Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 10

     Dover 374a

February is a good time to plan ahead.  This year’s choice since spring events begin in March.  The time’s winter and there are only two relatively minor days of note.  If it’s time to think of moving, a head start can at times help to get a better end result.  The notes continue especially in the hope it helps someone gain a happier home situation. 

28.  Bathtub.  There are places that do not have an actual tub, so if there is some likelihood of need for one, there can be some time saved by asking before going to look at a place that sounds good.  Of course, there are alternatives for getting cleaned up that likely would be available, but what’s there may not work.  Given one, it can different. 

29.  Religion.  Apart from those places owned by religious organizations that rather expect residents to be believers along their lines, large apartment houses may have on site (but independent) religious services because enough people there maintain contact for someone to provide them.  Also, it’s not unknown for churches to pick up their faithful. 

30.  Smoke detectors.  Smoke alarms are legal requirements for some towns, but not necessarily all.  They’re sensible regardless, but that does not mean places are sure to have such and in working order.  Especially if there’s no alarm visible, identifying fire exits, noting extinguishers (and whether readily available) and the like is an essential. 

A written list can be helpful.Work 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 9

     Dover Holiday Christmas 277a

It is now the dead of winter (without snow hiding the dirt that’s around) in the area underfoot.  Many have recovered from the holidays and are finding their way into the hopes for the year (or at least the days ahead).  And some folks have been moving both in and out of the building underfoot since this past Thanksgiving.  These notes are timely.   

25.  Bulletin board.  Bulletin boards are for advertising, but not necessarily yours.  Usually there is one, but it’s not unusual to have it limited to official notices.  While it’s probably not essential, such can be useful.  If one’s around that can be used by individuals, requirements for a notice (formatting, clearance) may be present as well. 

26.  TV cable.  While there may be a place that has such a part of a package deal, like other common things, cable is luxury according to some notions.  Paying for it should be the expectation and a matter to be explored.  Alternatives may also exist, especially if principle interests are in a narrow range like certain ballgames or news reporting. 

27.  Off street parking.  In a big place, parking space is important, of course, but even when well lit, parking lots aren’t much different from street parking when it comes to those with bad intentions.  And, there are likely rules in regard to using one.  So, is the parking lot patrolled and who does it?  Can visitors use it?  What requirements? 

Life can get more complex with each action.Money 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 8 … And M. L. King, Jr. Day

       Sign

Another Holiday is here and, like the others, it’s worth a consideration.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very notable person.  And, as with the other recent holidays, there are many words in other places while someone may need a notion presented here.  So, these notes continue with best wishes and hope for all things to end up as being pretty good. 

22.  View.  A “fancy” place may advertise a “view” meaning some supposedly interesting sight to see anytime.  That is something possible, but the sight may not be viewable from every apartment.  Advertised or not, there’s a view in all places with a window, and the real view’s what’s seen when one looks through that.  The “view” might be the alley. 

23.  Lobby.  In a big place there should be a lobby.  That would be a space near the doors with chairs, maybe tables, and quite often easy access to the residents’ mailbox area nearby.  They are busy places, especially when the mail is delivered, and have all the problems of high traffic areas that most places have.  Elevators there will add to it. 

24.  Newsletter.  Theoretically, a newsletter’s a supposed means of informing the target audience (residents, in this case) of changes, events and the like.  While they are not everywhere, some places do maintain one in spite of allied costs for paper and the like.  It doesn’t hurt to ask what might be included in anything distributed to residents. 

M. L. King, Jr. said protest peacefully; it’s right.Thumbs up 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 7

     Dover 369a

Is it the time of mid-winter thaw or mid-winter freeze out there in the outside world?  Maybe it is a little of both, and a good time to do some heavy thinking about what would seem to be an ideal place to live, but keeping in mind one can’t always have everything.  It is important to pick and choose what is the most needed, desirable and/or likely. 

19.  Main Entry.  If there’s a single entry for a group of apartments, there is likely some kind of lock, although it isn’t unknown to have a manned desk at the door.  Some big places maintain electronic doors that automatically lock a moment after someone enters.  Those are not necessarily as safe as they appear.  Following people in is often done. 

20.  Health Matters.  Committed places may go so far as to have an exercise room with some equipment for residents to use.  Some will set up lectures or health fairs.  At times for medical reasons it’s possible to change apartments and add stuff such as grab bars, although a doctor’s statement may be needed.  These can be important as a person ages. 

21.  Entertainment Amenities.  Does the local library send the “bookmobile” is a good question, especially if there’s not much around.  A community room, if there’s one at all, can be nothing but an empty room or it may include various items such a television, piano or a few shelves with books and the like donated (or left) by people over the years. 

Winter is a good time to stay indoors.Coffee cup 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 6

    Dover 101

So, it’s the start of a new year.  Whether it is better or worse than the one now over can’t be known for a while; in the meantime, some people are hunting for new homes, maybe even today.  It’s hoped a result of these notes is that it makes that much better for those hunting.  At least it may generate a thought or two, maybe a decision to not hunt. 

16.  Traffic.  Living near a fire department sub-station’s good if there’s expected need of an emergency team.  Other than that it might be something one wants to avoid; sirens can happen anytime.  Other traffic noise also can.  People accustomed to noise can tune it out, but if a person’s not used to it, it can be a serious detriment to daily life.

17.  Social Services.  Some “senior” places have people in need of social services type stuff, and some maintain such offices.  They are not likely to be governmental, although the information they might provide tends to be such.  Even when there is such an office on site, it doesn’t mean it’s the only place for information.  Other sources are good. 

18.  Subsidies.  An apartment complex can be under private ownership and still have tenants having government subsidy payments of some sort, especially if it’s large.  Escaping low income neighbors as well as assorted government rules, while possible, shouldn’t automatically be expected.  It’s good to remember, too, income does not denote character. 

A yesterday means another chance.Coffee cup