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10 Ways To Ease Your Way Back Into Normality After Lockdown

If you’re thinking of starting to return to normal life but you’re unsure after being in lockdown the don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’ve been self-isolating for a number of weeks or a number of months, getting back out there is definitely a little scary and overwhelming. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to make the process a little less daunting. From checking the guidelines daily to only visiting places that you know are going to be quiet, the more you’re doing to keep yourself safe the better. With that in mind, here are 10 ways to ease your way back into normality after lockdown: 

Make Sure You’re Checking The Guidelines Daily

One of the most important things to when it comes to easing back into your normal life post-lockdown is to ensure you’re checking the guidelines daily. Things are still up in the air and with numbers changing every single day, the guidelines are changing too. Whether the guidelines are becoming a little stricter or they’re easing more, it’s important you know what you can and can’t do. The best thing to do in this situation is to set up an alert on your phone, that way you should be notified. For tips and tricks when it comes to setting up news notifications on your phone, you can visit this site here. 

Keep An Eye On Local Numbers

On a similar note, you also need to consider keeping an eye on the local numbers. Whether it’s for your own comfort or to help when it comes to making decisions as to whether or not you visit a certain location, having a clear idea of the numbers in your local area can really hope. These numbers are usually easy to find on local news accounts, or by searching on Google. 

Start By Going Out To Quieter Places

If you’re feeling uncomfortable about going out in an area where cases may be high, it might be better to start by going out to quieter places first. Whether that’s places where you can easily spread out or somewhere that is not easily accessible, if there are fewer people there you can ease your way back into the world. As you start to feel more and more comfortable, you can go to busier places. 

Go Out For Short Periods Of Time To Begin With

On a similar note, you could also try going out for short periods of time to start. Whether this means popping out for thirty minutes or doing your shopping in short bursts, you may feel a little more comfortable if you know you’re going to be back home before you know it. If you find that you feel a little more comfortable as you’re out, you can try staying a little longer. You’ll get more and more used to it the longer you stay out and about. 

If You Can Do Something Online Easily, Do It

For those that are really worried, you can continue to do as much as possible online. From ordering your prescriptions to doing your weekly food shopping, there are still a lot of services that are going to be available online. As you start to feel more comfortable, you can try going out for those smaller tasks. For more information when it comes to prescriptions you can order online, you can visit this site here. 

Make Sure You’re With Someone Who Can Make You Feel At Ease

If you do have to go out, you might find it beneficial to take someone with you that will make you feel at ease. If you start to feel uncomfortable they can  help comfort you and reassure you that everything is okay and if you really struggle, they can continue your errand for you while you wait at home or in the car. It may take some getting used to but if you have someone you trust with you, it will definitely feel much easier. 

Ensure You Follow The Safety Precautions

One of the best things you can do when it comes to easing your way back life after lockdown is to ensure you’re following the safety precautions. From wearing your mask to using hand sanitiser regularly, if you’re following the guidelines you’re going to feel much more at ease. For guidance when it comes to ways to stay protected from COVID-19 when out and about, you can visit this site here. 

Check Restaurants Procedures Before You Visit

If you’re visiting a restaurant, you may want to consider checking their new procedures before you visit, especially as some people are doing more than others. From tracking and tracing everyone who enters the restaurant to encouraging people to wear masks, you may find it better to go somewhere that is putting extra guidelines in place the first few times you decide to eat out. 

Slowly Build Up How Often You’re Going Out

For those that are still unsure, you can start to build up how often you’re going out. Whether this means going for a short walk or heading to the corner shop, the smaller you start the easier the whole process will be. 

Don’t Do Anything You Don’t Want To Do

Finally, it’s important you remember not to do something you don’t want to do. If you feel as though you need to start getting back into normality but you’re not ready, there’s nothing telling you that you have to go outside just yet. It’s okay for everyone to go at their own pace, especially when it comes to your own safety and the safety of others. 

With lots of ways to ease your way back into normal life after lockdown, you can be sure you’re not pushing yourself too far too soon. What else do you need to ensure you’re doing? Did we miss anything off of the list? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. 

