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When choosing an elderly care facility, it is important to know the difference between a nursing home and a senior citizens’ residence. Barbados nursing homes usually provide short or long term nursing care in private or semi-private rooms, including, meals, activities, and personal care. Barbados nursing homes must have a registered nurse on duty at all times. Barbados Senior citizen residences provide short or long term nursing care (assisted living) in private or semi-private rooms, including, meals, activities, and personal care but do not require a registered nurse at all times. However, a registered nurse must be on call when required at a senior citizens’ residence. The differences between a nursing home and a senior citizens’ residence do not necessarily define the quality of care but basically helps you to identify the level of care you or your family member may require.
Choosing either a senior citizen residence or a nursing home may be stressful for you and your loved ones. It is helpful to plan ahead and understand the level of care that may be required. You should visit and compare a range of nursing care facilities or have someone visit and compare them for you. Make good financial plans early. Planning ahead gives you and your family more control and can help ensure that your short or long-term care needs are met. Both Barbados nursing homes and Barbados Senior citizen residences provides care for the elderly who can no longer care for themselves at home due to physical or other health related issues.
Steps to choosing a Barbados nursing home or senior citizens’ residence that meet your needs:
1. Find out about the various services provided by the facility.
2. Find out how facility compare in quality.
3. Visit the facility you are interested in, or have one of their registered nurses visit your family member for an assessment.
4. Choose the facility that best meets the need of your family member and you.
5. Ask other people you know who have a friend or family member in the facility you are evaluating, if they are or were satisfied with the quality of care they received at the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.
Although you or your loved one may consider the clean appearance of a nursing home or senior citizens’ residence, new paint, sparkling floors or lush surroundings, is no indicator of quality care. Quality care comes from people who work in the facility. You will recognize a well run senior citizens’ residence or nursing home by the way you are greeted at the entrance and the way management expresses compassion towards your needs. If you cannot visit the facility yourself, you may want a family member or friend to visit for you.
Take a formal tour:
• Make an appointment and visit the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.
• Trust your senses. If there is an icy atmosphere as you enter or it does not have the homely, welcoming feeling you would expect in such an environment; then reconsider.
• Take a formal tour of the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home with the supervisory staff member.
• Look around to get a better picture of the services, activities available, and the level of personal care of the residents.
• Look for safety rails in hallways, bed rails, and grab bars in bathrooms
• Do the nursing assistants seem genuinely fond of the residents?
• Do you see staff smiling or conversing with the residents?
• Is the living environment noisy and confusing or is it pleasant to the eyes and ears?
• Do you hear any laughter?
• Do you hear anyone singing?
• Is a TV blasting or are the call bells annoyingly loud?
• Are pathways and bathrooms kept clear of clutter?
• Are lunch dishes still noticeable unclean after 4PM?
• Is the kitchen screened to maintain a clean environment
• Does the temperature of the room/s feel too hot?
• Are there air conditioned or fan cooled areas?
• Use your sense of smell to detect any unpleasant odors bearing in mind that at any time some of the residents may be incontinent.
Ask questions during your tour:
• Ask questions that can help you compare the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.
• What services does the care facility provide?
• Ask the nursing assistants how long they have worked at the facility.
• Does the care facility have a current license issued by the Ministry of Health?
• Are staff members certified by The Nursing Council of Barbados?
• Do they charge a basic fee for room, meals, and personal care?
• Do they charge extra for other services or care for special medical needs?
• Ask about the length of time the care facility has been in business
• Ask to see residents’ living spaces (private or multiple occupancies), hallway, stairs, lounge, bathrooms, dining area, menus, laundry services, activities plan and personal care plan.
• Is there use of a computer, fax machine or email available for quick transmission and receipt of important information?
• Are Admission Forms, Resident Personal Appliance Forms, Resident Valuables and Personal Forms, Leave of Absence Forms, Nursing Care Plan, Medication Charts and Resident Bed-Hold Agreement Forms etc., available?
• Is there a contract that clearly spells out the terms and conditions of the services offered?
• Ask where medications are stored to ensure that they are kept safely.
• Ask about emergency plans and procedures for patients who are ill
• Ask about emergency plans and procedures as it applies to hurricane preparedness.
