Welcome to the August edition of the newsletter for CRTS™ certificants!
A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator Teaches How to Choose a Nursing Home
One of the most painful times for some families comes when their loved one can no longer thrive with in-home care and is in need of the skilled care that a nursing home can provide. Difficult as this time can be, emotion must be put aside so that necessary research can be conducted to find the best care facility possible.
The internet can be useful for starting these searches and there are a couple of quite different ways to go about it. The Medicare site Nursing Home Compare is probably the logical first choice though, in my opinion, it should simply be one tool because, like all current tools, it is imperfect.
How to Let Go of the Clutter After the Death of a Loved One, a Divorce, or a Breakup
Professional organizer Jeni Aron (a.k.a. the “Clutter Cowgirl”) blazed into my life two years ago when my Queens apartment was in complete chaos. I’d been widowed for three years, and though I was slowly going through my late wife’s belongings (she’d been quite the collector of musical instruments and electronic gadgets), I had barely made a dent. On top of that, my then 7-year-old son was rapidly outgrowing clothing and toys, my new partner was about to move in with us, and it felt like half the contents of my mother’s jam-packed home had landed at my place after we’d moved her into assisted living! My two-bedroom apartment was bursting with stuff and nothing had a proper place.
The Kindergarten Model of Organizing
Organizing is not just about getting rid of clutter and making the space look “neat”. It’s about designing spaces that reflect who you are and what’s important to you, and arranging things logically and efficiently so that staying organized will be easy for you.
Helping an Aging Parent With Their Finances
Millions of adult children today serve as financial helpers to their elderly or ill parents or other loved ones. They provide services like paying bills, handling deposits and investments, filing insurance claims, preparing taxes and more. Here are some tips and resources that can help you help your mom.
A Generation of Americans Is Entering Old Age the Least Prepared in Decades
Americans are reaching retirement age in worse financial shape than the prior generation, for the first time since Harry Truman was president.
This cohort should be on the cusp of their golden years. Instead, their median incomes including Social Security and retirement-fund receipts haven’t risen in years, after having increased steadily from the 1950s.