When You Have To Make The Decision About Nursing Homes

When I was asked about writing this sponsored post I thought I could offer a different perspective of thought from the healthcare professional. If you’ve been around here for a while you might know that my day job is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  I work in an acute care hospital.  Before that I had worked at a few Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) commonly referred to as Nursing homes.   A part of my job is to help the patient and family decide the safest place to go after discharge from the hospital to work towards a patient’s goals.  Of course almost everyone wants to go home but it’s not always possible.

Some factors that could inhibit a person’s direct discharge to home after hospital admissions could be (trust me these are only a few common ones and there are certainly many more)

1.  Amount of care needed.  Even if they were doing well before, circumstances that brought them to the hospital could be life changing not just for the patient but for the people around them.  Devastating diagnosis such as a dense stroke, moderate or severe head injury, or even a hip fracture could require someone to need 24/7 care and not everyone can do that.  Your loved one can’t care for themselves.

2.  Type of care needed.  Perhaps it’s not the amount of physical assist need but rather the loved one’s cognitive status doesn’t allow them to be at home safely by themselves maybe because of Dementia, brain injury, or stroke.  Or maybe they’ll need ongoing medical care that only a trained nurse can provide such as IV antibiotics or specialized wound care.

3.  Temporary placement for therapy purposes or until appropriate accommodations can be made at home.  There are plenty of people in my line of work that, because of insurance (or lack of) or the level of care needed, don’t qualify to go to a rehabilitation center or short term rehab center. Often people think of a Skilled Nursing Facility as a place someone goes to stay but that’s not always the case.  In fact, the SNF I worked at before working at the hospital had a whole wing set aside for short-term rehab patients.  They may only stay for a week or two or a month or 2.  Also, we had patients that would stay periodically for respite care.

4. Not having family nearby that can help.  Maybe there’s children but they all live out of state or over an hour’s drive from them.  Perhaps they were the caregiver for their spouse but now they need some help themselves.  Maybe there is family close but they are often out of town for work or already caring for another family member.

Sometimes a loved one may need special accommodations to be able to live safely at home but you need time to have a ramp built so they can enter the home, install grab bars in the bathroom, or make their home livable on one floor if they have a two story house.  You may also need to line up caregivers or coordinate with family for care of the patient.

As I said there could be a lot of reasons why someone would choose or need to go to a Skilled Nursing Facility.  Once you’ve made that decision, the next question might be, “But which one?”

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Working at the hospital I’m not allowed to recommend specific facilities.  I can’t say “oh yea nursing home A is wonderful but I heard nursing home C is not very good”.  The truth is no matter what care facility you look into there are always people that will praise it and people that will put it down.  To start your search you could check out a site like BestNursingHomes.com


If I’m going to pick apart the site, Here are some things I like:

1.  Non-profit – to me this is important.  I wouldn’t want to be choosing from a list just because they paid to be there.  I would want to know my REAL options. It’s run by Association of Skilled Service Providers which is a non-profit that educates the public about skilled nursing care.

2.  Approved by Medicare as one of the top in the country – so it’s not just some dude in a cubicle saying “hey this one looks nice, oh look a pool!”

3.  No Personal Info to Enter – I don’t want to be looking for info on a serious matter like this and have some salesman calling and hounding me about facility A because, while nice, “facility A” might not be affordable or maybe “facility B” is just too far away.

4.  You Can Contact the Nursing Care Center Personally – you don’t have to go through an agent.  You can actually talk to the administrator, set up a tour of the facility, ask whatever question you might have.

5.  You Can See What Other Have to Say About It – read real consumers opinions on the facilities you might be interested in


Best Nursing Homes has been made possible by the generous donation of North American Health Care and its CEO, John Sorensen. John has made it his life’s work to serve the elderly population and has sponsored the development of BNH and donated it to the ASNP for use. “We are very grateful for the leadership of John Sorensen in the post-acute care industry,” said Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for Skilled Nursing Providers. “John is a leader in his field, a generous philanthropist, and a great example of someone who places serving the patient above anything else. We are proud to be associated with John and North American Health Care and grateful for his support to promote best practices in skilled nursing.”




The First Time I’ve Regretted Switching to WordPress Self-Hosting

I have to say, this post is more of a frustration post. I was on blogger for years. I finally worked up the courage to transfer to wordpress self-hosting so I could own my site. Keep in mind I have little to no technical knowledge when it comes to coding, design, etc. I was a bit intimidated at first. Definitely a different set up than blogger. One of the main reasons I was afraid to switch is because, on blogger, if something was messed up, Google fixed it. On WordPress, I’m on my own. I managed to go for about an year and a half with no issues. That streak ended the last month or so.

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It started with the new WordPress 4.2.2 update. Which by the way I still don’t have. I’ve never had an issue updating wordpress. I hit the little update button and bam, done. I’ve updated plugins, no problem. I tried to update WordPress 4.2.2 and my world came crashing down. Or at least my site is falling apart, my little online world.

