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Oct-28-17

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How You Can Help Seniors Find A New Home

As a caregiver to a senior friend, you know how much your help is needed. Even if the senior is very independent and aware, everyone needs a little help, seniors included. But what can you do when your senior friend needs a new place to live? From finding a home to getting the move done right, read on for some tips on how you can help seniors with house-hunting. 

Different Types Of Homes

The first step is to decide what kind of home will work. There are several options such as single-family homes, condominiums, house rentals, apartments, and retirement communities. How can you help? Start by talking to the senior and find out what they want — and what they can afford.

 

Then you can research housing options online. A Place For Mom has a great resource page where you can search for senior living options by type or state. Instead of your senior friend being overwhelmed by the choices, you can narrow those down to ones that will work.

 

If your senior friend doesn’t own their house, you can help by finding rental properties (home or apartment). And as ForRent.com shows, there are some HUD programs that can provide financial assistance:

?     Landlords can get HUD assistance to offer lower rent if the senior meets income restrictions.

?     Section 8 housing can be just what seniors need to live comfortably.

Why Downsizing Might Work

A senior typically has much less income than when they were younger. That means finding a new place to live often means one that’s smaller than their current place. This can actually be perfect for the senior, and it’s called downsizing.

 

There are many benefits to downsizing, and not just in a lower monthly bill. A large home can be annoying or even dangerous for seniors. As their mobility and strength decrease with age, going up and down stairs or maintaining the yard can be tough. Living in a smaller house, especially one without stairs, can be safer and more comfortable for seniors.

 

Besides looking for a place, you can help by sorting through the senior’s belongings. Moving to a smaller place means less storage. Besides, many people keep too many things and could use some help getting rid of them.

Helping With The Move

Finding the place is great, but what about moving day? Seniors will have trouble with this, and not just with carrying heavy boxes. Leaving their old home can be very emotional. Your help will be needed this day more than others.

 

The AARP explains that you can help by creating a plan that focuses on the kitchen and living room first. These rooms often have many mementos and other objects that need careful packing and moving.

 

As you pack, be careful. Back injuries are some of the most common in a move like this. That’s why hiring professional movers makes sense. They’re trained and experienced in moving safely, so they should do the heavy lifting. If you (or the senior) insists on moving without help, HireAHelper lists ways to protect your back, such as packing a box on a table first (so you don’t have to lift with your back).

Your Help Is Needed

It’s not like your senior friend cannot do things on their own. However, you can turn finding a new home for them into an easier, more enjoyable experience. Do some research online for housing options, then help them sort through their belongings. Finally, hire movers so everyone’s back stays healthy. 


Note: Article written by Jim Vogel

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