Welcome! Over the past few months many of you have asked for additional information that would help you in your day-to-day jobs. Beginning this month, we’ll be sending you a newsletter that includes timely articles that relate to your work as a professional CRTS™.
We appreciate that your work can be difficult! Each client represents a unique challenge. Whether you work with a team or alone, the range of tasks needed to accomplish a successful transition is broad and time consuming. Change is stressful for clients – and your skills make an important difference.
This newsletter will include articles that focus on different parts of the relocation process and experience. We think you will find it useful. Every month the articles will be different and focus on different aspects of the work.
As a professional CRTS™ you perform a vital service for thousands of older Americans. Thank you!
Questions to Ask an In-Home Care Agency
Choosing an individual or a company to come into our home, or that of a vulnerable loved one, to provide assistance with anything from cleaning to personal services is never easy. We are giving an unknown person access to not only our property but to the safety of our loved one who may need care while we are not able to supervise. Choosing the right person or company should be done methodically, and education can help you ask the right questions.
Our New Online Portal
You can now view and make changes to the contact information we have on file for you, and you can also view your current certification expiration date, and any CEU credits you have earned through our newsletters. Watch this video for a quick demo of all of the features. Please note, the branding is NCBAC™ - the governing board of CRTS™ - but the portal is the same.
All new and current CRTS™ can request access to the portal before your renewal date if you'd like access ASAP. Just send us an email through the website's contact us page.
Helping an Aging Parent With Their Finances
Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any tips on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 82-year-old mother is having some trouble keeping up with her bills, and I just found out that she has been making a lot of small contributions to suspicious charities. — Concerned Daughter
How to Maximize Social Security Survivor Benefits
Here’s news: More than 11,000 widows and widowers who are now on Social Security could have had higher benefits if someone had bothered to tell them about their claiming options. That unhappy fact comes from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General. It highlights how little people know about survivor benefits and what the choices are.
A Guide to Self-Storage: Is a Mini Storage Unit Right for You?
You have stuff and need somewhere to stash it. Maybe you are staging or remodeling your home or are moving to a new one. Maybe you’re combining, dividing or downsizing your household because of marriage, divorce or an empty nest. You may need to leave your residence between college semesters, between jobs or because of a natural disaster. You may have accumulated too many belongings on your own or inherited a loved one’s. Perhaps you have a thriving eBay business.
A Beginner’s Guide to Backing Up Photos
“I’ve seen it all,” says the award-winning National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, about backing up her photos. “I’ve had hard drives fail throughout my career. For example, back when I first started as a photographer, I had a very nice hard drive system in my home, and the whole thing failed.” In retrospect, Ms. Vitale says, she would have definitely set the system up differently.