Senior care is not always just about providing support for the elderly individual in their home, or in an assisted living community, or in your own home. It’s not just about making sure that the elderly individual is safe within their home, or that they have the right foods to eat, or that they get the proper level of exercise.
Sometimes it’s about planning ahead and taking the time to consider the best things for them. That can include their living space. For the elderly individual who begins to have trouble tending to their own personal care needs, it will become more challenging for them to care for a larger home.
For example, the elderly individual may have lived in their current house for 20, 30, or 40 years, or even longer, and it may be a three bedroom house on two floors with a full, finished basement, and it could be over 2,000 square feet of living space. That is a lot of area to cover to keep clean on a regular basis. Cleaning could include vacuuming every week, cleaning the windows, making sure that the furniture is dusted regularly, and more. All that on top of doing laundry, cooking and cleaning up after every meal, and other things that need to be done.
Add to that the need for maintenance on the house. So when you are sure that it would be in your elderly loved one’s best interest to downsize their home, move into a smaller place, you will likely be met with some resistance (or a lot of it).
Here are three tips that can help you encourage or convince your elderly loved one that it’s time to downsize his or her home.
1. Talk about the cost of upkeep. The larger that a home is, the more it’s going to cost to maintain. This can become more of a problem for the homeowner, especially if he or she is on a fixed income.
2. Discuss the benefits of a smaller home. While your elderly loved one will likely focus on what she’d be giving up, you should focus on talking about the benefits that she would gain by moving into a smaller home.
3. Mention how it will be easier for her to get around in a smaller home. Making your way around a large house, getting up and down stairs, can take a toll on the elderly. Bring this up with your elderly loved one and she might see that a smaller home would be easier for her to navigate.
When you believe that your elderly loved one would do best moving into a smaller home, talk to him or her about it. It’s on more aspect to senior care that can make a world of difference.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at (203) 312-7920.