South Orange County Real Estate
When to Downsize
So you have lived in the same home for over 30 years and have raised your family there and oh the memories you have created! But the stairs are harder to climb and the yard work is just getting to be too much for you to handle, and you can’t keep up with all the repairs and cleaning. Maybe you sometime don’t feel safe in your home as the area has changed over the past 30 years.
Your children being concerned for your safety and health start to say Mom and Dad we think it’s time for you to consider downsizing. Maybe they don’t live close enough to help out or just have such a crazy hectic life they can’t do all they want to do to assist you with maintaining your home. When you hear that word downsize all kinds of thoughts and emotions run through your mind. First might be denial as you think I’m fine I can drive to everything that I need to, I don’t want to give up my freedom and I know what’s best for myself but thank you very much. Next you might think what will I do with all my “things”? I can’t possible get rid of any as they are laced with so many memories.
But in your heart you know it’s probably time to consider your options. This isn’t a decision that should be rushed. Take plenty of time to think over your options. One thing you might consider doing is talking with friends or family members who have made the move to downsize. See what they went through and how they feel about their decision. Is a retirement community an option? Bottom line you need to spend plenty of time looking at all your options and making the decision that is best for you. I know personally no matter what my siblings and I said my father just wouldn’t move from the home he built and no one can force the issue. Fortunately for us we were able to come up with a solution that allowed him to finish out his life in his own home.
Good luck with your decision! For all family members that are concerned about your parents please show compassion and sympathy as they are dealing with a lot of emotions that they may not be able to express! Be patient and listen and help them in coming up with a solution that works well for all involved.
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