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How Helping Your Neighbor Improve His Home Can Help You

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If your neighbor is struggling with upkeep to his home, it is kind to offer to help. This is often welcome especially if you and your neighbor are close or at least friendly to each other. Even if you’re practically strangers, offering to help your neighbor with his DIY projects can help you become better neighbors, but it also helps improve the value and safety of your home. Here are ways you can help your neighbor with his home.

Tree Trimming
If your neighbor has unwieldy trees on his property, and the limbs need cutting back or pruning, offer to help, because not only does the beautification of your neighbor’s property help your home’s curb appeal, it can keep dead branches from falling on your property, causing injury and damage. In many cases, you may be legally liable for anyone who’s hurt by a falling branch on your property even if the tree is on an adjacent property.

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Foundation Repairs
If your neighbor’s home’s foundation is cracking, shifting, or tilting, it may be difficult to repair, but there are many DIY projects people can do on their own without having to tear down the house and refill the foundation. Many foundation repairs can be minor, and don’t require much more than a trip to the home improvement store and a weekend of work. Helping your neighbor handle this project makes his home value increase, which can also help your home’s value go up.

Fence Repairs
If there’s a fence separating your properties, you probably have a good idea of where the property lines end. This is a good thing. The problem with a fence in disrepair is that it could fall on one of your properties, causing damage or injury, or its shabbiness could affect your home’s value. In addition, it creates a security issue by giving invaders access to your home.

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Lawn Care
If you’ve got some extra time and a green thumb, helping your neighbor with his landscaping makes your property more attractive on a neighborhood level. This in turn can increase the value of your home.

They say tall fences make for good neighbors, but lending a helping hand can make you a good neighbor too. It can also help you increase the safety and overall resale value of your own home. So if your neighbor needs a hand, consider extending yours.

 

 

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03. May 2014 by Becky
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5 Ways To Help Your Neighbor For His Home Improvement Project

Home Improvement Project

When your neighbor has a home improvement project in mind and you want to lend a helping hand, there are a few ways you can go about doing so whether you want to help during the process or even physically. Helping your neighbor with his home improvement project is a way to better your relationship while also giving you the opportunity to give back to a friend in need.

Zoning Laws and Permit Requirements

If you want to help your neighbor with his home improvement project, be sure to check with your city’s local zoning laws and any permit requirements that may be in place depending on the type of addition or structure your neighbor is creating.

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Review Your Neighbor’s Budget

Review the budget your neighbor has put in place for various materials, paint, furniture, lighting and other fixtures before moving forward with any shopping. It is important to create an outline of necessities versus wants when creating any budget for a home improvement project. Building materials, paint, power tools, appliances and even decor should all have separate budget sections.

Create a List of Necessary Materials

Create a list of all of the necessary materials required in order to complete any new structures your neighbor wants to create for his home. It is important to list all structural materials along with estimated expenses to ensure there is enough money to complete the project.

Shop for Flooring Using the Right Outlets

Whether your neighbor is interested in real wood floors, linoleum, carpet or even ceramic tiles, shopping for flooring using both local and online outlets and retail shops is highly recommended. Browsing for the flooring that is right for your neighbor’s home improvement project online is highly recommended, especially when comparing all of the options they have to choose from together.

Home Improvement Project

Avoid Hiring a Professional Demolition Company

You can also help your neighbor avoid the hassle of hiring a professional demolition company by completing the demolition yourselves. When you avoid hiring a professional demolition company, you not only save time from having to make an appointment, but you are also giving your neighbor more money to put towards other areas of the current budget he has in place for the project.

Help your neighbor save on costs of his home improvement project overall by doing your own demolition without hiring a professional or an entire demolition company to do the job. To learn more about home improvement, click here

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16. February 2014 by Becky
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Gifts For Your Loved Ones

Acupuncture Session as a Gift Treat

With the onset of fall, people are already starting to think of special gifts for their loved ones for the holidays. While many people complain that stores force holidays on people far too early, it’s generally a good idea to get started as soon as you can to minimize spending and make your life a little easier. Creative gift-giving is a great way to maintain connections with your loved one, whether it’s for a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or “just because.”

One way to really show you care is to give a gift that will help the person feel as good as they can. Many people like to give luxury services like massages or facials to make the recipient feel relaxed, comforted and healthy, but another great gift idea is giving a loved one an acupuncture session. Traditional gifts like warm slippers, scarves, and jewelry are great, but giving the gift of pain relief is invaluable to someone who suffers any kind of pain. Acupuncture has been long regarded as a wonderful holistic way to relieve pain while avoiding chemical painkillers.

