Have you been pondering your retirement plans for a while? Reconsidered care for your parents during the pandemic? Or both? If for whatever reason you want to weigh some options besides retirement homes, The Morning Call recently featured a few ideas you may wish to consider. As an SRES® agent, I am also happy to share what has worked for dozens of my clients aged 50+ and what I’m considering for my own loved ones (and myself!) too.
NOTE: All 73 million Baby Boomers will be over the age of 65 in 10 years. WOW. Even if a senior community is right for you – there may not be enough of them. Know your options – and have a few back-up plans too.
Have You Considered…?
#1: AGING IN PLACE WITH ULTIMATE ACCESSIBILITY
Very few homes are right for every generation, but most homes can be modified to be suitable for many generations. It is far better to make a home age-friendly before an injury occurs – so make changes proactively rather than reactively. Common safety features include increased lighting (especially at entryways), safety rails & grab bars in bathrooms, bathtub modification, widened doorways (for wheelchair access) and lever handles.
#2: MAXIMIZING THE USE OF REMOTE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
Many times, when a family member cannot live alone, they may move in with a loved one – who may not always be home. There are many remote digital technologies that cannot replace caregiving, but can supplement it for short periods of time. Such technologies include: wearables that monitor movements and vital signs, smart pill boxes, voice assistants for calendaring doctor appointments/medication reminders and so much more!
#3: VOTING FOR PUBLIC POLICIES THAT CREATE SENIOR-FRIENDLY, SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING
Look out for ballot measures in the years to come that incentivize builders to create a wide array of senior housing. In particular, senior-friendly single family homes are one such solution which can include concierge and support services, yet strike a balance between independent living and opportunities for socialization.
Please let me know if you need any support, at any time.
All my best,
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG
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