Your mother or father probably wants to age in place, which means they want to remain at home as they grow old, rather than entering a nursing home or assisted living facility. To help them, their home must meet their current needs. Downsizing is an important way to achieve that goal. A caregiver can assist you in downsizing their home.
Planning to Downsize
Downsizing must begin with a plan. Too often neither you nor your parent know where to start. It’s difficult to sort through a lifetime of possessions and decide what to keep and what to give up. The concept of senior home care solutions is to help your parent create a healthier living space to will enhance their daily life. By sorting through each of these items they can declutter and drastically improve the safety of their living situation.
Seniors often believe their lives are based on their memories. Home care providers help them move past this idea with a few decluttering strategies to make things easier. By gifting some of their sentimental possessions to family members, seniors can enjoy seeing their pleasure in receiving these gifts of love.
It’s suggested downsizing with family members to make the process smooth. Take time to go through photos, share the history and tell stories. Instead of keeping all the photos, have one of the grandchildren scan them and save them for future viewing and sharing with family members. Not only will this take up less space but they will last longer. As mom or dad go through objects, photograph them for a remembrance, whether your parent keeps them or passes them on.
What your loved one doesn’t keep or give to family or close friends, either sell or donate. A little extra money in your mom or dad’s pocket is a nice added touch and a tax write-off can’t hurt either.