moving to a new home

This Brita 10 cup pitcher is a big hit for this Sandwich Generation caregiver who just moved into a new home.jpgI love water! Generally speaking, it tastes great and it's very healthy for us, as well as our senior parents AND our grandkids. But what happens if we move to a new home and don't like the taste of the water? I've gone through that with a couple of homes over the past two decades. And one of my sweet seniors has dealt with that as well.

My relative went the bottled water route. She loved the taste of it, found it quite handy, used the company for years. This time around, I gave Brita a try. I drink a lot of water, so I bought the 10 cup pitcher you see above. It's not perfect but I am very happy with it. It makes the water taste great again, removing the metallicy taste our water seems to have.  

My senior mom hasn't noticed any taste issues so she has been quite happy getting her water from the sink. If that changes, I told her I'd get her a smaller one since mine would be too heavy and big for her to handle easily. They have a 5-Cup Slim pitcher that should work just fine for her. 

When moving to a new home it is nice to have an easy Brita solution to at least one of our problems

There are enough challenges for the Sandwich Generation in normal times, even more when moving is added to the mix. It's nice to know that at least SOME of the new problems that may arise do have easy solutions, isn't it? 🙂 

How about you? Do you like your local water? If not, what solutions have you and your family come up with?


This RCA big button remote DOES SAY dvr - I would have tried it next - how about youWell, the new and confusing "TV remotes" saga continues. As I wrote last week, my senior mom has been struggling with her new TV remote having too many buttons in too many different spots from her old remote. I ordered what looked to be a duplicate of our previous remote from our last two homes. Unfortunately, it arrived slightly different (though probably ok) and totally hardwired to an entirely different cable company.

After trying various codes and steps according to the paperwork, I called our cable company, explained the whole situation, and asked if they by any chance had suggestions for what codes to use to try to make the new remote work with our set-up. The wonderful tech helping me did not know how to fix that remote BUT he told me they had two other remotes that were simpler, including one with larger buttons. He offered to mail them to us or let me pick them up. As you can probably guess, I was down at the office an hour later.

I took both home and then tried out the one with the least AND biggest buttons and guess what! It WORKED! And because it was made to work with our particular system it could do more functions  than the others. There were only about 5 buttons my mom wouldn't use and, thanks to a great  hint from the cable company employee who helped me, I put stickers on those buttons to cover them so she would be less likely to punch the wrong thing. Now my senior mom is back to happily enjoying NCIS and her British dramas on TV. Hooray!

TVs are grand for elderly seniors when the remote is easy to use

I'm even seriously considering getting the same one for me. I am always hitting the wrong button on my own new remote – especially if it's late and I'm getting tired. However my new remote does have those two great buttons that let you jump forward and backward easily which I love, so I'm holding off for now. I learned a very Important life lesson in all this – CALL YOUR CABLE COMPANY FIRST to ask if they have different remote options for elderly senior citizens. Moving to another state is definitely NOT for the feint of heart, but it can be done successfully – even by all of us boomers and seniors – with plenty of help from the grand people who live in our new home towns! 🙂

P.S. The remote at top is yet another one I never tried. But since it has a specific button for DVR, I'd probably have tried it next. How about you and your senior parents' TV remotes? Any suggestions? We'd love to hear them.

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social