Time To Enjoy The Pool

Summer means fun in the sun by the pool.  Many mobile home parks have pools for the enjoyment of their residents.  It is very important that you are aware of the rules and regulations of your community regarding the use of the pool, hot tub and other facilities.

Most communities limit the use of these facilities to the residents.  For example, if a resident has a guest, guests must be accompanied by their resident adult host.   Resident cooperation helps make the swimming pool a fun place for all.

Pool rules are in place to make the community pool a fun and safe place for everyone to enjoy.  If you do not have a copy of your Park rules, be sure to ask the community manger for a copy.

Refreshing & Delicious Sparkling Lemonade

Who doesn’t love chilled lemonade on a hot Summer day? Made with club soda, this version is slightly bubbly and bursting with citrus flavor.  ENJOY!!

¾ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Water

¼ Cup Lemon Peel Strips (about 1 ½ lemons)

¾ Cup Lemon Juice

1 Cup Club Soda, Chilled

In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon strips. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.   Transfer to a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Discard lemon strips. Stir in club soda. Serve over ice. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

Source:  https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sparkling-lemonade

Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

As Summer approaches, it is good to be reminded of some Summer Safety Tips that will help keep you and your family safe while enjoying the warmer months.

Have a Sun Safe Summer:

It’s natural to want to get out in the sun during warm Summer days.  It should also be second nature to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside.  Ultra violet rays are the #1 cause of skin cancer.  Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and premature wrinkles.  But shielding your skin with clothing, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and staying in the shade, can help lower your risk.

Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outdoors.  Water Resistant does not mean Waterproof.  No sunscreens are waterproof or sweatproof.   One ounce should be used

initially, and then reapplied every 2 hours if swimming or sweating.   Hats, sunglasses and protective clothing with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) serve as an extra layer of protection.

Stay Hydrated and Prevent Heat Exhaustion:

Drink Plenty of water before going outdoors, and to prevent overheating, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day even if you are not thirsty.  Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. On extremely hot days, limit direct exposure with the sun and if possible, stay indoors during mid-day hours.  This is especially important for adults over 65 years of age whose bodies are less effective at regulating body temperature.  Wear light colored, light weight, loose fitting clothing and avoid exercising outdoors on hot days.

Stay Water Safe:

During the Summer months, people are drawn to community pools and beaches.  Larger crowds require you to be more aware of your surroundings.  Pools tend to be busy and loud allowing for a child to drown without being seen or heard.  Never let a child swim alone, and always have an adult assigned to watch the pool during parties.  In the ocean, never swim alone.  Try to swim near lifeguard stations and always pay attention to the water condition flags.  Never swim near surfers, be aware of undercurrents, shallow water & rocks, and wear swim shoes to prevent injury from hot sand and rocks.

Always Drink Responsibly:

Summer is a time for celebrating.  While enjoying the holidays, birthdays and other momentous occasions, always remember to drink responsibly.  Do not operate any motorized vehicles while drinking and most importantly, never drink and drive.

Stay Safe While Enjoying Outdoor Activities:

Hiking is a Summer favorite. Try to stick to marked trails and identify landmarks often so they can help guide you back.  Let people know where you are going and when you are likely to return.  Hike with plenty of water, sunscreen and non-perishable snacks.

If camping, remember to shake out your shoes before you put them on, you never know when a spider or scorpion will take refuge in your items.  Never go to sleep with a campfire still burning, and never keep food inside your tent, store it in your car away from sleeping campers.

Finally, on road trips and in everyday life, always remember that cars can be deadly.  NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle.  The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120+ degrees.

Enjoy Your Summer, Stay Safe and Have Fun!!

Sources:

www.americancancersociety.org

www.well.blogs.nytimes.com

Affordable Housing vs Low-Income Housing: What is the difference?

There is lots of talk these days about the need for more affordable housing in the Southern California region. It is important to recognize the difference between “low-income” housing and “affordable” housing.

Low-income housing is subsidized by the government. There are several projects throughout the region that are monitored by local government housing authorities. An on-line search or call to the regional housing authorities will provide a list of available low-income housing rental projects. Some projects are for veterans, seniors and others for all-ages. There are also low-income for-sale housing projects sponsored by housing authorities and by organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

In these low-income housing developments, renters or home buyers must meet strict income guidelines. Only low-income can qualify to live in these developments. The income is determined by the income of the entire family and includes funds in the bank and investments.

