Sometimes when you consider having to help someone you love move to a smaller, more efficient or safe place, you may wonder about senior downsizing and why so many are doing it. Aren’t the people safer in their own space—the place where they are comfortable and where the space is familiar? Won’t they feel shuffled off or unimportant? Won’t they be bothered by having to go through a lifetime worth of knick-knacks and tchotchkes and get rid of most of them? The fact is that downsizing is often very beneficial for seniors, and we can help you understand why.
Although senior downsizing sounds like a lot of work and you worry about the mental and emotional well being of those you love, they can actually benefit hugely from finding a space that is more accommodating to their needs.
In many cases, as people age, they need appliances to help them—anything from a walker to an oxygen tank and so many other aids. If the house they are in doesn’t have a front entry that can accommodate a wheelchair or if it has stairs that they have to climb to get to their bedroom, finding a more well-suited floor plan can be a blessing.
Another concern is having a floor plan that will enable your loved ones to have a caregiver stay in the home and nearby. If you need full-time care, you also need a place for the caregiver to sleep. Ideally, a suite of rooms helps your caregiver feel comfortable, so you don’t have high turnover in caregivers.
Another benefit to senior downsizing is starting the process of going through all the mementos. Leaving all of that sorting and donating til everyone is stressed and tired is never a good plan. If you do it in preparation for downsizing, you can take your time and make new and wonderful memories in the process.