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Winter Safety on Two Wheels

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As a very strange and unusual summer draws to a close we began to consider the challenges of winter so there is  never a better time to highlight the importance of being aware of the changing road conditions in the winter weather. As a family we love getting out and about.  The Dada Fairy and the oldest man love their Saturday morning cycle.  Great way for the pair of them to spend time together as well as getting out and about in the fresh air.

However as the seasons change so to do the road conditions and it is especially important to be mindful of the appropriate safety precautions for the road conditions and that is whether you are on a motorbike or a pedal bike.

Some of the things we do differently in winter include:

  • Dressing for the weather – layer up being the best advice
  • Critically be visible, that’s having lights fitted on your bike. Wearing a hi-viz at all times.
  • Take good care of your bike making sure you check prior to each ride to ensure its road worthiness
  • Tell somebody your plans – just in case
  • Start easy – if you aren’t used to cycling I would start with smaller trips and build up the stamina. Trust me its not as easy as it looks!!!

As I have mentioned before, we farm very mountainous ground so in order to get around, my husband uses a hill motorbike. Ill be honest, at the beginning this terrified me but I know now safety for him is paramount. Some additional tips for motorcyclists include:

  • Check your tyres prior to ever journey
  • Visibility may be lower- signal earlier

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  • Reduce your speed – road conditions can be much more hazardous in winter.
  • Check the weather before you set off – being mindful of wind, frost, fog etc.
  • Be flexible. If weather isn’t looking in your favour don’t just chance it. Use resources such as AccuWeather

For much more helpful tips and advice on winter safety for motorcyclists please see   confused.com. However one thing I have learned over the years is despite taking every precaution you can, accidents can happen as unfortunately the behaviour of other road users is totally out of our hands. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate position do utilise the services of  good motorcycle accident lawyers.

In addition to the above, also very important to be aware when out and about walking with kids to use reflective clothing in the evening times, with it being dark so early now, its never been more important to highlight the importance of being seen.  Our local DIY shops sells reflective tape which I use on the buggy also. Its something I highlight to the kids in the hope that I instil its importance creating life long good habits.

Hope this post helps reinforce the importance of road safety particularly for the most vulnerable road users this Winter.

Take care when out and about this Winter – be safe, be seen and lets help save lives.

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Four Cost Effective Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Wellbeing

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Being healthy, feeling good and taking care of your mental health is something everyone wants in life but what many might not realize until they try to achieve this themselves, is that self-care and maintaining a lifestyle focused around their health, can actually become rather costly. From gym memberships to expensive solutions, to everyday problems, the industry around making money from honest, hard-working people, such as yourself, who are just trying to make positive changes in their lifestyle, is huge and growing still. However, taking care of yourself doesn’t need to be such a high cost affair as there are lots of ways you can make changes in your life to improve its quality without breaking the bank. In this article, you will find out some of the easy ways you can start making the positive changes you want to see in your life whilst also keeping your purse strings tight.

Learning easy ways of eating healthy while on a budget

One of the best ways you can save money while making positive changes to your lifestyle is by finding cheap and easy ideas for healthy food. A great way to start this is by doing meal planning which will mean you never buy anything unnecessary when you do the big food shop every week. This also has the added boost of being environmentally friendly as it means you will have much less food waste.

Getting the essentials of your life sorted

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While it may not be the first thing you think of when talking about wellbeing in your life, but sorting out the practical essentials you need to make the day to day running of things go a bit more smoothly will have the positive effect of reducing stress and giving you peace of mind so you are able to get on with your life without any extra hassle or worry.  I often find reading into this issue a huge help and it gives me tips on what other people are doing to get their own lives in order. I have recently stumbled across this Benjy Grinberg and really found it fascinating and informative. 

Keeping things tidy

Another way of keeping your stress levels down is by keeping things tidy, particularly if you work at a desk often. You can buy desk organizers at most stationary shops but they tend to be very expensive so, instead, why not look up how to make your own desk organizer so you can save money and have a DIY project on the go.

Making the most of the great outdoors

Gym memberships can be vastly overpriced, and many people don’t even use them regularly enough to make the most of the money they are spending on them. One cost-effective way around this is to trade in your membership card and make the most of exercising where its free. Why not go for a run in your local park or do some morning yoga practice in your back garden before work each day. This is a great alternative because you get to do it somewhere you feel comfortable.

