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From Age to Vacations: The Harsh Realities of Divorce

October 19, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

A family is split up after a divorceGenerally, individuals considering divorce have some knowledge of what they should anticipate. They have observed divorces in movies and on television, while others have personally seen their parents or close friends go through it. Despite their second-hand experience, there are still some facts that they might be unaware of. So before you pick up that phone and contact a divorce lawyer in Albuquerque, get to know certain facts about divorce, according to the Law Office of Dorene A. Kuffer.

The younger you get married, the more likely you are to divorce

A research entitled Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States by M.D. Bramlett and W.D. Mosher discussed this particular fact. The study reveals that 59 percent of ladies who get married before they reach 18 years old are more likely to divorce within 15 years.

What’s worse about this is that those who fail on their first marriage tend to also fail on their second. Statistics reveal that 50 percent of first, 67 percent of second, and 73 percent of third marriages generally end in divorce.

Divorces usually happen after holiday seasons and vacations.

Let’s say your marriage is already rocky and you have an upcoming summer vacation planned. It will might be your last as a married couple. As troubling as it sounds, the majority of divorces happen after holidays or Christmas. If you really want to determine how strong your relationship is, going on a vacation is an ideal and risky method to find out. Traveling to a place without the comfort of your daily rituals and being with each other 24/7 has its tests. It will reveal some aspects of your spouse you might not have seen before.

The realities listed here are just a few essential facts you should be aware of in a marriage. It might not influence any decisions, but it will be interesting to discover the common circumstances that lead to divorce.

As U.S. Home Prices Rise, Buyers Face Limited Options

October 18, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Loans for real estate concept, a man and a women hand holding a money bag and a model home put together in the public park.If you intend to buy a home in Seattle, be prepared to pay for higher prices as property values in the city rose 13.5% in July, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index.

Aside from Seattle, the index showed that prices in 19 other major cities in the U.S. posted price growth that was more than expected for the month.

Urban Growth

The increase in home prices for July further complicated matters for buyers, as demand has inadvertently tightened competition for listings. For sellers, the situation allowed them to bump the price tags for their assets. Salary growth has not helped either, as the pace of growth for property values have constantly exceeded an increase in wages.

For the rest of 2017, it may continue to be a seller’s market following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Home prices are expected to increase in some parts of Florida and Texas as home supply took a hit. Recovery efforts will also affect affordable housing. However, a strong employment market will continue to encourage people to acquire homes. At the same time, low-borrowing costs for an FHA 203k loan will also keep them interested in becoming a homeowner.

FHA Loans

The FHA provides several loan types either for housing acquisitions or improvements. The 203k loan, for instance, allows applicants to borrow at least $5,000 for their single-family home purchase. The government sets the maximum loanable amount depending on your location.

Similar to other FHA loans, you can expect to pay an upfront down-payment worth as low as 3.5%. Interest rates typically reach at least 1% higher than a conventional loan.

As home prices increased in several cities in the country, prospective urban dwellers should consider several financing options to widen their options. Demand should continue to remain high in the near future, especially for low-priced properties.

 

Before and After: Two Services Necessary for Kiddie Parties

October 13, 2017 at 9:47 am Comments are Disabled

Professional cleanersPlanning a kiddie party at home can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Your child is turning another year and that calls for a celebration. Said celebration, however, also calls for an extra pair of helpful hands. Keep in mind that parties require careful preparation to ensure its success.

Apart from your family and friends, there are professional services you can hire to help you get through the preparation, celebration and even post-party clean up, so you can enjoy your time with your family and guests.

Food Catering Services

Cooking for a family is easy, but preparing food for a party of 15-30 guests is another story. Instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen, just hire a caterer to prepare the meals for your guests, both kids and grownups.

This will save you time from grocery shopping, preparing the dishes and cleaning up before and after party; also it will allow you to focus on other things you need to do yourself, such as the decoration and party favours. Trust these professionals to whip up delicious meals for your guests.

Professional Cleaning Services

It’s easy to clean the home and make it ready for the party, especially if you make big clean ups every week and small tidy ups throughout the week. But cleaning up after a party is a different thing.

For Kalloza, a local cleaning company, hiring a professional to do the job is the better option.  Professional cleaning companies in Sydney offer different packages that you can customize based on your needs. You can schedule them in advance and have them come over to clean at a time that you need them.

As in any party at home, the host is usually left with piles of kitchen items to wash and the entire home to clean up. Not to mention the stains and other after party mess that are tougher to clean. Getting the assistance of these professional services can help you from beginning to end so you don’t have to do everything on your own. There are plenty of reputable services in Sydney to do these things for you. This way you can focus on the items that you would like to personally accomplish and have a party that is well-prepared and fun.

Do not rob yourself of the fun from the celebration. Hire these professionals to do the job for you and have a happy birthday party celebration.

Recovery, not Readmission: What Hospitals Can Do to Prevent Rehospitalization Among Dialysis Patients

October 11, 2017 at 2:44 am Comments are Disabled

Hospital hallwayMedicare dialysis patients register a 35% readmission rate, and it’s a far cry from the 15% average admission rate for the entire population. And it’s not just among Medicare patients. A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported that about one in four dialysis patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Some of the patients were even readmitted three or more times. Because of the high rehospitalization rate, hospitals are urged to improve their services.

Holistic Approach, Intervention, and Risk Scores

In most cases, patients were brought back in because of problems apart from the one that hospitalized them in the first place. The authors noted, therefore, that hospitals must look at the patient and not just focus on the diagnosis during their admission. Moreover, they recommended interventions for patients who do not have access to a primary care physician. Validated risk scores that evaluate the risk factors of the dialysis patients could also help.

