Biz Buzz, Dec. 26, 2013
Elders overwhelmed at the prospect of moving or downsizing their homes to remain independent could benefit from the expertise of local, professional senior move managers.
Kathy Viglianco, co-owner of Total Transitions, is a former occupational therapist who cares for the welfare of her senior clients.
Total Transitions, P.O. Box 2042, Grand Junction 81502, is a new business that specializes in organizing, downsizing and senior move management services primarily for older adults in transition to a smaller home or other living setting.
The company offers a comprehensive menu of services to assist seniors and their families with the overwhelming task of relocating, Viglianco said.
Total Transitions also helps older adults who choose to “age in place” with organizing, downsizing, de-cluttering, home modification and safety equipment recommendations to safely stay in their own homes.
An occupational therapist for 17 years who worked in a Grand Valley skilled nursing facility for the past seven years, Viglianco said she saw many older people suffering with an illness or injury who a needed to relocate or downsize but had no nearby friends or family who could help.
“People would make bad decisions sometimes because they didn’t have help to make a change,” Viglianco said. “The focus is really on helping people be safe in their homes.”
Viglianco said she loves working with seniors.
“They teach you as much as you teach them,” she said. “Just to listen to their life stories is such a blessing.”
Total Transitions is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, a professional organization that requires members to carry professional liability insurance, engage in continuing education classes and stay on top of best industry practices.
Viglianco or her partner will provide a free initial consultation with the client and their family.
A profile to find out the client’s needs is completed. Then, a tour of the client’s home helps Total Transitions create a plan to downsize or move.
The charge for the service is $35 an hour, she said.
Call (970) 201-9122 or (970) 712-7150 for more information.
■ A new state law requires insurance sellers with a property or property and casualty insurance license renewal date in January to take three hours of homeowner continuing education before Jan. 31.
Those who completed 24 hours of continuing education that did not include the required three hours of homeowner continuing education credits will not be able to renew until the additional requirement is completed.
A class hosted by Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado to help agents meet the new continuing education requirement is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Home Loan State Bank Building, 205 N. Fourth St. Cost is $100, or $50 for PIIAC members. To register, visit http://www.iiaba.net.
■ The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County is offering a free clinic to help low income Mesa County residents prepare for final orders hearings in family law cases.
The class, Dissolution of Marriage or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, conducted by attorney Trudy Andersen Gurley, takes place 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 at 619 Main St.
The class is intended for low-income people. Space is limited so sign up early. Call 424-5748 for more information.
The Pro Bono Project also provides attorney assistance in completion of pro se (do it yourself) court forms for:
■ Parenting time modifications
■ Parenting time enforcement
■ Motions to relocate
■ Motions to restrict parenting time
■ Contempt issues
The case must be in Mesa County and the applicant must be a Mesa County resident and meet federal guidelines for low income.