4 Ways to Help Elderly Parents Move

May 7, 2019

In many family’s lives, there comes a time when they may need to move an older parent into a smaller home or apartment. Downsizing can be hard for some people, and seniors may feel like they are giving up some independence when they give up their home. There are some steps you can take ahead of time to help them get ready for the movers, and make the transition smooth. After they are settled into their new environment, they may reflect back on the move and appreciate that you took time out to do a few little things for them. Here are four ways you can do to help elderly family members prepare for movers are:

1. Get Them Boxes and Pack a Few Things

Any move is going to require packing, and you may have already scheduled movers to come in and do most of the packing for you, but getting some boxes and packing material allows your parent to pack some of their things. Packing can give them a sense of control. Some people feel like the home mover Toronto are going to come in and whisks everything away, and this may cause them some anxiety. Packing and labeling a few boxes doesn’t have to be a chore, but instead, make it an easy time to reflect on special memories while you box up small items.

2. Change of Address

Some older people may be technically savvy and have no problem changing their addresses on various websites and portals, but if you suspect they are going to need some assistance notifying everyone, grab them a packet from the US Post Office. The Post Office has a ready-made packet that you can fill out together to get the process started. The package also contains a helpful guide on some other agencies that will need to be notified of the move, such as the IRS and the Social Security Department.

3. Visit the New Home

If it is convenient, try and visit the new location, and allow them some time to walk around it and think about where they are going to be putting their things. If the room or house needs any drapes, shower curtains, or furnishings, this could be a good time to measure for them. You will find if you hang outside or in the hallway for a few minutes some of the neighbors will come out to introduce themselves.

4. Be Patient

Moving is hard on everyone, and when you mix that with a significant change of lifestyle it can cause a lot of anxiety and sleepless nights. To make the transition as smooth as possible, try and be patient and know there will be questions and maybe even some protest. Spend time with your parent and reassure them that the change does not mean the end of their independence or your family.

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4 Ways a Locksmith Can Make Owning a Vacation Rental Easier

May 6, 2019

If you own or manage a vacation rental, then you know there are a lot of things to consider when trying to keep the property safe but accessible. Guests do not want to be inconvenienced with multiple keys or locks that do not operate smoothly. A good locksmith near me can help you make a vacation unit easy to access for guests, and at the same time, allow you to have ultimate control over who accesses it, what parts they enter, and when they are allowed in.

1. Separate personal space from the guest areas

Many people who own a vacation rental visit the property during the year to check on it and enjoy the environment. They often like to keep personal items there to use when they visit, but they do not want the guests to have access to them. For example, at a beach house, the owner may like to keep some expensive surfboards there, but they don’t want the visitors to use them, or at a mountain getaway, owners may keep hiking boots on site. You can have a closet or an outdoor shed rekeyed to lock away these expensive or personal materials.

2. Install electronic doorknobs

Electronic doorknobs are programmable, and the only person that can open them must know the code. There are several manufacturers and styles available to suit all exterior designs. The locks have a numbered keypad. To activate the lock, a person enters the code and usually the pound key. The lock will make a whirring noise, which is just the mechanism unlocking, then you can twist the knob and enter the building. The locksmith can teach you how to change the code so that you can change it for each new guest. Many of the programmable models will allow you to set a time limit on specific codes, so the recipient of the code can use the code, but it will only work for so many days.

3. Rekey to one master key

Some owners may not want to install the electronic doorknobs, but they still want the guest experience to be comfortable. In these situations, the owner can have a coded lockbox installed. Inside the lockbox, there can be one master key to access the entire property. The locksmith can rekey all of the doorknobs, deadbolts, and other exterior doors, so they all work with that single key. The visitor does not have to fumble with several keys, and they can leave it in the lock box when they checkout.

4. Install bedroom and bathroom locks

Many guests will feel more secure if they can lock their bedroom door at night, and all of them will want bathroom doors that lock. A locksmith can add these interior locks to the doors and make them all open with one single key. You may choose to leave one key in the house for your guests to use in case they need to enter a bedroom or a bathroom in an emergency.

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5 Tips to Make Your Packing and Moving Smooth and Less Stressful

April 28, 2019

Relocating from your home to a new neighborhood can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be so all the time. Homeowners can make their packing up and moving out less stressful and a smooth transition with several tips such as hiring professional movers. Here are five of those tips that help make a long distance move more than pleasant.

