16 May, 2014

When Is It Time To Downsize

There comes a time in the lives of many seniors when staying in their current home is no longer a safe or wise choice. But the decision to move is often delayed—or avoided altogether—because of the myriad of emotions and amount of work surrounding the transition.
This is a difficult decision to make and can lead to decision-making paralysis that may have negative impacts on a senior's life.
For many seniors, just the thought of selling stirs up fear and anxiety about leaving their home, neighborhood, and friendships for unfamiliar territory—so much so that they often convince themselves a move isn’t necessary.
A rational assessment and careful discussion of their current living arrangement and the alternatives living options that are available may help determine if it is the time to downsize.
In addition there are many resources that are aimed at seniors that cover financial, legal, healthcare, and other services. These resources guide seniors through the decision-making process.
Sometimes getting the adult children involved in the process can alleviate a senior’s anxiety and make the process less overwhelming.
Ask yourself these questions that will help you better assess your situation and guide you through the decision-making process:
•         Does your home provide the best environment for the physical needs you have?
•         Have you isolated yourself from friends and family because your inability to maintain your home has left it in disrepair?
•         Have you had trouble finding workers to take care of maintenance?
•         Are finances keeping you from enjoying the home you’ve loved for so many years?
•         Do you feel you have inadequate security and access to care where you are?
If you can answer yes to more than one of these questions, you are a candidate for change.

In my next article I will discuss an action plan for seniors that will help them make a smooth transition.

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