Though many seniors live independently well into retirement, having support nearby is invaluable. Especially if a health condition impacts daily living, your loved one could benefit from you living nearby. If you’re debating relocation to support an older adult, there’s a lot to consider.
Aileen Noguer Group walks you through making the relocation decision, streamlining your move, and what to do next.
Recognizing when your loved one needs closer support can be challenging when you live far away. There are also differences between typical symptoms of aging versus signs that something else might be impacting cognitive or physical abilities.
Cleveland Clinic explains that symptoms of mild cognitive impairment go beyond minor forgetfulness and can lead to dementia. If your loved one forgets recent information like appointments or conversations, it could indicate a cognitive issue.
Even if their mind remains sharp, your loved one may need help nearby if they have mobility challenges. Health in Aging notes that the risk of falling is the biggest concern with mobility problems in older adults. Reducing hazards around the house and encouraging safe exercises to improve strength are two ways to protect a senior loved one.
Having someone nearby, however, is another layer of security that can be beneficial.
Transplanting to a new area to support a senior loved one is a big undertaking. Along with the typical moving concerns and preparation, you also need to consider where to move.
Finding a place close to your loved one is essential so you can be available if they need you. Research neighborhoods and amenities before committing to a location, and determine what travel times are reasonable.
Relocating might also involve buying a property close to your loved one if renting is not an appealing option. Before selling your home or breaking a lease, explore mortgage possibilities. Finding out how much home you can afford is a smart first step.
Moving is a complicated endeavor, no matter the size of your home or how many belongings you have. But moving a business along with a household can complicate things more. Aim to streamline the process of moving your business by planning as early as possible.
Working remotely during the transition reduces downtime, while hiring a reputable moving company ensures your office setup arrives on time and in good shape.
Living nearby to help your loved one could be the ideal solution. Being a short drive or walk away makes it easier to check-in, and tools like voice assistants facilitate communication and increase independence. If needed, in-home safety and monitoring measures can also alert you if something is wrong.
Yet their existing home may not adequately meet your loved one’s needs. Evaluate the living situation to decide whether relocation is a suitable plan. For example, if mobility issues require the use of a wheelchair or walker, a home with narrow doors and hallways may not suit your senior’s needs. Low- or no-cost modifications may promote mobility at home, but a long-term relocation plan could be the next step.
Relocation can mean many things for seniors, from downsizing to an accessible but smaller property to moving into an assisted living facility. Follow your loved one’s lead if they can voice their desires and opinions. Similarly, support your loved one during doctor’s appointments to help get the care they need.
If you plan to support your senior at home, consider the possibility of receiving caregiver benefits to make up for the lost income. Balancing running a business and caregiving, even part-time, can be challenging financially, but there are resources to help.
Though every situation is different, these guidelines can help you determine when to prepare a move, how to minimize downtime with work, and when to look at taking the next steps. Relocating to support a loved one is a challenging yet worthwhile decision that can lead to a meaningful life experience for you both.