Just like playing cards, there are times in your life when you need to either hold on or fold when deciding to ‘age in place’ or downsize and move. Making these decisions are often difficult and can cause people, particular older or elderly people, stress and anxiety. There are reasons on both sides of the pro and con list to either hold or fold.
One way to decide is to find the pain. Are you:
- Overwhelmed doing your everyday tasks?
- Are you tired going up and down the stairs several times a day?
- Have you fallen and hurt yourself?
- Do you need help taking care of personal and household needs?
These and other issues are things older people are dealing with.
Some or all of these situations can handled to allow the family member to stay in the family home with a few changes. Such as:
- Make one of the downstairs rooms into a bedroom.
- Renovate or modify the downstairs bathroom.
- Hire a homemaker, aide, or a companion to help with routine non-medical household and personal tasks.
However these or other solutions may not take care of the situation or the cost and management of the services may far exceed the peace of mind of moving a loved one to a safe and smaller home situation. One where they will received the amenities and services they need now.
There is not right or wrong answers, only whatever is correct for the person and their family. Whether you are holding or folding, be sure to research and educate yourself to make sound and thoughtful decisions.