Independence Daze

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Independence Daze

Independence Daze The Cambridge Dictionary defines independence as “the ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people”. July is the month that we Americans celebrate our independence. At Golden Bridges, we constantly seek to help our clients maintain their independence. How? you might ask.DownsizingNot everybody needs to live in a three bedroom house, especially when they have become “empty nesters”. We can help clients retain their financial independence for a longer period by moving them to a less expensive home or condo.Aging in PlaceOften clients don’t really need to move, but in order to maintain their independence and remain at home they may need to re position things in the home.          * Kitchen items can be placed within convenient reach – between the shoulders and the hips          *A bedroom might need to be moved to the main level of the home          *Bathroom items can be hung on hooks or placed in shelving within easy reach and viewDeclutteringMaintaining independent mobility is important as we age. Assuring that the home is safe for someone who has lost mobility (and maybe needs a walker or wheelchair to move around) can be achieved by decluttering and opening up new pathways for daily living activities.Are you dazed by the enormity of these tasks? That’s where we can help. We provide solutions for those in transition. That includes those transitioning their level of independence. When we do consultations with potential clients, the first question we ask is “What is your goal?” In so many instances, the reply includes maintaining independence. And whether that is physical, emotional, or simply the opportunity to make independent decisions about the future, we are here to help. Susan Scholz, Partner Golden...

Read More

Calhoun Peaches

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Calhoun Peaches

Calhoun Peaches “Mom, I saw a sign for Calhoun peaches today. Remember when you always watched for those signs so you could make pies?”No reply.“Remember, Mom? Dad always wanted cinnamon and sugar on the top, but I wanted ice cream.”A look of confusion.“You remember, Mom!”A look of frustration and/or fear.“Mom, you know what I’m talking about.”Mom decides it is time to go back to her room and the visit is over.Have you ever experienced this or a similar conversation with your loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease? Experts say that a better way to start this conversation is, “Mom, it’s Calhoun peach season again.” Let her process that statement and wait for her response. Maybe she will remember when she made peach pie. Maybe she will talk about when she was a child and picked peaches in an orchard or her backyard. Maybe she will change the subject altogether. It’s fine. Who cares if she remembers that time you’re thinking of? The important thing is being together (with or without the peaches conversation).June is the month for recognizing those with Alzheimer’s and bringing attention to their (and their caregivers’) struggles. At Golden Bridges, we are observing the month by blogging and posting on our social media some tips for dealing with the disease and its devastating effects.The Alzheimer’s Association has some great posts this month too. Check out ten ways to love your brain  CLICK HEREBig Think posted about music and Alzheimer’s patients.CLICK HERE to find out more.And, courtesy of WTOP, some alarming statistics about the rate of diagnosis… “Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease…”To read the full article CLICK HEREIf you have a loved one who struggles with dementia, there are some simple things you can do to make them more comfortable in your (or their) home. Check out these tips and more.CLICK HEREAnd, if these seem overwhelming, get help.Attend a caregiver support groupGet more education from the Alzheimer’s AssociationTalk to their physician about the issues facing themCall Golden Bridges for a free consultation on making the home safe for them, or moving them to a safer living situation. Happy Calhoun peaches...

Read More

IL Veteran’s Home Move

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on IL Veteran’s Home Move

On Wednesday, April 24, Golden Bridges, Inc. will complete their work with the administration and staff of the Illinois Veterans Home to finalize the transition of residents to the new Lester Hammond Hall living facility. Prior to the relocation of residents, Golden Bridges staff have provided pre-move family communication ensuring that individual residents’ needs are met and family members are informed and involved. Six years experience in relocating clients, plus specialized training in serving seniors with disabilities and/or dementia enable them to anticipate and answer the specific needs of IVH residents.During the move, Golden Bridges staff will work alongside Veterans Home staff and directly with residents and their families to reduce transfer trauma. By setting up the new rooms as similarly as possible to their former rooms, it will be easier for residents to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.Transition to full occupancy of Lester Hammond Hall began in February, and concludes this week with the largest one-day move of 30 residents.Golden Bridges will use eleven staff members to sort, pack, and unpack veterans’ belongings. Items will be transported by IVH staff and volunteers of the local American Legion. Following the move, Golden Bridges will follow up with residents and families to ensure that their needs were met throughout the process.Golden Bridges is a Senior Move Management company that provides solutions for those in transition. Inaugural winners of the QACC Business Plan competition, they have served over 200 clients during six years in business. They have a total of fourteen staff members and a second location in Springfield, IL allowing them to serve an area that includes Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa and Central Illinois.To receive a free in-home consultation for your moving, downsizing or organizing needs, call them at 888-922-6368, email info@goldenbridges4you.com, and check them out on Facebook.NOTE:For additional information regarding this press release, call Susan Scholz at...

Read More

What Matters Most in Property

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Matters Most in Property

“What business advice would you give to other rural entrepreneurs trying to start a new business or expand on existing business?” In property, there are three things that matter most: location, location, location. This is paraphrasing a British real estate tycoon’s advice for success in real estate.  As rural entrepreneurs, we can relate to that advice.  Because we cannot (and frankly don’t want to) change our location, we have learned that what matters most is: visibility, visibility, visibility. Being in the relatively new industry of Senior Move Management, we knew that in order to obtain business, our potential customers first needed to know what we do, and how we could help them.  That is why we entered our local Chamber’s Business Plan Competition.  It was the perfect opportunity to introduce this concept to our rural market and gain VISIBILITY within the business community.  It not only yielded us start-up capital, but tremendous exposure in local media for our business and the introduction of Senior Move Management as an industry. Beyond our local market, we knew that Rural America could benefit from the service we provide to those who are facing the difficult task of leaving their farm – their roots – and moving (literally) into a new phase of their lives.  The Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative Challenge gave us the opportunity to provide VISIBILITY in the rural market for what had been primarily an urban-based service.  And, as a finalist in the REI Challenge, we again received media coverage for ourselves and the Senior Move Management industry. As a result of being a top four finalist in the challenge, our prize money has now afforded us another level of  VISIBILITY in the area we serve.  By purchasing a company vehicle – and wrapping it with our logo – we have now achieved a higher level of recognition in our local market.  While working with a client in a senior living community, our logo is visible and present.  Our referral sources in those facilities, in estate planning and trust departments, and in healthcare settings are reminded whenever they see the van that we are here to serve their residents, clients, and...

Read More

Are you the Star in the Middle

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are you the Star in the Middle

When passion, mission, vocation, and profession meet in the middle – you get the star.  For those of us at Golden Bridges we are living in the Star. To view this article click here: http://nasmm.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/one-friday-morning-08-01-14/

Read More