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Easing Housing Transitions for Seniors

There comes a time when families start to think about senior members moving. Factors such as retirement, finances, lifestyle, health or the distance between family members are just a few of the reasons why seniors may decide to relocate. Moving is a big decision...

Make Your Own Furniture Polish

Are you tired of spending so much money on things like furniture polish? Do you want to free your home from harmful chemicals? You can be frugal and live green by making your own furniture polish. Here are three recipes for making your own homemade furniture polish:...
Easing Housing Transitions for Seniors

Easing Housing Transitions for Seniors

There comes a time when families start to think about senior members moving. Factors such as retirement, finances, lifestyle, health or the distance between family members are just a few of the reasons why seniors may decide to relocate.

Moving is a big decision especially when a senior has lived in one place for a very long time. Many things must be considered, including access to health care, recreation, social activities and practical concerns, such as grocery stores, libraries, climate, etc.

Access to Quality Care

For many seniors access to health care or options for health care assistance is the primary reason for moving. When considering options it is important to look at the short-term solutions, but also consider long term scenarios. Options may include drop-in help, moving closer to a family member that can assist when needed or retirement communities that offer fully independent living to supportive assistance as required.

Community Services

It is also important to research the area community services. You will want to make note of services such as home care, cleaning services, snow removal, transportation, and home repair. Some individuals may want access to volunteer organizations or senior centers where they can be involved in the community.

Support

As an older adult, moving is an especially difficult transition. Finding the support the senior needs in the new community is imperative. Groups that seniors can connect with will help the transition go smoother. Connect with church groups, home visit solutions or perhaps meetings that would be conducted in a home setting.

Make Your Own Furniture Polish

Make Your Own Furniture Polish

Are you tired of spending so much money on things like furniture polish? Do you want to free your home from harmful chemicals? You can be frugal and live green by making your own furniture polish.

Here are three recipes for making your own homemade furniture polish:

Recipe I

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon boiled linseed oil
1 tablespoon turpentine

1. Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended.

2. Dampen a cloth with cold water and wring it out until it’s dry.

3. Saturate the cloth with the mixture and apply sparingly to a small area at a time.

4. Let dry for about 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth. This mixture gets gummy as it sits, so make just enough for one day’s work.

Recipe II

Ingredients:

White vinegar  
Lemon juice

1. Combine equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle.

2. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture.

3. Wipe dry with another cloth.

Recipe III

Ingredients:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice

1. Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle.

2. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture.

3. Wipe dry with another cloth.

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