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Merry Christmas Gingerbread cookies from Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

It's the holiday season and my grandchilden are having such fun with Advent calendars, Christmas tree decorating, practicing Christmas Carols and hymns for their church program, and playing in snow.

My senior mom and I are missing seeing them have all this fun, but grateful they are all doing well. And I have to admit, we are also appreciating that we do NOT have snow here in Roseville CA. Especially with her health still so up and down. Not to mention being really nice for REALTORS and our house-hunting and house-selling clients. 🙂 We're also grateful for our new-to-us house with no-step entry and a great grab bar in each bathroom (two in hers). 

She's still getting to enjoy daily conversations with the pretty blue birds in our area. And I'm so thrilled! The rose bush I planted in August has just blessed us with a second set of roses. I've been watching the three new buds forever, but this week's rain storm helped them "pop open" all the way and oh my, they smell as good as they look!

Roses in the late fall and winter are sweet treats in Roseville and Sacramento CA-Kaye Swain REALTOR

Of course, the holiday season is also famous for holiday parties – whether friends, family, or both. For many of us caregivers, that can be a difficult, sometimes even murky, issue. As much as many love getting together, it can also be a time when family squabbles can flare – for a variety of reasons, including how the caregiving is going. 

At #Eldercarechat this week, we discussed just that. It was a fascinating chat and full of encouraging suggestions and valuable resources:

 

 

 

And speaking of holiday parties, an annual online party I've enjoyed for several years is happening this weekend, and you can join me for the fun – right in your own home, slippers and all. It's the Caregiving Progressive Holiday Blog Party, and there will be prizes, encouragement, and ideas galore – all centered around caregiving and caregivers. It's always fun and I'd love to see you there as well. 

 

 

 

 

Did you notice my blog is decorated for the holidays? My desk is too. Both are thanks to the sweet encouragement of the lovely Denise Brown, the hostess with the hostess for this fun party! My desk is merrily cheerful with the prize I won from Denise around Thanksgiving (she has the BEST contests!) and my blogs are shining bright for her fun party. 🙂

 

Caregiving Christmas gift for Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA 300

 

A sweet gift from Caregiving and Denise Brown to Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville California 300
 

So grab a cup of hot tea or cocoa, and a couple of Christmas cookies, join us on December 7 and throughout the week – here and at Caregiving.com – CLICK HERE for more details. AND have a blessed and beautiful holiday season, full of joy, love, and great aging in place options to help keep y'all healthy and happy. 

P.S. In case your holiday season is a more somber occasion this year, as mine was the year my sweet dad was on hospice, I hope you'll pop over to Aging in Place Grief Issues and Grief and Loss for Caregivers-In OR Out of the Sandwich Generation for words of encouragement in this challenging season. It's not easy, it it? But many of us caregivers, including many you'd meet at the upcoming Blog Party, have gone through it and have suggestions and ideas that might be a blessing to you as well.

P.P.S. Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR caregiver and grandmother invites you to join in on the Caregiving  Holiday Blog Party

Invacare Bathtub Transfer Bench for Aging in Place assistanceAging in Place. It can definitely be a challenge to find a home with most of your priorities available for aging in place in generation. If you're house hunting house hunting in a hurry, due to relocation issues, it's even harder!

The latest bump in the road for one of my beloveds? All the houses she looked at were single story, many had one or zero step entry, and all the yards were easy care. But most of the available homes that would work best had bathtubs only – no separate shower stalls.

Tubs can often be more difficult for our aging seniors, particularly those with range of motion, knee, or hip issues!

After much thought and prayer, she did opt for a lovely home that had everything else on her Aging in Place wish list but did only have tubs. She knew from past experience she could use a grab bar and, if necessary, a bathtub transfer bench (like the photo above) to help her get in and out of the bathtub if the need arose. Amazon does have several great ones to choose from, though if you have a medical supply store locally, I would start there. That way, if it turns out to not fit in your tub, or not work well for your senior parent, you can easily return it.

Because her time was limited, her options were also limited. That's true for many of us boomers and seniors – for ourselves and for our beloved senior parents and relatives we are caring for. But making a priority list first and keeping it at the forefront of our minds can definitely help us when searching for homes for sale or rent that have good aging in place options we need and want.

One thing to remember to check for specifically is 55+ communities. They frequently offer most, if not all, of these items. Here in Roseville CA, we have The Club at Westpark by Del Webb and Sun City Roseville as well as Sun City Lincoln nearby along with a couple of other senior home communities. Do doublecheck, though, as even some of those homes may not be as user friendly as others. And make sure your REALTOR searches for these types of homes specifically AND by map, as not all agents remember to add the community name to the MLS search list. If it's not there, it will take a map search to find them. Of course, if you are starting your search in Roseville CA, I'd love to help you with it. 🙂 

Also, I recently found a cool list from a home inspection company of aging in place options to look for. Very practical! I've pinned it to my Aging in Place Options pinterest board! Do check it out and let me know what you think of their ideas. 

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday – full of cute home decor ideas with plenty of boomers seniors and multigenerational caregivers visiting.