What is the right HVAC system for you?

When you have a lot of choices, information is the key to narrowing them down and choosing wisely. When it comes to choosing an HVAC company you have a lot of choices but if you have the information you will choose Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning every time.

When it comes to choosing the type of HVAC system information is just as important.

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/mechanical-systems/types-of-hvac-systemsTypes of HVAC Systems | HGTV If you’ve done an energy efficiency assessment of your home, maybe had some additional insulation installed, and you’re hiring a heating or cooling systems professional then now’s the time to decide on the right HVAC system for your home.

Newer systems today provide many more options, such as variable fan speeds and multiple stages of heating and cooling.

Single or Multi-Stage?

Single-stage heating and cooling is popular in colder winter climates and hot and humid areas, respectfully, because the systems are set to provide comfort for the coldest or warmest days of the year. But that also means that a great majority of the time, these heating systems or air conditioners are operating at full capacity when they don’t need to be. That’s where a multi-stage system comes in handy and can save you energy and money.

You can get a single-stage system with variable fan speeds to create a variable air flow, says Donald Prather technical services manager for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America(ACCA). Though that variation is limited, he stresses. You may not experience much of a difference, because the heating or cooling unit is still working at its maximum output.

Zoned Systems

Zoned HVAC systems can heat or cool individual areas of your home by controlling zone valves or zone dampers inside the vents or ductwork, which selectively block the flow of air. Zoned systems can save you energy and money by only heating or cooling certain areas when you need it.

Humidity Control

Humidifiers and dehumidfiers can be added as options to heating and cooling systems, and if you live in a very dry or humid climate these upgrades should definitely be on your list. About 50 percent relative humidity is considered optimal for humans.

With these systems you can automatically control the humidity levels in a home as you heat and cool, though this is not available through forced-water heating systems that use boilers. With humidity/dehumidification systems built into your furnace or air conditioning, you cannot control the humidity levels when the system is not on. If desired, you can add separate humidity/dehumification systems that do this.

Heating Systems

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, modern conventional heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 97 percent, converting nearly all the fuel to useful heat for your home.

Heating units can be categorized into furnaces that provide heated air through ductwork, which is a popular type of heating system in the United States such as boilers that heat water for steam radiators or forced-water systems with baseboard radiators, electric heat and heat pumps. Furnaces generally use natural gas or propane for fuel, while boilers can use gas or oil. Read more…

 

So you want to texture your ceiling

In our line of work at JNT Developers, there isn’t a lot that we don’t know how to do when it comes to construction. We handle everything from repairing Dallas roofs, home remodels to large commercial construction projects. One question that we get a lot is from people wondering, how to texture a ceiling on their own. If you don’t mind a little hard work you can texture a ceiling in no time.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-texture-a-ceiling/How To: Texture a Ceiling – Bob Vila It all too easy to slap a coat of white paint on your ceiling and consider it done. But to really pull a room together, it ought to be stylishly topped off—and putting a textured effect on the ceiling is a great way to add impact to your décor. Another plus? Textured ceilings perfectly camouflage imperfections like cracks or evidence of water damage. There are a variety of techniques you can employ to create your texture of choice (way beyond the “popcorn” look popular in the 1970s). All it takes is a mixture of paint and drywall mud—and a little ingenuity. Read on for simple step-by-step guidance to texturing your ceiling, your way, without sending your budget through the roof.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS – Drop cloths – Painter’s tape – Ladder – Primer – Pre-mixed textured paint – Wall paint – Drywall mud

STEP 1 Since you’ll be working against gravity, you’ll want to protect your furniture, floors, and fixtures from splatters. Empty the room as much as possible, which will also give you space to move around. Cover remaining pieces of furniture and the entire floor with drop cloths. Next, take off any faceplates, vent covers, ceiling fans, and/or light fixtures. Finally, apply painter’s tape around the edges of the ceiling, right where it meets the wall, being careful to keep it stick-straight all the way across.

STEP 2 You might think that because textured paint is part drywall mud it will adhere to any surface, but for a quality job, you still want to prime first. This step will make application easier and give lasting results. Choose a primer close to the color you’ll be using to texture your ceiling—a dark primer for dark paint and a light primer for light paint. Cover the entire surface in a thin, consistent layer and let dry fully (consult the can’s drying time guidelines) before moving on.

