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Planning for Retirement and Home Care Services

Prepare for life after working by considering elderly living options and the home care services provided within them. Reaching retirement is an exciting, yet often confusing, period in our lives. Suddenly, our days are no longer regimented, our homes are a bit emptier as our children have grown, and, unfortunately, our bodies are not as capable as they once were. As a result, many senior citizens must assess their situations and decide what their best living option is when retired. For majority of senior citizens, one of two things is important to them when making this decision: either they want to be near family, or they want to be near friends or peers who are similar in age. In either case, home care services might become a necessity at some point in retirement. In-home care is a great way for seniors to get extra assistance with daily tasks, transportation, or medical support in the privacy of their own home. Here are a few things to consider, courtesy of Alliance Senior Care, when choosing your retirement living situation. Where do you Want to Live? For most people, the biggest thing to consider when deciding where to live is ‘who do I [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Alliance Senior Care|0 Comments

Are the requirements for learning and change part of your onboarding process?

Learning and change are two necessary components of a lean company’s onboarding process for a new employee.  If lean learning is defined as an ongoing journey toward personal and professional improvement, then every new employee will soon be familiar with the adage that “at the end of every success is another obstacle waiting to be perceived as yet another learning opportunity.” Change, or the ability to pull yourself out of your comfort zone to reflect on each of the company’s procedures even when no problems may be currently apparent, is integral to lean learning. “The continuous improvement mentality is critical for sustainability; employees must be empowered to challenge and continue looking for ways to improve and make their processes better,” writes business consultant Mercibel Gonzalez in a blog article about lean learning and change. “Training and having a client immersed in the whole process is critical to start shifting the mentality towards continuous improvement,” states Gonzalez. “Our work as consultants is just the start of the change chain. There are always forces of change in action… so to remain competitive clients need to adapt and continue evolving. “As part of our work we teach and train the operation on lean concept application,” says Gonzalez. “Giving them [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Lean Learning Center|0 Comments

2017 Land Rover Discovery Boasts Space, Comfort, and Style

Three rows with seven full-size seats make the 2017 Land Rover Discovery an ideal choice for drivers with family and/or an adventurous spirit. Form, function, and finesse all come together to create one of Land Rover’s most dynamic SUV’s thus far. The new 2017 edition of the Land Rover Discovery reimagines the previous model’s exterior design, taking a more futuristic approach with definitive lines and refined surfaces. The interior is full of luxurious amenities, sporting premium leather, authentic wood, and metal finishers that add to the overall effect of modernity. With three rows offering seven full-size seats, you would think the SUV might get a little crowded, but the cabin, with a panoramic roof letting in a flood of natural light, seems spacious and comfortable for every passenger. The Land Rover Discovery serves a variety of different drivers looking for anything from ample space to comfort, style, or technology. At Holmes Land Rover of Shreveport, our friendly sales team is eager to tell you more about Land Rover’s newest addition. Discover Adventure in the Land Rover Discovery One thing Land Rover’s vehicles never seem to lack is new and impressive technology. The Discovery is another testament to that. For instance, [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Holmes Auto Group|0 Comments

Enjoy Sport, Luxury, and Efficiency with the Jaguar XE

As the least expensive Sedan offered by the brand, the Jaguar XE is proof that lowering cost does not mean compromising quality. It’s no secret that Jaguar is a brand often thought to be tailored for upper-class drivers. They provide some of the highest quality vehicles on the market and their prices have always been indicative of that. However, the shocking price of the new Jaguar XE is almost making the brand seem charitable. The XE was made for drivers who want the luxury and style aligned with the Jaguar experience, but are looking to pay a reasonable price. The best part is that regardless of price, the Jaguar XE is anything but average. In fact, it ranks at the top of the list in the sport sedan category, offering the thrill of a sports car with the practicality of a sedan. Offering the XE Diesel or XE S As of now, the Jaguar XE will be available in two options, (with another arriving shortly after): the 180-hp diesel or the driver’s choice, supercharged, 340-hp V-6 XE S. Either route you choose, driver satisfaction is nearly guaranteed. However, it is more likely that the XE S will be the crowd [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Holmes Auto Group|0 Comments

Prevent Senior Depression with In-Home Care Services

In-home care through Alliance Senior Care provides your elderly loved ones with companionship, an important element in combatting depression. It is becoming more and more evident that for many senior citizens, what was intended to be their golden years is turning out to be a time of struggling with isolation and depression. Home care service providers and family members of senior citizens witness this emotional decline first-hand. It isn’t easy to confront deteriorating health, mental health concerns, and diminishing independence. If a senior citizen’s living circumstances create a situation in which they are often alone, the chance of depression is even more substantial. Studies have found that depression among senior citizens can be linked to further medical issues. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an average of 15%-20% of older adults are affected by minor depression. The study also shows that poor health can play a role in leading to depression, but is often preventable. In-Home Care Means More than Physical Health Though the main objective of in-home care services is to ensure that all medical requirements are being properly handled, there is another aspect to it as well. At Alliance Senior Care, we strive [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Alliance Senior Care|0 Comments

