Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The MEDCottage-An old idea made new?

Granny flats, the spare room, the in-law apartment just a few of the names we have for the space our family elders might live in when they come to live with family.

Well we can add a new one...a shack in the back. This may be a bit unfair because the MEDCottage is not really a shack, it's a modular unit that can be potentially equipped with monitoring devices to help family members take care of an older or ailing family member. The unit can be placed in the backyard and connected to the power and other utilities of the main house.

What I love about it...
Privacy for the elder and the rest of the family while still being close.
Possibility of monitoring to make sure the elder is safe.
Supports families caring for their elders.
Designed of course to be handicapped accessible.

What I don't love about it...
The cost $65000-$75000 for the unit, proposed rental of unit is $2000 per month.
Being promoted as an alternative to nursing home care. If your family member needs skilled nursing care provided by a nursing home this is not a substitute.
Doesn't address social needs of the elder. If no one is home during the day, who is the senior interacting with?

If you'd like to read the whole article, here's the link

What do you think? Is this a cost effective possibility for eldercare? Would you consider it for a family member?

Friday, July 2, 2010

The following business story was created by the Coastside BNI chapter. It was part of a 10 minute presentation on the power of storytelling as a tool for aligning the energy of thought with desire. I have posted it at the group's request.

The words in blue were contributed by the members, using the criteria of the best feeling word they could find to fill in the sentence. These may or may not be powerful positive words for the reader. If not, simply substitute the words in blue for your own. Again, the only criteria is substitute the best feeling word to you.


I am appreciative to understand the role thought and emotion play in the success of my business.

I feel excited that with a little practice I can deliberately focus my thoughts.

I enjoy the freedom that being in business for myself offers.

I am pleased to be part of a group that is committed to helping each other succeed

I love working with clients who are enthusiastic, loyal, responsive and grateful.

I feel hopeful when I think that focusing my thoughts on the kinds of clients I like draw them to me.

I see myself moving through the many different tasks I do each day feeling excited, terrific.

When challenges come up, I see myself handling them with confidence, ease, flexibility and optimism

I can feel how terrific, how wonderful it will be to experience the financial success of my business.

It's going to be exciting watching my business begin to match my new story.

If you would like more background information on the power of storytelling, please refer to my previous posting.