Aging In Place

The pool at the Country Creek Drive home in Orangevale next to Roseville CA is gorgeous per Kaye Swain REALTOR 500Multigenerational joys! I love visiting homes throughout the Roseville CA area. Especially when I can spot great ideas and options to share with y'all. That can give us both fresh tips and remind us of great ones from the past. 

Last week, I visited a lovely 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in WoodBridge Ranch. This particular home's address is in Orangevale California. BUT it is about a whopping .1 or .2 miles from the Roseville CA border. That's because this gorgeous, up-scale, master-planned community spans both Placer and Sacramento County! Part is in Roseville and part in Orangevale, CA.

This community has so many great homes with terrific multigenerational options. It includes a wide variety of single story homes. (I'm guessing there might be a few with a bedroom and bathroom/shower on the first floor as well. You can be sure I'll let you know if I spot any of those!

The home I visited was a single story ranch style with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on one side of the L shaped home. On the other side of the home there was 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom along with the laundry room (my senior mom would be in 7th heaven with that set-up 🙂 ). 

A kitchen area between family living room and eating area is a great multigenerational option in this lovely WoodBridge Ranch home per Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

In between the bedrooms are a formal living room, dining room, family room, and a delightful kitchen with a "to-die-for" view of the gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by waterfalls. Beyond that was a lovely green and flowered back yard that backs up to a delightful seasonal creek. 

With your own park in the back yard of Country Creek Drive Orangevale you can have plenty of room for everyone under one roof per Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

It's an awesome property with plenty of places for people to enjoy some privacy. That is something that is so vital for a multigenerational family who might feel like they are tripping over each other in a smaller home.

I especially appreciated the pocket doors in various parts of the home that don't take up too much room. They give a sense of seclusion accompanied by a quieter experience in the various rooms – another great help for a large extended family under one roof.

Another thing that can be a big help for large multigenerational families at WoodBridge Ranch are the great activity options right in the immediate area.   

There are two private parks including Lake Park – and yes, it is aptly named. Plus it is kept stocked with fish for catch and release enjoyment.  Playgrounds, a basketball court, a tennis court, a large baseball field with plenty of grass area, and picnic areas and BBQs all add to the many joys of living in the WoodBridge Ranch Community of homes.  There are biking, walking and jogging trails and even an equestrian center with dedicated horse trails. Those are needed as many of the homes, including this one, are zoned for having a horse! That's fun in general and could be especially helpful for those caring for someone of any age who would benefit from the many joys of horse therapy!

All in all, WoodBridge Ranch, in Roseville AND Orangevale CA, is a gorgeous master-planned community with so many great options for a variety of needs including multigenerational and aging in place options. I am guessing you could even find the occasional home for sale that includes a bedroom and a bathroom with a shower and/or tub on the first floor there.  And those 5 good ways are probably more, but they include great separation in the kitchen, pocket doors to provide quiet and privacy between kitchen-family area and formal living/dining area, one bedroom and bathroom alone on one side of the house, a huge back yard, a pool along with other areas to provide for plenty of room to spread out. And that doesn't even count the various extra activities in the area. Talk about your multigenerational joys in general and specifically with this sweet home. 

A Van Gogh rendition of pink flowers at 8841 Country Creek Drive in woodBridge Ranch in Orangevale ca via Kaye Swain roseville CA REALTOR

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday with a "Van Gogh" rendition of some of the delightful pink flowers I spotted there. My senior mom could surely have some serious gardening fun there! 

P.P.S. This house has been sold but there are others out there. If you'd like to search East Roseville and/or Orangevale, CA for large homes for sale for your own multigenerational needs, including in the WoodBridge Ranch master planned community, click here. Or call Kaye at 916-768-0127 and I'll be glad to help you with any of your real estate needs. 🙂 

A vivid blue sky and lovely autumn fall foliage from Kaye Swain REALTORThis lovely week in autumn, as we wander amidst the beginning of delightful fall foliage, we're also talking about Disaster Preparedness across the nation and across my blogs! FEMA and other government and community agencies are sharing valuable and vital emergency preparation tips for National Preparedness Month 2014 and National Prepareathon Day on September 30, 2014. That's a subject near and dear to my heart so I'm joining in big time!

Here at SandwichINK Real Estate Info, the topic focus is helping our elderly seniors stay safe at home – whether their own home, a multigenerational home they share, or even in a care facility. And emergency preparation is just as vital for them! Maybe more so as they are less likely to be aware of a disaster as others – or to react as fast to a dangerous situation.

As FEMA puts it, Elderly seniors, particularly those "with medical issues and limited mobility, can be especially vulnerable should a natural or manmade disaster strike. Local, state and federal officials are urging all Americans, in particular the elderly, to review, update and rehearse their disaster plans. Those living in a group setting, such as a nursing home or adult living facility, should speak with the administrator to learn about the specific disaster/evacuation plan for that facility."

Many of the normal preparation items are the same for all of us, including a NOAA emergency radio. My senior mom is way ahead of all of us there – she's been using one of those for years, just because she likes how good the reception is and how easy they are to operate. I always tell her, she's my emergency backup if we ever need one of those! 

Pink roses from Roseville California to make scary conversations less scary for our elderly seniors

Some preparation items FEMA suggests for elderly seniors are different, though. Here are some of the items they recommend specific to older seniors: 

  • "Prescription medicines:  These should be rotated frequently and kept up to date;
  • Medical supplies: an extra pair of glasses, hearing-aid batteries and any other personally needed medical devices;
  • An emergency contact list: to reach family, friends and emergency numbers;  
  • If you live alone, talk to your family or friends about preparing for emergencies, getting help in the event of an evacuation and dealing with the aftermath of a disaster. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who can help in an emergency. Discuss needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary medical equipment.
  • Arrange for electronic payments of federal benefits or other retirement income. A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or even weeks. Switching to electronic payments also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The federal government recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
  • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account is the best option for people with bank accounts. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or at
  • The Direct Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative topaper checks for people who don't have a bank account. Sign up is easy – call toll-freeat (877) 212-9991 or sign up online at
  • Disaster-assistance grants are not considered taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children."

You can read the entire page at – Elderly Need Special Plans To Be Ready For A Disaster

Here's a great video for boomers and seniors:

View in FEMA Multimedia Library

Here's the link for seniors referred to in the video. And by the way, one thing this video recommends is to teach senior parents how to text. Sadly, that isn't going to be possible for many. That's why it is also vital for those of us overseeing our beloved seniors – near or far – to check in with them regularly in case of problems. I also recommend signing up for emergency information from cities and counties in the areas they live to be notified of emergencies sooner.

I really liked this great printout to post at home or share online – Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Older Americans

Here are a few other valuable links and resources:

Great disaster preparation resources for elderly seniors and caregivers, that's for sure. Do you have any resources to share as well? We'd love to hear! And don't forget, even though we are staying busy caring for elderly parents, working at home or out, and now – preparing for any emergencies, it's vital to take good care of the caregiver as well. That may be the most important emergency preparedness tip of all for caregivers! So don't forget to…

Lovely Roseville CA roses remind us to stop and smell the roses even in the midst of national preparedness month and the prepareathon




Kaye Swain REALTOR loves to visit the Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

Beverlys Pink Saturday for pink photos from my easy to use digital camera