1. Hire a Professional Mover

You have to be honest to yourself and hire a professional mover ahead of a long distance relocation. Working with a professional service is the best way to experience a seamless move. The residential moving Edmonton company comes with a crew of experienced packers who will handle the hard work for you. Professional movers not only assist in transporting valuable households to your next destination but also with every other aspect of a long distance move. Your mover will assist in loading, unloading, and packing your stuff ahead of a relocation. Contact several reputable moving services to learn more about long-distance moves and ask for free moving quotes.

2. Host a Packing Party

Packing is a lengthy process and can sometimes be a pain in the neck, especially for people working on a tight schedule. After all, packing is the last thing everyone would want to do in the evening after a long day at work. However, involving friends can make the packing process quick and fun.

3. Hold a Moving Sale

The first step to preparing for a long distance move is to determine what items to toss, donate, sell, or keep. You can hold a moving sale once you identify some things that can be sold. Getting rid some of the unnecessary items is pretty easier than packing everything up. After all, there is no need for moving with a piece of furniture that you no longer need. Plus, holding a moving sale will help generate a few dollars that can bolster your moving budget.

4. Set a Timeline

One way to eliminate stress during a long distance move is to stay organized. It is the unknown that makes a homeowner panic ahead of a long distance move. However, setting a timeline can help break up activities on your checklist into manageable tasks. Then assign each task to a week or day on the calendar for flexibility. Setting a timeline will not only enable you to accomplish things in time but also give you more control over the process.

5. Label Your Stuff

Include as much information as you can on each container or carton. You may also include what is inside a box and the room it belongs to. You may have to do a lot of work up front, but it might be worth if that smoothens the process. Keep all cartons and containers grouped when loading them onto the truck for quick retrieval during unloading.

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4 Important Plumbing Services

April 6, 2019

It might happen when you are in the middle of an incredible party with all of your family and friends, having the time of your life. It might happen when you are preparing to have some clients over to your place of business for a vital round of negotiations which might determine the future of your company. It might happen when you are getting ready to throw a surprise party for that special someone. There are any number of different scenarios in which a plumbing disaster can strike and ruin your day. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that you’re going to want plumbing help, and fast. Thankfully, a certified Canadian plumber can be of assistance in a variety of ways.

1. Drainage Problems

One of the most common plumbing problems is, of course, having an issue with a drain. This can cause some of the most notable and immediate plumbing woes. If the drain in your sink is blocked up, or toilet is not able to flush properly and is overflowing, you’re going to need drainage help. The best plumbing experts in Canada can be of immense help in this regard.

Once they arrive on the scene, they will set to work determining the nature of the drainage problem. This will involve inspecting not just the drain itself, but the pipes and sometimes your entire plumbing system. It is a thorough process, and the best plumbing experts in Canada will indeed thoroughly check your drainage and piping systems. Once they have identified the root cause of the problem, they will set about addressing it. Moreover, they can also help clean out entire drainage systems, or replace them entirely.

2. Water Heater and Pressure Problems

When the hot water in your home suddenly vanishes, it’s a big problem! Not only are you suddenly left with only ice cold showers, but you won’t be able to effectively wash any of your dishes and utensils with warm water, either. Then again, maybe you aren’t getting more than a trickle of water out of the tap anyway – or any water at all. If that’s the case, you might well have a water heater or water pressure problem. A great Canadian plumber will be able to address these in solid fashion. As with drainage problems, they will identify the cause of the issue and strive to rectify it in good time.

3. Repairing Pipes

Then again, maybe it’s your whole plumbing apparatus which is having problems. If so, you might well have a problem with your pipes. If you see rust accumulating on or inside of your pipes, or see them starting to burst or leak, you’ll want to call a quality team of Canadian plumbers to come on out and repair them as soon as possible. For additional resources, you may be able to learn more at the Drain Rescue website.

4. Replacing Plumbing Apparatuses

If you need any of these plumbing items replaced, you’ll want to call upon a plumbing team to get the job done in a timely fashion. Canada’s best plumbers can also offer access to the best pipes, valves, drains, and other plumbing essentials.

