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Ways To Volunteer At An Assisted Living Facility

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Assisted living facilities are communities that provide housing and services for those who are unable to live independently.  A person living in one of these facilities likely needs help with their day-to-day activities, such as cooking, driving, bathing and managing medications.  Some facilities rely on the help of volunteers to provide a top notch experience for their residents.  Volunteering at an assisted living facility can be very rewarding for the volunteer and for the residents.  Here are some things that you may get to do if you volunteer: Visiting: Residents may or may not have family that comes to visit them regularly.  One way to volunteer your time is to simply visit with the residents.  This is one of the most common tasks a volunteer will do, since it is the least invasive.  You will enjoy getting to know new people and they will appreciate having someone to talk to.  They may be lonely, especially if they don’t have family that visits.  During your visits, you may assist with things they would appreciate help with, such as trimming their nails, brushing their hair or recording their stories on paper.  Planning and Helping with Activities: Most assisted living facilities provide daily or weekly activities for residents.  Volunteers can play games with residents, plan and assist with craft activities or even plan and help host holiday or birthday parties.  Transportation: Some facilities will allow volunteers to transport residents from place to place in a vehicle.  They may drive residents to medical appointments, social events, or other health providers.  A volunteer may also simply help transport wheelchair bound residents from one place to another at the facility.  Meals: Some volunteers receive special training to help out at meals by assisting with meal preparation, helping residents eat their meals or even just sitting with them and encouraging them to eat if they are reluctant. Grooming:  Volunteers that have special skills, such as massage therapists, nail technicians or hair stylists, are sometimes brought in to provide volunteer services for the residents.  There are limits on what a volunteer will be asked to do when offering their time and services at an assisted living facility.  However, the services you will provide are important to the residents and the staff will appreciate it also.  Since nurses and other staff typically have many residents to care for, they are unable to offer the one-on-one care that many residents desire.  Contact a local assisted living facility, such as Wedgewood Estates, to see if they have a volunteer opportunity for...

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What You Need To Do When Someone Dies

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When a loved one or family member dies it is a shock to the system that leaves you not thinking clearly. Here is a simple checklist of items that you should do immediately when your family or loved one dies. Call The Funeral Director The funeral director should be one of the first phone calls that you make as they will need to pick up the body at the hospital or the deceased’s home and take it back to thefuneral home. A funeral director will work one on one with the remaining family members and loved ones to plan a funeral service that will be a fitting final goodbye to the deceased. The funeral director will help you plan a viewing, what type of service to carry out, or if the deceased will be cremated. They will also be able to give you all available options for caskets and help you set up a proper burial at a cemetery with a headstone to make sure your friend of family member can rest in peace. Straighten Out Financials You will need to contact all outstanding financial relationships that were out in the deceased name and inform them that the person has passed away. Financial institutions such as the bank and the government should be informed first and they may require you to produce the death certificate to legally show them that the person has died. Other important bill companies that will need to be informed would be the telephone company, cable company, landlord, cell phone service, and any outstanding loans in the person’s name. You will also need to file tax returns for the deceased to settle the final estate before you can pay out the final assets remaining in the estate. Carry Out The Instructions Outlined In The Will If the deceased person has a will, you can sit down with a lawyer to carry out the deceased’s wishes if you are the executor. A will outlines exactly where the deceased wanted all their assets including money, property, and possessions to go after he died. The will needs to be produced in order for the courts to accept it as a legal document and no reproductions are accepted. If you die without a legal document in place to specify where your assets should go, then a probate judge from the state will divide the assets as they see fit. In most cases the probate judge will attempt to seek out the deceased’s next of kin or family members to leave the property or money left over in the estate to. If you have any questions about what you should do after someone dies, then you can ask your local funeral director and they can help advise you. The funeral director will have a list of available resources that will help you in your time of need so that you can begin the grieving...

