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How to Help a Reluctant Senior Downsize

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

Downsizing is a popular option for seniors who find keeping up with their current lifestyle becomes challenging with age. Sometimes this is due to the need to move into a smaller home, while other times it may be because there is simply too much clutter in their current home. If your senior loved one is having difficulty with the idea of downsizing, Warren senior home care professionals suggest using these ideas to help him or her make the transition.

Be Sensitive to Emotions

For many people, a house and the possessions it contains are filled with memories. Your loved one may view downsizing as a type of loss, which can negatively impact his or her emotional wellbeing. Remember this when you talk about downsizing, and plan your discussions for times when your loved one is more likely to be receptive to what you have to say.

Emphasize the Positives

Seniors sometimes have difficulty seeing the value of reducing their possessions. When your loved one is comfortable talking about the issue, help him or her see downsizing can free up time for enjoyable pursuits because he or she will not have to focus on cleaning and home maintenance as much. Some seniors find it fun to decide where their belongings will go. Watching as a loved one exclaims over a family heirloom being passed down or a young family getting excited about a new piece of furniture are moments that can make downsizing feel worth it.

Help Sort Belongings

The very prospect of sorting and organizing which items need to go can be overwhelming for seniors. Offer to provide your loved one with help as he or she begins the process of paring down possessions. Starting small may be the best way to get your loved one on board because clearing off a shelf spurs a sense of satisfaction that serves as motivation to do more.

Provide Assistance with Daily Routines

If your loved one absolutely refuses to move to a smaller home, hiring a Warren, NJ, home caregiver to help with his or her daily routine can reduce the stress related to meal preparation, housekeeping, and other tasks. As your loved one comes around to the idea of downsizing, the caregiver can continue to help him or her through the transition by providing additional assistance with sorting and distributing his or her belongings.

Downsizing can be an emotional experience for seniors. Make sure your loved one has the support he or she needs to remain happy and healthy by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers can provide emotional support and help with a wide variety of everyday tasks. For more information on the live-in and respite care Warren seniors and their families rely on, call 908.450.9400 today.