Rethink Home… How to Help an Aging Adult with a Housing Transition
It can be a challenging situation to help an aging adult with a housing transition, especially if the person is nervous about moving. When a person has lived in the same place for many years, it is understandable that they might have a hard time moving into a smaller home or assisted living community. But, having the right support team in place can make the transition easier, so that the person feels more comfortable with the move.
Here are a few tips to help with the transition:
Listen to the Person
Instead of rushing in with all of the answers, take some time to listen to the person to understand their needs and desires. If they have the mental capacity to make the right decisions, then they should be included in this process. This decision making process is important, because it helps the individual feel like they are in control of the situation.
Many times, there are small details that can be adjusted to help make the transition easier. For example, when they are selling their home and downsizing into a smaller property, then it is a good idea to spend time together to sort through storage and personal items. Don’t rush in and donate these things without permission, because the person might have an emotional attachment to the items.
Find the Right Care Community
If the person is moving into an assisted living community, then it is a good idea to do your research in order to find a community that best matches their individual needs. As an example, certain programs are catered for mental support needed for Alzheimer’s disease or other memory problems. Or, you might be able to find a home that allows pets, so that the aging adult doesn’t have to leave their dog or cat behind.
Locating the right care community will make a big difference to ensure their happiness, which helps to keep the entire family at ease during this transition.
At Greenwald & Gerke Realtors, we are here to help when an aging adult is moving to a new home. Our specialty is real estate service for aging adults, and we would like to help your clients. Contact us right away and we can find ways to work together: (844) 782-9674