STEP 3 Prep your product. If you’re looking for a subtle texture, you’ll get good results with pre-mixed textured paint. But if you’re aiming for more depth or special effects, mix your own by combining paint with drywall mud. The standard rule of thumb is one part drywall mud to 10 parts paint. Pour paint into a bucket, add drywall mud, and blend, aiming for the consistency of pancake or biscuit batter. Depending on the look you’re going for, you might want a somewhat thicker consistency. Do a small batch first to practice getting it just right.

STEP 4 It’s always wise to start in the least noticeable part of the ceiling when applying the texture—perhaps the darkest corner of the room, or the edge of the ceiling closest to the door. Position your ladder there and make sure you can work from a reasonable angle without arching backwards. The exact technique (and subsequent tools you’ll need) depends on your desired effect.

• For a subtle finish: Apply pre-mixed textured product as you would typically put on paint. Cut in at the edges first with a paintbrush. Then use an extended roller and paint tray, taking care to bring your roller as close to the edges as possible. To amp the look slightly, use a specialty roller with a texture of its own. Don’t be afraid to experiment; after all, if you don’t like the initial result, you can always switch gears and apply another coat.

• For a stucco finish: To mimic the look of stucco, you’ll need a damp sponge or cloth as well as a wide compound knife or, if you’ve chosen a thicker-than-average consistency for aesthetic reasons, a trowel. Working on one small section at a time, apply the mixture to the ceiling, and then dab a damp sponge or cloth into your work in a repetitive motion to create the texture you desire. Repeat this process around the room, one section at a time, being careful not to let the pattern become too uniform.

• For a popcorn finish: If you like this retro look, you’ll need to buy or rent a drywall texture sprayer. Purchase enough lightweight plastic sheeting to protect your walls from flying particles, securing it to the the perimeter of the room with painter’s tape and covering the walls like a floor-length curtain all the way around. Before spraying, choose the nozzle and air pressure setting that matches your desired result, and then follow its instructions as you move the sprayer across the ceiling. Again, allow your application to look as random as possible rather than aiming for a perfect pattern.

• For an artistic finish: Truly advanced DIYers may wish to add extra character by creating a Victorian style rose rose medallion around a central lighting fixture or ceiling fan. This dramatic effect is achieved by using drywall mud and an array of texturing combs (two or three should do the trick, anywhere from 3 to 10 inches in length apiece). Working in concentric circles, you’ll use the combs to apply drywall mud (without paint) in thick, even, decorative stripes to mimic the look of plaster. When completely dry, you’ll paint the entire ceiling. Just keep in mind that this project will require a steady hand and a solid sense of design, so study up on the process before giving it a shot.

Whichever technique you choose, the end result will lend extra punch to your space’s style. The array of colors and effects is endless, so have fun and aim for a look that captures the personality of the room and those who live in it.

 

Are you looking for some clever remodeling ideas?

You spend a great deal of your time at your house so it makes sense that it is a place that you really love. There are a lot of ways that you can make a home fit your needs and it doesn’t mean you need a new home. At JNT Developers we can help you with your Dallas roofing and home remodeling needs to give you a home you love. Check out some of our favorite remodel galleries below and get inspired.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/before-and-after-inspiration-remodeling-ideas-from-rate-my-space-picturesBefore-and-After Inspiration: Remodeling Ideas From HGTV Fans | HGTV HGTV fan njhaus had more in mind for this modern kitchen remodel than fancy appliances. “The kitchen was designed with my husband in mind, who uses a wheelchair. We lowered the counters to make it easier for him to reach the cooktop. The lower counter at the island is table height so he can wheel right in. The features are integrated seamlessly (without) being obvious or less functional for everyone else.”

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-clever-remodeling-ideas-for-your-new-home?utm_term=.qvVRqqkd4#.bp3QEE4LY31 Insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home -BuzzFeed

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http://www.countryliving.com/remodeling-renovation/home-makeovers/g1233/kitchen-makeovers/?slide=222 Kitchen Makeover Before & Afters – Kitchen Remodeling Ideas You’ll want to makeover your own kitchen once you see these jaw-dropping before-and-after pictures.