Increased Patient Engagement

Furthermore, hospitals need to engage with the patients more and give them all the information they might need. For instance, they could teach patients about the best practices when they are discharged from the medical center. Physicians could also check on them post-hospitalization. An extra doctor’s visit within a month after discharge could reduce their chances of being readmitted, too.

Hiring Case Managers

Case managers could also play a role in keeping the rate down because they focus on improving coordination and removing gaps that could lead to rehospitalization. Moreover, they keep track of the mandated discharge planning that could improve the patient’s well-being. And medical centers don’t have to worry about calling too early in the morning too. According to Case Management Innovations, a company that offers case management services, most tasks can be resolved remotely.

Not all readmission cases are avoidable. Hospitals, however, can do something about the preventable ones. By providing top-notch service and employing an excellent staff, they can make sure that their patients are on the road to full recovery.

Tips for Improving Your Brick and Mortar Store Sales

October 7, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Empty road with a sales text turning into arrow upward to the sky with bright sunlightPhysical stores, often called brick-and-mortar stores, are facing a conundrum these days. Many of them are still not riding the online bandwagon.

To be fair, not every online store is killing it, but those physical stores that have had the foresight to launch an online version — even those that have completely transferred their operations online — have a higher chance of success. It’s not too late for your physical store, even if these days the foot traffic is slower. Here are some suggestions that might help.

Have an Online Store

Of course, this is one of the better ways to make your operations more viable. More people these days go online to find what they need than visit a physical store outright. A website and social media presence can give you more opportunities to reach your target market.

Focus on Your Local Community

Regarding marketing a physical store, it is often the best idea to market to your local community. Your community was there for you when you were starting, and before online selling became more efficient. Don’t turn your back on your community now. More than ever, you need your community to help you out. Reach out to them with your marketing.

Offer Financing

If your products are pricey, such as high-end electronics or jewelry, and you aren’t offering financing already, you need to start considering it. You need the technology platform to offer in-store financing to enable more people to afford your products. Chances are, your competition is already doing it; many online stores have special offerings similar to it (credit card purchases are often like that). Your community may also appreciate that they can buy your goods on installment.

Tap Influencers

This is the new wave of marketing: asking or paying influencers to promote or use your products. These are the people you often find on blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram, and similar platforms. They aren’t necessarily celebrities (until they got famous online), but people who follow them number in the thousands or even millions, and these people are likely to believe them if they promote a particular product.

You don’t have an assurance that the influencer will like your product and say nice things about it unless you paid them (and not all of them accept payments because they want to maintain their independence). But if you have faith that your product is that good, and that people should buy it, an influencer might just change the game for your business.

It’s not easy keeping a brick-and-mortar store afloat. But if you follow the trends and do your best to catch up, you may not have to worry.

3 Must-Have Cards For Your Veterinary Practice

October 7, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

a veterinarian, pet owner and pet cat smiling for a picture inside a pet clinicA common mistake many veterinarians make is focusing too much on the business side of their practice and forgetting that what they do is also a part of the healthcare sector. While professionalism is extremely important for your veterinary practice, keep in mind that it’s just as much as a family-oriented business. Your clients treat their pets like members of the household, so you should too.

As such, you need to share the emotions (whether positive or negative) that they have when it comes to their pets. A great way to do this is through giving or sending them cards.

Here are three of the non-calling cards you should always have in your office:

Veterinary empathy cards

As unfortunate and sad as it sounds, most pets have a shorter lifespan than humans. However, the emotional attachment they share with their owners is similar to what humans have towards one another.

Show your concern by sending veterinary sympathy cards to clients who have suffered such a great loss. Moral support and heartfelt empathy are just as important during times of grief, and the recipient will truly appreciate it.

Birthday greeting cards

Celebrate your patients’ birthday with their owners by sending greeting cards. You most likely have this information in your records, so take note of them in your calendar. While it may seem easier to just send them a greeting through text or email, it doesn’t have the same kind of positive impact as an actual, physical birthday greeting card.

Congratulatory cards

Take part in the joy and excitement that newborn pups, kittens, and other baby animals bring to their owners with congratulatory cards. Your clients would love to thank you for the successful and smooth delivery of these cute babies; use the cards to show your appreciation for trusting you.

Guidelines on Buying Bath Towels for Your Hotel

September 30, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Three fold bath towels in a hotel bathroomGetting the proper hospitality bathroom and toilet accessories can prove daunting for some hotel owners. There are body and bath products that you need to get. These include; toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, shower caps, razor blades, soap, shaving cream, shower curtains and towels.

While most of these items are disposable, your bath towels are among the non-disposable items you need in every room. The feel and style of your towel is a major factor for the luxury of your guest at bath time.

Here are some tips on how to buy quality bath towels for your guests.

Go For Cotton Towels

Cotton is durable and makes for high-quality towels with ultimate softness. It also retains its colour for a longer time compared to other fabrics. Go for the type of cotton that has long fibres closely woven together, as this absorbs more water in a wash.

The tight weaving also absorbs the dye and does not fade quickly.

Pay Attention to Stitching

Avoid towels that have low-density loops, as they are not absorbent. If one can see the base textile under the towel, then the loops are not dense enough. Thick towels should also be heavier, so for quality control purposes, hold it up and gauge how heavy it is.

Ensure the towel has dual turned edges and stitched twice to keep it from fraying.

Get the Correct Size

Make sure you get the right towel size to suit your guests’ needs. A bath sheet is a bit bigger when you compare it to typical towels, and it should cover the body of an average person entirely. Some are best suited for taller and chubbier individuals, but an average-sized bath towel is also a practical option.

Going for entirely white towels is a good idea because they are easy to wash and they do not fade. You can also boil and bleach them for maximum sanitation. Once you have bought quality towels, make sure you maintain them well. This will ensure they are bright and fluffy for long.