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Is It Time to Move Closer to Your Senior Loved One?

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This guest post was provided by AgingWellness.org, a website that aims to provide health and wellness resources for aging seniors. Learn more about this source by visiting agingwellness.org

December 9, 2021 Guest Blog

The decision to become a family caregiver is never easy. Additionally, figuring out the logistics of your move can be challenging. Luckily, when you use the right strategy, you can simplify the entire process. AgingWellness.org details what you need to do.


Quickly Assessing Your Loved One’s Condition

Before you start thinking about a move, you want to assess your loved one’s condition. That way, you can determine if they urgently require your support or if you have more time.

Generally, you’ll want to take a look at your loved one's:

  • Medical conditions
  • Safety concerns
  • Hygiene challenges
  • Mental acuity
  • Social needs
  • Mobility troubles
  • Meal preparation issues

By examining those points, you’ll get a better idea of their current situation. That way, you can decide if moving closer sooner rather than later is the right choice.


Deciding About Housing

While you may be tempted to launch a house search immediately, it’s usually best to make other decisions first. Often, you’ll need to determine whether your loved one should remain in their home, transition to a long-term care facility, or move in with you. That way, you can estimate the amount of space you’ll require.

After that, you can start exploring housing costs. The average sale price for homes in the United States is around $404,000*, so keep that in mind when you’re gauging whether buying is the ideal approach.

In some cases, you may find that renting is a better choice. This is particularly true if you initially plan to move your loved one in but may be downsizing soon. Renting gives you more flexibility.


Preparing to Move

If you want to streamline your move, make sure you get preapproved for a mortgage. That way, you’ll know exactly how much you can borrow, simplifying your home search and allowing you to secure a new property as quickly as possible.

Another excellent way to simplify the moving process is connecting with local movers in your area. Start by searching for "short distance moving companies near me" and reading reviews online to narrow down the options. Then, reach out to discuss your needs and arrange for a quote. Reputable movers will typically conduct an in-home evaluation and provide an estimate in writing. If a company is only willing to give a quote over the phone, move on to another option.

As you evaluate movers, you may want to focus on full-service moving companies if you prefer the movers provide supplies and box up your belongings in addition to unloading at your destination. If you’d rather do your own packing, then you could try partial services movers or go entirely DIY.


Arranging for Extra Help

Many family caregivers also have other responsibilities. As a result, you may want to secure some extra help once you arrive.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, consider starting with a housekeeper. Usually, the service costs between $15 to $40 per hour, but the benefit can make it a worthwhile expense. Your and your loved one’s home can remain clean and hygienic without you having to handle the work, giving you more time to focus on your loved one.

A landscaping service may also be a wise addition. You can find a company to handle anything from simple mowing to a complete overhaul, ensuring you don’t have to spend time worrying about the state of your or your loved one’s lawn.

Consider what kind of help best meets your needs. Then, explore local service providers. That way, you won’t get overwhelmed after settling into your new home.


What If They Need More Than I Can Provide?

As many seniors age, their ability to care for themselves becomes extremely limited. It's very important to be realistic about your loved one's needs. If your loved one begins to require more than you can provide then they may require more comprehensive in-home care or a facility such as an assisted living facility or nursing home


READ MORE: The Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities


 

*U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Median Sales Price of Houses Sold for the United States [MSPUS], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MSPUS, December 8, 2021.

 

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