Familiar surroundings provide us with a sense of comfort and security, which is an important part of home ownership. But for most of us, eventually there will come a time when the old homestead begins to present more challenges than comfort.
As we age, our housing needs are very likely to change due to our physical limitations. Suddenly, tasks like carrying the laundry basket up and down the basement stairs can become more hazardous, and fall-related injuries more frequent. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of those 65 and older will suffer a fall each year!
If you are close to an older adult who may find himself or herself in this situation, it’s a good idea to start a conversation about a possible move to a more suitable living situation. The conversation should not be negative; approach it as the possible start of a new and exciting chapter in an ever-changing life.
There are several resources in every community that can help facilitate the process, such as professional geriatric care managers, neighborhood senior centers and your county’s Department of Senior Services. The Olear Team also offers frequent senior seminars, as well as resources for older home owners on our website at www.olear.com/older-home-ownership.
A happy and healthy lifestyle for a cared for older adult can begin with a simple conversation. If we can be of assistance, please contact the professionals at The Olear Team today!