 

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8 Things People With Glowing Skin Do Every Day

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We’ve all found ourselves admiring somebody’s flawless, glowing complexion – perhaps we’ve even felt a pang of jealousy!

So how do they do it? Are they spending a fortune on high-end skincare products? Is it just good genes?

Genes may play a part, and it’s true that poor quality skincare products can harm our skin, but there’s probably more to it than that. There are many factors that affect the health of our skin and many of them may come as a surprise.

Below are a few things you should do every day if you’re committed to achieving a glowing complexion.

1. Drink plenty of water

While there’s no hard evidence that drinking extra water will cure all skincare ills, it’s certainly true that drinking too little will leave you with rough, dull skin that’s lacking in elasticity. And very few people actually drink enough water to remain hydrated throughout the day.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day will prevent dehydration, can increase your energy levels and may also improve your mood. So in addition to any direct benefits to your skin, the improvement in your general well being could prevent outbreaks and control eczema flare-ups, for example.

2. Always wear sunscreen

The sun’s rays are tough on the skin. Exposure to UV light causes premature aging of the skin and can result in sun damage such as wrinkles, leathery skin, liver spots and actinic keratosis.

If it’s forecast to be sunny, wear sunscreen. If clouds or rain are forecast, still wear sunscreen. Cloud cover may lower the intensity of UV light reaching your skin, but it doesn’t eliminate it.

Remember to apply sunscreen before makeup and if it’s sunny out, don’t rely only on foundation or fixing sprays with SPF, as these are less effective than actual sun lotion.

3. Be careful when you wash your face

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Wash with warm water, as hot water will strip natural oil from the skin, can cause irritation and may even cause lasting issues such as thread or spider veins. Likewise, don’t rub your skin too vigorously when cleansing or drying.

When applying cleanser or water to your skin, take note of how you move your hands. Most people use a downwards motion, but pulling your skin down can lead to sagging. Using an upwards motion will take a while to get used to but your skin will thank you for it.

4. Moisturise regularly

Applying moisturiser is a vital aspect of skincare and something you should do daily, as it’s necessary to replenish the moisture and natural oils that are lost from your skin throughout the day.

If your skin type is closer to oily than normal, thick emollient products can clog your pores and make your skin look greasy. Instead, go for the lightweight formulas with non-comedogenic ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.

Whilst most care should be taken when moisturising the sensitive skin on our faces, don’t forget that you have skin all over! Pay special attention to your neck and chest as the skin in these areas is frequently damaged by exposure to the sun.

5. Use skincare products that contain natural ingredients

There are many harmful chemicals used in skincare products, from parabens that can disrupt hormones to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) that can cause irritation and trigger outbreaks.

While it should be said that not all natural ingredients are good for the skin, there are many natural alternatives to harsh chemicals that are safer to use on a daily basis.

While you may struggle to avoid all potentially toxic ingredients, it’s also worth seeking out products that have shorter lists of ingredients, as these tend to be kinder to our skin.

6. Eat healthy

“We are what we eat” – perhaps a fairly tired cliché but one that holds good.

Foods rich in omega-3 (salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds) can help keep your skin in great condition and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Fish and nuts are also a source of zinc, another key component to maintaining healthy skin.

Large quantities of sugar, either refined or in the form of carbs, can have the opposite effect. People who eat too much sugar tend to have more pronounced wrinkles and duller skin, likely due to sugar’s ability to wreak havoc on the production of amino acids, which in turn can result in the breaking down of collagen in our bodies.

7. Get enough sleep

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Sleep is absolutely necessary to allow us to recover from the stresses we’ve endured during the day. While we’re asleep, anti-stress and anti-inflammatory hormones are secreted, beginning the process of repairing our tired bodies and skin.

If you’re not getting enough sleep you’re much more likely to suffer from diminished skin barrier function and dehydrated skin, both of which contribute to a dull or grey complexion. You may also experience premature aging of the skin, for example sagging skin and the development of fine lines or wrinkles.

Everybody is physiologically different so this isn’t a rule that should apply to everyone, but it’s recommended that you get at least seven hours sleep a night, with eight being preferable.

