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Downsizing for your elderly relative

July 27, 2020 5:30 pm

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Deciding to save money on a smaller home or making the move into a care home seems a reasonable thing for elderly people to consider. But there will be a range of emotions and challenges in a practical sense, so here are a few steps that can help make the move a lot easier.

  1. Start planning as soon as possible

Downsizing is never easy, especially if it is from a family home of many years. The emotional trauma can be very overwhelming. Deciding which items go to a new home and which are left will become one of the main considerations and it will help to get them started as soon as possible.

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  1. Long-term thinking

It’s hard to think far enough ahead. You must consider the potential health needs and long-term care; level access, walk-in showers, proximity to loved ones, general practitioners, public transport etc. Find out more about Care Homes Leicester at a site like https://sandersseniorliving.co.uk/the-collection/graysford-hall-care-home-leicester/

  1. Plan what happens to items

What happens to personal belongings is very difficult both practically and emotionally; the less there is the better, and you do not want to do another clear out once they get into their new home or find they have too much or items that are too large.

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  1. Keep items in the family

It is more positive if important furniture, pictures, etc. That are not able to go to a new place can be given to family members – reducing fears about releasing the items when they know it will remain in the family and used properly.

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