Even with a live-in carer, it may be that the home of your elderly loved one is far too big to manage. Here’s some downsizing tips to avoid compromising completely.
Even with live-in care at home, it may be that the home your elderly relative calls home is simply too big to maintain for both them and their carer. But moving house can be an emotional wrench. But there will also need to be plenty of bedroom and living space for them and the person offering home care services. How can you navigate this difficult but important decision?
Read our downsizing tips…
1 Discuss the pros and the cons of downsizing
Your elderly relative must understand why the decision needs to be taken. Examining the pros and the cons are the ideal way of introducing the practical aspects and difficulties of maintaining a larger home over a smaller one. Reassure them too, that there are suitable properties out there that can offer the space and the location that they want and need.
2 Consider the property type needed
A large bungalow or flat is ideal, especially in a good location for both your relative and carer. Make a list of things that your relative needs from a property and a list of their wants. It will be unusual to find a property that ticks every want and need, unless they build their own, a downsizing move that they may consider.
3 Future-proof the move
Essentially, your relative has chosen to have a carer live with them so that they can remain in their own home – and even when they have downsized, they will want to do the same. That means future-proofing the move by opting for a property that is adaptable now and in the future. This is one of the most important downsizing tips so consider access to the property, for example, as well as layout and design and how this may need to change in the future.
4 Start the downsizing process early
Moving from a larger property to a smaller property is a big decision and in terms of organisation, there is a lot to do. Part of the issue is that not every piece of furniture or item can be taken and so decisions will need to be made about what will be taken and what won’t be. Consider selling furniture or donating it to charity.
5 Have a clear plan of action
Moving at any time is a big upheaval. It is exciting but also an anxious time for your loved one and their at-home carer. Have a clear plan of action (as far as is possible!) about what is happening and when. Clear communication is really important to allay fears and nerves.
6 ALWAYS keep your relative, their wants, needs and desires at the forefront of every decision
It is a hard decision to make – it may have been the home you grew up in yourself, for example – and one that is deeply emotional too but, it many cases, downsizing to a smaller property is essential. Always keep your elderly relative and their needs at the forefront of any decision made.