My 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? 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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