Pink Saturday

Lovely rhododendrons for Kaye Swain and her elderly senior parent moving to Roseville CaliforniaMy 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? 🙂
 

this garage gives extra storage and a hint of spring out its window via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

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. 🙂

Pretty in a pink pre-spring to welcome us via REALTOR Kaye Swain who is moving to Placer County CA

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. 🙂 

P.P.S. If you are house hunting, I'd love to help you with your real estate needs, including all the various aging in place and multigenerational issues you may be facing. Just "CALL KAYE" at 657-229-KAYE or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com  or check out my uber useful and free app – just CLICK HERE

It is snow important for the Sandwich Generation to take good care of our aging parents all year - especially in the snowy season of winterCaring for aging parents' housing and real estate needs? Are they, and you, prepared for winter cold and snow? In case caregiving and Christmas have kept you as busy as me, here are some more quick reminders for both of us:

  1. If you are in an area that could have power outages, make sure you all have plenty of batteries and simple-to-use flashlights or other battery-operated lamps easily accessible. And doublecheck that they are ones your aging parents can easily turn off and on. We had to exchange one flashlight a while back because the buttons were just too hard for my senior mom to operate
  2. If you or your senior parents have a wood-stove or fireplace AND they are able to operate it safely, make sure that there is a good stock of firewood, fire starters, and matches easily accessible.
  3. If the garage is attached to your house, you might want to bring the trash can into the garage (make sure it's fairly clean) so your senior parents don't have to go outside to throw trash away. I've slipped and fallen every year when taking the trash out because it didn't "look" icy. If that had been my senior mom, I shudder to think what she might have broken! If you can't put the container in a garage, perhaps you could move the trash can right next to the back or front door so they don't actually have to go outside.
  4. If you live with your elderly parents and have to travel in the winter, it might be wise to ask a wonderful neighbor to pick up their mail and newspaper and bring it to the door for your senior parent. If that's not an option (perhaps the neighbors are the same age as you senior parents/) you can also have your mail held till you return. Then your parent won't worry about the mail and go out and get it when it's not quite safe.  You can also have the newspaper held – or perhaps contact the paper deliverer directly and offer a large tip to have it taken right to the door.

Simple suggestions, I know. But easy to forget. How about you? Do you have any suggestions to make winter weather a safer time at home for our aging parents? 

 

Beverlys Pink Saturday for pink photos from my easy to use digital camera

Rednesday is fun for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny dealing with the multigenerational issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren - join us.jpg