3 Tips to Living Safely in Your Home

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As the median age in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding areas increases from 40 to 44 years old, some people are starting to consider retiring to warmer climates.  Florida and Texas are widely becoming popular “retirement destinations” for our rapidly aging population. However, there is a key segment of our community that wants to remain living safely in their houses well beyond their golden years. As you age, things that were something you didn’t give much thought to in your earlier years become potentially life threatening issues later on in life. Jim Thorpe is a beautiful, small town community and a lot of people who live here love it and don’t want to leave. Here are three tips we can offer you to help make your home a safe place to live out the remainder of your life.

Install A DIY Home Automation Project

Living Safely via Home AutomationAlthough crime in Jim Thorpe is almost 50% lower than the rest of the country (and 39% lower than the Pennsylvania average) living safe in your home is still something you should consider a top priority. Today, there are very simple Do It Yourself home security systems you can install. A fantastic option is the JAQX system.  JAQX is a DIY Home Automation Project that allows homeowners to install various pieces such as wireless smoke detectors, door sensors and window sensors.  JAQX can be installed all at once, or piece by piece, over time.  They even include cellular based central station monitoring for a true “living safely at home” experience.

Living Safely by Installing A Walk In Tub or Hydrotherapy Shower

Living Safely via Walk In Tubs and Hydrotherapy ShowersTwo thirds of most household accidents occur in the bathroom. As a person ages, it becomes more and more difficult to maneuver around the bathroom safely. Slips and falls in the tub can become a life or death situation for a senior citizen or person living with a physical disability. Recently, we learned of a Phoenix based company, Expert Home Safety, that has partnered with some walk in tub installation contractors in the Philadelphia area to help deliver some quality walk in tub or hydrotherapy shower solutions. They offer 100% free in home consultations with a licensed occupational therapist who can discuss your unique situations.

Install a Stair Lift to Keep Your Second Floor Accessible

Living Safely via Medical StairliftMany houses in Jim Thorpe, PA are traditional two story colonials. One of the most dangerous parts of these homes can be the second floor. Navigating stairs can be treacherous and almost impossible for people who are mobility impaired. Installing a stair lift can help maintain your safety while still giving you full access to your entire house. Combine that with the fact that a stair lift will, typically, not reduce the resale value of your home and you can see this will help make your home a safer place.

Tips To Avoid Back Pain When Doing Yard Work

Do you suffer from back pain when doing yard work?

Lower Back Pain Treatment PottstownI know I do. Fox31 in Denver recently ran a really cool news piece where they interviewed a local chiropractor and he gave some pretty cool tips on avoiding back pain while working in the yard.  Many people don’t realize that doing yard work while experiencing small twinges of pain can do long term damage to your back.  He explained that people who do yard work get over zealous, not realize that the pains they are feeling are leading to significant issues and wind up in their chiropractors office with complaints that their back and neck hurts and all they did was plant flowers in their garden.

The piece also recommends doing a warm up before tackling specific jobs around the yard and why it’s necessary to do your warm ups. It tells you how you should perform the specific jobs in order to save your back. Lifting and bending are the culprits that can send your back into the pain you don’t want.

If you follow the steps to avoid back pain while doing yard work you should maintain a healthy back.

If you end up with unwanted back pain looking for a good Chiropractor is important to solve your problem but can be difficult. Searching the internet will give you some solutions and helpful.

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Just like your lawn equipment you should keep your back in tip top shape so seeing a Chiropractor routinely will help prevent unwanted problems while doing yard work. So if you have not been going to a Chiropractor routinely and your do your yard work yourself you should check out the video on the Fox31 website and follow the steps to avoid back pain when doing your yard work.

4 Essential Questions To Ask A Prospective Dentist

We people tend to take our health for granted. In dire situations, like when worsening toothaches or any other dental condition get the best of our productivity, we always turn to our local dentist for help. Being so preoccupied by pain, with focus on the procedure and not on the series of question we should ask our dentist before leaving the clinic.

You can save as much as a thousand dollars on your next visit to the dentist by asking these simple questions:

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Can you give me a detailed prognosis on how I got this condition?

Dentists charge a handsome amount for their services; therefore, we should also ask a handsome amount of questions to get our money’s worth. If you got your condition from any traumatic injury, or suddenly experienced unusual throbbing pain while you were on a dietary regimen, tell your dentist so he/she can readily assess what’s going on in your mouth. Dentists are not mind-readers – so we must tell them what they need to know. There are also cases where patients will avoid telling the dentist the truth because of the sensitive nature of the prolem. For example, if a sexual act has caused a pain or lump in the mouth, it’s important that the dentist knows that.  Dentists must also abide by the “doctor-patient confidentiality” laws that will disbar any dentist from practice if he/she leaks out “any” details if your conversation – more so if it is sensitive information. So feel free to tell your dentist anything that may have triggered the onset of your condition.

What areas do you specialize in?

cosmetic dentistThe banner outside of the office or on the website may not always give a clear embodiment of that dentist’s purported ‘specialty’. If you are in any way doubtful, or just making sure that your dentist does well in what he claims, ask him a few questions on his track record and how he earned his reputation as a ‘leading’ cosmetic dentist.

Many a time, dentists fall short of their promises and give their patients substandard services. If you feel that your tooth/teeth did not get any better or if the procedure – and by regard, any procedure (might it be a simple tooth extraction or a root canal) – just worsened the previous condition of your tooth, go back to the dentist and ask for an explanation on why your tooth did not get better. If he declines or reacts prematurely in any way, and does not give even a partial refund if he knows what he did is wrong, you can file a report to your local dentist organization. Be sure to check your dentist’s affiliations before filing a complaint. Sending a complaint directly to his affiliate organization may expedite the process of ruling him out the flock of ‘good’ dentists. Visit the American Dental Association (ADA) website for more details on this matter. There have been many cases of ‘bad’ dentists, meaning you’re not alone in your plight.

