Moving Near a Senior Loved One: Everything to Consider

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I’ve had a guest come on to help us understand when it’s time to move near a senior one. This can be very important to know and allow you to adjust your emergency preparedness plans accordingly.

Take it over Sharon Wagner of Senior Friendly

As your loved one ages, you may become fearful for their safety and well-being. But how do you know when it’s time to move near them? Moreover, how do you even go about this process?

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Sign It’s Time: Move Closer To A Senior

Possibly due to embarrassment or not wanting to burden you, your loved one may not come out and tell you that they’re struggling either physically or mentally. That’s why you need to listen carefully. 

You can tell your loved one is lonely if they’re angrier than usual. Maybe, they’re spending more money to combat boredom. They may reminisce about the times you’ve spent with them more often and let you know they have fewer friends than before.

Loneliness takes a toll on your loved one’s mental health, immune system, and overall health. Therefore, if you notice the signs, it may be time to move closer to a senior loved one.  

Worsening health problems are also reasons to move closer. Let’s say your loved one’s a diabetic, for instance. They’re more prone to heart disease and kidney problems. If they’ve developed complications, it may be time to move closer to your senior friend or family member.

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Stress, depression, and a lack of sleep can all lead to forgetfulness, or forgetfulness can be an early sign of dementia. By moving closer, you can carefully monitor for dementia and help your loved one better manage stress and depression. 

Additionally, you’ll want to assess the situation and determine if your loved one should downgrade their home to something more manageable or move to a senior living community.

For instance, if they can’t keep up with the house or yard work anymore or are having trouble climbing the steps, it may be time to move to senior living. An assisted living facility will provide your loved one a safe environment. These facilities include services such as meal planning, laundry, and help with administering medications. If they have a health issue that requires round-the-clock monitoring, then a nursing home will be the best choice. There are many skilled nursing facilities in the Phoenix area, so read reviews and research cost and payment information.

Home-Buying Tips

Once you decide to move closer, create a checklist of your needs and wants for a home, including size and location. Consider staying with your loved one for a few days while you search for a home.

Keep in mind that you may want to choose a place that has a spare bedroom or den on the first floor if your loved one would ever need to stay.

Care expenses can be substantial. So when you’re applying for a mortgage, remember that mortgage companies use your debt-to-income ratio to determine your loan eligibility. You can get a general idea of how much you can afford by adding up your total monthly expenses and dividing this value by your gross monthly income.

Once you’ve decided on a neighborhood and figured out how much you can spend, it’s time to connect with a knowledgeable realtor who can offer personalized service and local expertise.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, family caregiving is a big responsibility. However, even though it’s a major step in your life to move closer to a senior loved one, it’s well worth it. They still have much wisdom to share from a lifetime of experiences. Plus your loved one will appreciate having you near, and you’ll sleep better knowing they are safe and well cared for.

Thank you Sharon Wagner of Senior Friendly

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