Home Modifications: How to Help an Elderly Relative Retain Their Independence

Unfortunately, the aging process could be taking its toll on your loved one’s physical health, which might impact their quality of life within their home. Thankfully, there are many ways to support a senior family member, so they can remain in the comfort of their home.

With a few modifications to their property, you could help an aging loved one to enjoy many more years in their property. Keep reading to find out how to help an elderly relative retain their independence.

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Conduct a Thorough Home Assessment

Review your aging loved one’s needs by conducting a thorough home assessment. Take a walk around their property to identify potential problem areas, which could affect your relative’s mobility and quality of life.

For example, can they easily reach various dishes and mugs in a kitchen cabinet? Are there any trip hazards that could be removed, such as unfixed rugs or electrical wires?

You also should carefully review the exterior, as you might need to remove or fix potential trip hazards, such as loose paving, or install a ramp to help them easily enter and exit their property.

In addition to reviewing their property, you also must talk to your loved one to identify any potential challenges you might have overlooked, such as standing in the shower or getting out of a bathtub.

Make Various Home Modifications

Once you have conducted a home assessment, you might need to make various modifications to both the interior or exterior. For example, it might be beneficial to tear down a wall to provide your loved one with a clear, navigable path.

What’s more, you might also need to install:

  • Easy to access sinks
  • A stairlift
  • A walk-in shower
  • Bath bench
  • Grab rails (perfect for the bathroom, hallway, and bedroom)
  • Create a no-step entry at their doorway
  • Widen doorways for walker and wheelchair access

The above home modifications could ultimately help your elderly relative to move from A to B with ease, which can improve their safety and security across the home.

Consider In-Home Care Services

If your loved one is falling behind on basic chores or is failing to take their medication each day, you might be considering placing them in an assisted living facility to maintain their health and quality of life.
Thankfully, you don’t need to uproot your loved one from their home, as in-home care services can take over the following tasks:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Medication reminders
  • Personal hygiene
  • In-home cooking and meal prep
  • Transportation

As a result of in-home care, your loved one will receive the help and support he or she needs each day, which could help them to remain in the comfort of their home for many years to come. Visit www.inhomecare.com to find out more.

Regularly Talk to Your Aging Relative

Continually communicating with your loved one will help you to stay on top of any challenges they are facing within the home. The more questions you ask, the more you will learn about their daily routine, so you can make the necessary tweaks or changes to their property to ensure their safety and security.

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Why Should You Refurbish Before the New Year

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Refurbishing your home isn’t the easiest task to make. It involves a lot of serious investment both financially and physically. You would need to plan things out carefully, assess if you need to upgrade a couple of things, and let go of old loved stuff. It might be taxing thing to do, but it is rewarding and fulfilling once you see the fruit of your labor come into fruition.

Refurbishing your home can be generally done any time of the year, but it would be nice to consider doing this even before the new year comes. Below are some reasons why:

It’s a Good Way to Start the Year

It is generally believed that staring the year in clean slate is an important thing to do. It gives you a fresh perspective of things and a clearer mindset to get rid of stuff which brings back painful memories from the previous year. It also allows you to regain a sense of control of your life and conditions your mind to maintain an optimistic outlook for the year ahead. More importantly, it symbolizes progression – you are leaving things behind for a promise of another better year. To put it simply, welcoming the new year with a fresh, new ambiance at home sets the tone throughout the year which in turn give you a headstart.

High Purchasing Power

The last quarter of the year is the period when all the bonuses are released. You have a high purchasing power since the 13th month is coming, other allowances or incentives given by the company are coming. Essentially, there is an influx of money. You have the bandwidth to purchase and choose furniture and other fixtures that you want for your home. Should you wish to make an overhaul of your place, you can do so. All you have to do is a plan and decide the things that you want to be done and the feel you want to have for the year ahead.

Everything is On Sale

You might want to consider including in your list the things you want to buy. Malls and other establishments normally offer huge amounts of discounts for just about everything in the latter part of the year. Your dream sofa that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to avail is within your reach as it is in 30 to 50 off. Other household items as well are on sale. There is no perfect time to get this than on the Christmas rush. But if you are working on a tight budget, manufacturers normally hold clearance sales every end of the year. You would normally get great deals from them. Check their websites for the date and other related information.

