9 Questions for Spring When Caring for the Elderly Parents’ Real Estate Needs

by Kaye Swain

Geraniums used to be favorites of my senior mom for gardening projects

Spring is definitely in the air, along with plenty of chores for homeowners everywhere. And for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for the elderly parents and relatives near and far, that can include supervising repairs at our own home AND that of our senior parents.

Some things to think about include:

When the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents including their real estate needs - that can include their tools

  1. Are any of your senior parents gardening tools needing repair or replacement?
  2. Heater and furnace and air conditioner check up and repair – if you didn't do it in the winter, it's time. And even if you did, many companies recommend twice a year checkups.
  3. Rain gutters cleaned out
  4. Chips in the concrete that may need some repair work
  5. Any leaks in the roof
  6. Do they need any light bulbs replaced – inside or out?
  7. Any wild and crazy plant growth that needs to be cut back to make for safer walking for our senior parents
  8. Any touch up painting needed?
  9. Are all their appliances working OK?

Hydrangeas are delightful for easy landscaping designs when caring for the elderly parents real estate needs

If you live nearby, it's easy to deal with these issues. But what about if your senior parents don't live nearby? If they don't know a repair person/gardener who can help them, some good resources for help include:

  • Call their church – or a local nearby church – and ask for referrals
  • Call their neighbors and ask for suggestions 
  • Check with a good referral site – I've been really blessed by

Got any other suggestions for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for the real estate needs of our elderly parents as well as ourselves? We'd love to hear. 

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves landscaping designs with lots of flowers like these lovely dark pink ones

P.S. I'm linking this up some excellent and fun resources. Sweet Shot Tuesday, by My3Boybarians, has plenty of tips to help us with our easy to use digital camera as we have fun taking photos of landscaping designs, homes, and grandkids! And for some great, and often vintage, home decor and accessories and ideas – from the kitchen to the yard, be sure to visit Rednesday for RED ideas and Pink Saturday for PINK things galore!

Nics Cahill May 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

I love the Hydrangea, the soft pinks, and the hint of green tell me summer is on the way. Nics

LaVoice May 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

I cannot give you much advice as I am one of those seniors. However, I have been blessed with good health, and still do most of my own work. It just takes me longer and have to be more careful. It is a blessing to have a long life, but also can create problems for loved ones. I know. I have been there.

Gengen May 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Pretty flowers..happy Rednesday.

Magical Mystical Teacher May 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Dazzling geraniums! (I think they smell funny, but they really are bright and cheerful!)

GOING FOR THE RED

“If forced to make choices,” she said,
“I’d go for the crimson and red.
I’d let go of green,
(Some think it’s obscene),
Embracing magenta instead.”

Dancers in Red

dana May 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Great ideas!!! I can still do almost anything…it’s just that I tire quicker, so it takes me longer!! 🙂

Happy Pink Saturday! dana

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea May 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Really great tips and lovely photos!!

Happy Pink Saturday to you :O)

Holly May 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This is such a wonderful and informative post as so many are getting ready to take care of their parents.
Thank you for this information.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Marydon May 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I only wish they were here to dote upon in these ways … Great ideas, tho.
Have a beautiful PINK weekend.
TTFN ~
Marydon

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Terri Morse May 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Beautiful sweet williams, and lots of good info! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Terri

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi Terri, Thank you. And thanks for the heads up on the name of the flowers. 🙂 I was wondering. 🙂

char May 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Wonderful tips and lots of things to consider and think about. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Ahhh, Marydon, I know what you mean. 🙂 And thank you. Happy Pink Saturday to you as well. I’m looking forward to checking our your givewaway 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Too true, Holly! Especially with so many of us baby boomers turning 65 this year! 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, Marie. 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

You and me both, Dana! I was thinking exactly that as I was trying to keep up with my grandkids this afternoon. 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

What a cute rhyme, Teacher. Thank you 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Thank you Gengen 🙂

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Ahhh, But LaVoice, you are one of those awesome older seniors who sets such a great example for me and I very much appreciate you for that. 🙂 Have a blessed week.

Kaye May 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Hi Nics, Very true. In fact, around here, we seem to go from winter to summer and back again 🙂 But with gorgeous flowers like these and my senior mom happily working at her gardening projects, we’re not complaining. 🙂

Lulumusing May 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

Caring for elderly parents always gives you something to think about, and all of us in that boat are having to feel our way. It’s like having children all over again in terms of caretaking. I hope our kids are learning so they will be a little better prepared when their turn comes!

Nancy at Linens and Laurel May 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Great list!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Sherry May 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Oh Sweetie…
What a gorgeous share this evening. I simply love little tidbits of information, that I can file away for a day that I need them.

I am fortunate in that my brother lives 5 minutes away from our parents and he is able to tend to their needs, with gutter cleaning, any handy dandy works, trimming of the trees to keep them away from the house. All the ladder items. (I am over 1,500 miles away and I do what I can to support them long distance but unfortunately our jobs are out here in Phoenix. We help when we go home each year with what items we can.) We are still pretty fortunate that at 75 and almost 80 they are still able to do for themselves with the every day things.

Love your hydrangeas sweetie. So gorgeous and beautiful. It always tickles me to see that particular flower, as Momma has always had them in her yard. You took me home today. Thank you so much for the beautiful share.

Have a wonderful weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Kaye Swain May 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hi Lulu, Isn’t that the truth! I know that I did watch my parents’ great example when they were actively involved in caring for the elderly parents and relatives in their family. They cared for some in their homes, oversaw others in different types of senior retirement communities and hospitals, and dealt with more than one fertilization. It definitely helped prepare me and now I’m trying to share things with my own kids for future reference. 🙂 Preplanning is always a good thing!

Kaye Swain May 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Thanks Nancy 🙂

Kaye Swain May 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Hi Sherry, what a blessing you and your brother are staying so involved and working together. And I’m with you, I LOVE hydrangeas! It’s like a whole bouquet in one bloom. 🙂 Have a lovely pink week!

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