The counters and cabinets in this kitchen needed a chic update, but the vintage stove had too much charm and potential to get rid of.

The homeowner kept the kitchen’s old Chambers stove and cabinets—now improved with new fronts and a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Patriotic White—but jettisoned the Formica counters and dark backsplash in favor of marble and white subway tiles.

 

The Benefits Of Quitting Drinking

Once you have made the decision to quit drinking, you have started on a road of changed habits which all create a more healthy live style. We are different than other alcohol rehab centers in Denver, as we focus directly on giving you tools and coaches so you can learn to live your life stress and alcohol-free. What do these changes mean? These changes mean you will become more fit, you will eat better, and you will be able to navigate your life in a way that truly lets you do the things you love once again.

Alcohol, like Cheetos and donuts, is a major source of empty calories. The body simply stores its sugars as excess fat. Not only does booze contribute no vitamins or minerals, it also inhibits the absorption of nutrients from other sources. When you stop drinking, your body can actually absorb vitamin C, thiamin, vitamin B12, folic acid, and zinc.

Binge drinking in particular has proven a problem for individuals with weight issues. If you have weight goals to maintain, you will find it is much easier to stay on track when sober. Exercise can help, but the effectiveness of working out diminishes as consumption rises. Alcohol deeply depresses your metabolism and muscle recovery, putting a major dent in your endurance and ability to convert carbs to usable energy.

Because it accelerates the shrinkage of your brain, long-term alcohol use is linked to the development of dementia later in life. Its typically rude disruption of the central nervous system makes it a risk factor for high blood pressure, and thus for kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. It also increases vulnerability to infectious diseases and Type II diabetes, and can cause nerve damage in large quantities.

The Benefits Of Quitting Drinking

 

Water your lawn effectively this summer

With summer coming it’s time for us to start thinking about how we are going to care for our lawns. If you are like us, you love to have nice green grass but you don’t like wasting a lot of water to keep it looking nice. Take a look at some of these tips on how much to water and when to do it to be the most effective when watering your lawn.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/best-time-to-water-grass/?The Best Time to Water Grass, Solved! – Bob Vila Q: I notice neighbors’ sprinklers running at all hours of the day. What’s the best time to water grass—and how much is enough?

A: With many communities experiencing drought in recent years, it’s more important than ever to heed common-sense guidelines when watering our lawns. Doing so correctly can save resources while keeping you out of hot water with your homeowner’s association and even your city. In areas where HOAs and municipalities enforce strict rules, wise watering can save you from fines as well.

Early in the morning is the best time to water grass. At sunrise, when everything is cooler, you’ll get the best water absorption. If you water later in the day—particularly if it’s bright, warm, and breezy—the heat of the sun and force of the wind can rob your grass and other plantings of precious hydration. If you get the job done at dawn, you’re giving the water a greater chance of reaching the roots and being fully utilized. So set those sprinklers accordingly.

How much water you use is also critical. It may seem smart to set your sprinkler or irrigation system to the highest setting and drench the area as rapidly as possible, but if you water too quickly, you may experience runoff. This robs the lawn of ample absorption and wastes water in the process. So keep an eye on the edge of your lawn to make sure you’re not literally letting precious water run down the drain when it could be helping your grass grow.

Follow the rule of one inch of water every week, divided into two or three sessions. More than that can drown your grass, depleting it of oxygen and causing it to die, so measure your output and wait about three days between each watering session to give it a chance to breathe. To ensure you’re hitting the mark, place a few coffee mugs around your yard and test the sprinkler system to see how long it takes to fill each cup to the 1/3- or 1/2-inch mark. Then, set the system for that same amount of time every three days or so. Watering daily is almost always too frequent, while once a week is rarely enough. So aim down the middle and watch your lawn flourish.

Keep an eye out for dryness. Grass that’s discolored or curled over at the top is likely suffering from a lack of moisture. The same is true of a lawn that still shows your footprints after you’ve trod a path across it, with the blades refusing to bounce back up. If you notice these signs of dryness, adjust your watering schedule to start earlier in the day and allow for slightly longer sessions, or perhaps fine-tune your watering days to occur a bit more frequently.

