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Lovely rhododendrons for Kaye Swain and her elderly senior parent moving to Roseville CaliforniaMy senior mom and I enjoyed our first walk in AGES! The weather and her achy back had kept us in quite a bit the last couple of weeks. we had a delightful time and were thrilled to discover several blooming flowers and budded trees for me to share with you here! SIGNS OF SPRING! HOORAY! 🙂

While walking, I had fun telling her about some of the homes I visited this week, especially those with aging-in-place options that could benefit her or her compadres. My two favorites were both what I like to call "fab 50s" as they were built in the 1950s. 

One was a cozy Craftsman-style bungalow. Easy to maintain, close to restaurants and stores, yet it gave me such a sense of peace and quiet. A grand retreat in the midst of a busy high-tech world. Like many old homes built in the 1940s and 1950s, you can find awesome and original hardwood floors under some of the carpets. Since it's single story with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, it could be a good option for senior parents who want to move closer to family or friends and don't want a lot of upkeep. Plus it has a large garage/shop with shelves, pegboards and workbench – and I do believe that's a hint of spring with purple flowers in the window? Maybe? 🙂

this garage gives extra storage and a hint of spring out its window via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

I appreciated that the shower offers a seat which is such a big help for older seniors! This home would have been perfect for the relocating parents of one of my friends, if only it was located two states over. 🙂

Pretty in a pink pre-spring to welcome us via REALTOR Kaye Swain who is moving to Placer County CA

The other home was also from the 50s but much bigger. With 4 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, and 2328 square feet, it's a lovely home with plenty of multigenerational possiblities. With 2 bedrooms and a bath upstairs, and 2 bedrooms, 3/4 bath, and an office/workroom downstairs, it could easily accomodate an older child moving back home for a time (perhaps with a family). Or if your elderly parents needed extra help and were to move in, they could take the top floor and you could have the downstairs – giving you all the closeness and help that is needed, but still offering that oh-so-vital, yet often not available sense of privacy while living together. 

Both homes offered plenty of space for gardening delights for all ages. While not all enjoy gardening, it can be such a great source of exercise for body and mind for all ages. My senior mom is thrilled to see buds popping out on the trees around us and counting the seconds til she can get out her wagons and garden pots, go shopping for seeds, and start digging in the ground.

One of the things we've learned through the years of working together to help my dad, babysit the grandkids, and now care for my mom is to "think outside the box" when juggling all the multigenerational issues. And that includes when you are looking to buy a new home for yourself or your senior parents. These are just some of the many things I look for when I am house hunting for my mom and me. What do you look for? 🙂

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday! AND every day is Happy Grandparents Day around here. 🙂 

P.P.S. If you are house hunting, I'd love to help you with your real estate needs, including all the various aging in place and multigenerational issues you may be facing. Just "CALL KAYE" at 657-229-KAYE or email me at  or check out my uber useful and free app – just CLICK HERE

This lovely home near my Keller Williams Realty is a good example of several terrific aging in place options-Kaye Swain REALTORI'm adding this post to the #Blog4Care blog carnival being hosted by Caring Across Generations. We hope that by sharing our caregiving stories about  the changes that we have made due to caregiving, we can begin to come up with solutions to the care crisis that is affecting millions of Americans. 🙂 For example, my senior mom and I have moved a few times in the last ten years, due to health issues in our extended family. It's been a blessing to us to be able to do this and an exciting adventure in each new city. Every time we've moved, my list of requirements for home searching has "morphed" a bit, as my grandkids and I love to say. 

On our last journey, my list included:

  • bathroom on the main floor
  • bedroom on the main floor
  • laundry room on the main floor
  • kitchen on the main floor
  • no smells from cigarettes/cigars 
  • safe neighborhood
  • sidewalk for walking

Those were also on the previous list as well. Then came some morphing that we had to add as we house-hunted – 

  • bathroom on the main floor had to have a shower (we had the hardest time finding that!) 
  • there had to be an entrance to the house with a minimal amount of steps (preferably none, but we settled on two-three)
  • a garage door with an opener (took us a while to get ours to work but finally – SWEET SUCCESS!)
  • a new home with easier handles to use (we had to settle on an older home with enough updates to help my mom and happily, her area had the easier handles)
  • a yard with a least a little garden for my mom and a play area for grandkids – and easy to walk in (two we looked at had rocks on the ground or bark on the whole yard – making it very unsafe for an elderly senior
  • NO sunken living rooms (I had to say no to TWO houses I liked for just that reason)

We weren't able to get the sidewalks, but there are cul-de-sacs and walking trails relatively close. And my mom no longer walks alone so we were ok with that. I would have loved to add some other items to our list, however, such as:

  • grab bars throughout the home
  • ramps for at least one door, just in case we need it down the road
  • other aging in place options

But, while handy for all ages, those aren't necessary for my senior mom. At least, not YET. And that's good because those can often be hard to find.

We're not ready to buy yet, but if we were, I did spot one very cool home for sale when one of the real estate agents in my office showed it off at our weekly meeting. It was GORGEOUS! An older home, 1953, it has been majorly and wonderfully updated. A lot of the floors are hardwood (nice for wheelchair use), coupled with ceramic tile, vinyl, and even some wall to wall carpet. Notice all the space in the kitchen – grand when you have to use a wheelchair like my dad did the last year of his life.

Gorgeous and big kitchen for multigenerational family or aging in place-via Kaye Swain REALTOR

The master suite has a bathroom that is gorgeous. Most people would be drooling over the huge jetted tub. But my eyes were immediately drawn to the open walk-in shower with grab bars and a shower on a hose. PERFECT for a senior parent or two.

Remodeled bathroom with shower perfect for elderly senior or wheelchair - grand for aging in place

And oh my! My grandkids would be enthralled with the back yard that includes an athletic court and net for pickleball, tennis, basketball, and a wide variety of other sports. 

This gorgeous play yard could work well for multigenerational living or be fun for the grandkids to visit

With 2,291 square feet, this three bedroom (and office) home offers plenty of room for several options – from a senior couple aging in place to a multigenerational family caring for an aging parent and more. I'm sure the new owners are thrilled with it right now! And it gives us such a good example.

Those are the kinds of things I look for when house-hunting, whether to buy or to rent. How about you? What do you and your family look for as you deal with various caregiving needs? Have you looked at any 55+ senior communities? We have Sun City and The Club at Westpark by Del Webb here in Roseville CA, among other excellent options. How about your neck of the woods? We'd love to hear.