Senior Real Estate: Making a Smoother Transition for Mom & Dad

Wednesday Aug 30th, 2017

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When helping a parent or loved one downsize, it can be a very trying time – there are difficult decisions to be made, changes to be had and unknowns to be encountered. So, how does one make the process as easy and stress-free as possible?

Here are a few tips:
 
Allow your parents to make choices 
Rather than control the process or make decisions on behalf of your parents, be sure to involve them in the decision-making process so that their needs and wishes are heard. Keep in mind that too many choices can be overwhelming, but too few choices can make for a challenging situation.

Be sensitive to changing roles
Switching roles from child to caregiver can be a difficult change for some parents to adjust to. As you take on more responsibility in their care, ease into your new role for a smoother transition.

Highlight the positives of downsizing
Moving to a smaller home or a retirement community allows seniors to be more active and involved in the things that they love. It also removes the stress often accompanied with regular housework and chores. For many seniors, this is a positive change – one that should be highlighted and encouraged. 

Be a source of emotional and physical support
Late in life transitions are as much about mental adjustments as they are the physical ones. Be a source of support and encouragement to your parents to start them off on this next chapter with confidence and positivity. 

Don’t rush the process
Downsizing is a major life change – one that shouldn't be rushed or forced on someone. Instead, give your parents grace to research and explore the best senior living options to fit their lifestyle.

Work with an Accredited Senior Agent (ASA)
An Accredited Senior Agent (ASA) has specialized training and experience to help mature buyers and sellers with their unique real estate needs. With many connections within the senior housing market, we can also recommend the best retirement communities within Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) so that your parents can live the lifestyle they desire.
 
Want to learn more? If you or someone you love needs the expertise of a compassionate and patient Accredited Senior Agent, please feel free to contact me for more information. 


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