Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

There are several ways to create a more accessible space for a person in a wheelchair. Some options include: altering an existing floor plan, building an addition, converting existing rooms, or buying a new home. The following guidelines will be helpful to anyone planning for wheelchair accessible housing. Always measure the width and length of your wheelchair since there are many different sizes. The dimensions listed below refer to standard wheelchairs. Owners of power and reclining models may need to modify the measurements based on the length and width of the chair. It is important to identify specific needs. Entrance and Exit Parking: If you use a garage, make sure the entrance is high enough for a raised roof van and wide enough to allow the use of a wheelchair lift or to make an easy wheelchair transfer. Approximately eight feet is needed for a wheelchair lift and five feet of space is needed for a transfer from the wheelchair. Illustration of optimal parking space dimensions–cars/vans Specifications for a ramp or pathway to entrance • 36 to 48” wide pathways • 32 to 36” high hand rails that extend 1′ beyond ramp • Slip resistant surface (non–slip strips, indoor/outdoor carpeting, sand paint) • Covering for inclement weather • Ramp materials: wood, concrete expanded aluminum • 12” of ramp for every 1” of vertical rise • Free swinging (no spring or hydraulic mechanism) • ½” or less threshold edge height • Option: electric entrance door opener • If a ramp is longer than 30 feet, it needs to change direction. With a change of direction, a level platform or landing...

Partying with Grandma: Building a Social Life In Your Later Years

Losing a spouse, retiring, or even moving to a different address can have an overwhelming effect on a senior. Remembering what you used to love is a big part of returning to your old social life, or if you wish, building a new one.  We found a really interesting article on a WIKIhow about getting your groove back as a senior citizen. Tip number one, provided by the Wiki Authors is to pick up from where you left off, or try new, similar activities. Use your local newspaper to keep abreast of upcoming events of interest.  Visit university lectures on topics you know nothing about to stretch your imagination and improve your knowledge. Tip 2 suggests fitness. “Return to keeping fit. While climbing Mt. Everest may no longer be in the cards, there is certainly nothing stopping you from continuing physical activities involvingwalking clubs, senior’s gym or other fitness activities made available especially for seniors. Staying fit is a sure way to build confidence and regain a healthy outlook on life!” Tip 3- Make a friend!  Invite a friend or neighbor to attend events with you. Get back into the rhythm of meeting new friends. Tip 4- Try new things. “This may feel uncomfortable at first, especially if it involves new technology. Consider trying new activities that are possible given your level of health and fitness, and that you find interesting. Try not to react negatively to suggestions from others who try to help. Think things through before rejecting the ideas altogether. You may discover something you wished you’d tried earlier.” To read the full article, make sure you...

Going Above and Beyond

   The woman next to the clown is a Per Diem client. The woman in the clown costume is her care nurse.  Simple, sure. By looking at this picture, you would assume the patient loves clowns; and you would be correct- kinda. The patient in this picture is celebrating her birthday and the wonderful clown just happened to show up on her day off to help celebrate. It’s not the fact the care nurse dressed up as a clown to help a client- she took time out of her schedule and came to the birthday party of a friend. Per Diem staff are not just any normal set of employees- they go above and beyond for the comfort and happiness of their patients. We take pride in our staff. We hire them for their experience and willingness to do more than the standard RN, LPN, Aide or other position we have in our company. When we received this picture, we couldn’t wait to share it with our amazing followers. How has a Per Diem staff member exceeded your expectations? Let us know and you could be our next blog post.    ...

ThE mAd HaTtEr tEa PaRtY

Join the madness! PerDiem is participating and hosting the Mad Hatters Tea Party on April 26th, 2014 from noon to 5pm! Come and participate in the Scavenger Hunt. At the different business you will find the Mad Hatter and all his friends-as they hide in different locations. The event is sponsored by Clayful Arts, Mettler Studios, LLC,  PerDiem Nurse Staffing and Home Care and the Silver Lining Gallery in downtown Waterville, Ohio. Bring your friends, sisters, daughters and mothers for an afternoon of fun. Visit each of the four businesses for: Complimentary teas and refreshments! Special activities! Super door prize drawings! For the latest information, make sure you visit the Mad Hatter Tea Party Facebook Event page.   “Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers but I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.” -Mad...

Trivia Part 2

  It’s that time again! We have 10 more questions for you to share with your friends and family members.  What memories do these bring back? Share your favorites with us in the comment section. 1. In the quaint greasy spoon jargon of yore, what did “knock the horns off one, and drag it through the garden” mean? a. 86 the customer, then kick him out the back door b. Rare hamburger or steak with tomato and lettuce c. Cooties 2. Lincoln Logs were for what use? a. A diary of the presidency b. Keep track of fat cats who sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom c. Building toy structures 3. Ward and June bring what to mind? a. A popular TV series called “Leave it to Beaver” b. A Chicago family of butchers and knife sharpeners called The Cleavers c. Inventors of the clicker, Jack Ward and Ernest June 4. Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro are all forms of what? a. Alcoholic beverages b. Capitalism c. Children’s play 5. What was the cheapest way to turn a bicycle into a motorcycle? a. Baseball cards in the spokes b. Rig an electric motor with a very long cord c. Turning left into the path of a Harley 6. Tinkertoys date back to when? a. 1914 b. 1949 c. 1967 7. In grade school, what was the worst thing that could happen to you when being picked for a team? a. Getting picked last b. Getting your uniform dirty c. Not having the team tattoo 8. If we dared to sass our parents, we immediately found out what...

Valentines Love Bug Craft

We love spending time with our seniors. After the housework and personal care is all taken care of- we enjoy sitting down and watching them draw, paint or participate in the other crafts; it’s enlightening.  Seeing the smiles on their faces is heartwarming. However, as we get older, we lose dexterity and smaller things get harder to complete. The project below is a mid-level craft that allows the artist to be creative or as plain as they feel comfortable. Love Bug Brooch MATERIALS: Plaster of Paris Plastic spoon Safety pin Red and black acrylic paints Small paintbrush Clear varnish (optional) Mix up the plaster, then fill and level off the spoon. (Since you have to mix up a batch of plaster, you may want to make a few lovebugs at a time.) Place the safety pin into the wet plaster so that it opens out. Allow the plaster to harden for about an hour. Once dry, you can pop out the brooch and paint it red. Using the black paint and small brush (or cotton swab, if that’s easier), draw eyes, wings and a head on the lovebug; then cover the wings with hearts. If you want to make more than one,  feel free to switch up the design and decorate them with flowers, faces or other designs. To seal in the colors- apply a protective coating of clear varnish....