Myles McNamara of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care
Question: Is in-home care an affordable alternative to finding a group home for your loved one?
Answer: Depending on the quantity of care that is needed, home care can be costly, as it is not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medi-Cal. Long-term care insurance will cover home care, but each policy is written differently, with daily and monthly maximums. Unless 24-hour care is needed, a customized schedule can be created for each budget, and strategically coordinate care so that our seniors can remain in the comfort of their own home, which is where most seniors would prefer to stay. If 24-hour care IS needed, and the budget will not accommodate 24-hour home care, then a Board and Care or Assisted Living Community may be the better option.
Question: What kinds of services can an individual expect to receive with home care?
Answer: A customized care plan is created for each client. But basically, home care includes most anything that doesn›t take a medical license, and includes assistance with all aspects of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This can include personal hygiene assistance with bathing or showering, medication reminders, toileting assistance, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments and errands, etc. Sometimes companionship, to prevent isolation and depression, is one of the biggest benefits. Many of our clients are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and cannot safely be left alone, and a caregiver is the solution to allow them to stay in their own home.
Comfort Keepers can be reached at 661-287-4200.
William Sher of Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center
Question: How do I know if my grandfather clock or pocket watch has value?
Answer: All clocks and watches have value. The difference between high value clocks and watches and low value is maker, year of production, model number, and overall condition.
Question: What direction do you see the industry going in regard to watches and clocks?
Answer: Antique, vintage and collectible clocks and watches in recent years have seen dramatic growth in value. Collectors and dealers are willing to pay top dollar for desirable pieces.
Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center
18364 1/2 Soledad Canyon Rd
Canyon Country, CA 91387
Flipping Homes with Dean Glosup
Question: Is the home sales climate right now a good time for flipping houses?
Answer: Yes, now is a good time to flip houses. The loans are experiencing some upticks on interest rates, and yet sales remain strong. The main criterion for buying and flipping houses is predicated on the fact that there are always situations that cause some sellers to want to quickly get rid of houses. Deaths in the family, probate, divorce, late payments and foreclosures are among the top reasons people want to be rid of a “problem house.” These reasons are the least obvious. Then there is the stinky house, which is basically an embarrassment for the homeowner. They do not want to show and sell normally. The best deals can be gained with homes like these.
Question: What’s the simplest thing you can do to a house to make it sell?
Answer: When selling a house, the easiest thing to do if the house is already looking pretty good (“good bones” we call it) is to stage a house. Empty houses do not sell fast or well. The yard can be dolled up for not much money and a fresh coat of paint can make or break an easy sell. It is also quite easy to look at a house and see beyond how it looks now and see it as done. So, plotting the most direct path to a beautiful landscape or overall look of a house makes it easy to fix as well as to sell.
Dean Glosup can be reached at 661-618-7015