8. Relax

Stress can have an enormous impact on our bodies, from the health of our nails to the appearance of our skin. This is largely due to chemical responses to stress that increase inflammation and make our skin more sensitive. If you’re struggling with stress you may find that outbreaks are more common and slower to clear up, and symptoms of eczema or psoriasis may be exacerbated.

There’s rarely a silver bullet that will eliminate the source of your stress overnight, but there are many things you can do to manage stress, from regularly taking physical exercise to using relaxation techniques.

Aim to find sustainable ways to control your stress and you’ll soon see an improvement in the health of your skin, amongst the many other benefits of improved mental well being.

Author bio

Ellie Rush is Outreach Executive at The Cleaning Collective and is a Friends superfan, sharing her passion for household cleanliness with Monica Geller. With the recent introduction of health and beauty products at The Cleaning Collective, she’s enjoying discovering exciting new products and sharing skincare hints and tips with fellow bloggers.

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Isn’t It Time You Made a Living From What You Love?

The last few months have changed everything. They’ve shown us that nothing can be taken for granted. That the status quo is a fragile construct. And that no job and no career is as secure as we’d like it to be. All over the world, people have been shocked to see their employers go out of business or have to make drastic cuts that render them redundant. They’ve seen entire industries grind to a halt virtually overnight. And, sadly to say, that’ve seen how readily their employers will throw them under the bus if they think it might save them a little money. 

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But while we may feel mournful, perhaps we should rejoice. We should celebrate the fact that we are no longer chained to jobs that we secretly despised anyway. Instead, we should focus our efforts on doing what we love, what we’re good at and what brings us fulfilment. Whether you try to make it your new career or you just want to dip your toe in as a side hustle, there are plenty of opportunities in the digital economy to make money from your passions…

Car lovers? Where to begin?

Who says that the boys should be the only ones making money from their love of cars or their driving prowess. Whether you want to show visitors the joys of your home town as an Uber driver, make local deliveries or even pass your knowledge of the road to others as a driving instructor. As long as you have the right insurance, the knowhow and the willingness to learn it may be time to consider getting into the motor trade. There are many (both male and female) who prefer to deal with a woman when it comes to vehicles and driving. So busting some gender stereotypes could be extremely lucrative. 

Artists, illustrators and designers… the internet is your oyster

Or perhaps you only ever come alive when you have a paint brush (or a digital stylus) in your hand? If you’re an artist, illustrator or graphic designer, there are all kinds of ways in which you can make money from your craft. From setting up your own little shop online (use these alternatives to Etsy where it’s easier for newcomers to get noticed) to using freelancing sites, or even signing up with creative agencies there are no shortage of places for talented artists to make money from their craft. 

Writers, type your way to prosperity

If you’re more of a wordsmith, the great news is that there are lots of online outlets where you can make money writing for all kinds of business clients. In an era where businesses are desperate to get noticed online at the expense of their competitors, content marketing (i.e. blog posts, tutorials, white papers, ebooks etc.) is bigger than ever. Meaning that there are ample opportunities for gifted writers to earn a crust on freelancing platforms. 

If you can bake… the world loves a cake!

Finally, if the culinary arts are more your forte, the world is always desperate for gifted bakers who can bring more tasty sweet treats into the world. And if you can cater to vegans and the gluten intolerant, the world is your oyster! Money Magpie has an excellent article on making money from cake baking. 

It’s time to take your career and your livelihood into your own hands!

 

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How to Keep Your Home Fresh and Clean Even When You Have Pets

So, you want a pristine home, but you are not prepared to give up cuddles with your beloved pet? The great news is that you don’t need to choose one ideal over the other. It is perfectly possible to enjoy a beautiful home and have a furry companion to share it with. Here are some tips. 

Grooming

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Regular grooming when it comes to your cat or dog can help to control the amount of hair that they shed, as well as keep unpleasant odours at bay. Along with bi-weekly baths and frequent brushing, it is also important to keep their teeth clean to minimise bad breath. Get hold of a pet-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, or a damp washcloth, and clean those pearly whites at least once a day. Also, be sure to visit one of the most trusted vets in Johnson City TN for dental check-ups every year. 

