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5 Free Online Resources for Adult Foster Homes

By brian barrick
November 01, 2012

Managing an Adult Foster Home can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience. Like any other household you’re always on the lookout for ways to minimize risks to your family members and slow down money flow from the communal wallet. Here are five resources that can help you out.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) can be an amazing source of free information for your home. While the NFPA does sell fire safety material in bulk, it also allows to you download a lot of information in pdf form to print out on your own. According to the NFPA approximately 85% of civilian fire deaths occur at home. Yet the same fire sprinkler technology that is available for office complexes is available for your residence. Download and print off Home Fire Sprinkler Safety Tips. You will also find fact sheets discussing fire safety tips for various holidays.

Fire is not the only catastrophe you household could face. Anything that could damage your home or cause harm to you or any household member could impact your insurance. For help setting up a Disaster Plan check out about.com’s Business Insurance Guide. Just a few of the things you will need to do is make sure you have a list of emergency numbers and utility company numbers; make sure you consider various disaster scenarios; and make sure you prepare a binder with all the necessary information and make sure you know where to find the binder when the time comes.

For tips on remodeling or simply rearranging your Adult Foster Home for everyone’s safety try the website for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Some ideas are as simple as reorganizing shelves to place frequently used or heavy items within easy reach. You could change to a smaller sized tile in the kitchen or bathroom. This provides better traction and decreases the risk of falls.

You’ll want to provide proper nutrition for everyone in your Adult Foster Home and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) can help you do just that. Learn with their “Tip of the Day.” Find out just what Body Mass Index is. Get tips on preparing a healthy diet for people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, Celiac Disease, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The site provides links to information in Spanish and Chinese as well.

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to appreciate CouponMom.com. Using CouponMom.com’s various tools you can match coupons with specials in stores in your area. You can see which store has the best deal on the items you need most. You will even have access to sites where you can print off your own coupons. In addition, CouponMom.com provides instructional videos on how to use coupons to their best advantage. They also provide links to sites where you can get free samples of various products.

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