Better Together: Living Closer to Senior Loved Ones

There sometimes comes a time with our loved ones when, to help with their mobility, comfort, and quality of life, it makes sense to move closer or have them move closer to us. This decision can be difficult and the logistics can be complicated but, with the right preparation, you can also reach a situation that’s agreeable for everyone – here’s how.

Immediate Action

Moving homes is a long process and can take months, if not years. For the time being, you want to make sure your loved ones are living in suitable conditions and, in your absence, it’s often worth bringing in specialist services. For example, in the colder months, a window repair expert can help limit draughts and break-ins. The national average cost for window repairs is $290, but this number can fluctuate depending on the type of window and repair needed. Before you make a decision on who to hire, make sure you’ve carried out a thorough background check, looked at referrals, and reviewed licenses and insurance policies. To view window repair professionals in your area, just try Googling ‘vinyl window repair near me.’

Moving To Loved Ones

It can be difficult trying to work out when and what to do as a loved one enters seniority. Often, it makes more sense to move closer to them so that you can help with caregiving. It’s not uncommon, in these circumstances, to purchase a new home entirely. The act of moving homes has been complicated by the pandemic and a fast-moving housing market but you can calculate your debt-to-income ratio and get an idea of which mortgages are affordable to you using online tools.

There are also practical considerations to take into account before moving. A move to a depreciating area does not represent good ROI so, if you’re adamant about being closer to your loved ones, it can be advantageous to purchase a smaller property, therefore minimizing the risk. You may also want to purchase somewhere or modify your home for accessibility so that if your loved ones want to visit, your property is both located nearby and is comfortable for them inside.

Moving Loved Ones to You

Alternatively, you could try and relocate your loved ones closer to your existing property. This is a good option if you have a career that would be disrupted by a move, your loved one/s are interested in living somewhere new or there are other aspects of your life (e.g. kids, relationships) that don’t lend themselves to relocation. To get a good idea of your loved one’s wants and needs, it’s important to sit down with them and discuss – what are their medical constraints? What are their hopes and fears? There are multiple options for senior living that don’t involve moving straight into an empty property, assisted living communities, or senior care homes, for example.

The process of moving from a home they might love or have sentimental value for can be upsetting for a senior citizen. To help alleviate some of their concerns, it’s important to have a few contingency plans in order – storage facilities can be useful as a way to reassure your loved one that their possessions aren’t being disposed of and it’s important that you attend all the major steps (clearing out, handing over keys, etc.) so they aren’t going through the experience alone. Often, a supporting hand makes all the difference when moving somewhere new.

For both you and your loved one, growing older carries some uncertainty but, with the right planning, there’s no reason why the next move shouldn’t also bring security, comfort, and positive memories.

O.A.S.I.S. (Older Adult Services in Stanly) is a senior assistance provider based in Stanly County. We offer services through local church volunteers. To learn more, visit: www.stanlyoasis.org

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