Furnish your home wisely 

Be very cautious when selecting fabrics for your living room, for example. You should definitely steer clear of loosely woven fabrics, such as silk, as these tend to trap fur quite easily and can quickly unravel when exposed to claws. Your best bet is sure to be couches made from denim, canvas, or microfibre, and you cannot go wrong with leather for a few reasons. Leather is the ideal sofa fabric choice for pet owners because:

  • It can be easily wiped clean with a cloth 
  • It doesn’t snag claws
  • It promises maximum durability
  • A little wear and tear isn’t noticeable and often adds to the already-existing distressed aesthetic. 

Along with fabric choice, you should also aim to invest in darker colors for obvious reasons. 

Invest in a vacuum cleaner 

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Unless you get yourself a hairless Sphynx cat, you cannot avoid the perils of pet hair. Luckily, it doesn’t have to get you down if you have the right tools and equipment on hand to get rid of it as quickly as it appears. A high-quality vacuum cleaner is a must. Do not hesitate to spend a little more when it comes to this investment. It will last longer, make your job easier, and should also help reduce allergens present in the air due to a more advanced filtration system. 

House-train your pet from the start 

If you get a cat, you won’t have to worry about house-training as all cats have a natural instinct to relieve themselves in soil or sand. Dogs, on the other hand, need a bit of support and guidance to stop leaving little surprises around the house. Start early and ensure that you are consistent in your approach. Most importantly, be patient. It can take up to six months for a puppy to be fully house-trained. The good news is that once you’ve got this aspect of pet ownership covered, your house will become instantly fresher and cleaner! 

Here’s to both a stunning interior and many happy years with your furry companion. 

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Steps Every Parent Should Consider Take to Protect Their Children’s Future

The truth is that being a parent is hard work; no book guides you through all of the ups and downs that come with starting a family. However, that being said, from the moment that you hold your little one in your arms, they instantly become the most essential thing in your life, and your whole world now revolves around them. It doesn’t matter how hard being a parent is because your little ones make every second of hard work worth it, don’t they? 

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As a parent, naturally, you want to look after and protect your little ones, no matter what happens. This is why it’s essential that as soon as they come along that you start thinking about how you can protect their future, regardless of what life throws at you. Even if you’re not around anymore, it’s essential to think about how you can make sure that your little ones receive all of the love and care that they need to thrive. 

Are you wondering what steps you should consider taking to protect your children’s future? Have a read of the tips and ideas below to help you safeguard your children’s future. 

Ensure you have a will in place 

When it comes to protecting your children’s future, regardless of what happens to you, having a will in place is just good sense. Imagine that you’re in an unexpected accident and are taken away far too soon. As awful as this might be to think about, what’s worse is the idea of your little ones being left without a document in place that says what should happen to them should something happen to you. That’s why it’s so crucial that you ensure that you have a will in place that dictates what should happen to your little ones should the unexpected happen. Ask yourself: who do you want to care for your children and bring them up in your absence? If you are yet to get will writing done, you must make getting a will a priority, ensuring that you have secured your children’s future. It might be hard to envision leaving your children, but it’s nice to know that should something happen to you, you’ve prepared and know that they will be okay. 

Take out life insurance 

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Another vital step that you should take to protect your little ones is to take out a life insurance policy. When you take out a life insurance policy, you can ensure that in the event of your untimely death, a pay-out will be made to your next of kin, which can be used to cover any funeral arrangements, as well as to secure your children’s future. In your will, you can dictate how you would like your life insurance to be used, such as to pay off any debts, cover your funeral costs, and secure your children’s future. 

Start saving 

Have you already got a savings account for your children? If you do, make sure to keep topping it up as and when you can. If you don’t, think about opening a savings account for each of your children to help give them a financial boost as they enter adulthood. If you create a savings account for your children, you’re helping to grant them financial freedom later in life, which is something that could change their whole lives.

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How Do You Know You Can Rely On Your Employees?

Your employees are all capable workers, of course, and you hired them because of how well they aced the interview. However, you can still feel an element of hesitation towards them; they work for your business, which is something you’ve been trying to get off the ground for years, and you want to be sure they’ll help it succeed! 

So, how can you tell whether or not you can rely on your employees? Well, you take into consideration the points below. Make sure you read through them if you’re a little worried about letting your employees take the reins anytime soon. 

