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Caring for Your Parents Personal Property

 Posted by Rex Norris on October 4, 2017 at 5:25 PM
As you stare at the clouds on your flight home from your sister’s wedding, you think about your aging parents and come to the realization – it’s time to help them downsize. Their two-story family home was great when they were younger, but now it’s a burden to maintain that amount of space. They knew eventually they would be ready to sell their home and discussed this transition open and honestly with you and your siblings. All you can think is “t...

10 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

 Posted by Rex Norris on October 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM
Long-distance caregivers take on many important roles in the lives of those who need their help. Senior Care can be stressful to navigate on its own. With the additional factor of distance, time and logistics can have a larger impact on how loved one’s care for the care receiver.Long-distance caregivers often balance the demand of multiple households, work, and daily life as a whole. We compiled ten expert tips to help you take your loved one’s c...

Managing Long-Distance Caregiver Guilt

 Posted by Rex Norris on October 2, 2017 at 4:59 PM
Life can be complex and emotional. For those who care for loved ones, there is an extra layer of responsibility. Long-distance caregiver’s often struggle with making sure they understand the needs of the care receiver while often feeling guilty about living so far away from those they are caring for.Distance can make handling important decisions on medical health and living conditions difficult. What is often overlooked is the stress of guilt tha...

Long-Distance Caregiver Checklist: Documents to Create & Keep

 Posted by Rex Norris on October 1, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Keeping pertinent information, paperwork, and records well organized and readily available, is key to simplifying and addressing these tasks efficiently. According to senior care experts from aplaceformom.com, “Knowing where the official records are located as well as having copies of these important financial, legal and health documents can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of time spent tracking down records.”For families whose ...

What Is CRTS and why does it matter?

 Posted by Rex Norris on September 15, 2017 at 11:23 AM
What is CRTS?Each Caring Transitions office specializes in Relocation and Transition through their CRTS Certification. CRTS was founded in 2004 to standardize the knowledge within industries that cater to senior relocation, downsizing, and aging in place. The certification itself stands for Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist™. In order to earn CRTS designation, Caring Transitions offices must adhere to industry specific guidelines tha...

Facts and Figures of Maintaining a Home

 Posted by Rex Norris on July 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM
During a Home Transition, there are many costs to consider.  For most Americans, their home is their largest asset, and also their largest expense. There are many nuances that factor into a late-life move, and many times families find themselves overwhelmed and short on time and resources. Hiring a professional to guide and plan the process not only eliminates stress, but eliminates expense and allows the family to take advantage of their large a...

To Move or Not to Move…If Only it Were That Simple of a Question (Part 3)

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 14, 2017 at 8:21 AM
In this last section of our three part series, we get to the underlying issue that complicates everything  – the emotions involved in these major decisions.EmotionsThis is really the piece that can make or break any possible plans. It can undo logical decisions in a single moment and have families who normally get along quite nicely looking at each other as if they have never met.You see we are not always talking about the emotions of just y...

Carnival Event

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 7, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Longest Day Alzheimer's Carnival REV.pdf

To Move or Not to Move….If Only it Was That Simple of a Question (Part 2)

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 5, 2017 at 10:14 AM
To Move or Not to Move….If Only it Was That Simple of a Question (Part 2)Last week I started out by saying that the decision of whether or not an aging parent should move out of the family home and into a senior community is often one of the most complicated aspects of helping plan for the future of an aging parent. In addition to the often extensive financial aspects (discussed last week) of the decision, the accumulation of “stuff” can put effo...

I Made Three People Cry the Other Day

 Posted by Rex Norris on May 25, 2017 at 4:40 PM
  One of the hardest parts of my work in helping families with aging parents downsize out of their family homes and into new “easier” apartments and condos is talking to them about the “stuff” they have accumulated over the years.There is a difficult dynamic that happens where people are very emotionally attached to their “stuff” and trying to decide what to keep and what to leave behind is extremely stressful.This stress is compounded ...
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