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5 MISTAKES TO AVOID

Mistake #1:
Waiting until a crisis occurs to have a
conversation about housing and care
options.

Mistake #2:
Failing to adequately equip the
home with accessibility features
allowing for safe and successful
aging-in-place.

Mistake #3:
Lack of research into
available senior living
options

Mistake #4:
Trying to manage the liquidation
of the estate and personal items
alone.

Mistake #5:
Inadequate or inappropriate
documentation.

Moving Mom and Dad

We understand that those in the position of helping elder homeowners and family members face a weighty set of decisions and responsibilities when navigating late-life moves. While every situation represents a unique set of circumstances, late-life transitions can pose distinct, and often unexpected, emotional and physical challenges.

As real estate professionals specializing in serving senior adults, we have helped hundreds of mature homeowners, families, and caregivers with the home sale and purchase processes, many involving saying goodbye to long-time family residences.

Expertly trained, we are here to help you develop a plan of action, one that best serves you and your elder loved ones. If you choose, we can also manage every detail of the move with care, courtesy, and excellence, just the way you would do it yourself.

As a client, you will receive both the physical and emotional support necessary to handle even the most difficult relocation decisions and tasks. Whether you’re looking for a little help getting started or you choose to delegate every detail, we are here for you and prepared to tailor our extensive menu of services to suit your family’s unique circumstances.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. When should we begin talking with our parents about the possibility of moving?

Ideally, this conversation should first happen while everyone is healthy and mobile. The best time to begin the conversation is NOW.

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2. Should we be looking at a condos, single family homes, or senior living communities?

Every person has different circumstances and so there is not a one-size-fits-all residential solution. If current or future healthcare is a top priority, a full service senior living community may be preferable.

3. How long do seniors usually contemplate a move before taking action?

Some people take longer than others. Many older adults who make the “sudden announcement” about relocating report to have been privately considering it for up to two years or more. Unless there is a crisis or other compelling reason to move quickly, it is typically best to allow older adults to process the decision in their own time.

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4. How many senior living communities should we visit before making a commitment?

Visit all available communities that offer needed or desired services and amenities within your geographic area and then re-visit them. This is not a decision that should be made in a rush, so take the time necessary to feel confident in your choice.

5. Is there financial assistance to help cover assisted living costs?

Assisted living communities provide various levels of care, some of which may be covered by certain long-term care insurance policies. If you have this type of insurance, contact the company in advance and inquire as to whether your policy has an assisted-living benefit. Veteran’s aid and attendance benefits can also be applied toward assisted living care (veteranaid.org). Some, but few, assisted living communities accept Medicaid.

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