Watch out for overwatering, too. If the ground feels particularly sponge-like and causes your feet to sink as you walk across the lawn, or if you see a thatch of extra vegetation taking hold of your topsoil when you run your hand over the blades, you’re watering too much. However, when modifying your frequency, don’t do so abruptly. Take a few weeks to slowly adjust your watering schedule to keep the shock of change from further damaging your lawn.

To truly want to cut back on water consumption, consider xeriscaping or native landscaping. Xeriscaping involves landscaping that requires no or minimal watering, often using sand, pebbles, or mulch where grass would otherwise be found. Native landscaping involves grasses and plants that thrive naturally with typical local rainfall, reducing or eliminating the need for extra watering. Both are attractive and effective ways to cut back on your water bill, and some homeowners choose to combine the two for a beautiful, eco-friendly landscape that demands little upkeep. Whichever approach you choose, best of luck with your outdoor space this summer!

All of the Outdoor Design and DIY Tips from BobVila.com With fair weather having arrived finally, it’s time to turn your home improvement efforts to the backyard and your deck, porch, or patio—the parts of the home built specifically to enjoy the extra hours of sunlight. Guided by these practical pointers and inspiring ideas, you can introduce beauty, comfort, and utility to your backyard and outdoor living areas, making them as inviting and enjoyable as your home interiors. Via bobvila.com

 At Expert Roofing, we love helping you to have a home that you are proud of. We work hard to give you a Chicago roof that you will be proud of.

How to Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

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A well-lit landscape should have both functional and decorative light fixtures. In this outdoor space, wall sconces on the house provide adequate illumination for entertaining, while the garden fixtures and the lights strung through the trees bring a whimsical feel to the patio at night.

Summer is coming soon and you will probably want to be spending more time outdoors! One of our favorite aspects of a home is a well put together outdoor space. The key to making this your favorite part of your home? Great lighting! We love being an electrician who serves the Highlands Ranch area, and we want to help design the porch and yard of your dreams! Take a look at your yard and think about how you would like it to look. If you want, even sketch out some ideas. Let us know these ideas so we can work together to create a beautiful getaway just outside your door.

Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond.

After you have defined your reasons for wanting to add landscape lighting, sketch your yard. Include in the sketch existing lights, buildings, benches, trees and shrubs, as well as the vegetation and decorations in the garden. Each of these items will reflect light or absorb it. Estimate the height of each of the objects, especially the foliage.

How to Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

 

Add Some Fun to Your Weekend Calendar!

Another week has come and gone. At Expert Roofing, that means we have done more Chicago roofing, repairing and replacing the shingles on your homes. Now that the weekend is here we hope you will have some time to go out and enjoy some of the great activities that are happening around us. Check out the happenings below if are looking for something to do this weekend!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/culture/ct-redeye-things-to-do-in-chicago-this-weekend-may-4-10-20170424-story.html5 things to do in Chicago this weekend – RedEye Chicago Cinco De Mayo parade

From celebrating Cinco de Mayo with friends to catching the newest Marvel movie at a nearby theater, here’s what we’re up to this weekend.

Cinco de Mayo

With a slew of Cinco de Mayo celebrations happening across the city this weekend, you should have no trouble planning your perfect fiesta. You can revel in an abundance of Mexican cuisine, complete with Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials at a number of Chicago bars and eateries. Or go beyond guzzling margaritas and scarfing down tacos with the Cinco de Mayo Parade this Sunday, May 7, which steps off at noon and runs on Cermak Road from Damen Avenue to Marshall Boulevard. Commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla with a stroll through Little Village for the Cinco de Mayo Festival happening Friday through Sunday, May 5-7, in Douglas Park.