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Have An Unplanned Pregnancy? Do These 5 Things First

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have recently gotten a positive result on a home pregnancy test, don’t panic. Before you rush into any decisions, let yourself absorb this information and start taking care of yourself. The following things are what you should do shortly after finding out you are pregnant. Start Taking Vitamins The very first thing you should do when you find out you’re pregnant is to start taking vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are best, which are available at any drug store. If you don’t have access to prenatal vitamins, at least start taking a multi-vitamin. This will contain most of the nutrients you need for a healthy first trimester. However, switch to prenatal vitamins as soon as you can, because they contain essential nutrients for your growing baby, including folic acid and iron. Find a Doctor You also need to find a doctor and schedule an appointment. If you don’t currently have an obstetrician, you can call your primary doctor for a reference. Keep in mind your first visit with the obstetrician will likely be just to get a blood test to verify your pregnancy. Before you see your doctor, make sure you are also taking good care of yourself. This means not drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes, cutting back on your caffeine intake, getting plenty of rest, and not taking any medicines without first asking your doctor. Consider Your Options There will come a time when you want to discuss your different options. With an unplanned pregnancy, you may find that the range of emotions make this a difficult decision. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are not alone, and you have options. You don’t need to rush into making a decision either. Reach out to close relatives, friends, or a counselor to discuss what your options are. You may want to carry your baby to term and keep the baby, carry to term and choose an adoptive family, or terminate the pregnancy. Keep taking care of yourself regardless of what you think your choice will be. Learn About Your Family’s History You should also learn more about your family tree and any genetic conditions that might run in the family. When you see your doctor for the first visit, they will want to know if any medical conditions run in the family. It is important to know of them during your pregnancy so you can better prepare and take any necessary tests. Some conditions are not serious, but they should still be noted. Others may put your baby at risk. Ask your close relatives, such as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, about what conditions they are aware of with the rest of your family members. Get Support You may also need emotional support during this time. It can be a stressful experience dealing with an unplanned pregnancy with your options and the changes already going on with your body. Don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones and get the support you need. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Hope’s...

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5 Ways To Teach Your Toddler To Share

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your toddler screams and cries every time another child plays with his toy, you probably feel pretty frustrated. Although it might take some time, you can help your child learn to share his toys with other kids. Here are five great ways to teach your toddler to share. Provide Sharing Opportunities If you want your toddler to share his belongings, you have to provide sharing opportunities as soon as possible. For example, you could set up playdates with other kids in the neighborhood once a week. Before the play date, let your toddler know how nice it would be for him to share his toys with his friends. Tell him that if he shares his toys, his friends will share their toys next time. Be a Good Role Model Whether you like it or not, your child will follow by your example. That is why it is very important to be a good role model and share your belongings with others. The next time you share some food with your spouse or loan a shirt to a friend, let your child see.  Teach Your Child That Sharing Does Not Mean Giving Up Belongings Some toddlers are afraid to share their toys with other children because they think it is permanent. If you tell your child that he will get his toy back after a play date, he will be a lot more comfortable sharing with his friends. Praise Your Child for Sharing Do not forget to praise your child every time he shares his toy with someone else. Tell him that you are proud of him for being so kind and sharing his belongings with his friends. If you give your toddler positive feedback, he will share his toys more often. Role Play Sharing Role playing is a fun way to teach your child how to share. For example, you could have your spouse share a book or blanket with you as your toddler watches. Then, say, “Your daddy is really nice for sharing this blanket with me. I will share one of my belongings with him next time.”  If you follow these helpful tips, you can show your child how important sharing is. However, do not get discouraged if your toddler does not catch on right away. If you keep encouraging the behavior and avoid getting angry, your child will start sharing with other kids soon enough. If you want to enroll your toddler in an educational childcare program where he can learn more life skills, contact The Kiddie...

