” Clean out closets and pack away items you do not use. It’s important that you de-clutter and organize your home. Don’t forget to go the extra mile, wash your windows, dust your blinds, dust baseboard trim and clean appliances.

4. Interview Prospective REALTORS®. It is critical when selling a home that you interview a REALTOR®. As the weather warms up the top producing REALTORS® will only continue to get busier. Now is the time to start reaching out to the agents you think would be a
great representative to sell your home.

5. Be Proactive and Prepare. A licensed Realtor will help you prepare and navigate every step of the process. As a full time Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Kovack Realtors, I am committed to meeting the needs of my clients while we travel through the process of buying and selling a home. I would love to meet with you and help you sell or buy your next home sweet home.

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Harsh Winter Weather — Tips To Restore

The seasons can be harsh on homes, and perhaps no season is more taxing on a home’s exterior than winter. Harsh winter weather can take a toll on roofs, gutters, landscaping, and just about any other part of the home that must face the cold head-on. The following are a few areas of your home that might need some help rebounding from winter now that spring is right around the corner.

Heavy snowfall or significant accumulation of ice over the winter can result in cracked or damaged walkways, driveways and porches. Cracks can be safety hazards or may prove to be entry points into your home for water or critters.

Winter storms may damage trees, which can put a home right in the line of falling limbs or worse. Walk around your property to inspect for tree damage, removing any fallen limbs or cutting down any limbs that appear dead or that might eventually prove a safety hazard. In addition, check the grass for any dead spots that might have fallen victim to winter
freeze.

Start planning now for late winter or early spring, as it is a great time to get a head start on the gardening season. The following projects can ensure your garden gets off on the right foot to enhance your landscape.

Left to the elements, yards and gardens are often filled with debris once spring arrives. Dead leaves, fallen branches, rocks that surfaced during the winter frost and even garbage that might have blown about in winter winds can all pile up in your yard. Clearing debris is a great first step toward restoring landscape and gardens before the time comes to plant your beautiful, fragrant, colorful plants.

Edge plant and flower beds, but be sure to use a spade with a flat blade or an edger designed to edge flower beds. Such tools will cut deep enough so grass roots that may eventually grow into the flower bed are severed.

Though weeds likely have not survived the winter that does not mean they won’t return once the weather starts to heat up. But as inevitable as weeds may seem, homeowners can take steps to prevent them from turning beautiful gardens into battlegrounds where plants, flowers and vegetables are pitted against unsightly and potentially harmful weeds.
Spring is a good time to apply a pre-emergent weed preventer, which can stop weeds before they grow.

Of course if time is an issue, Greenskeepers is always available to help with your landscaping projects.

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Greenkeepers Lawn Service and Landscaping Inc. has been providing outdoor maintenace and living enhancements since 1999. We offer unique ideas, custom designs and a variety of services to enhance your outdoor living. Quality, professionalism and experience is never compromised at Greenkeepers, no matter how big or small the job. Call 330.721.0059 today to speak with one of our designers to see how we can make your outdoor dreams a reality.

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Planet Aid—For the Environment, For People

We all have stuff in our closets that we no longer wear. It could be that shoulder-padded outfit from back in the day, those impulse-buy heels you can’t seem to find an occasion for, or that holey t-shirt you still keep around. You don’t need them in your wardrobe and it is difficult to find another use for them.

Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to donate and recycle these items. Planet Aid collects unwanted clothes and shoes in their signature yellow bins, conveniently located at local gas stations, shopping centers, apartment complexes, and many more locations all over Ohio. Dropping off a bag of old clothes gives the contents a new life and keeps recyclable materials out of landfills.

Most of your gently-worn donated clothing ends up in developing countries overseas in the hands of those less fortunate. Even garments that are a little more worn can be donated provided that they’re laundered first; they too will be re-purposed into things like wiping rags, insulation, or furniture padding. Proceeds from donated items go toward sustainable development programs here locally as well as abroad, so every tax-deductible donation to Planet Aid helps fund a diverse array of projects, from sponsoring a local baseball team in Cleveland, to a Child Aid in Brazil, Teacher Training in Mozambique, Microfinance for women in India, or a church ministry in Parma.

Planet Aid partners with the local community through schools, religious institutions, sports teams, and other organizations to promote charitable clothes recycling and support local causes. Learn more about how to host a clothing drive fundraiser, place a bin on your property, or schedule a bulk-clothing pickup by contacting Planet Aid at 440-542-1171.

There are 2,000 yellow Planet Aid bins conveniently located throughout 22 counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Find one close to you, and learn more about the work Planet Aid does here and abroad, by visiting their website: www.planetaid.org.

Fall Yard Maintenance Tips

Presented By Mike Biskup, Owner of Greenkeepers

With fall rapidly upon us it’s almost time to break out those rakes and leaf blowers once again. But even more importantly, there are a few additional fall yard maintenance tips you can use to keep your home looking its best now, and all year long.

Cover Plants to Prepare for Frost: Early fall frost can often sneak up on us and damage valuable landscaping. Potted plants, as well as those that are still actively in bloom, are most susceptible to damage from an early frost. A general purpose tarp will work in a pinch but ideally you want a material that’s breathable. Your best bet is to use a breathable fabric such as cotton or burlap. These fabrics keep warmth in while allowing moisture to pass in and out, instead of trapping it inside like plastic will do. When moisture gets trapped inside it can cause additional plant damage.

Get the Kids Involved by Making it Fun: The bigger your yard the more maintenance you’ll have to perform this fall. With that said, wouldn’t a few extra hands be a great? Why not enlist your children by making yard clean up fun rather than a chore. A great way to do this is to use fun lawn clean up bags. Your children will love helping create stuffed pumpkins, ghosts, or any of the other fun shapes that bags come in today.

Feed Your Lawn: One of the best times to feed your lawn is in late fall, right before the first snow arrives. As it contains the natural nutrients your lawn needs to thrive. By applying lawn food before the first snow, you can help to ensure that your lawn will stay healthy throughout the winter and will bounce back quickly in the spring.

Trim Dead Branches That May Fall When Snow Arrives: Fall is also an important time to trim dead branches and remove any dead trees from your property. Heavy wet snow can become hazardous to people and property because the added weight will snap branches and split dead trees.

Source: National Gardening Association

Greenkeepers Lawn Service and Landscaping Inc. has been providing outdoor living enhancements since 1999. We offer unique ideas, custom designs and a variety of services to enhance your outdoor living. Quality, professionalism and experience is never compromised at Greenkeepers, no matter the size of the job. Call 330.721.0059 to speak with one of our designers to see how we can make your outdoor dreams a reality.

Greenkeepers also has a sister company, The Mulch Barn, a landscape supply company that offers mulch, gravel, topsoil, and sand to it’s customers. You can have these items delivered or pick them up yourself! So whether you are a “do-it-yourselfer” or not, we can help!