The most important factor is the staff. The director of nursing or administrator sets the tone for the facility. She or he must demonstrate a sense of compassion, good organizational and interpersonal skills. Those with poor people skills cause high employee turnover. Talk to the nursing assistants to determine if they like working with management and residents. A skilled, friendly nursing staff is the key to good care.
Current Licenses and insurances (property and liability)
Although a current License from the Barbados Ministry of Health may not reflect the true nature of the care facility, ask to see it. By law the institution should operate with current License issued by the Ministry of Health, as well as property and liability insurances. If you receive excuses about why it is not available you may want to reconsider.
Quality of Life
Does the staff treat residents in a respectful way? Are there a variety of social, recreational, religious, or cultural activities? Do the residents have choices about their schedule and living space? Do the residents have privacy for visits or personal care?
Quality of Care
Is there enough staff to ensure that residents are getting the care they need? Can residents still see their personal doctors? Can you visit as often as you wish? Having visitors can make the transition to the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home easier for you and your family member.
Preventive Care: Does the nursing home make sure that residents get preventive care to help keep them healthy?
Your informed choice will help you or your loved one in making an agreeable change from living at home to living in a senior citizens’ residence or a nursing home. You can be your loved ones’ advocate by observing their potential care and living conditions and discussing them with your family or family member.
In the modern era, couples are opting for two children or even one. Gone are the days when a couple would like to have seven to ten children. This notion is considered backdated and inconvenient for a family in today’s world. While this concept is well and good, the purpose of this article is to show why older siblings in a family can actually make things easier, which is why they are so important.
Elder siblings give company and look after younger ones in respect of bathing, feeding, clothing and telling them bedtime stories, putting them to sleep. That way elders get a sense of responsibility from a young age. The younger ones feel a lot of love and care. The elder ones can guide and train the younger siblings in their education as well without having parents to intervene. They help to give a strong foundation in their siblings’ education provided their parents did the same for them.
When parents are away, siblings have each other to find comfort and solace in their absence. They bond to each other more closely. They can share not only household activities for example, cleanliness and maintenance but also have fun activities for instance, watching their favorite TV serial and having popcorn together, ordering pizzas from the comfort of their home and treating themselves and watching a good movie together at the same time or simply, reminisce the golden past together, talking to each other and going over good old family albums. Of course they will fight and yell, which is why the elder ones are there to bring everything back in control.
When elder ones leave a family, the younger ones are the ones that bond closely to their parents and start getting a lot of parental care. Parents also start relying on them for fun conversations or serious talks.
If parents have an only child and both of them work, the greater chances are that the child is ignored, malnourished and underdeveloped. That is why it is so important to have an elder brother or sister who can take care of the younger one in lonely times, guide him/her as well as give a warm, loving company, which is so much vital for the child’s health and happiness.
For these reasons, in my opinion, when a couple starts to think about family planning, they had better opt for having two children, which is ideal and coherent with what I have been talking all along for instance, the elder one helping out and caring for the younger one, giving him or her a good company, which working parents cannot always strive to cater for, as well as the notion going along well with the modern era social norms. Don’t you agree?
Where is the United States of America? Most people point to a chart that shows the geography of the North American continent. They identify the national boundaries with Canada and Mexico. The detached states of Alaska and Hawaii, plus the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico complete the geography of the USA. But, America is more than land. It is the people, the American citizens, their character, their history, and their vision that identify the United States of America, wherever they go, whatever they say and do.
Americans come in many shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and many identify with a tribal heritage that traces to Native America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Latin America, Australia, and a myriad of island nations. Men and women are Americans. They group as families, as friendships, and they affiliate with societies and organizations. Some are true loners. What inspires all of these diverse people to blend their individuality with the independent spirit that was communicated and demonstrated by the founding fathers of America? There are many answers, but one is universal: America is understood by all to be the land of opportunity. We can vote to elect representatives of our many views and we can influence those we elect to conduct themselves properly on our behalf.
We live busy lives, as did Americans of earlier times, and so will tomorrow’s Americans. Is there a way to be inspired to appreciate this land of opportunity, a way to teach our young people about America, something that is greater than each of us, a place to get away from living the dream of America in order to behold America? Yes. There are hundreds of places to do that, many of which are maintained for the American people in the National Park System.
