Downsizing for older people
Downsizing may be a very welcome and positive change for some older people, as they move from a large old house into a bungalow or retirement community, but for others, it can be traumatic. It necessitates de-cluttering and disposing of furniture and personal items.
Here are some pointers that will :
- Drawing up a floor plan of the new accommodation helps with deciding what will fit into the new space and imagining what it will look like
- Try not to save stuff you really will never need or use. It is much easier to let go of things if we feel they are going to benefit someone else, so recycle as much as possible, by selling, through charity shops or by donating things to someone who will use them
- Go for quality rather than quantity. Keep a favourite lamp for instance, but give the rest away. Be realistic about current needs.
- Enlist help, especially if you know you are not good at throwing things out. A friend or relative can be an ally but consider asking for outside help
- Keep the end goal in sight. Your parent should congratulate themselves at every step and enjoy the new-found sense of freedom and self-determination
A word to anyone helping an elderly person downsize
- Don’t forget to acknowledge the impact this will have on you.
- You may be dealing with the realities of the changing needs of your parent, the shifting of your roles as you become the caregiver, new living arrangements and the loss of your childhood home and the memories it holds for you as well
- This is emotionally and physically draining work, so take care of yourself and be sure to get the support you need to stay positive and well
- Read more information on moving and downsizing
www.myageingparent.com is a UK-focused information website and social forum aiming to providing everything you need, or want to know or discuss about caring for an older person all in one place. From positive ways to keep them active and healthy, to maintaining their financial and legal needs, through to specific information on care options, local authority funding and age-related health issues. The website draws on a wide range of experts, consultants, lawyers and charities, providing an authoritative and continuously updated source of information. It a member of The Society of Later Life Advisors and is used as a key information resource by many UK local authorities and GP practices. Contact [email protected]
Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)
- Seven ways to save more with low interest rates - January 24, 2017
- New Year, New Home – why renting could be the answer in 2017 - January 24, 2017
- Should Parliament have the final say on Brexit? - January 24, 2017
- 4 reasons to go on an activity villa holiday with the family in 2017 - January 23, 2017
- Could these be the world’s most comfortable shoes? - January 23, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!