Affordable housing, on the other hand, is not limited to low-income renters or purchasers. There is no limit to the amount of income a person or family has. It is their choice to live in the available affordable housing. Apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks/manufactured housing communities are considered affordable housing stock in the various individual jurisdictions housing elements. Continue reading

New Medicare cards to protect your identity

The government started sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified. Historically, Medicare ID cards have been stamped with the Social Security numbers of members. But that has been problematic: If a wallet or purse is stolen, a thief can use that information, along with an address or birthdate on a driver’s license, to steal someone’s identity.

The new cards address such concerns by removing each member’s Social Security number and replacing it with a new, randomly generated, 11-digit “Medicare number” (some capital letters are included). It will be used to verify eligibility for services and for billing purposes going forward.

Source: Orange County Register and www.medicare.gov

Another Mobile Home Burns! Will Your Insurance will Cover your Home?

On March 15, 2018 a mobile home was destroyed completely by fire in the City of Cypress, Orange County. The photos show the devastation. The man inside the home suffered burns. According to a March 15 Orange County Register report the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Officers escorted the subject away from the residence seconds before an explosion occurred.

When a fire like this happens the first questions or comment is, “We sure hope the owner of the home was insured.” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is frequently that the home owner is either uninsured or under insured.

Fires happen. It could be your home damaged by a fire in a neighbor’s home or a huge disaster like wild fires where embers land on your roof and there is no stopping the damage and devastation that follows.

The pictures of this disaster tell the story. Don’t be caught without insurance. It is recommended that you consult with a professional who specializes in insuring mobile and manufactured homes for your insurance coverage.

The key is to have the home insured for replacement value. If you have a loan on the home and it is completely destroyed by a fire, you still owe the loan amount, plus you need to now replace the home.

The insurance coverage needed will need to cover the removal of the old, destroyed home, the preparation of the lot for the placement of a new home, payment of the mortgage and the purchase of a replacement home. This could be a considerable sum, but far better to be insured for the total loss.

Californians vs. Gas Prices

California is the third largest state in the United States by square miles. Although some cities have reliable public transportation, it’s easier to get around in the suburban cities if you have a car. Whether you drive a few miles every day for your errands or commute for an hour for your work, we have all seen the gas prices going up recently.

An article written by Kevin Smith, published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, explores a few reasons why you might be paying more for gas than you should. If you are looking for ways to lower your expenses, consider the following points made in the article titled, “Here are the top money-wasting habits when buying gas, are you guilty of any of them?”
Smith uses a study done by GasBuddy and boiled down the list of these money-wasting habits to a few categories.

The study showed that almost 80% of the respondents have a gas station they regularly go to. It’s not a surprise that many people have a gas station they regularly go to, since it’s probably the most convenient location. Continue reading

Thinking of selling your home?

Before selling your home, be sure everything is in order regarding the registration of the home with the State of California, that taxes are all paid and current, and that you are aware of the proper disclosure forms that must be provided to the buyer of your home. These forms are outlined in California Civil Code Sections 1102 and require the seller of a manufactured home to disclose information including what items are included in the home, significant defects/malfunctions, hazardous materials in the home, and that any room additions comply with the appropriate code. The disclosure form is far more detailed, so be sure that you are thoroughly aware of this section of the California Civil code BEFORE you put your home up for sale. You will also want to advise the on-site manager/park owners that you are selling your home so that they can provide you with additional information or procedures that will need to be followed.

Caring for Your Well-Being

The tragedy of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has sparked a massive debate between gun control laws and mental health issues. As you probably have read or seen in the media, there are extensive arguments for both sides of the issues. No matter what your political or personal views are, we can all agree that mental health is a very important aspect of our lives. Yet we are not constantly reinforced to take good care of our mental health. Think back to your upbringing, schooling, or training from work – how many figures in your life taught you to take proper care of your mental health? Now think about the stigmas and stereotypes associated when you think of “mental health issues.” Do these stigmas inhibit you from seeking mental health support?

According to American Psychological Association, one in four adults of age 65 or older experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or dementia. As you age, it may become more difficult for you to take care of your mental health, especially if you need to care for your physical health. But according to the World Health Organization, mental health correlates with physical health.

