They're back! If you are like me, then you must love watching hummingbirds! I love watching them soar and hover over my planters on my deck. I guess you could call me a hummingbird gardener. It's easy to do and still not too late to attract these delicate little birds. My secret is simple - plant nectar filled flowers they can't resist, and try to stay with red colors, which attract them. You donâ€™t need a huge manicured garden to get started. A simple hanging basket, container or window box packed with mostly red nectar-producing flowers does the trick. Many garden centers have hanging baskets on sale at this time of year. Or just put out a humming bird feeder and watch them come in for a drink. Flowers I would recommend include:
I guarantee that youâ€™ll want to expand your planting next year to bring in more of these unbelievable birds.
AGING IN PLACE
There is a strong movement these days to help the older generation stay in their homes as they get older. â€œAging in Placeâ€ started as a marketing term coined by those who work in the senior housing industry. But, it has evolved into a something millions of Americans are helping their elderly parents do: stay in their homes, be comfortable and safe in familiar surroundings. Here are a few ideas when it comes to remodeling your home to be able to age in place.
Before we get into specifics, itâ€™s good to start with something simple: if the main bedroom and bathroom are upstairs, this is going to probably have to change. Most aging in place experts suggest changing the entire first floor and adding the master bedroom and bath downstairs and leaving the upstairs for family and guests. Of course, you could install an elevator in your home or add a stair liftâ€¦but, if youâ€™re going to spend that kind of money, why not make some additions to the lower level?
There are a lot of changes that can be made here. Raising the kitchen sink and dishwasher, adding pull-out shelves to the lower cabinets and pull down shelves to the upper cabinets and changing the hardware on cabinet doors that make them easier to grip and pull open. There should also be consideration of space when looking at a kitchen re-design. If there is an island in the middle, see if a wheelchair can fit around it. Also, do you need to switch the type of floor you have in order to make it â€œless slippery.â€ Slip resistant flooring can be installed here and in the bathroom. Carpeting can also be a problem for wheelchairs, so you may want to consider changing the flooring in other parts of the first floor, too.
Consider light and the ability to add more light to a bathroom. As you get older and eyesight changes more light can really help. Natural light or track lighting would be perfect. Add grab bars not just to the bathtub but next to toilets and sinks. But, donâ€™t try to install grab bars yourself. We recommend having these installed professionally, since grab bars are used to help get up or sit down, they must be installed properly to support ones weight. You can also install comfort-height toilets, which are a bit taller than conventional toilets and are easier to sit down on. Change your bathtubs into showers that you can walk into and have a place to sit. Getting into and out of a tub will become harder with age. Another option would be to create a â€œwet roomâ€ bathroom or install a walk-in tub.
There are lots of other ideas we can come up with together! We can certainly help with designs to make sure you can remain in your home comfortably. Give us a call today and we can help you plan for your future! We do offer free consultations!
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~There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world. Only eight species regularly breed in the United States
~Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
~A hummingbirdâ€™s maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour. These birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour in a dive
~The average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs 3 grams. In comparison, a nickel weighs 4.5 grams.
~Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.