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Top 10 Assisted Living Research Questions

  1. Quality of care: The facility should be staffed by trained professionals who are able to provide appropriate care for residents’ needs.
  2. Safety: The facility should be well-maintained, with proper safety measures in place to prevent accidents and injuries.
  3. Staff-to-resident ratio: There should be enough staff members to provide individualized attention and support to residents.
  4. Availability of services: The facility should offer a range of services, such as assistance with daily living activities, medical care, and social and recreational activities.
  5. Quality of life: The facility should provide a comfortable and stimulating living environment, with opportunities for residents to engage with their community and maintain social connections.
  6. Quality of Food and Meal options : Facility should have a healthy and balanced food options for the residents, and also cater to special dietary needs of the residents
  7. Communication and Transparency : The facility should have clear and open communication with the residents and their families, and provide them with regular updates on their loved one’s care and well-being.
  8. Licensing and certification: The facility should be properly licensed and certified by the relevant state authorities, which ensures that it meets certain standards of care and quality.
  9. Cost: The facility should be affordable and transparent about the cost of services and any additional fees.
  10. Location: It’s important to consider the location of the assisted living facility, as it will affect the resident’s ability to visit family and friends, attend religious services and go to the doctor, dentist and other specialists.

10 tips on choosing a moving company

  1. Research different moving companies: Look for companies that have been in business for a while and have a good reputation. Check online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  2. Get multiple quotes: Contact at least three different companies to get an idea of the price range for your move. Be sure to provide the same information to each company to ensure accurate quotes.
  3. Check for licenses and insurance: Make sure the company is licensed and insured to protect yourself and your belongings in case of any accidents during the move.
  4. Verify their experience: Look for a company that specializes in the type of move you need, whether it be long-distance, residential or commercial.
  5. In-home estimate: Professional moving companies usually offer in-home estimates, it will give you an accurate quote and a better understanding of your moving company.
  6. Ask about their packing and loading process: Find out how they pack, load, and unload your belongings, and make sure they take proper precautions to protect your property.
  7. Compare their service and price: Compare the services that each company offers and make sure you are getting the best deal.
  8. Look for additional services: Some moving companies offer additional services such as packing, unpacking, storage and cleaning, check with them.
  9. Read the contract carefully: Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract before signing it, including the cost, any additional fees, and the company’s liability for any damages.
  10. Communicate with your mover: Keep in touch with the company before and during the move, and ask any questions you have to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Prepping a Storage Unit

From cleaning your storage space to taking inventory of your belongings, here’s what you need to do to prepare to pack and organize a storage unit.

Make sure you have enough space in your storage unit.

If you’ve already booked a storage unit, you need to double check that your belongings will fit before you start packing the storage unit. You don’t want to start packing and organizing your storage unit only to return home with half your belongings when they don’t fit.

Create a list of how much furniture you’ll be packing in your storage unit, plus a rough estimate of the number of boxes and other items that you’ll need to make fit. Consider how much space these items will take up, and then compare it to the space available. Will it all fit, or do you need to prioritize and get rid of some things? Remember, you can fit a lot in when packing and organizing a storage unit, you just have to plan well.

Check if your storage unit is climate-controlled.

Whether or not you’ve rented a space that is climate controlled will have an impact on how you pack and organize your storage unit. If your storage unit is indoors and climate controlled, you’ll spend less time packing your belongings for maximum protection. The climate control technology will protect your belongings from mildew and other weather-related damages. However, if your storage unit is not climate-controlled, ask yourself if it’s worth the risk to store items like expensive clothing, electronics, and instruments in your storage unit. If you do decide to store these items, you need to be extra careful with how you pack these items in your storage unit.

Thoroughly clean your storage unit.

Before deciding how to pack your storage unit, make sure it’s clean and free of damage. Examine the unit’s walls and roof for cracks, sharp edges, and leaks. Then, sweep the floor. If you want to be extra cautious, scrub the walls and floor with soap or a disinfectant. If your unit is not climate controlled or is outdoors, you may want to lay a tarp or wooden pallets on the ground to help protect your belongings from weather and pests.

Clean everything that’s going into the storage unit.

If you store something while it’s dirty, it’s only going to be dirtier when you unpack it two, four, or twelve months later. Before you decide how to pack and organize your storage unit, don’t forget to scrub, wash, and dust your belongings.

Coronavirus Safety

Coronavirus Safety

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That’s why the Red Cross is highlighting some everyday steps that people in the U.S. can take now. In addition, stay informed about what’s happening in your local community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.


The Red Cross recommends the following steps to help prevent the spread of germs during this situation:

  • Stay home if you can and avoid gatherings of more than ten people.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them – use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Full information on how to disinfect found here.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and a cough. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.


According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious medical condition, it is extra important for you to take actions to avoid getting sick.

Stay home as much as you can and avoid crowds as much as possible. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.

  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Stock up on supplies.
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
    • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using a mail-order option.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Full information for those at a higher risk is available here.


You can find more information on COVID-19 safety here. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at

Tips to Keep Your Winter Home Warm

1. Turn on that ceiling fan.
When it’s incredibly cold outside, the ceiling fan is probably the last thing you want to turn on. Surprisingly, though, it can warm things up if you use it correctly.

Take a look at your ceiling fan. It should have a small switch on its base. This lets you change how the fan blades rotate.

For the winter months, turn that little switch so the blades rotate in a clockwise direction. By doing so, you let the blades suck up warm air from the floor towards the ceiling. This helps any warm air spread throughout the room.

Once it heats up outside, remember to turn the switch back, so the blades flow in a counterclockwise direction.

2. Cover your floor.
Have you ever stepped on a bare floor in the winter? It can be quite a cold shock, which is why using rugs is a great way to warm up.

3. Wear extra layers of clothes.
This is perhaps the easiest way to stay warm in your home if you don’t want to incur any extra heating costs.

If you live in a cold climate, you probably have sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, and the like in your closet. When things get incredibly chilly, layer up.

While this tip may seem odd as you imagine yourself sitting in bed with multiple layers on, it makes perfect sense if you live with others.

Everyone has their comfort zone when it comes to cold temperatures, so each person can layer up how they please. If it gets too hot, take off a layer. If it gets frigid, put more layers on.

At the end of the day, your utility costs won’t go up a cent using this method.

4. Get help from of a humidifier.
Like turning on a ceiling fan, this tip may seem odd when it’s cold. Adding humidity to your home, however, can make it feel warmer.

A humidifier adds moisture to the air. The moisture helps you replicate humid days that seem a lot hotter than dry ones.

If you don’t have a humidifier, fill up a large pot with water. Boil it on your stove, then turn it off. As the water vapor moisturizes the air inside your home, you should feel more comfortable.

Last, but not least, you can place a bowl of water near your radiator or one of the vents. As the warm air blows over the water, evaporation will occur, adding moisture to the air..

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