It’s important to remember that you are responsible for your own mental health. If you are feeling depressed, have anxiety, feel anger, or feel isolated or lonely, it is your responsibility to speak up when you visit your primary care practitioner. Many health systems are merging health care into primary care visits, and if your doctor is unable to help you, he can direct to you to the right place. There are many factors that can affect your mental health. You don’t have to have gone through a traumatic experience to have mental health issues. You don’t have to invalidate your feelings by thinking that it is “not a big deal”, or thinking that you can “tough it out.” It is far better to be proactive and seek help or support instead of hiding behind any feelings of shame or embarrassment.

If you are thinking about seeking support for your mental health but don’t have healthcare or don’t know where to start, there are many resources available locally and even online. If you visit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, you can find local and online peer support groups. You can contact your county’s public health office to be referred to a professional, a screening and assessment service, or a local support group. If you know someone else who seems to be having mental health issues, you can reach out and advise them to seek support. Remember that taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your body. With a little effort, you can have the support that you need to maintain your well-being.

Resources By County:

San Bernardino Public Health: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/resources/

Riverside University Health System: http://www.rcdmh.org/Directors-Message

Orange County Social Services Agency: http://ssa.ocgov.com/health

Senior Health Outreach & Prevention Program: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/phn/specialized/shopp

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home

Source:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-10-11/older-adults-struggle-to-get-adequate-mental-health-care

Cold and Flu: Winter 2018

As you probably have heard by now, this season’s flu has taken the lives of many individuals. Hospitals and emergency rooms are over-crowded by patients showing symptoms of the flu. Some have had to pitch tents in their hospital parking lots to treat patients. If you have been fortunate enough to not get sick this winter, make sure you take enough precaution to stay healthy. It’s not too late to get the flu shot and take extra measures to keep your environment germ-free. The following article written by Barbara Brody has a few guidelines for how not to get sick, as well as what you should do if you do catch a cold.

Kick the Cold by Barbara Brody

How to avoid getting sick in the first place–and what to do if it happens anyway

You know the misery the common cold can bring. Most adults battle two to four colds every year, thanks to more than 200 viruses that can make you cough, sneeze, and feel like you can hardly breathe through your nose, thanks to congestion. But you’re not powerless to reduce your risk or tame symptoms.

How not to get sick

Your friend might insist that loading up on vitamin C, eating garlic, or taking zinc supplements has made her cold-proof, but so far research does not show such strategies make a major difference.

What to do instead? “The most important thing you can do is to wash your hands often,” says Lisa Kalik, MD, an internist at Medical Offices of Manhattan and clinical assistant professor, Department of Medicine, at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Throughout the day, you touch germ-covered doorknobs, subway handles, and other people’s hands when you shake them. The only surefire way to get them off before they infect you is to use soap and water. The CDC advises scrubbing thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

If you don’t have a sink handy, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer should also do the trick, says Kalik. It tends to work well enough at killing the viruses that cause colds, so keeping a bottle in your purse is a smart move.

I’m sick–now what?

When you do come down with a cold, expect it to last seven to 10 days. If you’re sick longer-or if you have a high fever, wheezing, or are coughing up blood–call your doctor.

You can’t really cure a run-of-the-mill cold, though some evidence suggests that taking vitamin C, Echinacea, and zinc supplements might shorten the duration by a day or two. That said, you can do plenty to feel better. The key is to match the complaint to the remedy. For example, if you have:

  • A low-grade fever or feel achy, try over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • A cough with chest congestion, try an expectorant, like guaifenesin, or a cough suppressant, such as dextromethorphan, which may help with the dry cough that often comes with a cold.
  • A stuffy nose, try a decongestant like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine.
  • A lot of sneezing and a runny nose, try an antihistamine like chlorpheniramine. You may want to take these at night, since some can cause drowsiness.

And if you want some drug-free remedies, try honey to soothe a cough, a saline nasal rinse to clear out mucus, or a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. Be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.

Ask your doctor

Do I need antibiotics?

“For the common cold, the answer is 100% no, because it won’t help,” says Lisa Kalik, MD. But if you don’t feel better after 10 days, check in with your doctor to rule out other conditions.

Are over-the-counter cold remedies safe to take?

Yes, but if you have any chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, be sure to check with your doctor first.

Can I try immune-boosting supplements?

“It generally can’t hurt to try one,” says Kalik. Still, make sure that supplements won’t interact with other drugs and supplements you take.

Should I be tested for allergies?

If a cold seems to last forever–and your doctor has ruled out more serious problems–you may be dealing with allergies instead.

Source: https://www.medicalofficesofmanhattan.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Winter-17-WH-_Cold-Story1.pdf