If your parents are older baby boomers, you might be starting to think about their living arrangements. It may be that their family home, once buzzing with a busy family is feeling a little quiet, or they need a bit of extra support from their environment to live their lives independently. Whatever the reason, discussing the idea of downsizing with your elderly parents might be difficult to approach, especially if they are resistant to the idea. But there are a lot of benefits to downsizing your elderly parents, and if you know what they are, you may be able to make that transition a lot easier.
Help Prolong Independence
Downsizing to a smaller house or a flat might seem like an intimidating prospect, but it can actually simplify your elderly parent’s life in many ways, ultimately helping preserve their independence. Before moving into a more appropriate space, you can help your elderly parents go through and get rid of any unnecessary possessions, which means there will be fewer things to keep organised in their new home. That means less cleaning, less maintenance and less stress, all of which means your parents can do things themselves for longer. Moving from a larger multi-floor house to a single level bungalow or flat can also help prevent accidents, like trips and falls, that could cause them to lose their independence for a long period of time. This means that they will not need as much care initially, but you can expand care to meet those needs as they come up.
It could also help to keep the financial benefits of downsizing in mind while you’re discussing it with your elderly parents. Moving into a smaller home could help reduce payments on a mortgage, as well as the monthly costs of utilities, maintenance and more. Smaller homes tend to be much cheaper to heat and cool, and are more environmentally friendly to run, significantly reducing monthly bills. This means that your elderly parents will have more disposable income in their retirement, when many people struggle, only being able to draw a certain amount from their pension. Funds usually budgeted for an expensive mortgage or higher utilities could instead be used for day trips, eating out, or doing activities with the family – significantly increasing quality of life.
Moving On To A New Chapter
Your elderly parents are entering a new stage in their lives, which might mean they need to make a change in their environment. Downsizing can help your elderly parents reshuffle their priorities, give them a chance to explore new passions and finding new activities to enjoy. It also gives them a chance to clear out the clutter in their life, rehome the furniture and decorations that they rarely use, and invest in new furniture to fit their new space. Downsizing can be an important part of moving on to the new chapter for your elderly parents, and can be hugely beneficial.
The house your elderly parents have lived in for years probably isn’t equipped for an older person to live in – most aren’t. As a younger person this isn’t such an issue, but as your parent gets older, they might not be able to navigate their home as easily, or safely, as before. But by downsizing, your parents could choose a home that accommodates their needs, and install extra equipment to support their mobility needs.
There are a number of things that cause stress in our lives, but a lot of those are caused by our living situations. For elderly parents, less responsibility, smaller workload, increased cash flow and greater flexibility can all add together to decrease stress. Most homeowners who have successfully downsized report feeling happier and less stressed when they’re not being overwhelmed by the demands of a larger home.
At Home Care Removals, we understand how difficult downsizing your elderly parents can be, especially when you first approach it. That’s why we provide an elderly moving service that is aimed at supporting you and your elderly parents through every step of the downsizing process. We will help your elderly parents decide what they want to keep from their belongings, pack them up and move them to their new home (and even unpack them again when we get there). We will also help manage the things they want to dispose of, through decluttering, removal, recycling and charity donations, ensuring your move is as environmentally friendly as possible. If you would like to know more, please get in touch today.