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The Wonderful World Of Adoption Resources

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you make the decision to adopt, you may feel overwhelmed and alone as you complete the home study process and all the required paperwork. While there are many things you have to complete on your own (and with your spouse or partner), you should never feel that you do not have the support of your chosen agency. In addition, once a child is placed in your home, you may be surprised by the amount of resources available to you, especially if you are adopting a waiting child.  Case Workers Many agencies assign a caseworker to work with you through the home study process and beyond, giving you your own personal support worker and liaison to the agency and other legal processes. If you are adopting a child who is currently in foster care, you may gain a whole team of support workers who will work with you and your child prior to adoption finalization.  All children in the foster care system are assigned their own caseworker whose job is to ensure that a child’s best interest (and often the interest of their biological families) are protected and served. The child’s caseworker will need to see the child in your home at least once a month and may visit him or her in daycare or school settings to ensure the child is safe and well taken care of.  GALs and CASAs Many children are assigned a guardian ad litem (depending on your state, this could be a practicing attorney, or volunteer) who works with all parties involved to determine what is in the best interest of the child, this may include visits in your home, visits with extended family, teachers, therapists, and others directly involved in the child’s care. Many times a court appointed special advocate will be assigned to work with the GAL or as an independent observer. CASAs often help with transportation to family visits and may form a “big brother or sister” type relationship with the child.  Intervention and Therapy In addition to these support workers, most foster children are qualified for therapy and interventions paid for by the state or other organizations. This may include early intervention programs such as birth to age three programs, state or public preschools, and head start programs. These programs often offer speech, occupational, physical, and other therapies that a child needs to develop and meet milestones.  Food and Clothing Support While foster children do not qualify for food stamps, children under the age of five qualify for the WIC program, which can help reduce the cost of formula and basic foodstuffs. School aged foster children qualify for free lunch and often have other school fees such as sports and participation fees waived.  Some states have special allotments when children come into care and throughout the year to help cover the cost of clothing and other needed items. Your caseworker can determine if you qualify for this and put you in touch with community programs that provide new and gently used items for children in care.  Building a Network Beyond agency support, your caseworker should also be able to put you in touch with others who in the process of fostering and adopting, ensuring that you have a network of support, so that you never feel alone again. For more...

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An Extraordinary Afterlife: 5 Unique Ways To Use Human Ashes

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people now choose to have loved one’s remains cremated after death rather than buried. This is an easier option in many ways, but it also brings up the question of what to do with the ashes after the body has been cremated. You can buy many different types of urns and containers for ashes, including those that you can display in your home or even wear as jewelry, but there are some even more interesting options available. Here are 5 of the most unique ways to store human ashes: A Work of Art Human ashes can be incorporated into several different types of artistic pieces that can express a loved one’s personality and keep them close. Ashes are sometimes mixed with paint and used to create a memorial portrait. You can also have ashes put into a hand blown piece of glass art or even a stained glass window.  Ashes can also be used in tattoos for artwork that you can wear.  A Diamond Carbon from cremated remains can be pressed into a synthetic diamond. This is something that will last forever and can be passed down from one generation to the next.  Fireworks Did your loved one have an especially big personality? Consider having their ashes placed into fireworks that can be part of display that lights up the night sky.  Similarly, ashes can be added to ammunition and be used in a memorial gun salute.  A Teddy Bear You can now have ashed stored inside a plush, cuddly friend that you can keep beside your bed and snuggle whenever you choose. Part of Nature Many people like the idea of becoming part of the earth after they are gone. You can go the traditional route and sprinkle your loved one’s ashes in a special place or toss them into a river or the ocean. You may also choose special balloons that carry ashes up into the sky and then burst, scattering them for miles.  Another option that has become popular is to have the ashes placed into a tree that you can plant in your yard or add to a forest. You can also have a loved one’s remains mixed into concrete devices that help sustain coral reefs.  There are many choices when it comes to honoring loved ones through their remains after cremation services. Choose the option that you feel best memorializes and expresses the spirit of the person who was special to...

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