As you may have noticed, there’s been quite a lot of media attention recently on retirement villages, and the financial pitfalls that can occur when a family member moves into the wrong village. However, if you have a family member who is currently making decisions about a move into a retirement village, one of the other major concerns you may have is how to help that transition with a minimum of fuss and stress.
Here at Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy, we are often asked to assist elderly home owners in selling their property in order to make this move. Over the years we have gained quite a lot of experience in dealing with the issues that can arise. So here are a few tips for family members who are keen to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Measure up to avoid space problems
Before you start making decisions about what furniture will fit, and where, be sure you know exactly how much space you have to work with. Accurate room dimensions will tell you a lot about furniture size and placement, and how to make the space work best. It’s also worth including doors, windows and power outlets in your plans.
Establish priorities based on usage
Be sure to talk to your family member about their hopes and plans for life in the retirement village. By establishing what their ‘ideal week’ looks like, you will able to determine which items of furniture are most important, and what may never be used again. And keep in mind that comfort is more important than style when a lot more sitting is likely.
Retirement often involves downsizing
Keep in mind that your family member’s new accommodation will be smaller all round. Look at options like downsizing things like bed sizes to fit the available space, and make sure there is unencumbered access to things like the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Feeling at home in new surrounds
Not surprisingly, most people approach the move to retirement accommodation with a great deal of uncertainty. So everything you can do to make the new residence feel ‘familiar’ can help this transition. Consider introducing familiar colour schemes and catering for familiar habits within the new setting.
Minimise potential hazards
Be extra conscious of any items that are potential tripping hazards or that can easily be knocked off benches or shelves.
Be conscious of memories
We all tend to get more forgetful as we get older. So be sure to prioritise important memory triggers when choosing what will fit on the limited wall space and shelving.
Patience is the key
Never forget that the move into retirement accommodation can be a challenging one. So be patient with your family member, and allow them time to adjust the changing outlook. Of course, if you need an experienced and helpful advisor to stand by their side through this move, you’ll find the team at Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy more than ready to assist. Feel free to call 1300 400 400 for some obligation-free advice, and while you’re here on our website, why not download our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”?