Our National Parks include monuments and battlefields, but mostly, they offer vast expanses of land that look the way the land did before the native Americans arrived tens of thousands of years ago. The parks are rich in scenery, teeming with abundant wildlife, and they all belong to the American people. Most Americans never see them! They are too busy to plan a trip, even to those parks that are only hours away from home. Yet, people from all over the world will spend small fortunes to see the spectacular U.S. National Parks, because they have nothing so grand as them in their own countries.
These places are meant to restore our spirit, to reaffirm our unity to one another, as well as destinations where your family can build experiences and memory. Great visionaries and philanthropists gave us these parks, not just to create a legacy of their time, but to show all who followed them how magnificent and precious is our country! We have a responsibility to see our National Parks, and to add our voice to those who would protect and perpetuate them for generations to come. If this does not inspire you, visit them for the fun that they are, and pick up such inspiration about the land of opportunity that you can along the way.
We all have memories of our experiences with money when we were children. Some of us had piggy banks and many of us got allowances. On special occasions, a silver dollar or a check in a card for our special celebrations was always welcome and ex- citing. However, we had a very limited view of what money was and what it can and cannot do.
The older we got the understanding of how money works started to intrigue us and the wheels of our mind would start churning to what we could now want instead of only thinking of what we need. We all grew up and money management grew right along with us or so we hoped it would. We could save some, spend some, give away some and with enough effort a new house, car, or vacation was in our means. Maybe – however with what is considered “plastic” money, we were tempted and even encouraged to “live beyond our means.” If we wanted something that old adage of hard work and saving could be tucked away in a drawer until we enjoyed life, and did what we wanted and when we wanted to do it.
The world was cooperating with us because new credit card offers filled the mailboxes of even high school students. You could be free to not only dream but to have your dream and enjoy it while you were still young. Christmas gifts were a lot more expensive and elaborate, and weddings and other important events cost more but we were definitely worth it. Why even a funeral with all the trimmings could be put on a plastic card and slipped through the machine which made everything okay.
The world is now different and while our needs and expectations have changed along with our lifestyles, we are now a part of the global economy and what happens in countries across the world now affects us. It’s a bit sobering to realize that trade deficits, futures and QE programs can and will make a difference in our money goals and dreams. We can take a class to learn more about these terms but that won’t give us the confidence that we are totally in charge of what we have, what we earn, and what our future monetary world will be. We are part of a world economy whether we like it or not. Taxes, referendums, government fees and other costs do rise and we must pay them. Age brings with it life changes including medical, housing, and family needs. Our pay check can be divided up and a dozen hands come out to take their share before we even get the check home. We begin to realize that our needs are now coming to the forefront and our wants are many times put on the back burner. Why is this happening and how will it all turn out?
The main word in a changing and sometimes confusing money world is “be prepared.” This once was a scouting byword and now it can be our lifesaver if we realize its strength and its possibilities. Every person has different circumstances and many may be in a position more restrained and compromising then others, but whatever you face, being prepared at least can smooth the path and iron out the wrinkles of whatever financial headache we may encounter. It is never too late to sit down and find out where you stand in your money world, and what the challenges might be. There are solutions and there are ways to cope but only if you take the time to realize that while money should never be your goal in life, it can be a means to an end. Taking even small steps in your debt, your necessities, and your responsibilities to maintain what has to be done can relieve some of the anxiety. With each further step, the “extra” items can be factored in and handled. This is the time to use abilities, innovation, creativity and self control so that not only are today’s “money” situations met but tomorrow’s needs are handled and peace and serenity can reign in your heart, your home, and in your grown-up “piggy bank.”
Parents have a lot to contend with once their kids starts going to school. They will worry that their children are not learning enough in class, that they are not making friends, or that they are not eating enough during mealtimes.
Kids also have the tendency to lose their possessions while they are in school. They seem to always lose their writing materials, notebooks, books, wallets, lunch packs, and even the clothes that they bring to school. Unfortunately, these items can sometimes be expensive and once these are misplaced or lost, you will have to buy them new ones to replace them.
School labels are one of the handiest items that you can use to help kids avoid the usual problem of losing or misplacing their possessions. You can place these labels on the pencil case, books, notebooks, and any item that the kids regularly bring with them to school. With such name labels, your kids won’t have to worry about misplacing or losing their stuff.
