caring for elderly parents

Summer is here and the flowers as well as the real estate market are definitely sprouting. At least, it is at my Keller Williams office. This seems like a grand time to bring you up-to-date on how the market is doing in regards to home availability and sales for those of us caring for elderly parents.

Here's a chart to show how the market is doing here for all regular real estate transactions – homes sold vs homes bought over the past year, through May, 2014.

Regular transaction market trends via Kaye Swain REALTOR

This chart shows the number of homes specifically designated "disabled access" bought and sold over the past year, through May, 2014.

Disabled access real estate market trends via Kaye Swain

Here's a chart that reflects the number of single story homes bought and sold over the past year.

single story homes real estate transactions via Kaye Swain

And this chart is for the number of two story homes with 1 3/4 bathrooms (hopefully indicating a bedroom and bathroom with shower or tub downstairs – though not always). And again, that is for the past year ending May 2014.

2 story homes sold via Kaye Swain

As you can see, there are plenty of homes for buyers to pick from – which is especially nice when you are looking for specific needs such as accessibility options for disabled loved ones, single story only or a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor, etc. like so many of us involved in caregiving need. Not to mention specifics to help with multigenerational needs. It can be a bit daunting to search for your specific needs online. But a REALTOR with access to the full MLS has many more ways to search and it becomes much easier. 

It appears to be a bit more challenging for homeowners who want to sell your home. Trust me, there are plenty of homes selling in my Keller Williams office! But it really pays to have your home looking extra sharp, decluttered, depersonalized, etc. I have several Pinterest boards with ideas for home staging, preparing to sell your house, and more with great tips, resources and info to help you as you prepare to sell your home. Just click here.

I hope your summer has started out well with no summer allergies or colds and lots of lovely flowers and water vistas. We are blessed with both here and it always puts a smile on my face. And if you're ready to jump into buying or selling your home in this area or beyond, do give me a call. I'd love to help you with your real estate needs – either locally or by finding you a REALTOR experienced in helping fellow boomers and seniors with their real estate and caregiving needs – Call Kaye – 657-229-5293 or Kaye@KayeSwain.com

P.S. One of the lovely flowers in our neighborhood to put a smile on YOUR face. 🙂 

These hydrangeas remind me of the ones I had in Roseville California

 

 

 

 

Multigenerational caregiving families can come in a variety of sizes and combinations. My senior mom and I are a small "multigenerational family" always looking for ways to ensure we have plenty of aging in place options for my mom and great caregiving options to help her and me along the way.
This is a cute home for aging in place options

MULTIGENERATIONAL WITH FOUR GENERATIONS

At one point, right after my grand-twins were born with health issues, their family moved in with us. Then we were a BIG Roseville California "multigenerational family" of four generations. A "multigenerational family" could mean a grandchild and a grandparent…or a nephew and aunt…or a niece and great-aunt…or two friends of different generations who are helping care for one or for each other….and the list goes on. 

MULTIGENERATIONAL WITH ADOPTED GRANDPARENTS

When I lived in one home for 17 years, my kids had FOUR sets of "adopted grandparents" in the wonderful neighbors who lived there. And those sweet senior neighbors gained extra eyes and hands when they needed help along with tons of hugs from my kids and us. It was a great extended "family." Yesterday, we listened to a class on "thinking outside the box" at my Keller Williams real estate brokerage and boy, multigenerational caregiving and helping is such a great example of that, isn't it?

MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSE NEEDS FOR AGING IN PLACE SAFELY

Of course, with those different extended family and caregiver scenarios come a variety of different needs in a home and yard. You might think  "get a single-story home. That will solve the whole problem." But I looked at two single story homes today. One would not be very practical for a multigenerational family with an elderly relative. It was gorgeous. But it had a sunken living room. I know ME! I'm sure I'd manage to forget and trip on that at least once….maybe even once a month! 🙂 I'd get busy, focus on my paperwork or sending a text, and whap. Most likely I'd just end up with a bit of an embarrassed smile. But if my senior mom lived there and forgot, which she easily could, she could end up in the hospital like a good friend of ours is right now. As much as I love the concept of sunken living rooms – they're really cute – I would probably not recommend them to boomers and seniors who want good aging in place options,especially with elderly relatives visiting or living with them.

The second house I looked at offered great possiblities for an extended family situation. It has been beautifully updated with a gorgeous, restful decor. One of the bathrooms has my favorite kind of shower for anyone and especially for elderly seniors – easy access and benches to sit on. 

Kaye Swain REALTOR recommends showers with benches to help elderly senior parents.jpg

There are three bedrooms and a den that could easily be another good-sized bedroom with the addition of an armoir. More "thinking outside the box" that is quite handy for flexible living arrangements.

An armoire can be a big help for those caring for elderly parents and needing to turn a room into a bedroom

And there's a laundry room that should be able to handle whatever size washer and dryer you might have. Always a good thing for an extended family with lots of laundry. In our last home, we had to keep the laundry area's folding doors open all the time because the extra large washer was a bit too big for the space. On those occasions when all the grandkids were visiting or my senior mom was recuperating from a surgery, that big washing machine was worth its weight in gold. It definitely was great to have – even with the open door in the midst of the living room/dining room area. Still a laundry room with this kind of space would definitely be handy for oversized and much needed laundry appliances.

A nice size laundry room that can hold a large washer dryer is a big help for a multigenerational family

And, of course, I always give the back yard a good check out – if you have kids or grandkids, you really appreciate a nice play area like this one – with plenty of room for a nice big swing set. 

A great play-set for the grandkids or a multigenerational family

MULTIGENERATIONAL JOYS

These are some of the vital things I look for in a home for my own multigenerational family to provide us with plenty of aging in place options for my senior mom, as well as recommend to my real estate clients. How about you? Can you add anything to my list? We'd love to hear.

 

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