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June 9, 2021

Tips for Starting a Business at Home When You’re a Senior

When young people dream about retiring one day, they often envision spending their senior years sipping drinks on a beach or watching television all day. But in reality, retirement can be a bit boring for many people. If you’re one of those people who don’t like to sit around and you want to stay productive as a senior, you may decide to start up your own home-based business. This decision can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a favorite hobby or skill you want to monetize.

Home-based businesses are ideal for seniors because they work well for those who may have mobility issues and can’t commute to an office every day. To help make your venture successful, MyMerced shares some tips for starting a business at home when you’re a senior.

Register Your Business
One of the first items on your home-based business “to-do” list should be to register your business. You’ll notice during your research that there are various business formations from which you can choose. However, you may want to give some serious attention to an LLC formation. This is one of the most common types of business formations for home-based businesses and COVIDpreneurs because it offers tax advantages, has less paperwork than some others, and limits your personal liability. A COVIDpreneur can easily and inexpensively register as an LLC by using a formation service.

Hiring an attorney to help you set up your business can take some stress off your shoulders, but it can also cost a lot of money. If you’re looking for ways to save on lawyer fees, you could always use a formation service. They’re typically cost-effective and can help you gain peace of mind that you’re setting up your business the right way.

Set up a Dedicated Space
Every home-based business should ideally have a designated space. If you don’t already have a home office, you may want to think about converting a current room into one or potentially adding on to your home. You may even decide it’s worth it to purchase a new home that already has an office you can use for your new business.

 


Learn How To Use Online Marketing
Unless you only plan to attract local business through word of mouth, it’s important to learn how to use online marketing techniques to your advantage. The first step is to create a website dedicated to your services. To keep your costs down, do some research on how to start a business website for free. There are many platforms with zero or low costs to build and maintain one, which is especially helpful if you aren’t tech savvy. Once your site is up and running, it’s a good idea to learn how to write good social media posts on various platforms. Learning how to navigate the contemporary world of online marketing will help you get the most out of your home-based business.

Take Time for Yourself
As fun as it can be to run a business out of your home, it’s also easy to spend all your time on it. During retirement, it’s important to relax and enjoy yourself. Achieving optimal work-life balance can be challenging, but it’s worth it.

Who says retirement has to be boring or unproductive? If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll soon be on your way to setting up a fulfilling home-based business during your golden years.

 

April 28, 2021

How to Talk to Your Senior About Selecting a Care Facility

If you have been concerned about the well-being of a senior loved one living on their own or feel you can no longer provide them with the care they need, it may be time to help them select a senior care facility. This conversation may be difficult, as many seniors are hesitant to leave their comfort zone and may be worried about losing independence. That’s why it’s so important for you to discuss their concerns and preferences with them. Hopefully, when all the options are on the table, they will be able to choose for themselves a care facility that meets their needs. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask them.
Do you feel you would benefit from more assistance in your day-to-day?
Inviting your senior loved one to take the lead in talking about their needs and preferences can be helpful so that you are clear on not trying to override their autonomy. Tell them about different service options that might be available to them and help them explore how having assistance could free them up to do more things they enjoy, in greater comfort. Whether it’s meal prep, house cleaning, or assistance in basic self-care, your senior loved one can look forward to less frustration and more confidence if they know someone is available to help them. Those with more extensive needs, such as incontinence care or memory care, may find relief in the prospect of round-the-clock aid.
What kind of care facility do you feel might be right for you?
There are several options available for families seeking senior living facilities. For seniors who can get by on their own and only need a little occasional help, independent living facilities offer private housing options with diverse services to choose from. Assisted living facilities provide more hands-on assistance on a daily basis. Some have different care levels so seniors can pick and choose and can switch to a higher level of care when needed. Those who are more physically at risk may benefit from the greater medical resources available in a nursing home.
What are your primary concerns or worries regarding moving to a care facility?
It’s important that your senior loved one feel free to ask questions and express any concerns they may have. Some may dread the idea of increased dependence on outsiders, or fear isolation from loved ones. Others may be concerned due to stories they’ve heard about elder abuse. Financial worry may also be a factor in a senior’s reluctance to transition to a care facility. Discuss their concerns and help them do research to select a facility that suits their needs and is well regarded.