A Chance to Sell Old Furniture

Since most have relatively large money and are willing to buy items for themselves, you might want to join in and ride the tide. Your old furniture and other stuff that are decent and can be classified as a collector’s item can be sold at a competitive price. Though not as costly as the new one, but decent enough to give you an extra income before the new year begins. While it might not seem marketable to some customers, but there are other people working on a relatively tight budget that can be your potential buyer. Just be willing to negotiate things and arrive at a mutually-beneficial arrangement.

It’s a Bonding Experience

Before another year set in and new job tasks or school requirements seeps in, a major house makeover can be the perfect bonding experience for the entire family. It forges cooperation, improved communication, and elicits a sense of collective accomplishment as a family since everyone has a stake in what the outcome can be. Each member can share a piece of his/her mind on what the potential feel of the house for an incoming year can be. In essence, you are turning the makeover task to a family project that everyone will find joy doing. As a result, it makes everyone closer together.

The New Year has always been associated with starting on a clean slate. With something as seemingly simple as giving your furniture a fresh new look, you are sure to welcome the whole new year with a positive and good outlook.

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Lamudi Honors Local Real Estate’s Best Players and Industry Projects at The Outlook 2018

Manila, Philippines–Lamudi, the Philippines’ leading online real estate platform, recently hosted The Outlook 2018 gala dinner and awards presentation at the Makati Shangri-La last November 15, 2018. In its second year, The Outlook 2018, co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, once again recognized the best real estate developers and projects in the past year.

Lamudi Co-Founder and global CEO Kian Moini opened the evening with a major announcement–that Lamudi recently welcomed two new investors, leading global media companies Axel Springer SE and Ringier. According to Moini, “the majority of funding can and will be spent on growth given the company’s comfortable financial situation and a clear path to breakeven.”

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno delivered the evening’s first keynote, highlighting the country’s sound economic fundamentals and sustained investment grade rating.

Meanwhile, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo shone the spotlight on real estate as a key driver of economic growth–underscoring that the industry is far from overheating and that the central bank sees no evidence of asset price bubbles.

Lastly, Ambassador Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana, Philippine Ambassador to China, discussed strengthening China-Philippine relations and the cross-border opportunities that have opened up, particularly in the property sector.

The keynote speeches followed into the awards segment of the evening. The awards were presented based on the extensive property seeker survey conducted by Lamudi.

Lamudi real estate best playersThe Outlook 2018 winners

The winning developers and projects are as follows:

CATEGORIES FOR VISAYAS AND MINDANAO

CONDO

Best Affordable Condo of the Year 2018

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Steps Mandaue

Best Premium Condo of the Year 2018

  • Alveo Land Corporation – Solinea

HOUSE

Best House of the Year 2018

  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Casa Mira South

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

  • Megaworld Corporation – Iloilo Business Park
best house awardCasa Mira South by Cebu Landmasters, Inc. won Best House in Visayas
and Mindanao. Jose Franco B. Soberano, Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer received the award for Cebu Landmasters, Inc. The award was
presented by (L-R) Lars Wittig, Country Manager of Regus; Christopher Lopez,
Chief Commercial Officer of eCompare mo; Chris Nelson, Chairman of the British
Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines; Cristina Romero, Lamudi Head
of Account Management; and Aina Cruz, Lamudi Head of Brand.

CATEGORIES FOR LUZON

CONDO

Best Affordable Condo of the Year 2018

  • For Amenities: Filinvest Land, Inc. – Sorrento Oasis
  • For Investment Opportunity: C5 Mansions Development Corporation – Ridgewood Towers Premier

Best Premium Condo of the Year 2018

  • For Customer Service: DMCI Homes, Inc. – Kai Garden Residences
  • For Trust & Reputation of the Developer: Avida Land Corporation – Avida Towers Asten

Best Luxe Condo of the Year 2018

  • For Customer Service: Federal Land, Inc. – Grand Hyatt Manila Residences
  • For Location: Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.

