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
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