Over the past two decades, increasing attention has been paid to relocation stress syndrome (RSS), which is also known as transfer trauma. RSS is a formal nursing diagnosis characterized by a combination of physio-logic and psycho-logic disturbances that occur as a result of transferring a person from one environment to another.
Symptoms of relocation stress syndrome include exhaustion, sleep disturbances, anxiety, grief and loss, depression and disorientation. In seniors, these symptoms are exacerbated by dementia, mild cognitive impairment, poor physical health, frailty, lack of a support system, and sensory impairment. For these seniors in particular, the resulting confusion, depression and agitation have led to increased falls, undesirable weight loss and self-care deficits.
For many of us, belongings that once brought us pleasure now seem like a burden, extra weight we would rather not have. But sorting through a lifetime of accumulations and deciding to part with them is hard.
Think of downsizing from a home of decades like losing 100 pounds. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you can’t lose it overnight, either. Your belongings are like those pounds. It took years to accumulate them, and sorting through them will take time. Just as each pound, taken individually, doesn’t appear to make a difference, there may not seem to be a lot of improvement from each sorting session. But losing 100 pounds is accomplished by losing one pound one hundred times, and with planning, patience and perseverance, you can get ready to move and maximize your home’s marketability, one bag at a time.
Here are some proven tips and techniques that you can begin implementing today, even if your move is years away. Remember that the key to losing 100 pounds is not losing the 100th pound; it’s losing the first one. The key to downsizing is not finishing the process; it’s starting it.
PART 3 | What to Consider Before Moving an Aging Loved One into Your Home
If you decide to move an elderly parent or other aging relative in with you, you won’t be alone: One out of every four caregivers lives with the elderly or disabled loved one he or she cares for.
This arrangement can have many positives. If your parent or other loved one is still relatively healthy, they may be able to babysit or otherwise help around the house, contribute financially, and get to know your children in a way that would never be possible with only occasional visits.
But it’s not right for everyone. It may be cheaper than putting the person in a nursing home (which costs about $80,000 per year on average) or an assisted living facility (about $43,000 per year on average), but you could pay a heavy price in terms of time, stress, fatigue, and strained relations.
Take the time to consider the following nine questions when deciding whether to have someone live with you.
Once you’ve made the decision to downsize, you should consider many factors in choosing a new place to live, including safety features, convenience and whether your health might deteriorate.
But no matter what amount of space you downsize to, the feel is what’s most important, says Rob Krohn, the franchise marketing manager at Epcon Communities, a builder of 55-plus communities. He cautions against settling for a property that doesn’t feel comfortable.
“You want your new, downsized space to feel like home, even if it’s smaller than what you’ve be used to for years,” he says.
Over the years, you’ve probably felt like your home’s footprint just wasn’t big enough. Whether the closets were too small or the number of cabinets too few, you may have dreamed of relocating to a larger space.
But as a senior, that once-too-small abode might be more space than you need or want.
At the same time, the sentiment of moving away from the home where you raised your family or enjoyed gardening for decades pulls at your heartstrings, leaving you unsure about whether or not downsizing is the right decision.
Anytime safety or physical limitations like the inability to live alone or use stairs exist, it’s time to consider relocating. But there are a few other less obvious indicators for seniors to downsize, too.
Between micro-apartments, tiny homes, and even van life, the real estate industry is taking the saying “less is more” to previously unknown levels. And while we can all get behind the idea of streamlining your life and shedding possessions that no longer meet your needs, you only need to watch (maybe) half an episode of Tiny House Hunters to realize that collectively, our desire to live in a smaller space is being eclipsed by all our possessions. (“I just wish there was more storage space!”)
By Barbara Thompson Senior Care Advocate SeniorHomes.com Thinking about where you’d like to settle for your golden years? Choosing a new city for your retirement is an exciting time. You can base your decision on the things that make you happy rather than focusing on being close to work or considering where to raise a […]
By Barbara Thompson
Senior Care Advocate
Thinking about where you’d like to settle for your golden years? Choosing a new city for your retirement is an exciting time. You can base your decision on the things that make you happy rather than focusing on being close to work or considering where to raise a family. If Madison, Wisconsin isn’t already on your shortlist, it certainly needs to be added.
Don’t let the fear of not finding a home to move in to stop you from moving on with your life. Let’s get together to discuss ways to set expectations with potential buyers from the start.
First-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes in order to make their dreams of homeownership a reality. Unfortunately for many, the inventory of starter and trade-up homes has struggled to keep up with demand!
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale dropped 7.1% year-over-year to a 4.3-month supply and is down for the 25thconsecutive month!
Some homeowners may be hesitant to list their homes for sale because they are worried that they will also have a problem finding a home to buy and move in to. This is a legitimate concern; no one wants to sell their home quickly and not have anywhere to live.
But there is good news! If you’re thinking of moving up to a luxury or premium home, there is more inventory available in these markets and you may even get a great deal on a home that has been on the market for a while.
If you’re the owner of a starter home and you’re looking to move into a trade-up home or if you’re just looking to relocate to a new area in a home of the same size, hope remains!
In many markets, homeowners are building contingency plans into their contracts. This means that the homeowner builds in extra time before they close in order to find their dream home and they are upfront about the contingency with any buyers who come to see the house.
Your home is an oasis to buyers who are searching for homes in today’s market. The right buyers will most likely sympathize and wait for you and your family to find your next home.
Have you received little, if any, offers on your home that’s listed for sale?
You might want to review the asking price! If your home has been on the market for a while, even just a month and you haven’t received any offers or even a nibble — yes, it’s probably the price! Consider the market value, if it’s priced at even 10% above its value that could seriously narrow the number of prospective buyers interested in viewing your house!
Today, many real estate conversations center on the lack of inventory for home buyers. Don’t let this deter you from your home search! This spring can be the optimum time for you to benefit as a home buyer! That’s right … if you’ve been dabbling with the idea, NextHome Metro Group can help! Let’s meet and discuss your options — don’t let this great opportunity slide by. There’s no obligation, no pressure, when sitting down with a NHMG real estate professional for spring housing market insight and advice.
Here are the 4 top reasons to consider BUYING a home today:
Many real estate experts have noted the possible effect that rising rates will have now and in the near future on the value of homes. Low mortgage rates were a major factor in the market’s recovery the past several years.
The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) all project 2017 mortgage interest rates will rise. Increasing interest rates will definitely impact purchasers and may stifle demand. The fed has already indicated they will most likely raise rates soon, possibly in March.