SandwichINK Real Estate Information - Page 11 of 57 - Real Estate Info and News for Boomers, Seniors, and Other Multigenerational Caregivers

Notice this home has no steps leading up to the door - zero step entry.jpgHi there and welcome to a special post that is part of the #Blog4Care blog carnival being hosted by Caring Across Generations. We hope that by sharing our caregiving stories, we can begin to come up with solutions to the care crisis that is affecting millions of Americans.

Most of the homes I have bought or rented over the years have been older ones. One was only five years old. Three or four were built in the 1940s-70s. One was a Craftsman home built in 1925! And one of my loved ones beat that with a gorgeous 1900 vintage home. But I have enjoyed buying one house when it was brand new construction. That gave me the opportunity to have a wishlist of aging in place options that I added to it – even though I didn't realize that's what they were. And yes! That was a lot of fun!!! 🙂

My wish list then was based on my family needs at the time, including my senior dad having Parkinsons Disease that was progressing. I knew there was an excellent chance he and my mom would eventually move in with me – and they did. So I made sure the walls were wide enough to be wheelchair accessible, as well as the sidewalk in the backyard. I added plenty of grab bars. I didn't know enough, then, to ask for a zero step entry, but was blessed by one anyway! 🙂 Even then, the threshold was bumpy enough, we eventually added a little wheelchair ramp that helped me as I pushed him in and out of the house. But not having any steps in the front really helped! 

Nowawadays, if I was buying new construction, I would have a much longer wish list that would make a home even more practical for my senior mom, myself, and anyone else who visits or lives there, be it senior citizen or my young grandkids. Simple age in place options and universal designs that don't necessarily cost a lot, but add a lot to peace of mind and easier senior living. Things like:

Pretty in pink this bathroom sink is also practical for elderly seniors who want good aging in place options

  • Single story home if at all possible
  • Easy to use handles for sinks, showers, and door handles throughout the home – probably lever-style like in the photo above
  • I love the new concept of showers with no threshold at the bottom so you can just wheel into it if necessary – but only if it can also have doors. Otherwise it might be too chilly for an elderly parent.
  • Seats in the shower 
  • At least one good size bathroom that allows for a wheelchair or walker someday (two if it is a two story home)
  • Raised toilets or handicapped toilets throughout the home that aren't necessarily super tall but aren't really low to the ground either – allowing for ease of use by all
  • Grab bars by each toilet, each tub/shower, and in lieu of towel racks as well
  • If it's two story – a bedroom and a bathroom WITH a shower and/or accessible tub on the main floor – one that's big enough for wheelchairs or walkers
  • If it's two story – a laundry room on the main floor (my sweet mom lives for her laundry 🙂 )
  • Plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen, including options down below for those using a wheelchair or young grandkids. I always used to keep my main dishes down below when my kids were young, just so they could easily get to them.
  • When possible, appliances down at easy reach for wheelchair use.
  • Flooring that is safe for all ages. I personally like carpets but not too high to make a wheelchair easier. The blue carpet below would be OK but an even tighter weave makes the wheels work easier. And I love Armstrong's vinyl tile that looks like gorgeous stone, brick, etc. but is easy to clean and less slippery. I had a real stone floor entry-way in my home before, and that helped contribute to my broken ankle. 

This blue carpet should work ok for a wheelchair or a rollator tho even less plush makes it even easier

I realize many of you reading this are not in a wheelchair. Neither am I. BUT I spent a few weeks in one when I had to deal with a temporary disability due to my broken ankle and would greatly have appreciated all of these excellent senior solutions. They are also a benefit to an elderly senior whose range of motion has been curtailed due to aging or falls. And I know my grandkids would all appreciate many of these options. That's what I love about Universal Design – it really is designed for universal use. I can't urge builders strongly enough to think about simple things like these that would be such a blessing to so many including our beloved senior citizens. Not to mention the fact that it seems like they would be excellent selling points to help them market their properties, as well as help their buyers in so many ways – especially with the Silver Tsunami that is going on. 🙂

I was just talking to real estate clients about all these concepts this week. They, too, have senior parents who may be moving in with them eventually and were also starting to think along these lines. And with that "Silver Tsunami" coming quickly, we are all hoping awareness will start to escalate and give everyone more and better choices in the years to come.

How about you? Are you caring for elderly parents at home or thinking about it? Or perhaps helping senior parents with practical aging in place options? Do you have any more ideas for this list? We'd love to hear them. Don't forget to check out the other posts in this #Blog4Care blog carnival. And have a grand week! 🙂

Fun for grandparents - in OR out of the Sandwich Generation at the Grand Social

Kaye Swain Keller Williams REALTOR visits boomer and grandparent Kathryn Ross The Writers Reverie

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


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SandwichINK Real Estate Information - Page 11 of 57 - Real Estate Info and News for Boomers, Seniors, and Other Multigenerational Caregivers

This house would be cool for a multigenerational family via Kaye Swain REALTORWowzer. WOWZER. WOWZER!!!!! The further I walked in this interesting and unique home, the more I fell in love! It seemed to go on and on and on and delightfully so. With 3,494 square feet, maybe it does! 🙂

On the first floor, there was a formal entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. On the lower level, I found a huge den and extra room that the current tenants are using for their exercise room. They're even leaving the main piece of workout equipment for the new buyers! And upstairs on the second floor? 3 more large bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms! 

On top of all that, the front yard of this sweet 1/2 acre gem is easy maintenance and the back yard is full of grass, flowering plants, a garden area, a hot tub, and a built-in barbecue. Plus there's a ton of extra storage. WOWZER, INDEED!

This huge yard includes a hot tub and a great bbq-via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

It's definitely a grand home for a large family or a multigenerational family with kids or grandkids along with elderly parents. You'd certainly be able to accomodate several family members and still have the privacy that is often missing with smaller homes and large families. 

The only thing I was disappointed about was that, like so many other builders, they didn't use some basic practical universal design elements like putting a shower in the bathroom on the main floor. If you have an elderly parent living with you in this home, they would need to go upstairs to shower. I wouldn't do that because of my sweet mom being a bit wobbly. But I'm finding that many families visiting at my open houses with their senior parents are open to doing that. They realize that most houses follow this pattern and they are ready, willing, and able to make some adjustments down the road – from simplifying bath procedures to adding a shower if need be. And I have to say, the shower upstairs is gorgeous, and easily accessible for elderly seniors. Hooray! 🙂

This bathroom would work well for all ages including wobbly elderly seniors 400

I was just talking about that with one such client this week and we shared some tips for simplification, including No-Rinse bathing products. It's not as easy as a shower on the main floor, but it is definitely doable. And check out the kitchen as well! It's big with plenty of storage.

Awesome and big kitchen for a big multigenerational family via Kaye Swain real estate agentAnd it has this cute wall hanging – perfect to wish you Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Anything Blue Friday


Wasn't this a fun house to visit? I thoroughly enjoyed it as well! AND enjoyed the tasty goodies I found for the real estate broker's tour. A sweet delight, indeed. Have a grand week, y'all. 🙂 

Pink and blue for blog parties with Kaye Swain who is moving to Roseville CA

P.S. This lovely house is no longer available but there are probably other great homes with multigenerational options. Interested? Call Kaye at 657-229-5293, email me at, or just click on the house below. 🙂 


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