Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
When choosing roofing systems, you will come across several options to choose from and there are a couple of things you need to consider in order to make a well informed decision. Not all systems are the same. The system you choose should compliment the overall look of your home. It is precisely for this reason that you need to consider the following important factors before making a decision.
The roofing system of your home should be selected in accordance to the area where the home is. Different regions are known to use different roofing materials. For instance, north eastern regions rely on slate while the south uses wood shingles and metal shingles. For this reason, it is important to weigh your options carefully before making a decision. When selecting a roofing system, it is extremely important to ensure it compliments your style as well as the materials used in other surrounding homes. What is more, different types of homes require different systems. As such, you should weigh your options carefully before making your pick.
This is another important thing you need to consider when looking at your options. In this case, make sure that the color of the roofing systems compliments the style of your home and exterior color as well. For instance, if you decide to settle with asphalt shingles, you can find these in different colors and you can choose one that compliments your home best. You also have to consider other factors like energy efficiency when settling on your most preferred color. Those building in warm climates for instance should settle for light colors that reflect sunlight and help by keeping the house cooler while those in cool climates should settle for a dark color in order ensure heat is absorbed from sources such as the sun.
When choosing roofing systems, you have to look at the building codes of your local areas in order to select the appropriate materials. There are certain areas that demand use of systems that amt least have fire rating and it is important to ensure you meet these requirements. Some of the most flammable options include shakes and wood shingles and it is important to ensure these are treated with fire retardant. In other areas, there are restrictions that need to be adhered to. It is for all these reasons that you need to carry out through research and ensure you settle for the best possible system.
There is bound to be a variance in different types of roofing systems. It is for this reason that you need to come up with a budget of what you are willing to spend. Make sure that you look at different systems and what their cost is in order to carry out a thorough comparison. The cost difference of these systems can at times be large and as such, it is important to consider it carefully.
Most new builders tend to overlook this aspect when choosing their systems. You should be careful not to make the same mistake. Before investing in any system, you should be careful to look at the weight and build a system that compliments the weight of your home. If you don’t have any clue about this, you should consult with a professional in order to ensure everything is in order.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Pacific Outdoor Living's Designer Showcase & Outdoor Living Expo Saturday October 25, 2014 from 9am - 4pm. Tour 5 amazing estates in La Cañada and Pasadena.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
A rising need for high acuity care in senior living has encouraged an uptick in memory care development, the latest data show. But while the need is prevalent—the number of Americans 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to triple from 5 million to 16 million by 2050—operators say it takes more than bricks and mortar to attract residents.
Guilt, industry insiders say, creates one of the biggest marketing challenges for high acuity senior living communities, spurring the need for marketing strategies that target the adult child or family member who most often make the decision to move a loved one into a memory care or assisted living environment.
And reaching the adult child or loved one of those who would most benefit from care in a high acuity senior living setting is crucial, since 85% of current caregivers are family members.
“Almost 100% of the time there is some kind of reservation [from the adult child] to place mom or dad in a senior living community — even if it’s the nicest senior living residence,” says Glenn Barclay, COO, with Jackson, Miss.-based Blake Management Group. “While it always helps to be in a beautiful building, they’re dealing with the feelings of letting go, no longer personally taking care of their loved one, and that brings feelings of guilt.”
“Families initially have a preconceived idea of long term care because they have the old image of a nursing home,” Barclay says, noting that new housing models are much different from those of 10, let alone 20 or 30, years ago. “Today senior living is all about lifestyle. It’s not just a residence for mom and dad. The older adult has so much to give back to the community.”
Some of the views prospective residents and their families might have about senior living are influenced by the type of language used in branding, says Jennifer Ruyle, chief branding officer of senior living consulting company Bild & Company.
“We usually say community, or care center,” Ruyle says. “We don’t use certain words that conjure up negative perceptions, such as facility. We’re also using the true stories and testimonials of current residents and their families when creating the core messaging for a [senior living] community. You want to show people are living purposeful lives and focus on the benefits they’re getting from that community.”
When prospects visit a community to learn more, involve the entire staff, Barclay says.
“From house staff, nurses, executive directors, kitchen staff — we want to introduce [that prospect and family member] to as many staff members as we can before they leave the building,” he says, adding that various staff members in addition to the marketing director are involved in followup calls to families. “When our residents move in they already know who everyone is. And that helps families feel better.”
Connect With the Adult Child
While the first meeting with a prospective resident and his or her loved one, who is often the caregiver, may not immediately lead to a move-in, creating a relationship of trust with that caregiver can benefit providers in the long run, says Perry Aycock, president of senior living services firm Retirement Dynamics.
“The challenge is that [the adult child] is usually harried by the situation they have found themselves in,” Aycock says. “As such, the marketing efforts we see as most beneficial — mission, leads and sales — are those that reach out to teach, train and support that caregiver. That way they get something that helps them do what they are doing better or more easily and builds a relationship. And, perhaps [an opportunity to] consider their other options versus putting their heads down to deal with the complicated situation they’ve found themselves in.”
Images used in advertising should reflect both the senior and adult child.
For an assisted living community, Bild & Co created a dual marketing piece that showed a mother and daughter together to create a message that would appeal to both parties.
“If daughter receives the marketing piece she may think, ‘My mom and I should look at this piece,’” Ruyle says. “And, if mom receives it, she may think, ‘I should show this to my daughter.’”
Overall, communicating a community’s mission effectively includes highlighting how the new living arrangement will benefit both the senior and family member, Barclay says.
“It’s really educating the prospects who are looking that this a good thing not just for mom and dad, but it’s good for the entire family,” Barclay says. “It’s going to give mom and dad a lifestyle and will give you [the adult child] peace of mind. If we’re providing three great meals everyday, that means you don’t have to worry about running to the grocery store, or mom and dad’s nutrition. Instead, you can visit our community and join mom and dad for a great meal.”
In addition, highlight what senior living can provide that few other resources can.
“What is giving the family the most grief or concern?” Blake Management Group staff identify off the bat, Barclay says. “We train staff to find out and let them know how our services can alleviate that so that they can go back to their son or daughter relationship and really enjoy each other as a family instead of [being in] a caregiver/patient relationship.”
Many seniors, especially boomers do not wish to be placed in senior community housing. For those that wish to remain at home, there are Certified Aging In Place Specialists or CAPS. To find a specialist in California visit http://socalremodeling.org. The Southern California Remodelers Council is a subsidiary of the NAHB and the BIA. Find a qualified consultant to help you develop the comforts that you need for you and your family.
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