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Relocating to live with or near your Senior loved ones

  • Created: Thursday, 23 February 2023 13:54
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Relocating When an Older Loved One Needs Help

It’s difficult to live alone in old age and without a support system, it can be dangerous. If you know what signs to look for, you’ll know when an older loved one needs you closer, though they may not communicate it openly. You’ll need to find somewhere to live, figure out your work or business arrangements, and determine what level of care your loved one will need. That may seem a bit overwhelming. Luckily, Boyer Select Properties has some tips and resources to make the process much easier.


Signs They're Unsafe

Many seniors cling to independence and may omit or downplay their struggles when talking to you. It’s important to visit them in person and observe their living circumstances. If their home is cluttered, they don’t have much food, they’re struggling with a disability, or they can’t manage financial obligations on their own, it may be time to make new arrangements. Be mindful about helping them gradually adjust rather than trying to force a change immediately. If living alone isn't really viable anymore, consider home health services or a senior community.


Buying or Renting

If you do decide to move closer to an older family member or friend, you’ll have to figure out whether you’re going to buy or rent a place to live. Buying a home typically takes longer and can become complicated; you can always buy at a later time. Renting is often the better option if you don’t plan to stay for good. You can find many rentals through online listings for something in your price range that has the space you need.


Moving Your Business

If you’re a business owner, uprooting your business can be an unpleasant thought. If you do choose to move, make sure you do due diligence to avoid problems. Any moving company that you use should be highly reputable. Label every box clearly so you can keep track of your belongings. Plan the move in advance to avoid dealing with last-minute issues. If possible, consider working remotely to make the transition smoother.


Products That Help

It’s practically impossible for you to be near your loved one all the time, but there are some products that can make their time alone safer. You can install a video camera doorbell to monitor their home and even intercept visitors. An emergency alert pendant will enable them to call an ambulance or other emergency services with a simple touch, keeping them safe in case of falls or other incidents. 

Also, an automatic pill dispenser is a great tool to manage medications, so seniors with poor eyesight or memory won't take the wrong dose by mistake. If they cook, consider a burner device that can automatically turn off the stove if a fire is detected. Read reviews from this unbiased source before buying any products to avoid disappointment or scams.


Keeping Seniors Safe

Helping your loved one to live a safe and comfortable life is a noble but challenging goal. If you’ve determined that you need to move closer, get some advice from the experts, figure out whether you’ll buy or rent, arrange for your business to be moved, and assess your loved one’s options moving forward. 

Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or investor, Boyer Select Properties has the knowledge and experience to help make your dreams come true. Call (314) 565-2369.

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