Because You Care for Them

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Caring for your employees shows them that you’re the good kind of boss. It shows them you’re able to take into account that they are human beings, with their own lives outside of the workplace. All in all, this is essential to getting the best out of them; someone who doesn’t feel encouraged, and instead feels oppressed by their working routine, is not going to give 100%. 

Indeed, you can even check out this website for software that’ll allow all of your employees to hop onto the same platform and share what they need to about their home lives. Keeping an eye on how people work is one part of the job, but taking care of the reason behind it is the crucial other element. 

Because You Trust in Their Skills

You hired your employees because they had skills you needed. You were impressed by the way they handled themselves, and you were impressed by their experience in these matters too. Most of all, you knew you could rely on them to fill the gap in the team that was bogging down the work day. 

So, in those times of doubt, when you’re not sure about how much you can rely on your employees, make sure you remember why you hired them in the first place. You can even bring up their CV if it’ll make you feel better! 

Because You’ve Given Them a Chance

And finally, if you’ve given someone the chance to prove themselves, you’ll be able to recall that moment when they pulled through with a task or project that was otherwise going sideways. So, let your employees take the floor every now and then, to show off what they can do within the workplace. It’s very motivating

Make sure you’re handing out opportunities as much as you can, because you never know when a day might come that an employee will have to take the reins over you. You might be ill, late, or otherwise indisposed, and in those moments, you need a capable manager back at the office to help you out. 

Relying on your employees is a much simpler matter than you might think. So let yourself trust in your team, and let them show you what they can do. Take a step back if need be, and see how it works for you. 

 

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What Is Assisted living

Independence is important to every adult, no matter their age. Many adults can remember the first time they took the car out for a drive after getting their license, earning their first paycheck, and their first time living on their own. As people age, that independence is not something they’re willing to let go of. So what do we do when we start to fear for the health and safety of our loved ones who are living on their own?

While it’s not always something we want to think about—growing older and struggling to live independently—being aware and informed about what the next chapters can hold is important. What is assisted living? Is it the same as nursing care? Or a home health aide? How do I know if and when it’s right for a loved one or for me? These are frequently asked questions, and the Mission at Agua Fria wants to help provide some answers.

Assisted Living

Assisted living falls roughly between needing a home health aide and nursing care. A home health aide provides supportive care in an individual’s home. This aid can be a caregiver helping with daily needs, such as maintaining personal hygiene, cooking, and house chores, or a licensed healthcare professional providing needed medical treatments. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are places for people who need regular medical care that cannot be provided at home but does not require a hospital. Nursing homes tend to have skilled nurses and nurse’s aides on-site 24/7.

As for assisted living, it is personalized care for adults given within an assisted-living community. These communities provide support for activities of daily living (ADLs) while also allowing for the independence their residents need and desire.

What Is and Is Not Included?

Assisted-living community offerings can vary by location, but in general, they provide medical oversight, supportive care for ADLs, and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)—shopping, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and so forth. Additionally, there’s an extra level of safety and security within these communities, including 24/7 support staff, walk- or wheel-in showers with grab bars, emergency response pull cords, and emergency pendants.  

They also provide a range of social programs and activities to enrich the lives of their residents. As the level of care needed for each resident will vary, licensed nurses will complete assessments before move-in to determine individual needs and create personal care plans.

Since active seniors are happy and healthy seniors, services and programs tend to range from physical activities like swimming and yoga to day trips, excursions, and enrichment programs designed to encourage involvement and appeal to the interests of each resident. Many communities even recognize the importance and health benefits of allowing residents to bring along their pets. These benefits include fewer symptoms of depression, reduced stress, a greater sense of self-worth, and decreased heart rate and blood pressure. Some communities even have dedicated staff to assist with the care of residents’ furry friends when needed.

As we mentioned earlier, there are services assisted living communities do not include. They aren’t the same as nursing homes. This means they don’t include full-time care from specially trained medical staff. While nursing home facilities are licensed by Medicare and Medicaid, with a focus on short-term rehabilitation or long-term medical care, assisted living communities generally are not. Therefore, they don’t typically have their expenses covered by these entities, but you can always discuss financial options when touring.

