Welcome to SandwichINK Real Estate Info for Boomers and Seniors on a Wordless Wednesday.

 

Encouraging and comforting Bible verses to help aging parents on down to grandkids

 

The background for this comforting Bible verse is a photo of the lovely blue skies with billowly clouds here in Pierce County, Washington! I shot it while out showing houses to a real estate client. 

 

Kaye Swain REALTOR® visiting Wordless Wednesday at Create Wth Joy

 

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I love this cute home at 9319 E B St Tacoma 98445 in Pierce County Washington  MLS 612692Multigenerational families can come in a variety of sizes and combinations. My senior mom and I are a small "multigenerational family" always looking for ways to ensure we have plenty of aging in place options for my mom. At one point, right after my grand-twins were born with health issues, their family moved in with us. Then we were a BIG "multigenerational family" of four generations. A "multigenerational family" could mean a grandchild and a grandparent…or a nephew and aunt…or a niece and great-aunt…or two friends of different generations who are helping care for one or for each other….and the list goes on. 

When I lived in one home for 17 years, my kids had FOUR sets of "adopted grandparents" in the wonderful neighbors who lived there. And those sweet senior neighbors gained extra eyes and hands when they needed help along with tons of hugs from my kids and us. It was a great extended "family." Yesterday, we listened to a class on "thinking outside the box" at my real estate brokerage and boy, multigenerational caregiving and helping is such a great example of that, isn't it?

Of course, with those different extended family and caregiver scenarios come a variety of different needs in a home and yard. You might think  "get a single-story home. That will solve the whole problem." But I looked at two single story homes today. One would not be very practical for a multigenerational family with an elderly relative. It was gorgeous. But it had a sunken living room. I know ME! I'm sure I'd manage to forget and trip on that at least once….maybe even once a month! :) I'd get busy, focus on my paperwork or sending a text, and whap. Most likely I'd just end up with a bit of an embarrassed smile. But if my senior mom lived there and forgot, which she easily could, she could end up in the hospital like a good friend of ours is right now. As much as I love the concept of sunken living rooms – they're really cute – I would probably not recommend them to boomers and seniors, especially with elderly relatives visiting or living with them.

The second house I looked at offered great possiblities for an extended family situation. It has been beautifully updated with a gorgeous, restful decor. One of the bathrooms has my favorite kind of shower for anyone and especially for elderly seniors – easy access and benches to sit on. 

Kaye Swain REALTOR recommends showers with benches to help elderly senior parents.jpg

There are three bedrooms and a den that could easily be another good-sized bedroom with the addition of an armoir. More "thinking outside the box" that is quite handy for flexible living arrangements.

An armoire can be a big help for those caring for elderly parents and needing to turn a room into a bedroom

And there's a laundry room that should be able to handle whatever size washer and dryer you might have. Always a good thing for an extended family with lots of laundry. In our home in Kentucky, we had to keep the laundry area's folding doors open all the time because the extra large washer was a bit too big for the space. On those occasions when all the grandkids were visiting or my senior mom was recuperating from a surgery, that big washing machine was worth its weight in gold. It definitely was great to have – even with the open door in the midst of the living room/dining room area. Still a laundry room with this kind of space would definitely be handy for oversized and much needed laundry appliances.

A nice size laundry room that can hold a large washer dryer is a big help for a multigenerational family

And, of course, I always give the back yard a good check out – if you have kids or grandkids, you really appreciate a nice play area like this one – with plenty of room for a nice big swing set. 

A wonderful play yard for your kids or grandkids here in Tacoma Washington

These are some of the vital things I look for in a home for my own multigenerational family to provide us with plenty of aging in place options for my senior mom, as well as recommend to my real estate clients. How about you? Can you add anything to my list? We'd love to hear.

University Place Washington REALTOR Kaye Swain loves to visit The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

P.S.  Click here for help with your real estate search for homes in Pierce County WA by Kaye Swain REALTOR®

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Kaye Swain REALTOR® in University Place Wa located in Pierce County WashingtonHello and HAPPY ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2014 – otherwise known as #UBP14. I'm Kaye Swain, caregiver, grandmother, and REALTOR® and this is my website to share real estate information, resources, and assistance for fellow boomers and seniors dealing with the various issues that come with this season of life. Things like:

  • aging in place
  • caring for elderly parents
  • power of attorney issues
  • reverse mortgages
  • universal design options
  • zero step entry
  • multigenerational home needs
  • mother-in-law quarters
  • granny cottages
  • grab bars
  • senior gardening projects
  • babysitting grandkids
  • and plenty more….

As you might imagine, my primary specialty as a REALTOR® is boomers and seniors – helping them with their own real estate needs or as they help their elderly parents. With plenty of years of personal and practical experience, excellent connections I've made over the past five + years of blogging about the topic, and a grand resourcees associated with my Keller Williams Realty Tacoma office in University Place, Washington, I can help real estate clients locally and long distance – helping you find a local agent who is also extremely experienced in this field. 

Some of the articles that you might enjoy include:

My first blog, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, focuses on Christian encouragement, fun games and easy crafts for kids and grandkids, and medical tips and practical deas to help the elderly parents and relatives we love and care for.

Together, they provide you with a wealth of information and resources for those moments, many times unexpected, when your life turns upside down due to a beloved senior heading for the hospital, or that phone call from an elderly parent where they explain it's time to downsize and they need help. 

It's a serious subject, but I strive to keep both sites on the upbeat and postive side, as we navigate together through this challenging but rewarding season of life. So you'll find plenty of fun and funny goodies, blog party delights, and more.

And speaking of blog parties, this is the BIG ONE for the year, isn't it? Would you believe it, I've been in FIVE of them with SandwichINK and I think this is the second time for SandwichINK Real Estate Info. They're always fun and a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests. I try to spotlight fellow grandparents, boomers, and seniors who join in the fun so be sure to leave a comment no matter what BUT maybe capitalize if that includes you. 

And since a party should always include some fun treats, here are some cute spring, Easter and Mother's Day tags that make for easy crafts for all ages – from our kids and grandkids to ourselves and all the way up to our beloved seniors + two coloring page tags. Enjoy! 

A fun gift from Kaye Swain REALTOR for boomers and seniors in Pierce County Washington and beyond

 

A lovely butterfly bookmark the Ultimate BLog Party 2014 from Real Estate Broker-agent Kaye Swain

Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain SandwichINK REal Estate Info Writer and REALTOR craft tag

Mothers Day tag with cute bluebird - fun for the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain baby boomer and REALTOR and caregiver

God loves you - coloring page tag for the Sandwich Generation to share 250

A lovely Mothers Day greetings bookmark for our grandkids in our Sandwich Generation family to color from SandwichINK

Thank you again for visiting SandwichINK Real Estate Info. Before you leave, be sure to pop over to see my other sites – SandwichINK, KayeSwain.com, and Old Historic Houses. You'll find more free goodies at each. And to find me on social media and beyond, just click here. Then, it's back to 5 Minutes for Mom and the Ultimate Blog Party 2014…

 

SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

 

 

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

University Place Washington REALTOR Kaye Swain loves to visit The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

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