Get great plumbing assistance from Canada’s best plumbers.

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Congratulations Karen Secord!

June 17, 2015

Today, Mayor Jim Watson and I presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Ms. Karen Secord for her outstanding community service to families and individuals who are assisted by the Parkdale Food Centre food bank.

My office contributed 2 crock pots, some vegetables and yoghurt to the Food Centre. I would like to thank Hilson Public School who donated more food today which filled a hamper.  Additionaly Sasloves Meat Market on Wellington West kindly made a donation and the gift was presented to Karen.

As coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre, which is located in Mechanicsville, Karenhas donated hundreds of hours of her time to enthusiastically transforming the facility into a multi-purpose food centre and neighbourhood food-education and gathering space.

In September, she told Ottawa Magazine that “We need sustainable solutions, not just poverty relief.”

To that end, she established the Parkdale Food Centre’s Nutrition Fund to help provide healthier, fresh foods to food bank clients. She tirelessly raises funds and awareness, and solicits donations from local food vendors. She reaches out to local chefs to provide cooking classes, and sends cooking students home at the end of their classes with the ingredients, utensils and even slow cookers to make it possible for them to cook nutritious and delicious fresh food from scratch.

This holiday season, she started a special fund to supply eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese to local people in need.

After noticing some of the food centre’s clients coming in wearing sandals in winter, she reached out to the local community for donations of warm clothing and footwear.

Karen has almost singlehandedly changed the conversation in Kitchissippi about what a food centre can, and should, be.

The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.


 Le maire décerne le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville à Mme Karen Secord

Le maire Jim Watson et la conseillère du quartier Kitchissippi, Mme Katherine Hobbs, ont décerné aujourd’hui le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville à Mme Karen Secord pour les services exceptionnels qu’elle offre aux familles et aux membres de la collectivité qui reçoivent de l’aide de la banque d’alimentation du Centre alimentaire Parkdale.

En tant que coordonnatrice du Centre alimentaire Parkdale, à Mechanicsville, Karen a fait don avec enthousiasme de centaines d’heures de son temps afin de transformer l’installation en un centre alimentaire polyvalent et en espace de rassemblement et d’éducation sur l’alimentation pour les résidents du quartier.

En septembre, elle a déclaré au Ottawa Magazine : « Nous avons besoin de solutions durables et non pas uniquement de solutions pour atténuer la pauvreté ».

C’est pourquoi elle a établi le fonds pour la nutrition du Centre Parkdale afin de fournir des aliments frais et plus sains aux clients de la banque d’alimentation. Inlassablement, elle amasse des fonds et sensibilise la population à sa cause, en plus de solliciter des dons auprès des fournisseurs locaux de produits alimentaires. Elle demande aux chefs locaux de donner des cours de cuisine et renvoie les étudiants à la maison à la fin de leurs cours avec des ingrédients, des ustensiles et même des mijoteuses afin qu’ils puissent cuisiner eux-mêmes des plats frais, nutritifs et délicieux.

Pour les fêtes de cette année, elle a créé un fonds spécial qui permettra de fournir des œufs, du lait, du yogourt et du fromage aux résidents du quartier dans le besoin.

Après avoir remarqué que certains clients du Centre alimentaire portaient des sandales en plein hiver, elle a sollicité des dons de vêtements chauds et de chaussures auprès de la communauté.

Seule et presque sans aide, Karen a changé la définition de ce que peut être et doit être un centre alimentaire dans le quartier Kitchissippi.

Le Prix de bâtisseur de la Ville décerné par le maire est une distinction civile créée par le maire Watson qui vise à reconnaître un résident, un groupe ou un organisme qui, par ses services bénévoles exceptionnels ou ses initiatives exemplaires, a fait preuve d’un engagement profond à l’égard de notre ville afin d’en faire un meilleur endroit aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir. Le prix peut récompenser l’ensemble des réalisations, des actes de bonté remarquables, des activités de bienfaisance inspirantes, le développement d’une conscience communautaire ou toute autre réalisation exemplaire. Des résidents, des groupes ou des organismes peuvent être mis en nomination par des membres du Conseil municipal ou par le public. Le prix est décerné au début de chacune des réunions du Conseil municipal d’Ottawa.

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