You are a senior, planning to move. You are looking at moving into something smaller than the house you are wandering in now. That is a whole lot to consider. ElderMoves is here to help you.
We are going to present a series on what is involved in a seniors’ move. Follow along.
You want to move. What got you thinking about it?
- Are you having trouble getting up and down the stairs (do you have to climb stairs to get to the bathroom)?
- Are you worried about falls when no one is around?
- Is the house too much to manage – the snow, lawn, upkeep and repairs?
- Do you need help with meal preparation, housekeeping or your own personal care?
- Are you lonely?
To move or not to move – that is the question. To stay at home longer you could:
- Change things to make your home better and safer: i.e.; kitchen (lowered counters, easy to reach shelving); bathroom (raised toilet, grab bars, roll in shower); stairs (extra handrail, chair glide)
- Get help with your personal needs (i.e. bathing, meal preparation and housekeeping) under the Provincial Home Care Program (if you are veteran, the Department of Veterans affairs can help)
- Supplement those services with assistance from a private agency.
- Have prepared meals delivered
- Get involved in the Seniors Day activities and programs near you.
To help you decide what the best course of action would be (stay or move) you should seek advice from a professional such as a Geriatric Care Manager. Don’t forget your finances when making plans. Upgrades to your home and extra services are available, but at a cost.
Feel free to contact us 416·444·7598 or E-mail us directly here.