Remodeling, Home Additions, etc.

When we bought a brand new home a few years ago, we made sure it was big enough for my elderly parents to be able to move in if necessary. My senior dad had been dealing with Parkinson's Disease for over 10 years and we knew that was probably going to be a necessity down the road. Even if not, they would be over visiting a lot, so we also made sure the bathrooms had grab bars and the living room had a chair he could get in and out of easily.

Since the house was only half built, we had several options available to us. We picked vinyl tile so he wouldn't be hurt if he fell. We picked a tight carpet with no ends to trip him. We made sure the sidewalks were wide enough for a wheelchair. When I asked him if there was anything else we needed to think of, I was surprised by his answer.

He asked that we have an elongated toilet seat in each of the bathrooms. Practically speaking, he knew it was getting harder and harder for him to stand and an elongated toilet seat made it much easier for him when he was in the bathroom. They actually let him be a bit more independent a bit longer. That's a great thing in ANY senior's book. It's also a wonderful thing for those of us taking care of the elderly relatives in our family!!!

Years later, after my sweet dad was safely home in heaven, my senior mom and I moved to a very old home and had to make some small bathroom renovations. We spent lots of fun hours going over various small bathroom designs and really enjoyed ourselves as we made all of our choices. Since we had to put in a new toilet, I did a ton of research to find one that worked effectively in spite of the requirements for low flow toilets. We finally settled on a Toto toilet.

Love the Toto Soft Close Toilet Seat

Little did I know that the Toto soft close toilet seat, which came standard with our particular model, would be a wonderful solution to a minor problem for our Sandwich Generation family. With several little grandkids over quite a bit, and most in the process of potty training, the quiet soft close toilet seat never once made the loud crashing sound a normal toilet seat makes when it's dropped. As most of us grandparents know, that loud banging sound is often part and parcel of a grandkids' potty training process. But the Toto soft close toilet seat can't crash down, even if you try! While the clanging of a toilet seat doesn't bother me, it was a true gift for my senior mom not to have to hear that! And, in case you are wondering, we loved the Toto toilet, itself, as well! 🙂

I find it fascinating that two small bathroom designs could make such a big difference for each of my senior parents. But isn't that often the way things go. As my own grandma used to tell me, "good things come in small packages." Whether it's an elongated toilet seat or a soft close toilet seat, it certainly has worked out well for our Sandwich Generation family! How about you? Do you or your elderly parents have a favorite toilet seat that makes life easier. We'd love to hear about it. And we'd love to have you sign up for the FREE SandwichINK Real Estate Info email to keep you up to date on real estate info and resources for the Sandwich Generation. 

I was out and about today, virtually, visiting different websites. Smiling Sally: Blue Monday – Blue Bath had an interesting post describing her new house and the various paints they used to redecorate. As I was enjoying the photos she had posted, I noticed that, as new house buyers, they used temporary window treatments until they got their permanent window shades and blinds installed.

That reminded me of the different times we were house buyers. For our first house, over 30 years ago, they either didn't make temporary curtains or we didn't know they were available. We hung towels and blankets in the window, which was a royal pain in the neck as they kept falling off. The next house came with cheap window blinds, which we loved. They were easy to care for and cheap to replace. Very handy when you have young children in the home who may accidentally bend a shade the wrong way.

House number three was brand new and it took a couple of weeks to get the different window shades and blinds installed. That's when I first discovered those handy temporary window treatments called Redi Shades.  We purchased them from the new home's designer company and hung them in the windows, giving us the privacy and safety we appreciate in window treatments.

When it was time for me to buy my fourth house, I again used Redi Shades. This time I was out shopping at Home Depot, one of my favorite ways to save money, and discovered that I could purchase them there and save money. That's always a nice treat!

I had to chuckle when I visited the Redi Shade site and read that, "Our original pleated window shades install in less than a minute without any tools-just trim, peel, and stick! Then when you're ready to put up your permanent shades, you can remove them in a jiffy (though lots of people tell us they love them so much they never take them down!)." I have to admit that, for a couple of rooms we rarely used, I seriously considered leaving them up.  🙂

Whether you put them up as temporary window treatments because you are new house buyers or leave them up as cheap window blinds in rooms you aren't ready to pour a lot of money into, these Redi Shades are definitely very useful! They brought back a lot of fun memories as well. 🙂