Creative comedy

Looking for a laugh this weekend? Spooky Dookie’s newest show, “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: An IMAX Experience” is premiering this Friday in the Chris Farley Cabaret located on the second floor of the iO Theater (1501 N. Kingsbury St. 312-929-2401). The show is a creative blend of sketch and narrative comedy that takes place entirely inside the Chicago Field Museum. Spooky Dookie, a two-woman team consisting of Maureen Monahan and Claire McFadden, promises “you’ll be blasted into the past, then tugged into the future, and then returned to your body in the present.” The show will run every Friday at 10:30 p.m. through June 9. $10. Tickets: ioimprov.com/chicago

Marvel’s marvels

Head to your local cinema and gear up for a movie experience that’s out of this world. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters this weekend. Get a second bite of this action-packed comedy about a misfit superhero team traveling through the cosmos to help Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt) learn more about his parentage, while also trying to escape capture by an alien race known as the Sovereign.

Beer brewhaha

Sip your way around Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Drive 312-235-7000) this Saturday, May 6 at the Chicago Beer Classic. Coined as Chicago’s largest beer festival, the summer kick-off event is in its fifth year and will feature more than 30 Chicago breweries. The fest is split into two separate sessions, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., where you can enjoy beer samples, a pretzel necklace station, games, interactive beer education and more. General admission is $65, or you can splurge for a VIP ticket ($95), which includes a 30-minute head start, VIP seating, tours of Soldier Field and 12 extra two-ounce samples. Tickets: chicagobeerclassic.com

Giddy up!

Don your best Derby day hats and attire this Saturday, May 6 for an afternoon of mint juleps, contests and more. Place your bets and catch the 143rd Kentucky Derby at a number of Chicago restaurants or watering holes. Cheer on your favorite horse for what’s described as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” and drink the day away with friends, family or bae. Via chicagotribune.com

 

 

How to Handle Roof Damage from Hail Storms

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After a hailstorm, check your gutters for signs of potential roof damage. If you have large dents or cracks on your gutters, you should schedule an inspection with a roofing contractor. Damaged granules often become disconnected from the shingles and will collect in your gutter downspouts.

The storms that we endure in our area can be devastating, knowing to call your El Paso roofing contractor right away can make the repair process easier. We want to stress the importance of safety, please do not attempt to go onto your roof. Depending on the strength of the storm, the structural integrity of your roof could be compromised. There is also a possibility of seeing damage from the ground. Of course, call us right away when you see or suspect damage, so we can get your roof repaired quickly!

Older roofs are much more susceptible to hailstorm damage. “Over time, the base of the roof becomes exposed, causing deterioration, thus reducing the life and integrity of the roof,” Skrobanek says.

The damage may not be visible at first, but eventually it becomes apparent. So if you have an older roof, you should check your gutters and look for signs of damage immediately after a hail storm.

Some daring homeowners may be tempted to climb onto the roof and look for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, dimpled shingles or cracks in the shingles themselves. Skrobanek says you should resist the urge to conduct the inspection yourself, as it can be dangerous. Typically, only a professional roofer or insurance adjuster can tell if you have enough hail damage to justify a new roof.

How to Handle Roof Damage from Hail Storms.

 

What type of grass is your lawn?

At Lon Smith, we take pride in roofing Dallas, TX. We know that you take pride in your homes and we extend that to the work that we do on your roof. Having a beautiful house is about having the whole package and we understand that. The perfect house is well taken care of from the rooftops down to the grass that is around it. We will take care of the roofs and leave the lawn up to you. Do you know what type of grass to use in your lawn?

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/types-of-grass/?bv=mr#.WQyinOUrLIUTypes of Grass – Finding the Best Variety for Your Lawn – Bob Vila Everyone wants a lush, green lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood, but no one wants to work too hard at it! The secret lies in choosing the grass that suits your locale and climate. Sow the correct seed and, while you’ll have to put in some regular lawn care, you’ll stress less and enjoy your yard more. It comes down to understanding different grasses’ unique growing requirements, maintenance needs, and resistance to wear and tear, disease, and pests. This guide will help you distinguish between the dominant types of grass and the species within each category so you can pick the ones sure to thrive and give you the curb appeal you crave.

WARM-SEASON VERSUS COLD-SEASON GRASSES
Types of grasses found in the United States are broadly classified as either warm season or cool season. These labels indicate the geographic region with the ideal climate for the grass. Each region is further classified into humid or arid zones, with some zones being more hospitable to certain grasses than others.