Below are the specific problems you can avoid when your child’s stuff has the right school labels:
Your kid’s belongings going missing in school. As already mentioned, kids have the tendency to lose or misplace their stuff while they are in school. With name labels, your child’s name will be on his or her bag, lunch box, notebooks, pencil cases, and other items. If an item goes missing, it doesn’t have to go directly to the lost and found area or even to a garbage can. Since your kid’s name is on the item, this item can be safely returned to your child.
Your child becoming irresponsible. Labels placed on school items can teach children about responsibility. These name labels will customize your kids’ school items, from lunch boxes, school books, bags to pens and pencils. And when kids see their name on their stuff, they are more likely to take ownership and responsibility for them.
Pointless arguments. Name labels can also help you settle arguments at home. You don’t have to keep asking your children who owns which bag, lunchbox, or books which are left lying on the floor. With name labels, you will be able to call the owner without meeting resistance and have that child put his or her own stuff away properly.
Health hazards. Lastly, if your kids have food allergies, by choosing the right labels for them, other people can know about their health issue. You can use these labels to point out food allergies. There are labels you can use to convey the message that your kids cannot have peanuts, dairy, fish, or gluten. Sticking these labels on your kids’ items could help keep them safe in school and in other places.
“Take out the trash!” Hey, I said. “Take out the trash!”
Can you hear a familiar echo in that command from the proverbial father or mother yelling at their less-than-eager son to take out the trash? Good. Now let’s think about this. Nobody really likes to take out the trash, right? So why am I spending my time and energy talking about trash? Well, it’s really quite simple. You see, winners do what others won’t do…
Let’s start this journey by me asking you this question: what would your answer be if I told you that I would give you a million dollars if you took out the trash every day?
Hmm… well, I have some bad news for you. Nobody is going to pay you a million dollars to take out the trash and unfortunately the never-ending trash will still be there, and it will still need to be taken out by someone.
I bet we’re all hoping that “someone” isn’t us.
So again, why am I spending so much time on talking trash? Well, it’s because I want you to understand that the person who notices that the trash needs to be taken out and then does so without anyone asking is the type of person that will also do what is necessary to become a winner.
The person who sees a need and then fulfills that need without anyone asking can’t help but become anything else but a winner!
Now for all the others who turned a blind eye to the overflowing trash can or a deaf ear to mom or dad’s requests… Stop! Turn around and don’t go any further down that road of mediocrity. It’s not too late. There will still be many opportunities in life to fulfill a genuine need if you will just notice them, and do what others won’t do.
Now families, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, winners consistently do what others won’t do. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…
One snowy Christmas morning we woke up at our usual early hour to enjoy the wonder of what ‘Santa’ had brought. My father opened the front door to look at the heavy snow that had fallen during the night; we all heard his gasp and the words, “What the devil is that?” The house across the street had snow piled up to the roof line. No windows or doors were visible. The yard was nearly emptied of its heavy snowfall.
Our only brother was smirking in the background; it was obvious he knew what had happened. The owners of the property had promised him and his friends the job of shoveling their snow. When they returned at the requested hour to shovel the snow, it was done. They were angry. During the night they had met and emptied the yard of the snow, piling it to the rooftop as a childish prank. Our mother insisted he gather his friends and return the snow to the yard and apologize. He was furious, feeling the neighbor had wronged him and should pay. Our Mother said the words she used so many times in our lifetime, “We’re not that kind of people.”
She reminded us each time we threatened to seek revenge for anything, attempted to belittle anyone or in any way denigrate another person; “We’re not that kind of people.” It was important back then to teach your children what kind of people they were, where they came from and what their moral foundation was.
Somewhere since that time, for various reasons including the economy, it became the norm and likely necessary for both parents to work. It left no one burning the home fires for the family. Technology intercepted our lives as this trend grew. Suddenly, video games and social media were babysitting the children, keeping their minds occupied while we went to work and out to complete whatever task was on our list. Were they teaching them what kind of people they could become?
We lost the ability to sleep outdoors in homemade tents, to leave the windows open at night without being concerned about the children disappearing, to allow our children to chase lightening bugs after dark or go trick-or-treating alone; we could no longer even trust the school bus stop to be safe.
Suddenly a few disturbed students at Columbine shook us to our core. It was only the beginning of a horror we have grown accustomed to; one that grew to include mortal danger at work, movie theaters, malls, public events, restaurants and even small innocent children at school. We have been losing our innocence since this breakdown began.