Knowing how we learn is just as important as what we learn

During our formal school years, knowing how we learn probably takes a back seat to the process of just cramming the facts. Late night cram sessions before the big quiz or final exam are commonplace on every college campus. Now that you’ve earned your diploma, in retrospect (and in all honesty), how much of that crammed information actually stayed glued to the cerebral cortex of the brain? If you’re like most of us, the names, dates, complex formulae and Latinized techno-babble disappeared long ago unless in later years it became vital to your work. There’s a reason for this disappearance act. Chief Learning Officer and Editor-in-Chief of Mike Prokopeak states in the April 2016 newsletter: “Showing your work [how you learned] is a stable of math teaching. It’s a crucial part of the scientific method, too.” Prokopeak points out that “showing your work is more than sound science. It’s solid life advice.” Prokopeak is referring to the human element or the journey along the way. Frequently in lean learning we talk about the importance of that journey. Some even define lean learning as an ongoing journey toward personal and professional improvement. Obviously, the journey would not be occurring if there were not a [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Lean Learning Center|0 Comments

Huron Automatic Screw Company Values Safety within the Heavy Duty Trucking Industry

Huron Automatic Screw Company supports ongoing innovations within the heavy duty trucking industry that continue to reduce safety risks among workers. Considering that our fasteners and precision machined parts are, more often than not, being applied to a larger project in the automotive industry, meeting safety standards is an absolute necessity. When it comes to vehicle safety, there is always more that can be done to protect drivers and passengers on the road. Due to the continuous innovation in safety technology over the last few decades, protecting workers in the automotive world has been improving exponentially. In fact, the heavy duty trucking industry has recorded a decline in the number of fatalities involving trucks weighing 10,000lbs or more, despite an increase in the number of miles driven in this category. Overall, the last decade has seen a 40% decrease in fatalities related to the heavy duty trucking industry. Huron Automatic Screw Company celebrates the notion represented by these statistics, but as long as there are any fatalities, we will see room for innovation and improvement. Dedicated to Safety Innovation Huron Automatic Screw Company supports several organizations that take on the responsibility of ensuring the validity of federal safety regulations. This [...]

The 2017 Honda CR-V Improves on an Already Celebrated Crossover

The Honda CR-V continues to evolve year after year, poising to become the most beloved crossover in its class. When the crossover concept was introduced in 1996 by Toyota and Subaru, no one knew how successful this class would be. Just one year later, Honda released the first model of the CR-V after witnessing the demand for the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Outback. Since then, the Honda CR-V has progressed into one of the most widely driven crossovers on the market. In fact, the CR-V was the best-selling utility vehicle in the United States in 2016. It’s safe to say that the crossover has established itself as a staple of family cars across the country. So rather than completely redesign the CR-V for its 2017 edition, Honda engineers decided to simply continue the process of evolution that’s been occurring since the release of the first model. Here is a little more information about the new CR-V, courtesy of Holmes Honda of Shreveport. Excellence from the Ground-Up With a reputation as a family driver, the Honda CR-V excels in both comfort and safety. Space is not a problem in the front or the back, with plenty of hip, leg and foot [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Holmes Auto Group|0 Comments

The Jaguar XE Delivers Sport, Luxury, and Efficiency

The Jaguar XE proves to customers that being the least expensive Sedan the brand offers does not mean quality needs to be compromised. Jaguar as a brand has never been well known for offering low-priced vehicles. They provide some of the highest quality products in the market and their prices have always been consistent with their product. However, the low price of the new Jaguar XE is almost making the brand seem charitable. This car was made for drivers who want the luxury and style of the Jaguar experience, but are looking to pay a reasonable price. The Jaguar XE is anything but average. It ranks at the top of the list in the sport sedan category, offering the thrill of a sports car with the practicality of a sedan. Choose Between XE Diesel or XE S For the time being, the Jaguar XE will be available in two options, (with another arriving shortly after): the 180-hp diesel or the driver’s choice, supercharged, 340-hp V-6 XE S. Either route you choose, you will be thoroughly satisfied, however, it is more likely that the XE S will be the crowd favorite. The XE S manages to keep its body to a [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|0 Comments

First Class Wheel and Tire Protection Plus Keeps Drivers Confident on the Road

Santa Barbara Auto Group offers peace of mind with further coverage for unexpected wheel and tire damage. Being a cautious driver is a great way to ensure the safety of your vehicle, however, a driver can only prevent so much. There are often unexpected dangers and common hazards that we’re unable to prepare for in the road such as nails, broken glass, rocks, and pot holes. It’s a frustrating experience when you take measures as a cautious driver and then end up with a flat tire or damaged wheel due to these unpredictable and unforgiving circumstances. It’s even more frustrating when you consider the expense and hassle caused by these situations. That’s why Santa Barbara Auto Group offers First Class Wheel and Tire Protection Plus. In an effort to make life easier for our customers, Santa Barbara Auto Group’s First Class Wheel and Tire Protection Plus covers all costs associated with the replacement of the wheel and/or tire, plus labor for services including: mounting, balancing, valve system taxes, and towing. On top of this, the coverage includes repair costs for most scrapes, scratches, and other cosmetic damage to your wheels. The program covers original equipment and any replacement wheels or [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Santa Barbara Auto Group|Comments Off on First Class Wheel and Tire Protection Plus Keeps Drivers Confident on the Road