I get this message: Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 268435456 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 261904 bytes) in D:\Hosting\11973378\html\wp-admin\includes\file.php on line 159 I had no idea what to even do with that info. So I’m thinking I’ll just call my hosting company. It’s obviously a hosting problem. I tried to read up on it and found that some of my plugins could be eating some of my memory. Went in to delete plug ins, couldn’t do it. Said I needed to connect to my server. When I tried it just booted me back to the homepage. Every time. First call to my hosting company, The lady was very nice. She tried several things for me. She had me on hold a short while. She got back on and apologized to me. Told me that there is a problem with my specific server. They were aware of it and were working on it.

2 days later still issues. Though, now I was at least able to get in to delete, update, and add plug ins. Thought great, it must be fixed. But I noticed a new problem. My visual editor won’t work. The tab is there but all the buttons are gone and I can’t type in the body field. So for this post I’m in the text editor which is a big pain in the tushy for someone like me. Since I could update plugins I tried the wordpress update again. I again got the memory error message. So I try to get on the chat help with my hosting company again. There is a horribly long wait. Said they are experiencing high volumes. Try to call. Well I just didn’t want to call. I waited. Told the guy about the message. He upgrades my server memory for me but tells me they are still working on my particular server issues. He has no time frame to give me of when it may be fixed.. Happy that he upgraded my memory but starting to worry what the problem is and when it will be fixed. So I happily go back to my site to try to update wordpress again. He upgraded my memory, I should be fine right? Wrong, still the same exact message, byte size and all.

By day 4 I still can’t use my visual editor. Still can’t update wordpress but now notice my side bar disappears when posts are clicked on. It’s present in the home page and other pages but not posts. I have no idea how to manually update wordpress. I’m afraid to even try. I’ve tried seeking help on wordpress forums but they may as well be speaking Japanese to me because I have little to no idea what they are saying. So today I make another desperate attempt to contact my hosting company. This time (first time ever in all my years of dealing with them) the customer service person on the other end is not helpful. In fact, he’s a bit condescending and tries to tell me I need something that I don’t actually need. He upgrades my memory yet again but tells me it’s at it’s max and that the hosting I have may not be a fit for my site and I may have to move to a vps server. He tells me I should contact my web developer for help. Dude, if I had a web developer I would not be talking to you. Again I seek help in the wordpress forums where they confirm the guy was trying to sell me something I don’t need. Here’s the thing, I get it if you can’t help me. If it’s not a hosting issue, just tell me that. Please don’t try to take advantage of my ignorance.

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I’ve watched youtube videos to try to, at the very least, get my visual editor working. I found a great understandable video. I was able to put in the line of code that they suggested. Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing happened.

So I try to back up my wordpress site with a SIMPLE back up plugin. I used one that several had suggested. I added the plug in, activated it. It’s supposed to be a simple …hit the button, it starts backing up. NOTHING. I’m at a point where I can’t decide if I need a beer, a baseball bat, or to hire someone to fix my site. Since I don’t make much money here I’m seriously contemplating the beer and I’m not one to reach for alcohol.

For the first time since I switched to self-hosting I’m regretting the switch. I know it’s opened up more doors for me, I know if I can get it working again I’ll be happy. But, I have no idea who to consult and if I can even afford to consult someone. Anyone else running into this issue? Any suggestions? I’m seriously at my wits end with this.

My Favorite Coupon Deals of the Week May 24 – May 30

This post does contain some affiliate links. Regardless I only post legitimate offers from trusted sites.

favorite coupon deals

RITE AID (remember must have your plenti/or wellness+ card to get the sale prices) :

A few sunscreen deals at Rite Aid May 24-30 so this would be a good time to stock up for the summer

Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens are buy one get one free (excludes twin packs and Value Packs)
There is a $1 off Hawaiian Tropic load2card offer on the Rite Aid website. Remember you have to be registered to be able to load coupons to your card. If you’re buying a Hawaiian Tropic product.

Coppertone, Bain de Soleil, or Solarcaine Suncare Products are $7.99 but grab the in-ad coupon to save an additional $2 to make it $5.99 you an also use this $1 off Coppertone coupon buying the Coppertone product to make it $4.99!

A few other deals…

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are 2 for $4. If you’re a member of Kelloggsfamilyrewars.com you can print of coupon for $1 off 2 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes making it a $1.50 a box wyb 2.

Skinny Cow Ice Cream bars are $3.99. If you have the $1 off 1 Skinny Cow Frozen Treats coupon from the inserts a few Sunday’s ago you can get them for $2.99 a box.

Chobani Greek Yogurt is 99 cents each this week. IF they have the 100 cal cups available in your Rite Aid you can print this coupon and buy 3 of the 100 calorie cups for $1.97!

$1.00 off three CHOBANI SIMPLY 100 Greek Yogurt

***Couponing Tip*** If you write to Chobani they are very friendly and will send you Chobani coupons once a month if you ask!