 


What kind of budget do you have to work with?
You and your senior loved one both need to be clear on your financial situation. If they have put aside savings to fund retirement home expenses, see whether this will cover everything they need to thrive. If not, look into other alternatives, such as Medicaid or Medicare. Also, consider whether selling their home might be a way to finance their care. Check out area real estate prices to see whether this is a good option to bulk up your budget.
How can we help as you consider making this life change?
Ask your senior loved ones whether you can help them during this time of transition and after. What can you do to make such a major life change less disruptive? Is there any way you can help them financially? Will they be more at ease if you make sure their facility is easy for you to visit regularly? Do they need your help driving around looking at different facilities, or helping them set up tech for better communication and quality of life?
Being present with your senior loved one as a partner in decision-making will help you both as you move on to this new stage in your life together. Both of you will have greater peace of mind once you have selected a facility that suits their requirements and is within their budget.

 

 

 

Merced County HSA kiosks.

The locations are as follows:

Castle Family Health Center
3605 Hospital Road, Suite H
Atwater, CA 95301
209-381-2000

Merced County Community Action Agency - WIC office
1235 West Main Street
Merced, CA 95340
209-723-4565
Merced County Human Services Agency
2115 West Wardrobe Avenue
Merced, CA 95340
209-385-3000

Merced County Library - Dos Palos Branch
2002 Almond
Dos Palos, CA 93620
209-392-2155

San Joaquin Drug Pharmacy
9215 East HWY 140
Planada, CA 95365
209-382-1291



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VETERAN'S TRANSPORTATION FOR VA MERCED CLINIC APPOINTMENTS

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
8:30AM - 1:30PM
THURSDAY - LAB WORK ONLY
7:30AM - 9:30AM

PICK UP POINT

SANTA NELLA / GUSTINE
ARCO & SUBWAY PARKING LOT
HWY 33 AND PLAZA DRIVE

LOS BANOS
PACHECO PARK / LOFTON FIELD
HWY 152

DOS PALOS
BARBS BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH
AZUSA & HWY 33

CHOWCHILLA
LEGION HALL BACK LOT
5th STREET AND ORANGE

PICK UP POINT

LIVINGSTON
PARKING LOT SOUTH END OF JACK IN THE BOX
JOSEPH GALLO DR. & WINTON

ATWATER
VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING
1390 BROADWAY AVE.

MARIPOSA
MINERS INN
HWY 140 & HWY 49

PLANADA
VALERO
HWY 140 & GAGE ROAD

***CALL 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS
(209) 381-0105 ext. 7725
TRANSPORTATION IS FOR VETERANS WHO HAVE NO OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION OR ARE UNABLE TO DRIVE. RIDERS MUST BE ABLE TO GET ON AND OFF THE VAN WITH LITTLE TO NO ASSISTANCE. LISTING IS OF DEPARTURE TIMES. PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER AND WORK STUDY DRIVERS WHO WANT TO JOIN THE VETERANS TRANSPORTATION TEAM FOR INFORMATION CALL:
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ACE Overcomers
PO Box 457
Atwater
209-617-4688

Alcoholics Anonymous
1440 W.12th St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-6004

All Dads Matter
676 Loughborough Ave
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-7521

Alpha Pregnancy Help Center
645 West Olive Avenue, Suite 321
Merced, CA 95348
(209) 383-4700

Alzheimer's Association
2380 E. Childs Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-1818

 

American Cancer Society
301 W. 18th St. Suite 101
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-3341

American Heart Association, Merced-Mariposa
P.O. Box 1325
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 723-2974

American Legion Merced Post 83
P.O. Box 2083 Merced CA 95344
939 W. Main St., Merced, CA
(209) 722-0940

American Legion Post No. 83 - Auxiliary
P.O. Box 1385 939 W. Main St., Merced CA 95344
939 W. Main St., Merced, CA
(209) 722-8231

American Red Cross Merced/Mariposa Chapter
642 W. Main St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-2150

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Boys and Girls Club of Merced
615 W 15th Street
Merced, CA 95340
209) 722-9922

Building Healthy Communities
Southwest Merced/Easy Merced County
United Way of Merced County
658 West Main Street
Merced, CA 95340
209-383-4242

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California Indian Education Association Central Valley Chapter
P.O. Box 1181
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 723-9620

California Widows and Widowers Club (WOW)
851 W. 23rd St.
Merced, CA 95340

Catholic Charities of Merced
336 W. Main St. #1
Merced, CA 95340
(2090 383-2494

Central Valley Coalition
3351 M Street, Suite 101
Merced, CA 95348
(209) 388-0782

Child Advocates of Merced County/CAP
712 W. 23rd St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 382-8557

Community Action Agency
1235 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-4565

Community Catalysts of California
301 W 18th Street, Ste 204
Merced, CA 95340
209-725-4700

Community Connections
678 W. 18th St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-6851

Community Partnership Alliance
1735 Canal Street, Suite 5
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-4399