Memory Care Communities

Some assisted living communities also have special licensing to provide memory care communities. These are usually designated floors, wings, or buildings of the community specifically tailored to benefit residents who have diagnoses like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Memory care communities will have specially trained staff members and extra safety precautions in place to care for their residents. Their programs are designed to increase the overall quality of life for these seniors, while reducing stress and agitation. Some even include specific layouts designed to foster familiarity, reduce confusion, and reduce wandering.

When Is It Time?

Knowing when it’s time for a loved one or yourself to consider an assisted living community is vital. The most prominent indicator is when someone struggles with ADLs and IADLs. If you or a loved one consistently needs help with two or more of the following activities—bathing, dressing, eating, shopping, cleaning, or managing medications—these can be signs that assisted living might be something to explore. There are even ADL checklists available to help you examine the overall quality of living and to support informed decisions in a timely fashion.

There are a lot of benefits to assisted living. Not only does it provide a helping hand to the senior in need, but it can also make life easier for the main caregiver. It often significantly improves the senior’s quality of life. There are also options for couples who want to stay together when one is in more need of assistance than the other. Even some elderly children and parents both decide to move into assisted living communities together.

Learning More

With almost 29,000 assisted living communities in America today, there is a community to fit meet the diverse cultural, dietary, linguistic, and religious needs and preferences of everyone. With all the variations, what remains the same is the approach: to allow all residents to age with dignity by encouraging independence and providing privacy.

While we have answered some of the frequently asked questions regarding assisted living, we understand you may or may not be ready to take the next step in finding the community for you or your loved one. However, when you are ready, we know you will have more questions, and at the Mission at Agua Fria, we have professionals and advisors ready to help. We encourage you to reach out, continue your research, and schedule a tour to ensure you find the community that fits your dynamic lifestyle.

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Why You’re Struggling To Grow Your Business

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Everyone has big ambitions when they get their business up and running, but after a while, they begin to realize something: building a successful company sure can be difficult. In many cases, the issue isn’t that there’s no interest in your venture, it’s that the company is struggling to grow at a significant rate — you’re just staying where you’ve always been. That level may have been acceptable in the early days, but at some point, you’ll know that you have to step up. The good news is that there’s usually an obvious reason why growth has been hard to come by. We take a look at a few of these reasons below.

Ineffective Working Hours

You may be putting in what you think is many hours of work, but it’s important to remember that the number of hours that you’re working isn’t important; it’s what you do during those hours that matters. If you’re not working effectively when you’re in the office, then it’ll be little wonder that you’re not making as much progress as you’d like. Be sure to find which working schedule works best for you, and also what time-wasting actions you’re guilty of that’ll be holding you back.

Lack of Data Insight

You’re not going to get everyone on board with your company. You’ll only be interesting to a small section of society. Alas, if you don’t know what section of people that is, then you’ll struggle. Without it, you’ll be shooting blind; it’s the insights that you have that can help you to direct your marketing materials, branding, and so on. If you don’t think you’re making as much progress as you should be, then look at upping your data insight game. It might just help you to unlock the answers to some of the important questions that can push your business forward.

Doing it All Yourself

You’re going to have some of the skills needed to develop a profitable business, but you’re not going to have all of the skills. If you’re trying to do much, then you’ll be spreading yourself too thin. Your business won’t be working as efficiently as it could be. As such, it’s important that you’re knowing which areas require additional help. This could involve hiring staff or outsourcing some tasks to third-party professionals and companies. If you’re already outsourcing some tasks, but you’re not making the progress that you’d expect, then it could be that you need to choose better companies to work with. You can easily switch accountants, digital marketers, and customer support representatives, for instance.

One of the last things many manufacturing company turn to is materials management, and in reality this should be one of the items on top of the agenda. The concept of Artificial Intelligence or AI is it is referring to has been making a lot of waves in this area in recent times.  Accurate management of your materials really is paramount so it is worth spending the time investigating and researching into materials management optimization.

Once you’ve got the best working with your business, you’ll find that success is easier to come by.

No Long-Term Plan

Finally, it’s worth remembering that there’ll be only so far you can go without a plan in place. You wouldn’t reach the top of the mountain without plotting a path, and the same goes for business success. Set targets, plot a five-year plan, and you’ll find that it’s easier to make progress. 

 

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