Seniors choose to downsize for a number of reasons, from less maintenance to lower monthly payments. While there are many benefits to moving into a smaller home, the process itself can create significant stress for seniors. Here are a few tips from the friendly staff at Jefferson County Home Care Assistance to help make downsizing easier.
1. Begin with Photographs and Personal Documents
Encourage your older relative to begin the downsizing process by sorting through photographs and personal papers. These types of belongings often require the most time to browse through. After perusing through these personal effects, your loved one must decide whether to keep them, give them to relatives, or shred them.
2. Utilize a Portable Folding Table
Instead of piling an inventory of belongings on the floor, consider utilizing a portable folding table. By spreading your loved one’s possessions on a long table, he or she won’t have to reach down to the floor in order to inspect them.
3. Apply the One Year Rule to Clothing
Urge your relative to rid himself or herself of clothing items that he or she hasn’t worn in over a year. If your loved one hasn’t worn sweaters, pants, or shoes in over a year, he or she likely won’t ever wish to wear them again. Your aging loved one might enjoy donating gently worn items to a local charitable organization or place of worship.
4. Consult with an Appraiser
Before discarding certain, meaningful items, think about consulting with an appraiser. This person can ascertain the monetary value of collectibles, antiques, and papers with historical consequence.
5. Enjoy the Journey
To make downsizing easier for your loved one, avoid rushing the journey. Allow your loved one the opportunity to enjoy reminiscing while he or she looks at belongings that may have been buried away for a long time. You might even discover unique tidbits about your family’s history while helping your loved one downsize.
If you noticed your aging relative could use additional help around the house once he or she settles in, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Jefferson County respite care, live-in care, and part-time home care. Our caregivers are trained and compassionate, our Care Managers are available 24/7, and we never require long-term contracts. Give us a call at (303) 987-5992 today for more information.