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Tips for Talking to Your Parent about Downsizing

Senior Care in Galena Park TXAs a family caregiver, you are responsible for helping your elderly loved one live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. Sometimes this means encountering potentially difficult situations that will require you to support and encourage your parent in making decisions and taking steps that are challenging, but that will give them a wide variety of benefits. One of these can be downsizing.

Downsizing is all about reducing possessions and transitioning into a smaller home. This can be ideal for seniors who are dealing with a reduced income, want to save money or feel more financially secure, are coping with challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to fully enjoy and utilize their home, or need or want to be closer to you and your family. While there are many benefits to this process, it can be challenging for your parent. How you approach the situation and talk to your parent about it can make a tremendous difference in how they cope with it and the benefits that they get from it.

Use these tips to help you talk to your parent about downsizing:

• Approach it in advance. Though there may be a situation when it is necessary for your parent to go through the downsizing process very quickly, if at all possible, start talking to your loved one about this need as far in advance as you can. This gives them the chance to get accustomed to the idea and not feel as though you are being pushed around.

• Present the benefits. When talking to our parent about the need to downsize, talk to them first about the benefits that you believe that they could get from this process. This can help them to see that you are trying to give them the highest quality of life possible and make them more agreeable to the situation.

• Show them the end goal. If you can, identify a few options for where they might move so that when you talk about it, you can give them an idea of what their new home will be like. This can mean choosing specific houses that might be available or talking about the features that you will look for in a new home for them, such as eliminating stairs or looking for a home with a screened porch so that they can enjoy the weather more often.

If you have been looking for ways to boost your elderly loved one’s quality of life as they age in place, starting senior care for them might be the ideal solution. A senior home care services provider can be there with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule that ensures that they get all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. The highly personalized services of such a care provider are tailored not just toward their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also their personality, goals, and preferences. This means that your loved one can stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, fulfilling, and independent as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your elderly loved one is getting everything that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.


The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Galena Park, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

Mike Willett
Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.  He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.  Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.  Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.

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