Remodeling, Home Additions, etc.

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny highly recommends grab bars for the bathroom and throughout the house - for all agesGrab bars for the bathroom and throughout the house! A favorite caregiver tool for my house! I have had them installed as "towel racks" in my last home, plus had them by the toilet AND shower in the house before that. They look just fine (I think) and I didn't have to worry if my senior mom OR grandkids slipped, started to fall and grabbed the towel rack. I knew those grab bars were sturdy and strong.

According to Dulles Glass and Mirror, they are made to withstand 350 pounds of weight. I was reminded of them this week while listening to a safety lecture. The teacher pointed out that, generally speaking, a towel rack is installed in drywall with short screws while grab bars for the bathroom  or other rooms are installed into solid wood studs with very long screws. 

Caring for the elderly parents and living in a rental - suction grab bars can be a great resource for the Sandwich GenerationWe currently live in a rental and are using suction grab bars. They are definitely NOT as safe as a fully installed one, but can be a good option for renters. You do have to monitor them regularly. At least 2-3 times over the last three years, my senior mom and I have heard a strange ker-thunk! The first couple of times it really made us jump and took us quite a while to figure out the cause of the sound. Now, the first place we check is the bathroom and sure enough, the grab bars fell into the tub. So they do have their limits. BUT since installing grab bars in this bathroom isn't an option for us, we are happy to have them. When I put them up and flip the two little latches down and tug, the bar does stay put. Not perfect, but not bad!

Whether you go with the installed or the suction grab bars in your bathroom, and perhaps in other rooms of the house, you'll be glad you did if ever someone starts to slip in the bathroom. And if they don't, you'll still be glad to know that you were prepared. Always a good thing for Boy Scouts and Sandwich Generation caregivers! 🙂 

Remodeling a Small Bedroom to Turn a Sickroom Into An Encouragement Room


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17 22 sm

Let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. 

1 John 3:18 (MESS)

Welcome to a very special Miracle Party post at SandwichINK Real Estate Info, which is being hosted by Kelee Katillac and Guideposts Magazine! Kelee is a fellow blogger with a gift for giving, along with awesome creative design skills. She heard about Colette Gauthier, recently diagnosed with cancer, whose doctor had just told her that she had a 5-15% chance of survival.

Kelee teamed up with Guideposts and a great team of helpers  and used their wonderful talents for remodeling a small bedroom in Colette's rental house, turning it from a bleak and dingy sickroom into a beautiful and encouraging bedroom which "dramatically helped her through chemotherapy. The restored and renewed space filled her with hope." The video, which documents the story and shares plenty of delightful and encouraging bedroom decor ideas, and the room itself are "great visual reminders that healing is possible for our homes and lives….that miracles do happen!"

What an uplifting story and video (it may take a couple of seconds to load):

Wasn't that terrific! But wait, she's not done! She wants to do it again for others! And you can help her make a big difference very easily. Just pop over to The Katillac Shack and leave a comment. 1 Comment from you earns a $1.00 Donation from Design Gives Back in your name to be given to the next makeover project for someone-in-need. And if you visit the four other blogs listed there, that $1 will turn into $5. Plus, if you sign up for Kelee's free email, you'll increase the amount of the donation even more.

For many of us in the Sandwich Generation, busy caring for elderly parents, helping with the grandchildren, and watching over their yard and real estate needs, finding ways to reach out to minister to others can be a struggle. But this is something most of us CAN do quite easily. AND be blessed ourselves in the process. Blessed by the giving AND blessed by the fun contests Kelee is offering as part of her MIRACLE PARTY in conjunction with Guideposts Magazine. And don't forget to visit Spiritual Sunday as well, for more Miracle Party joy-full fun, along with wonderfully encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship musicJoin us, won't you 🙂 


A merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17 22 sm

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 

Luke 6:38 (NIV)