Maybe it’s time to begin reminding our children of what kind of people they are when their ideas extend beyond what is acceptable. Is it possible that the loss of our innocence begins when we fail to teach and remind our children of whom they really are, where they came from and what we expect them to become?
Life is full of memories to be treasured and passed on to future generations. Not just in a geographical sense, but more importantly in emotional experiences. Time goes by so fast wherein we do not realize how far we have come. I’m sure that you have documented all kinds of events in your life through photos, keepsakes and other memorabilia. It is quite likely that many of your treasured photos have become faded, cracked, torn or deteriorated in numerous other ways.
There are certain times in our lives that we feel alone, sad and empty. These are the moments that we like to remember happy times with our family and friends. True, we cannot turn back time and relive those special time in our lives. However, we can always go back and reminisce and recapture our good times through our photos, slides, negatives or film. We don’t want tattered, faded or deteriorated memories so it is important to preserve our memories through restoration and digitation.
If your photos, slides, negatives or film is showing its age, you can continue to relive those memories and share them with friends and family by digitizing them. You can make sharing them easy by having slideshow videos produced that allow your friends and relatives to view them on their televisions. It is important that you have them digitized now before further deterioration takes place or even worse before an act of Mother Nature such as tornado, flood or fire robs you of them permanently.
It is even worth remembering those dull moments that you have had with your friends. Those times that you cut class, celebrated your birthday with a prank and other good, or not so good, times that you enjoyed with your friends. Of course, all of your moments with friends weren’t dull. I’m sure there were many happy and touching moments as well and those memories prove how strong the bond is with your friends. Through your photos and keepsakes you can forget your problems and fill yourself with happy thoughts and memories.
Don’t forget about all those treasured memories when you were with your family. Family bonds are forever, no matter what. Wherever you may be, regardless of the distance between you and your family, those fond memories of being with family will always occupy the biggest space in your heart. When you are feeling alone and you have no one to talk to, you can depend on your scrap books, photo albums and keepsakes to fill that emptiness. Realizing that you have a great family that you can count on makes you see how lucky you really are.
Everyone has their own way of appreciating the moments that you have with your loved ones. Taking and/or viewing your memories can fill your life with joy and thanksgiving. Insuring that these precious memories will be available to future generations is but another way to fill yourself with joy and give love to your family.
Digitize and store old family photographs now. Putting it off allows them to continue to deteriorate or more importantly you could lose them due to flood, fire or tornado. Complete digitizing service for photos, slides, negatives and film
The start of the school year is always a busy and stressful day for the kids and for all parents as well. Everyone will still be wanting for summer to not end since nobody wants to go back to school for one reason or another. Of course, there’s also always a lot more things to do and spend money on once the kids go back to school again.
Being fully prepared for the school year and official start of classes though will reduce a lot of the stress and hard work that comes with this time of the year. Below are some helpful tips both parents and children can follow to avoid all the hassle and bustle that comes with going back to school:
Invest in the right school products. Bags, pencil cases, writing materials, notebooks, lunch bags or packs and water bottles – these are just some of the essential items your kids will have to bring with them to school for five days a week. Make sure that they are of good quality, durable and will last them for at least the whole school year. However, be particular with the items you buy: to ensure your kids are eating healthy lunches and snacks and drinking safe water or other beverages from home, buy lunch packs and water bottles that are BPA-free and does not have any toxins.
Consider buying personalized items for your kids to use in school. Your kids will certainly need new pens, rubbers and other stationery. Consider getting them personalized pens, pencils, coloring pencils and pencil cases. These customized items will make it more fun for the children and it lessens the risk of them losing these writing materials and their other stuff significantly.
Get some name labels. In a school class with a lot of children, it’s predictable that stuff will get lost. Minimize the risk by investing in some name labels that you can securely place on your child’s school uniform, sports equipment, bag, water bottle, lunch boxes, and their other possessions.
Create a general check list of what needs to be done every morning and what needs to go in the school bag. By coming up with this list, you make sure your child doesn’t forget anything important and this helps everyone avoid a stressful morning. To make it more fun for both you and your child, make this check list together using colors and crafts.
Finally, on the first day of class, your kids may be a bit nervous, even if they’ve been to school the year before. Make them feel a bit more positive and ready for school by making them their favorite breakfast.