Do I need to buy your product?

It’s been said through and through – ask questions. If your dentist forcefully recommends a product to you, ask him/her why you should buy that product. Many patients buy a product the same day their procedure took place. It’s best if you do your research about that product first, then come at a later time and date when you are set to buy that product.

If you find cheaper dental products similar to what your dentist is recommending to you, ask for peer advice from internet communities on whether you buy either the product your dentist endorses or a similar, cheaper dental product readily available on the internet.

Can you give me a discount?

dentist discountPatients should rectify their ideals of not asking a discount from a professional. Indeed, professional work requires professional fees, but dentists are human beings too – able to empathize to your financial needs. Dental discounts can be given by the dentist especially when you come to an agreement of paying in cash than using immediate dental insurance – you’ll still get a refund anyway.

On your next trip to the dentist, don’t forget to ask these questions. You’ll save a lot and learn a lot too.

A Few Simple Tips For Finding A Great Dentist

Finding a great dentist isn’t easy. Whether you live in Hawaii or Fort Myers, FL, this can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t been to a dentist for a while. Here are some simple tips to help make this task easier:

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Ask People You Know

A great way to find a dentist is to ask other people that you know and trust. Word of mouth advertising, especially amongst your family, colleagues or friends is so critical. Often they will have good recommendations. In addition to asking what dentist they recommend, ask about other qualitative factors. Find out if the dentist is friendly, has a nice waiting room and has a great staff.

What if you are new to an area?

If you are new to an area, you may not know anyone who can recommend a great dentist. So what do you do in this scenario? Ask credible people who are in a position to know who the best dentists are. Often hospitals and other health facilities employ the services of a number of dentists. So they are in a great position to know who the best dentists are. All you need to do is call them up and ask for a recommendation.

You can also ask a local dental school. Dental schools are in a great position to know who the best dentists are in the area. In addition, dental schools may even offer lower rates than a regular dentist for dental care. Sure, you will have students performing your dental care, but they will be well supervised by extremely experience dentists who know what they are doing.

Use the Internet

Today, everything is on the web. Search for a website that lists dentists in your area along with patient reviews. A great resource like Yelp.com is great for something like this. Look for a dentist that is convenient for you and also look at their reviews. Make sure that their patients have a lot of good things to say about them. And if a dentist has a lot of negative reviews, look elsewhere.

Also visit the dentist’s website. You can learn a lot by checking out their website. Does the dentist offer all of the dental services required to meet their needs? You can also get a feel for the dentist’s personality by the way they have designed their site and what they talk about on their website. And if the dentist has posted a video, then you are really in luck. You can get a good sense of their personality too.

Special Dental Needs

When choosing a dentist, you should also consider your special dental needs. If you have healthy teeth, choosing a dentist is easier because all dentists are able to do the basics like cleanings and taking x-rays. But if you have crooked teeth you may want a dentist that specializes in orthodontics. Or if you want your teeth to look better you may want a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and so on.

Check Your Dental Plan

Another great way to choose a dentist is to look at the dentists that are pre-approved by your dental plan. In this case, you will already know that they will accept your dental insurance. But you should be sure to ask a lot of questions to confirm that they are the right dentist for you.

Call the Dentist

Once you have narrowed down your list of potential dentists, call them. See how you are treated on the phone. Confirm that they take your insurance. Find out

  • how to get to the office
  • what their business hours are
  • how they handle dental emergencies that are outside of their business hours.

Take a Test Drive

Some dentists will offer free consultations or even free cleanings to prospective patients. Take them up on their offer. You will get free service and also a chance to chat with them so that you can see if you get a long.

Don’t Get Taken for a Ride

Some unscrupulous dentists will try to sell you services or treatments that you do not need. In this situation, go with your gut instinct and get a second opinion from another dentist if you are unsure that any treatment is not right for you.

Also, some bad dentists will post fake reviews on review websites. So always take the reviews that you see on these sites with a grain of salt. Make sure that the reviews align with your experience with the dentist and look elsewhere if they do not.

Remember you don’t have to go with the first dentist that you find. If you are not happy with them in anyway, keep on looking. Eventually you will find the right dentist for you and your smile.

Is Jim Thorpe A Retirement Secret

It’s a little known secret that Pennsylvania has a large retirement population group living in the state. Is Jim Thorpe a retirement secret is a good question. Most people think that the warmer states have the corner on retirement but Pa is competing hands down.

Many retire’s in Pa are gravitating to the hills of Pa where they can live a very comfortable lifestyle and live fairly inexpensively. Let’s take a look at a little sleeper town in Jim Thorpe, Pa that has around 70 retirement homes.

These homes are nestled in the beautiful hills of Jim Thorpe and provide a serene setting for people who are retiring to a less hectic live. Many of the people are coming from the cities of Philadelphia and New York to enjoy the less hectic life style but allow them to enjoy the cities which they are close to.

Each is a short drive to visit and enjoy the big city amenities and still make it home for dinner. There is plenty of recreation things to do in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding Poconos Mountains with a 4 seasonal climate that appeals to many. Not everyone wants to have a warm climate all the time and welcomes the changing seasons.

There is a trend with many Seniors gravitating to rural areas for a simpler lifestyle and it’s going on in Virginia, Pennsylvania and many other States that are deliberately attracting Seniors. Pennsylvania has a lottery that actually provides funding to seniors and it very profitable.

So if you are looking for a place to retire please check out rural Pennsylvania and just take a drive through Jim Thorpe. It’s a cute little town with lots of character and an amazing history. This town is full of charm and ambiance and will woo anyone who dares to go there.