Courtesy of Adele Paletta from Royal LePage Realty Plus.
Seniors have a unique need in housing related to changes that occur with age. Some of these changes may be a normal part of healthy aging, while others may be related to unhealthy aging.
Chronic conditions and physical limitations can effect their safety in their own home. Housing for seniors must take into consideration the need for safety, health care, physical activity, and social interaction. All these needs change with age and time.
Most seniors would love to remain in their own home for as long as possible. It is comfortable and familiar. Moving can mean a series of losses- loss of independence and privacy to some. Some women feel they have lost their role as the matriarch, and men also feel a loss of self-worth no longer seen as the bread winner. When they have raised their children in this home, it is a warm place to fall to them. The home is memories, experiences, good time and bad times, and love. Now the thought of it all going is scary and sad.
When seniors move, regardless why, either downsizing or having to go into a retirement home or a nursing home, it is very traumatic and can take months sometimes to adjust. It can take a great toll on their health physically and emotionally and should be taken into consideration when helping seniors to move.
Precaution and understanding and care should be taken into account when helping seniors to make a smooth transition, and always, if there is a way they can stay in their home that is great!
Finding a local Accredited Senior Agent (ASA), an agent who specializes in working with the senior market in your area, will also help with the transition, offering the expertise and understanding you need.
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