Acupuncture Session as a Gift Treat

Acupuncture Montreal can be given as a gift to any Montreal resident or visitor to help relieve pain. Maybe the recipient has sports injuries, chronic back problems, or pregnancy-related pain issues. Maybe the person you love has fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or other undiagnosed or difficult to treat pain. Acupuncture can help relieve the pain in ways that traditional Western medicine can’t, and giving the gift of a pain-free lifestyle can mean increased mobility and quality life for the recipient.

Instead of giving another set of warm fuzzy socks or a set of scented candles that the recipient might not even use, consider giving the gift of acupuncture. Everyone has pain at some time in his or her life, and not everyone prefers to use traditional painkillers. Acupuncture not only helps relieve pain, but it also can improve digestive, reproductive, and cardiovascular health. Anyone can benefit from acupuncture, not just chronic pain sufferers.

Acupuncture Montreal is a truly wonderful gift for anyone in or near the Montreal area. Whether or not the person is ill, injured, or in pain, or just wants to improve his or her health, a gift of acupuncture will help make that person feel better and live a better life. Whether you choose one or multiple sessions, the recipient is sure to be thrilled.

Finally, if your beloved person lives in or near Montreal area, the Montreal acupuncture session as a gift would really make him/her healthier and happier.

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20. December 2013 by Becky
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5 Local Places to Volunteer Your Language Skills

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Anyone who can speak a second language fluently can be an asset to their community. While you may not be able to use it constantly in business or in your personal life, you can use it to improve the surrounding community by volunteering.

Multi-ethnic Cultural Center
Every major city has a cultural center for many ethnic backgrounds. Whether it’s Spanish, Greek or Russian, there are cultural centers that could use your language skills. The centers often have volunteers take clients to government facilities. For example, a client may need translation services when they go to the social security office. The client might need help with filling out paperwork and translating the clerk’s questions.

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Adult Education
Even if you don’t have a Master’s degree to teach, you could volunteer to be a teaching assistant at an adult education school. They are always looking for volunteers to teach their students English as a Second Language. Having another language will help ease the learning process with students.

Nursing Homes
Most nursing homes do not have bilingual nurses. Residents might yearn for the chance to speak to someone in their native tongue. You’ll be brightening up the day of an elderly resident. You could play cards with them, board games or help them with simple requests to the staff if they don’t speak English very well. It can be frustrating for the elderly when nobody understands them.

Historic Locations
In smaller cities, there might be historic locations that could use your expertise to translate materials like web pages and pamphlets. They don’t have the funds to hire translation services so volunteering will be a huge help and much appreciated.

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Events
If you’re aware of an event coming to the area like a book fair or art show, volunteer to help out translating signs or advertisements. You could attend the event offering your services to the coordinators. Most event committees are on a budget and saving money with volunteers will help them provide other services to residents of the city.

If your second language is extremely popular, it might be difficult to find a place that doesn’t already have an interpreter or translator, but don’t give up trying to find a place to volunteer. Brain storm different places to inquire. When you contact any of the above places, ask if they know of anyone that needs your language skills. They can help you find the perfect place.

This useful website can help you with professional translation services when you need them.

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12. October 2013 by Becky
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How to help someone with Dupuytren symptoms

Dupuytren symptoms

More information about Dupuytren Contracture can be found here

Dupuytren’s contracture, more widely known simply as Dupuytren, is a malady affecting the hands, that often results in painful tightness and unsightly deformity of the fingers. It is a condition tat develops slowly over time. Dupuytren causes knots to form in the tissue underneath the palm of the hands, eventually developing into thick cords. These cords then pull on finger muscles, forcing them into a frozen bent or crooked position.

Those suffering from Dupuytren find it difficult to carry on certain daily activities as, once affected, the fingers are unable to return to a completely straight position. This makes simple tasks, such as putting on gloves, holding certain items, or even sliding one’s hands into pockets, difficult or, at best, complicated. The fingers most often affected are the pinky and ring fingers.

Treatment of Dupuytren symptoms

Unfortunately, researches do not yet know the precise cause of Dupuytren. One theory is that it is triggered by an autoimmune reaction. Fortunately, there are some treatment options available that can help alleviate the effects and symptoms.

The most effective and recommended treatment options are administered by a doctor or specialist. These include:

1. Enzyme Injections: Doctors can inject a certain enzyme into the formed cords underneath the skin of the palm, causing the tissue to become weak and soft. This then allows the doctor to manipulate and massage the hand, hopefully breaking the cords and returning the fingers to a straight position. Though this treatment can be effective, it is not possible in certain locations of the hand where nerve or tendon damage is a possibility.

2. Needling: This treatment is similar to the enzyme injection treatment, except a needle inserted underneath the skin is used to puncture and weaken the tissue cords. Physical therapy is rarely required after this treatment; however, contractions may recur, requiring a repeat in treatments.

