aging in place

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! 🙂 

Did you know that Twitter is an excellent resource for those involved in or interested in property investments. I have been active on Twitter for several months. As you may guess, based on SandwichINK, I have several interesting “Tweeple” I regularly read who write about all things caregiving. But I also have many who write about real estate.

From real estate agents to real estate investors to real estate blog-geeks, there are plenty on Twitter with great ideas and info. When I searched Twellow, the Yellow Pages for Twitter, the key words “real estate” show over 25,000 listings! Most of the ones I follow are in the real estate business and I find plenty of useful items of interest, even for those of us who aren’t real estate agents. I’ve learned great marketing tips, encouraging real estate info, and home staging ideas from different tweeps. Here are just a few of the ones I’m following and enjoying:

@BlogBoy2 – The infotech for Sugar Pine Realty in Sonora frequently has fascinating bits of info.

@PChaney – A social media expert who writes on a wide variety of issues, including real estate. I’ve enjoyed his real estate book, Realty Blogging: Build Your Brand and Out-Smart Your Competition, as well.

@nik_nik – Her site is an excellent real estate technology knowledge base and her tweets show that.

@realtors – As you can imagine, the National Association for Realtors (NAR) tweets plenty of interesting links on real estate, including a great article on the 2009 first time home buyer tax credit. That’s a great article to pass on to our adult kids and grandkids!

@TerriMurphy – Author of the real estate agent’s book, Terri Murphy’s E-Listing and E-Selling Secrets: For the Technologically “Clueless,” which I have and enjoyed, she posts about marketing in a wide variety of areas

@RemaxFoothills – a real estate company from South Carolina with some real estate tweets of interest.

@StagingFlorida – A home stager with  interesting links and info primarily centered around staging your home for sale. I’m a big beliver that home staging can help sell a home fast, so I’m always on the lookout for new tips in that area.

@Aging_In_Place – And last, but not least, one of my caregiving Tweeple who shares my real estate interests. His site is an excellent resource for helping you help your aging parents stay in their own home, or be more comfortable and safe in your home.

This is just a handful of all the great real estate tweeters out there. I’ll keep my eyes open and add to this list down the road. In the meantime, enjoy their tweets, and do follow me as well.   🙂    @SandwichINK.  I write about real estate, caregiving, and other items of interest from the multi-generational perspective as a member of the Sandwich Generation of caregivers, grandparents, and more.