For many families, the holidays are the one time a year when members come from far and wide to be together. Time is precious and sacred because often multiple generations are present, and the focus is on catching up, enjoying each other’s company and reliving memories. Two Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents think this is an optimal time to broach a particular topic.
“In addition to talking about the past, discuss what the future holds, too,” C C Allen, Certified Senior Adviser (CSA) says. “Especially if signs during the visit point to your aging parent needing to consider a move into other living arrangements.”
“Talking about this with your loved one doesn’t have to be unpleasant,” Angela McCants, CSA and Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) says. “When approached with compassion and thoughtfully researched options, it can actually be a relief for them.”
More and more senior adults and their caregiver families are facing the challenges of “rightsizing” – moving the parent(s) into a smaller home or assisted living community.
“A move can be overwhelming for all involved,” McCants says. “I’ve been through it with my own parents, and I learned what the wrong way is. We want to put this experience to work helping others do it more effectively.”
To help families navigate these waters, Allen and McCants plan to schedule free help sessions (group or individual) after the first of the year. They will get into specifics in the help session including: senior living options, questions for touring senior living communities, tips for the moving process, guidance on estate sales and more.
In the meantime, when family gathers over the holidays, observe and keep the following questions in the back of your mind. The answers will come in handy when the time for action comes:
- What type of lifestyle does your parent need and want – now and in the future?
- Where do they stand financially with regard to realizing any lifestyle changes?
- What would they need to do to prepare for a move?