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Merced County
2824 Park Avenue Suite A
Merced
209-722-2272

CrossRoads of Merced
3257 N. Parsons ave
Merced
209-947-1891

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Disabled American Veterans
Atwater/Merced Chapter 31

P.O. Box 741
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 356-1938

 

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Emergency Food Bank
411 West Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-3201

ExperienceWorks
1205 W. 18th St.
Merced, CA 95340
Barbara Brown - (209) 726-5424

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Family Support Group
1083 Winton Way
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-0600

4-H Youth Development Program
2145 Wardrobe Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-7418

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Golden State Family Services
P.O. Box 130
Kingsburg CA 93631
1-888-595-KIDS (5437)

Golden Valley Health Center
737 W. Childs Ave.
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 383-1848

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Habitat For Humanity of Merced County
P.O. Box 423
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 726-0850

Healthy House
1729 Canal Street
Merced, CA 95340
209-724-0102

HICAP of Merced County
851 W. 23rd St.
Merced, CA 95340
(800) 434-0222

Hinds Hospice
410 W. Main St., Ste. A
PO Box 763
Merced, CA 95341-0763
(209) 383-3123

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La Leche League
2353 W. McSwain Rd.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-3808

Living W/Loss
P.O. Box 763
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 383-3123

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Merced Area Newcomers Club
(209) 723-1741

Merced Chamber of Commerce (Greater Merced Chamber)
360 East Yosemite Ave. Suite #100
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-7092

Merced Christian Businessmen's Committee
8 W. 20th St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-6363

Merced County 4-H Management Team
2145 Wardrobe Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-7418

Merced County Area Agency On Aging
851 W. 23rd St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-7550

Merced County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1112, Merced, CA 95341
646 So. Hwy 59, Merced, CA
(209) 722-3864

Merced County Chapter of Project Linus
(209) 358-1299

Merced County Department of Child Support Services
3368 North Highway 59, Suite A
Merced
(866) 901-3212

Merced County Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 1232
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 723-3001

Merced County Food Bank
P.O.Box 1822
Winton, CA 95388
(209) 726-FOOD(3663)

Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
1624 K Street
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-9537

Merced County Historical Society
21st & N St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-2401

Merced County Legal Secretaries' Association
P.O. Box 335
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 724-9617
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-5314

Merced County Republican Party
P.O. Box 1205
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-7421

Merced County Special Olympics
901 Cedar Ave.
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-2639

Merced County National Alliance on Mental Illness
827 West 20th Street

Merced Over 50 Club
2720 6th Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-9175

Merced Police Officers Association
PO Box 484
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 385-6912

Merced Republican Women, Federated
PO Box 3521
Merced, CA 95344
(209) 723-0177

Merced Rescue Mission
1921 Canal Street
P.O. Box 3319, Merced, CA 95344
(209) 722-9269

Merced Rotary Club
PO Box 751
Merced, CA 95341-0751
(209) 385-7366

Merced Saturday Women's Aglow
136 W. 21st St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-7952

Merced Senior Social Club
755 W. 15th St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-4088

Merced Sunrise Rotary Club
PO Box 2152
Merced, CA 95344-0152

Merced Zoological Society
PO Box 408
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 383-1494

Mood Disorders Support Group
2740 M St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-6598

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NAACP - Merced County NAACP Branch 1047
P.O. Box 1310
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 726-3236

 

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Old Timers of Merced County, Inc.
PO Box 578
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 722-6357

Overeaters Anonymous
305 W. 26th St.
Amy (209) 383-4161

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Parents Raising Accountable Teens
500 Buena Vista
Merced, CA 95348
(209) 383-7729

Pathways, Therapeutic Horseback Riding
5780 N. Golf Rd.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-1505

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S.E.S.
3107 N. Franklin Rd.
Merced, CA 95348
(209) 722-2397

Salvation Army Home League, The
1440 W. 12th St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-4225

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T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 973
3470 McKee Road
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-2694

 

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United For Life Of Merced County
P O Box 3402
Merced, CA 95344-1402
(209) 383-5222

United Way of Merced County
658 West Main Street
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 383-4242

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VFW Post No. 4327 (Robert M. Kelley)
933 W. Main St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-2560

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (Chapter691)
P.O. Box 2226
Merced, CA 95344-0226
(209) 722-1663

Volunteers of Mercy Hospital
2740 M St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-5146

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White Shrine of Jerusalem
1810 M St.
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 723-8616
 

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Youth Experiencing Sorrow (YES)
PO Box 763
Merced, CA 95341
(209) 383-3123

 

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