HOUSE

Best Affordable House of the Year 2018

  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Claremont

Best Premium House of the Year 2018

  • Brittany Corporation – Portofino Alabang

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

Best Mixed-Use Development of the Year 2018 – Luzon

  • For Amenities & Location: Megaworld Corporation – McKinley Hill
  • For Investment Opportunity: SM Prime Holdings, Inc. – SM Mall of Asia Complex
best premium condo awardAvida Towers Asten by Avida Land Corporation won Best Premium Condo
in Luzon for Trust & Reputation. Tess Tatco, Marketing Head and Yani Manuel,
Marketing Manager received the award. The award was presented by (L-R) Angie de
Silva,AVP for Foreclosed Properties, SSS; Leonardo Bruge, Deputy Director of ICCPI;
Frances Nunag, The Outlook Director; Gilles Hage, Vice President for Commercial
of Lamudi; and Michael Mccullough, Managing Director of KMC Savills.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Best Green Project of the Year 2018

  • Imperial Homes Corporation – Solana Verde

Best Innovation Project of the Year 2018

  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Miramonti Green Residences

Personality of the Year 2018

  • Mr. Jeffrey Lim – President & Executive Director of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
best innovation project awardMiramonti Green Residences by Italpinas Development Corporation
won Best Innovation Project. Atty. Jose D. Leviste III, President of Italpinas
Development Corporation received the award. The award was presented
by (L-R) Felipe Calderon, Asian Institute of Management Professor and Head of the
Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business; Rey John Lorca, Chief Executive
Officer of Lorcatecture Corporation; Anthony Rainelli, Head of Operations of Lamudi;
Aileen Caravana-Gallinero, Head of People and Culture of Lamudi.

GRAND AWARDS

BEST DEVELOPER

Best Boutique Developer of the Year 2018 – Visayas and Mindanao

  • King Properties, Inc.

Best Boutique Developer of the Year 2018 – Luzon

  • Primehomes Real Estate Development, Inc.

Best Developer of the Year 2018 – Visayas and Mindanao

  • Megaworld Corporation

Best Developer of the Year 2018 – Luzon

  • Ayala Land, Inc.

“We hope that The Outlook may continue to push all of us in the real estate industry to keep breaking barriers and raising the bar higher every chance we get. Hand-in-hand, I believe that through our collective efforts to achieve and do better every time, we can create a culture of excellence that will inspire everyone and elevate the industry,” said Lamudi Philippines CEO Bhavna Suresh in her closing speech.

For more information on The Outlook 2018, visit www.lamudi.com.ph/outlook2018.

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Baguio and Bulacan: Top Picks for Northern Living

Though city life is at hand, the laid-back vibe of Baguio and Bulacan screams for a more serene and relaxing atmosphere. It’s nice to escape the city sometimes and go home to relax after work.

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A harmonious blend of a peaceful suburban lifestyle and the convenience of city life is hard to find. But cities north of Metro Manila, particularly Bulacan and Baguio City, are the perfect combination of the two.

If you are looking for a touch of nature and greeneries but couldn’t give up the excitement of city life, try relocating up north to Bulacan or Baguio. Aside from being relatively near the metro via NLEX and TPLEX, they are among those enjoying evident progress and attention to better living.

Peaceful Mornings

Imagine sipping a cup of coffee every morning with fresh air blowing through your face. Sounds impossible with the degree of pollution and an increase in vehicle congestion in the Metro. But Baguio, being known for its cooler weather, promises a more satisfying coffee drinking experience with the cold fresh breeze. While Bulacan doesn’t have this kind of weather advantage, the greeneries in the area provide fresh air, especially after a quick morning jog.

Amenities for Boosting City Life

Numerous shopping malls, hospitals, business developments, and educational institutions are spurring all around Baguio and Bulacan. A multitude of food establishments is also flooding these cities. If you are an adventurous foodie, Baguio City is a haven of various cuisines.

If you are more a fan of Filipino food, Bulacan is the perfect place to have a food trip. Being surrounded by Pampanga, Aurora, and Manila, it is a melting pot of Filipino cuisine and culture.

Relaxing Atmosphere

Though city life is at hand, the laid-back vibe of Baguio and Bulacan screams for a more serene and relaxing atmosphere. It’s nice to escape the city sometimes and go home to relax after work. Unlike the noisy ambiance in the metro, Baguio and Bulacan offer more peaceful and quiet evenings for you to rest after a day of exhaustive work.

Housing and Condominiums on the Rise

Whether you are a fan of condo living or the common house and lot, Baguio and Bulacan have a lot of housing varieties to offer.

Live right next to a mall at SMDC’s Cheer Residences conveniently located beside SM Marilao. There’s Amaia Steps Altaraza, a mid-rise condominium in San Jose Del Monte. Or enjoy an exclusive neighborhood near an array of business establishments at Avida Settings Altaraza, also in San Jose Del Monte.

