New Senior Housing Option Aims to Ease Elder Care

“The MedCottage, designed by a Blacksburg company with help from Virginia Tech,” reports the Washington Post, “is essentially a portable hospital room.”

A new alternative to assisted living, the MedCottage is an auxiliary dwelling unit about 12 by 24 feet in size. If you have a loved one who needs special care, the MedCottage can sit in your backyard, keeping your loved one simultaneously close to and yet removed from the day-to-day bustle of your house.

Equipped with a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchenette, and a communications system through which caregivers can monitor their loved one’s vital signs, the MedCottage cost the Baez-Page family of Fairfax County, VA $125,000.

Get details about Viola Baez’s cottage, as well as a graphic of the dwelling, in “Pioneering the Granny Pod: Fairfax County Family Adapts to High-Tech Dwelling That Could Change Elder Care.”

And let us know your thoughts about this self-contained senior-living option! Does it sound convenient? Safe? Cost-effective? A viable alternative to assisted living? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Share Your Success With PBIS!

Hey educators! Find out about an awesome opportunity to share your school’s success with school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW-PBIS).

The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is hosting a PBIS Film Festival at its next conference, taking place in San Diego, CA from March 28–30, 2013.

Teams, teachers, and students are encouraged to submit videos about how they implement PBIS practices and principles. Here’s a fun chance for your school’s staff and students to be creative both in front of and behind the camera!

Learn more from Global Professional Instructor Pam Sikorski in “Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Check Out This Awesome Opportunity to Share Your Success!”

CPI Extends Its Community of Caring to China!

In a new blog post, CPI CEO Tony Jace announces that we’re extending our community of caring by expanding our reach to China!

Click here to read about Tony’s trip to Hong Kong, Beijing, and Wuhan, to see more photos, and to find out about our drive to help vulnerable people across the globe.

And for more about our mission to help you foster safety and respect, watch CPI president Judith Schubert and executive director of operations AlGene Caraulia in the video below.

Thanksgiving Stress-Stopping Tips for Kids

Do the holidays spell S-T-R-E-S-S for your family as much as they signal scrumptious meals?

If so, you’ll be thankful for these tips for bringing calm to the holiday table.’s Lori Lite shares strategies for reducing holiday stress for kids.

Among the tips: Make positive affirmations at dinner.Each person at the table can state an attribute of their own that they are thankful for. For example, ‘I am thankful that I am creative.’ Feeling stressed? Try, ‘I am thankful that I am calm.’”

Lori also offers tips for making sure kids with special needs don’t feel overwhelmed by the holiday bustle. Whether you’re celebrating at home or at a relative’s house, “set up a safe space where your child can enjoy downtime when they feel overstimulated,” she advises.

Check out “Tips For Thanksgiving Help Us All Stress Less.”

Tools for Finding the Work-Life Balance

172 resources comprise a useful Workplace Flexibility Toolkit developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Women’s Bureau. In the interest of helping employers and employees foster workplace flexibility that’s beneficial to both parties, the toolkit can help with decision making about adjustments to the time, location, and manner in which work is conducted. A variety of resources from case studies, tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, and articles to websites with additional information and frequently asked questions, are available for employees, employers, policymakers, and researchers.
Among the bevy of information for employers, case studies examine organizations’ experiences with teleworking, work-flex options for hourly workers, and flexible workplace arrangements. A notable resource for employees is the work-life toolkit, which focuses on flexibility of work place and time.

Tips for Helping Kids Calm Down From Stress

“Giving kids something to do with distressing feelings, even though that something is imaginary, can help them manage those feelings and draw attention to positive thoughts.”
Visualization is just one of several techniques that can help kids de-stress.
Find out how a lack of control can lead kids to tension, how you can empower them to feel more in control of their activities, and how teaching coping methods when kids are calm—particularly before bedtime—can help them engage the techniques right when they need them.
Check out “Managing Your Child’s Stress” and learn about the calming power of music, as well as soothing techniques such as deep breathing and guided meditation.

The Connection Between Kids, Migraines, and Behavioral Issues

Kids with migraines are much more likely to be anxious or depressed or to have difficulties with socialization or attention than kids who don’t have headaches, according to a new study. Over 1,800 Brazilian children ages five to 11 were surveyed in the study, which determined that “With more frequency of headaches, abnormal behavioral scores increased.”

Read more about the link between headaches and behaviors, and learn about supporting positive behavior.