Warm-season grasses are ideally grown in midsummer at temperatures ranging between 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Once temperatures fall below 55 degrees, these species go dormant and turn tan or brown until spring returns. Because these types of grass originally hail from the tropics, in the U.S. they’re inherently better suited to warm climates of the Deep South and the lower southwest and southeast.

Cool-season grasses flourish in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making early spring and early fall peak growing season. These types of grass are best suited for regions that experience cold winters and hot summers (Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Great Plains, the upper Midwest, and New England), and they’re hardy—likely to remain green throughout winter, except for periods of freezing temperatures.

If you live in between the north and south, in a region known among turf breeders as the Transition Zone, you can grow either cool-season or warm-season grasses. Among warm-season grasses, Zoysia, Centipede, and Bermuda are winter-hardy enough to flourish in the Transition Zone. Similarly, Tall Fescue, a cool-season species, is suitable for the Transition Zone because of its drought tolerance and adaptability to a variety of soil types.

WARM-SEASON GRASSES (HUMID): St. Augustine, Centipede, Zoysia, Bahia
The sandy soil, brackish air, and high humidity of the Gulf states make for the ideal breeding ground for St. Augustine, a coarse, light to dark green textured grass, and Bahia, resembling a dense sod of tapered, dark green blades. But Southern Californians can also find success growing St. Augustine grass. Along with Bahia, a light green, creeping grass known as Centipede is commonly grown in the southeast, where rainfall is abundant, while Zoysia, a highly drought-resistant grass with thick, soft, light to medium green blades, is more frequently grown in the South.

Warm-season grass species are prized for their ease of maintenance, with requirements typically limited to irrigation every three to seven days, fertilization on a semiannual basis, and regular mowing to variable heights.

Growing conditions can vary among warm-season species. Zoysia, for example, can be grown in partial shade, while Centipede and most varieties of St. Augustine grass require full sun exposure to thrive. Moreover, each grass type can withstand wear, disease, and insects to varying degrees. Zoysia is one of the quickest to mend itself, and is also resistant to weed infiltration. Centipede grass, though rarely plagued by disease or pests, is slow to mend after damage, making it less suited to high-traffic lawns.

WARM-SEASON GRASSES (ARID): Bermuda, Buffalo
If you live in the Deep South, chances are you get enough sun to successfully grow either Bermuda or Buffalo grass. Both varieties of grasses are desirable on residential lawns for their low maintenance and relatively strong resistance to drought, disease, and pests. But because both require full sun exposure for optimal growth, avoid sowing them in shady areas.

Bermuda is one of the rare warm-season grasses that can grow in both arid and humid warm climates. Its dense, dark green blades make it the turfgrass of choice for play areas. Moreover, the deep root system of Bermuda grass allows it to withstand and recover from heavy wear, making it an apt choice for areas where pets and children play. While the thin, softly-colored blue-green turf of Buffalo grass makes it a uniform-looking and attractive lawn option, the species is not well-suited for high-traffic lawns. Read more…

 

 

Training program for police officers provides knowledge, skills to interact with older adults

After participating in a training program in aging-related health, police officers anticipated having more empathy for and awareness of aging-related conditions, and greater ability to provide older adults with appropriate community referrals.

Recently, there was a group of police officers who went through some training regarding interactions with older adults, many came out of the experience feeling more aware. There has been a relatively good track record with police officers who interact with nursing homes residents in Abilene Texas, but there is always room for more education. Many officers interact with older adults on a daily or weekly basis. Some people require specific accommodations and having police officers know how to help these individuals can make a big difference.

All 143 participants completed the evaluation; 84% reported interacting with older adults at least monthly and 45% reported daily interactions. Participants rated the training quality at 4.6/5 and the likelihood they would apply new knowledge to their work at 4.4/5. Knowledge scores increased for all domains, including how to identify aging-related health conditions that can affect safety during police interactions.

“Police officers are increasingly interacting with medically vulnerable older adults in our communities. This training helps to give police the knowledge and skills that are needed for safe and effective community policing for older adults,” said Dr. Rebecca Brown, lead author of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study.​

Training program for police officers…