Through the years, Baguio has also been enjoying significant real estate development offering more residential spaces. Open your windows to the majestic mountains and towering pine trees in the Outlook Ridge Residences of DMCI. Wake up to a view of lush greeneries and sleep to a stunning view of city lights at Moldex Residences situated in Marcos Highway. You can also get close to Baguio’s top universities at Vista Pinehill Residences, which is the latest project in the University series of Vista Residences.

Weekend Getaways Don’t Need to be Far

If you are craving for a mini weekend unwinding, Baguio is beaming with tourist destinations. There are the famous parks of Burnham, Mines view, and Camp John Hay, and the newer ones such as Mount Costa in La Trinidad, and Butterfly Park. It is also strategically located near the beautiful beaches of La Union, which is just a two-hour drive from the city center.

While Baguio is recognized as a tourist destination, Bulacan also has its secret wonders. If you are itching for a getaway not far from your home, try taking on a refreshing dip in the breathtaking Vervidia Falls, enjoy a picnic at the dams of Bulacan, visit rich historical sites such as the Barasoain church, or go biking in the towns of Norzagaray and San Rafael with a view of stunning rock formations and terrains. If you are looking for a staycation, head over to the San Rafael River Adventure for their Glamping and dine in a floating “balsa” restaurant while watching the sunset in the Angat River.

Progressive than Ever

According to the latest data from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Baguio’s total exports grew to 75.2% in 2017 from 2016. Trade and industry have also shown progress at 2.58% increase due to the number of business establishments opening in the area. And with the newest tourist destination set to open this 2018, the Skyranch Baguio is expected to grow the tourism industry of the city even more.

Bulacan is also in the middle of President Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” project. The first phase of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project will connect Tutuban to Malolos, Bulacan. Once this project is completed, commuters from Tutuban will reach Malolos in 35 minutes. Aside from this, the completion of the MRT-7 by 2020 is expected to cut travel time from Manila to Bulacan by 75 percent. These projects would make Bulacan an even more inviting investing hub and propel the increase in the province’s economic growth.

There you have it! Make Bulacan or Baguio your home away home. We guarantee that you won’t miss much of your city life but will instead enjoy the lovely rural charm as an added bonus.

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3 Tips Spending Holidays Away from Family

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It is normal for most parents to feel guilt when travelling without their young children. However, after working hard looking after your child every day, you are allowed to take some time away alone or with friends, and leave your child at home! Parents are used to choosing holidays with kids and putting their children’s needs above their own, so it can feel strange taking a much-needed break. Here, we look at three great ways to help you prepare to travel without your toddler, whether it is the first time you will be leaving them or not.

Tips How to Prepare for Holiday away from Your Children

1. Keep Your Child’s Routine Normal

Plan your trip for a time when there will be no big changes at home, such as potty training or starting nursery. Ensure the person who will be caring for your child when you are away knows their routines, such as when they have a nap, when they have lunch and what they do in the evening before going to bed. However, you can plan some fun activities for them to do when you are gone, such as going to soft play, having play dates or anything else they enjoy.

2. Prepare Your Toddler by Talking About the Trip

Depending on your child’s age and level of vocabulary and understanding, start to tell them about your holiday around a week before you are due to leave. Toddlers don’t really understand the concept of time, so gently remind them about your trip regularly. Answer any questions they might have, and let them help you prepare. They can help you pack, or they can tell you what you should do when you are there, or even tell you what you should have for dinner! You should also explain to your child why they can’t come with you, but remind them that you love spending time with them and will miss them when you are away.

You should never leave without saying anything, but it’s important not to draw out the goodbyes too much either. Your child might fuss and cry when it’s time to go, but it’s likely they will stop as soon as you are out of sight. It might be better to say goodbye at home rather than bringing them to the airport with you, as this can lead to great upset when they can’t come with you.

3. Plan Something Fun for when you Return

Your toddler will be eagerly awaiting your return, so make sure you plan some time with them as soon as you get back. Doing the laundry can wait, so can answering work emails, so just give your little one a big hug and let them choose what you should play! Of course, you might be tired after your journey so even just playing with your toddlers favourite toys at home will be a lot of fun for them. You could also plan a special day out doing your child’s favourite activity or eating at their favourite place a few days after you get back. Even going out for an ice cream is a great treat after being apart for a few days!

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