–Nutella Hazelnut spread (13 oz) is on sale 2 for $7. Print this coupon twice and buy two to get two of them for $5!

GIANT EAGLE This sale’s last day is Wednesday May 27

eAdvantage offer is FREE Kfraft Barbecue sauce. If you haven’t registered for eAdvantage yet, definitely do so, it only take a few seconds. You only have to do it once.

Heluva Good dips are 3 for $4. There were 75 cent off coupons in Sunday May 16th paper. If you have 3 of them use all 3 to get 3 Heluva Goood Dips for $1.75!

Bagel Bites 9 count is b1g1 free (or 2 for $2.98) use this coupon to get them for 99 cents each!

$1.00 off 2 Bagel Bites Frozen Products

Hungry Jack Hashbrown Potatoes are only 50 cents each with this coupon they are with the mashed potatoes mixes and come in a small carton.

Disney and Marvel kids’ gummy vitamins are b1g1 free (or 2 for $5.98) print this coupon twice to get them for just $1.99 each!

–Sunsweet Plum Amazins and Cranberry Amazins are b1g1 free (2 for $2.98) print the print the 75 cents off coupon here twice (it doubles at GE) to get 2 bags for FREE


I don’t usually post Walmart coupon deals here but this one is just too good to pass up. I bought four of these a week or so ago with this coupon and it worked great. Print this coupon for print $1.50 Luzianne Pour n’ Stir iced tea mix . The individual packets are only 98 cents at Walmart so the coupon makes them free and gives you 52 cents in overages. This is regular price.

RedPack Toss in the Flavor Promotion and a Recipe

I received samples of RedPack products to complete this post. No other compensation has been received.

It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Some will say, the unofficial start of summer. There will be more than a couple picnics going on this weekend. Are you tired of taking the same boring pastas salad or fruit salad to picnics? Redpack has some tasty recipes that will give you lots of ideas to change up your picnic sides.

RedPack sent me a kit so I could try one of their “Toss in the Flavor” recipes. They all sounded amazing from the Panzanella (Bread Salad) to the Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad. The one that I just had to try was the Southwest Quinoa Salad.

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa cooked (follow directions on package)
1 (28 oz) can REDPACK petite diced tomatoes or 2 (14.5 oz) cans REDPACK petite diced tomatoes drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, and drained
2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
3 Tablespoons barbeque sauce of your choice
1 avocado, chopped
3 green onions, chipped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


In large bowl combine quinoa, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, chicken, and barecue sauce. Fold in avocado, green onions, salt and black pepper

Top with cilantro and serve.

RedPack Southwest Quinoa Salad

This was very tasty. I never made anything quite like it before. The combination of flavors really compliment each other. While you’re here checking out the recipes you’ll want to stop by RedPack’s facebook page too and enter the Toss in the Flavor sweepstakes 3000 winners will win a custom Redpack tote and 4 winners will win a Redpack Picnic Prize Pack.


Enter to win a RedPack “Toss in the Flavor” prize pack that includes:
–2 (14.5 oz) RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–1 (28 oz can of RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–RedPack branded wine tote
–“Toss in the Flavor” recipe collection recipes

New Renuzit Pearl Scent

I received the below mentioned product as part of the Purex Insiders blogger program.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

I love being able to add fragrance to my house.  Especially when I don’t have to worry about a flame or having an outlet available.  New renuzit pearl scents give you the option for a lot of fragrance in a stylish container.

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Renuzit pearl scents come in 5 different fragrances: Blue Sky Breeze (which I received), Serenity, Sparkling Rain, Tranquil, and Seductive Pineapple.  When you buy your Renuzit pearl scent you just have to unscrew the top off, peel off the protective barrier and replace the lid.  Then set it where you want some extra fragrance.

Have any of you seen those gel-like beads that are used in some kids toys like orbeez or Xploderz toy guns?  That is exactly what these pearls look like  I feel like, as a mom of a toddler myself, I need to throw out this disclaimer.  If you’re using these somewhere with little curious hands, be sure to put them up where little ones won’t mess with them.  I initially had mine sitting on a shelf in the living room (pictured above). Now the shelf is mounted to the wall above an arm chair.  My 2 year old daughter climbed up on the arm of the chair ans started pulling off the votive holders pictured.  This scared me because she’s quite smart.  She can open containers.  The lid screws off very easily and the beads could look like a toy or candy to a little one.  I moved it to the top of the microwave stand.

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I feel like they should have a protective barrier like a plastic shaker type top under the screw off top.  That’s my soapbox for now .  If you don’t have little ones to worry about or you know just where to put these so little ones can’t get them they pack a nice fragrance. The container is pleasant to look at. The bright colors would perk up any room.  I’ve had my Blue Sky Breeze open for over a week now and you can still smell it as soon as you walk in the room.

You can find Renuzit on Facebook: facebook.com/Renuzit

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