3. Surgery: Surgically removing the tissue cords is also a possibility, although perhaps not the most ideal. The challenge lies in the fact that identifying the offending tissue can be difficult, especially in the early stages of Dupuytren. The degree of attachment of the diseased tissue to the skin can also make surgical removal challenging.

Dupuytren symptoms

Aside from the aforementioned professional treatments, there are also a few exercises to do at home that can help relieve the pain and discomfort of a loved one suffering from Dupuytren:

1. Finger stretches. Use your other hand or a stable surface to bend the affected fingers gently back away from the palm.

2. Use heat massage. Treat the affected hand with a microwaveable heat pack or a soak in warm water for several minutes before stretching. Afterwards, massage the palms, using a soothing oil or lanolin cream.

3. Protect the hands. Avoid exacerbating the problem by not gripping tools or other items tightly. If you must use your hand or hands for house work, always wear gloves with heavy padding, especially on the palms.

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18. September 2013 by Becky
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Retirement home

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Elderly people in a retirement home are often people who have lived through the epic moments of our country’s history like the Great Depression, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the end of the catastrophic Vietnam, or the fall of the Soviet Union. They are fascinating people, with interesting stories to tell and may even be able to give you the recipe for the perfect apple pie.

A retirement home is much more than a place where residence may need medical care and require mental stimulation to stay interested in the world. They can also be places to create stimulating games, orchestrate fun activities, and enjoy wonderful relationships with people who have much to tell you about the world we live in.

Senior people discussing at a retirement home

Description of Work

These homes require people to interact with residents. Employees or volunteers can provide all sorts of services—organizing or helping with bingo nights, card games, dances, and other activities to make the residents feel more at home. It is a wonderful place to work if you have an outgoing personality, like to be with people who have much experience to share, and are keen to offer a valuable service to your community. If you choose to be a volunteer or are employed by a non-profit organization for elderly people, you will get training, be taught the duties necessary to run the home, and understand the many benefits of spending time with the elderly.

Here is a short list of some of the things that you might do in such a home:

  • Converse with the elderly
  • Play cards
  • Decorate a dance hall
  • Tidy up rooms
  • Call out numbers at a bingo game
  • Help players find the numbers that were called out in a bingo game on their card
  • Give manicures, trim nails, apply nail polish, help residents use hand lotion or do their hair.
  • Keep common areas clean.
  • Provide emotional support to the elderly and their family visitors.

There is a common theme in all these jobs. They are designed to help maintain the environment and to build positive relationships with the elderly.

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Job Requirements

The best way to find the requirements of a particular home is to speak to the activities director.

There is no formal education or training required, and you can work here even if you have had no previous experience. Training is provided on the job.

However, here are some basic interests or abilities you should have:

  • You should enjoy being around people. This is a job for a people person rather than someone who has executive abilities or enjoys technical skills or likes to work with their hands.
  • You should enjoy playing cards and board games and have a reasonable level of ability with them.
  • You should be able-bodied, and be able to steer wheelchairs, pick up after people, and do simple chores.

 

Find more details on this topic here.

 

 

 

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09. May 2014 by Becky
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5 Ideas for Obtaining A Website Translation

Charities often run into difficulty when it comes to material written in another language. Not only do they need to translate it for non-native speakers, but charities must find a way to do so that is cost effective. Website translation can be hard to find, but there are several different ideas you can employ to get at least a basic translation.

1. Find volunteers.

Many people want to help charities, but they lack the money to donate. However, these people do have valuable skills that they give in place of money. Many people who are bilingual will volunteer to do free translation of websites and documents for charities; all you have to do is post a ‘help needed’ advertisement somewhere that it is likely to be seen.

2. Find beginning translators.

Many people who are trying to find work as freelance translators need to build up a portfolio first. These beginning translators are usually willing to do pro bono work in order to do so, and then they get the additional benefit of helping a good cause. Keep an eye out for listings from people who are attempting to get started in their own efforts; you may be able to help them while they help you.

3. Use an online translator.

There are many translation tools on the internet that you can use for translating different texts. The problem with most of these is the accuracy; the translators use algorithms to calculate how something should sound, and these algorithms often fail to take into account the informal language used in documents, as well as the fact that some languages have phrases that lack a literal translation.

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4. Find lower-cost translators.

Almost like another level of the freelance translators, those who have been at the job long enough to build a small name for themselves, but not long enough to charge top-tier prices can be a good option. The key to remember is that some of these translators might not be of the quality you’re looking for; it’s important to make sure their work is up to par when you hire them.

5. Pay the professional price.

There are a few different elements in play here. The first is that a high-quality translation will go entirely unnoticed, which is the point. No one reading it should know that it was translated from another language. The second is that you have complete peace of mind in the professional’s ability. However, these translations are often very expensive, and should only be used if you are positive you need a translated web page.

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04. May 2014 by Becky
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