An Easy Access Tub Helps Your Parents Remain Safe at Home

Many of us have aging or disabled parents who want to retain their independence. They want to remain in their own familiar homes where they have built their memories. They do not want to move into a small apartment in a retirement center or a single room in a nursing home As their children or grandchildren, though, we notice when they begin to have difficulty with balance and mobility. We worry that could be injured if they fall. A fall in the bathtub is especially worrying, but there are two options. You can install grab bars and purchase a shower bench, or you can install an easy access tub like a walk-in tub.


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Grab Bars and Shower Benches

Grab bars are bolted to the wall, while one end of a shower bench sits outside of the tub and the other end sits inside the tub. The bench has a handrail on each end, a slip resistant seat, and rubber tips on the legs. It may have a depression for a bar of soap. Your parent will sit down on one end, lift his or her legs over the edge of the tub, and scoot across the bench into the tub. However, your parent may have difficulty lifting his or her legs high enough, and the bench could tip with your parent. It's also possible that the grab bars could pull free of the wall. In addition, the surface of the tub is still slippery.

Walk-In Tubs

Walk-in tubs, such as those offered by RemodelingContractor.com have a wide, leak-proof door with a low threshold that your parent can easily step across. The safety handles are a strong, integral part of the tub, as is the comfortable, slip-resistant seat. There is no danger that the safety handles could pull free or that the seat could tip. Some of these tubs have temperature controls for the water, water jets that ease arthritis, and power seats that lower your parent into the water and then raise them up again when they are done bathing. However, while payment plans may be available, purchasing and installing a walk-in tub represents a large investment.

Grab bars and a shower bench are an affordable option, but the safety and features of a walk-in tub make it a worthwhile investment to consider.


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Fundamentals of Improving Your Immune System You Didn't Learn in School

Everyone wants their immune system to be strong and healthy. Sometimes you have a year when you just seem to catch everything. And yet you have a colleague, friend, or family member who seems to be immune to everything. A strong immune system not only helps to prevent you getting ill but it helps you get better faster too. A cold isn't as bad as it could be if you manage to shake it off in a couple of days. But if your immune system isn't at its best, you could be suffering for a couple of weeks. If you want to make sure your immune system can kick germs' microscopic butts, here are some tips you might not know.




Being Too Clean Isn't Good for You

We have all seen those adverts for cleaning products that get rid of 99.99% of all bacteria. A hovering mother usually wipes her child's toy clean as soon as he's touched it. It's definitely good to maintain excellent hygiene habits. You should wash your hands after blowing your nose and keep your kitchen clean. But there is such a thing as being too clean. If you aren't exposed to bacteria in small amounts, you can struggle to fight off the germs when you are faced with them. This is one reason why it's good to get out and meet people. Those who socialize with others (and share their germs) and stronger immunity.

An Improved Diet Can Help Your Immune System

What you eat affects how well you can fight off illness. You're probably aware the vitamin C can help to keep you healthy. However, it can only do so much. In fact, studies suggest that taking lots of vitamin C supplements probably doesn't do much for you. There are other ways to improve your diet for a healthy immune system. Don't eat too much sugar, as this can affect your immunity. Get a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals you need. Don't rule out supplements completely. A probiotic blend can be helpful for your immune system. You might recognize them in yogurt form, but you can take them in capsules too.


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Regular Exercise Keeps You Healthy

Exercise helps to keep your immune system in a good condition. Moderate exercise will do a lot to improve your health. It can make you feel good, making your body feel great too, and help you sleep better. People who don't exercise often are more prone to colds and other illnesses.

Getting Rid of Stress Boosts Your Body

If you're stressed, you're more likely to get ill. Stress hormones suppress your immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick. There are several things that can make you too stressed. Getting enough sleep is important to help your body relax. You can also use a variety of techniques to manage your stress more easily. For example, some people benefit from meditation or yoga. Others enjoy pampering themselves or just allowing themselves some downtime to read a book or watch TV.



Boost your immune system with these tips and you could find yourself getting ill much less. You'll be healthier and happier, and better able to fight off an illness when you do get one.


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3 Best Neighborhoods in Seattle to Live In

Seattle Blue Hour Panorama From Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint

With all of the Seattle condos for sale, it isn’t hard to find a nice one to move into. Embarking on the journey of moving your life to an entirely different location is a good way to keep things interesting, but if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it can be hard to decide which neighborhoods will be appropriate for you to live in.

Finding a new home is not the only priority you should have, because the people you live around are important as well. Knowing the top three neighborhoods in Seattle can help you make a better educated decision on where to move.

Mount Baker

Mount Baker is a favorite among the locals and is located in southeast Seattle. There are many parks located in the area, where yearly events are held, including the Seattle Seafair celebration. The neighborhood has its own light rail station, which can be beneficial for commuters. The neighborhood got its name from the ability of the locals to see Mt. Baker in the neighboring county.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, known for its lively nighttime entertainment, is one of the more popular neighborhoods in Seattle because it is in the center of the city's business district. In this neighborhood, the Capitol Hill Block Party is hosted every year. Residents have numerous churches, bookstores, coffee shops, bars, and more to choose from in the area, which makes the neighborhood more enjoyable to live in.

South Lake Union


A true gem in Seattle, South Lake Union offers residents a mix of the city life and rustic-style living. There are many of the necessities, from restaurants to bakeries, along with some of the outdoor activities that many people enjoy, from kayaking to fishing boats. The up-and-coming neighborhood is continuing to grow and offers visitors new activities, such as the Center for Wooden Boats, where guests can rent a wooden sailboat.


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Some Ideas to Help You Earn a Little Bit of Extra Cash

There are many people out there who are looking for ways to make a little bit of extra money. They would like to pay off debt, pay for a vacation, or simply add to their household income. However, they do not want to obligate themselves to a part-time job, and they want flexibility. Fortunately, there are a lot of small business ideas or at-home work options that you can consider when you are looking for ways to make a little bit of extra cash.


Education Home Business

One of the best ways to make more money is to provide a service that others are interested in. There is one thing that people are always interested in and are willing to spend money on. This thing is food. Think of a food idea that you can prepare in your home and then sell to others. The thing that you choose to make and sell will depend on the needs of your local area and your own personal cooking skills. You can bake cookies, sell jams and jelly, prepare lunch plates, make candy, or offer chef services when individuals are in need of help when they are planning a large dinner party. The ideas are really endless.

If you start a business selling food, you are going to need to consider how you will set up your kitchen. This is going to depend on how much space you have and the supplies that will be needed to prepare the thing that you plan to cook or bake. It is important to stay organized and to purchase tools that will make the job easier. For example, many individuals have benefited from purchasing tables that have food service casters. They can roll the tables around to create more space in their kitchen or cooking area. This makes the job a lot more convenient.

There are many other ideas that you can consider in order to make a little bit of extra money. Do you have a hobby that can earn money? For example, if you sew, crochet, paint, sketch, know how to fix cars, or something similar, you can begin to use these skills to earn some extra money.

Thanks to the Internet, starting an online business is also something that is completely realistic and relatively simple. An online business allows you to make money without dedicating a lot of your time to the business. It is also convenient because it offers more flexibility, allowing you to work at night or on the weekends and then dedicate the rest of your time to your family or other job.


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