house hunting

Pretty pink posies that remind me of my old house Zero step entry! I love the concept, but it can be tough to find, can't it? I did pretty good with our current single story home, but it does have two good sized steps that can definitely be a challenge for my senior mom – especially in the winter when the steps are slick. Parking in the garage is a bit better. It's dryer and warmer, and there is only one step there as you can see in the photo below. Unfortunately, the garage door opener didn't work well during the winter season, so there was a lot of outside parking this year. Which meant using the outside bigger steps. But she's been a trouper and her cane is a big help. 🙂 

Try for as few steps as possible for aging in place-tip by Kaye Swain REALTOR

Next time I go house hunting, I will definitely be looking for an easier, more accessible entrance to the home! Like this one I spotted in a sweet single story house (another great option for aging in place). Only one step, and it's not as deep as our steps.

Front entrance of house with easily accessible entry is great aging in place option for elderly parents-photo by real estate agent Kaye Swain

Plus I noticed that the driveway has been extended on the passenger side with bricks, making an easier exit from the car there as well. 

This brick extends the driveway to make a bit safer path for an elderly senior-Kaye Swain REALTORVery nice aging in place options to think about for our own homes, don't you think?

It's amazing how many things we don't KNOW to look for when we first start caring for our elderly parents. I've been doing this for quite a while, and during that period, my sweet senior mom's health has declined a bit here and there, leading to me looking at our home with fresh new eyes. The good thing is, each time we move, I can help make things a bit easier for her. AND I can share what we learn with you to help you with your aging in place "shopping lists." 🙂

These pretty blue flowers remind me of my hydrangeas in Roseville California-Kaye Swain REALTOR

P.S. By the way, if you are house hunting check out my awesome and totally free mobile app. It's loaded with tons of great resources to help you find just the right home. And it's quite handy for sellers as well – giving you an idea of what houses in your neighborhood are selling for.  Just CLICK HERE. 🙂 

My senior mom and I are finally getting settled after moving two states over. It's definitely been a challenge but Kentucky is beautiful, our new neighbors are great, and I'm finally starting to get through some of my piles. I have even survived my first experience watching "Bambi" cross the road! For a city girl, that was a major shock and you can bet I'm watching extra carefully as I drive. 🙂

Country house buyers and renters should prepare to share the road with deer

I've set up my new health, auto, and rental property insurance. Did you know they probably all have to be changed if you move to another state, even if you stay with the same company! That was definitely a time-consuming shock to the system. And when you are taking care of aging parents' affairs, Medicare health insurance for seniors has its own requirements and needs! It's definitely vital to plan on some serious time spent working on all these projects when you move!

My senior mom handled the move like a trooper though even she admits it was a bit exhausting during the process. I was able to do all the house hunting and apartment hunting myself before we moved which saved her quite a bit of stress and strain. In addition, it really helped that we were able to move directly from one rental home to another without having to live in temporary housing for a month or so as many people do when they relocate. While that's often a necessity, if you can avoid it with aging parents it will usually make a smoother transition for each of you.

How about you? Have you had to live in temporary housing with a senior parent? How did they do? How did you do? 🙂