the Sandwich Generation issues

Kaye Swain Keller Williams REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CaliforniaHello and HAPPY ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2014 – otherwise known as #UBP14. I'm Kaye Swain, caregiver, grandmother, and REALTOR® and this is my website to share real estate information, resources, and assistance for fellow boomers and seniors dealing with the various issues that come with this season of life. Things like:

  • aging in place
  • caring for elderly parents
  • power of attorney issues
  • reverse mortgages
  • universal design options
  • zero step entry
  • multigenerational home needs
  • mother-in-law quarters
  • granny cottages
  • grab bars
  • senior gardening projects
  • babysitting grandkids
  • and plenty more….

As you might imagine, my primary specialty as a REALTOR® is boomers and seniors – helping them with their own real estate needs or as they help their elderly parents. With plenty of years of personal and practical experience, excellent connections I've made over the past five + years of blogging about the topic, and a grand resources associated with my Keller Williams Realty office, I can help real estate clients locally and long distance – helping you find a local agent who is also extremely experienced in this field. 

Some of the articles that you might enjoy include:

My first blog, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, focuses on Christian encouragement, fun games and easy crafts for kids and grandkids, and medical tips and practical deas to help the elderly parents and relatives we love and care for.

Together, they provide you with a wealth of information and resources for those moments, many times unexpected, when your life turns upside down due to a beloved senior heading for the hospital, or that phone call from an elderly parent where they explain it's time to downsize and they need help. 

It's a serious subject, but I strive to keep both sites on the upbeat and postive side, as we navigate together through this challenging but rewarding season of life. So you'll find plenty of fun and funny goodies, blog party delights, and more.

And speaking of blog parties, this is the BIG ONE for the year, isn't it? Would you believe it, I've been in FIVE of them with SandwichINK and I think this is the second time for SandwichINK Real Estate Info. They're always fun and a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests. I try to spotlight fellow grandparents, boomers, and seniors who join in the fun so be sure to leave a comment no matter what BUT maybe capitalize it if that includes you. 

And since a party should always include some fun treats, here are some cute spring, Easter and Mother's Day tags that make for easy crafts for all ages – from our kids and grandkids to ourselves and all the way up to our beloved seniors + two coloring page tags. Enjoy! 

A fun gift from REALTOR Kaye Swain who is moving to Roseville CA

 

A lovely butterfly bookmark the Ultimate BLog Party 2014 from Real Estate Broker-agent Kaye Swain

Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain SandwichINK REal Estate Info Writer and REALTOR craft tag

Mothers Day tag with cute bluebird - fun for the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 from Kaye Swain baby boomer and REALTOR and caregiver

God loves you - coloring page tag for the Sandwich Generation to share 250

A lovely Mothers Day greetings bookmark for our grandkids in our Sandwich Generation family to color from SandwichINK

Thank you again for visiting SandwichINK Real Estate Info. Before you leave, be sure to pop over to see my other sites – SandwichINK, KayeSwain.com, and Old Historic Houses. You'll find more free goodies at each. And to find me on social media and beyond, just click here. Then, it's back to 5 Minutes for Mom and the Ultimate Blog Party 2014…

 

SandwichINK and SandwichINK Real Estate Info are joining in the fun at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 at 5 Minutes for Mom which is also open to grandparents boomers and seniors

 

 

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

 

 

 

Click here for help with your real estate search for homes by Kaye Swain REALTOR®

 

 

Notice this home has no steps leading up to the door - zero step entry.jpgHi there and welcome to a special post that is part of the #Blog4Care blog carnival being hosted by Caring Across Generations. We hope that by sharing our caregiving stories, we can begin to come up with solutions to the care crisis that is affecting millions of Americans.

Most of the homes I have bought or rented over the years have been older ones. One was only five years old. Three or four were built in the 1940s-70s. One was a Craftsman home built in 1925! And one of my loved ones beat that with a gorgeous 1900 vintage home. But I have enjoyed buying one house when it was brand new construction. That gave me the opportunity to have a wishlist of aging in place options that I added to it – even though I didn't realize that's what they were. And yes! That was a lot of fun!!! 🙂

My wish list then was based on my family needs at the time, including my senior dad having Parkinsons Disease that was progressing. I knew there was an excellent chance he and my mom would eventually move in with me – and they did. So I made sure the walls were wide enough to be wheelchair accessible, as well as the sidewalk in the backyard. I added plenty of grab bars. I didn't know enough, then, to ask for a zero step entry, but was blessed by one anyway! 🙂 Even then, the threshold was bumpy enough, we eventually added a little wheelchair ramp that helped me as I pushed him in and out of the house. But not having any steps in the front really helped! 

Nowawadays, if I was buying new construction, I would have a much longer wish list that would make a home even more practical for my senior mom, myself, and anyone else who visits or lives there, be it senior citizen or my young grandkids. Simple age in place options and universal designs that don't necessarily cost a lot, but add a lot to peace of mind and easier senior living. Things like:

Pretty in pink this bathroom sink is also practical for elderly seniors who want good aging in place options

  • Single story home if at all possible
  • Easy to use handles for sinks, showers, and door handles throughout the home – probably lever-style like in the photo above
  • I love the new concept of showers with no threshold at the bottom so you can just wheel into it if necessary – but only if it can also have doors. Otherwise it might be too chilly for an elderly parent.
  • Seats in the shower 
  • At least one good size bathroom that allows for a wheelchair or walker someday (two if it is a two story home)
  • Raised toilets or handicapped toilets throughout the home that aren't necessarily super tall but aren't really low to the ground either – allowing for ease of use by all
  • Grab bars by each toilet, each tub/shower, and in lieu of towel racks as well
  • If it's two story – a bedroom and a bathroom WITH a shower and/or accessible tub on the main floor – one that's big enough for wheelchairs or walkers
  • If it's two story – a laundry room on the main floor (my sweet mom lives for her laundry 🙂 )
  • Plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen, including options down below for those using a wheelchair or young grandkids. I always used to keep my main dishes down below when my kids were young, just so they could easily get to them.
  • When possible, appliances down at easy reach for wheelchair use.
  • Flooring that is safe for all ages. I personally like carpets but not too high to make a wheelchair easier. The blue carpet below would be OK but an even tighter weave makes the wheels work easier. And I love Armstrong's vinyl tile that looks like gorgeous stone, brick, etc. but is easy to clean and less slippery. I had a real stone floor entry-way in my home before, and that helped contribute to my broken ankle. 

This blue carpet should work ok for a wheelchair or a rollator tho even less plush makes it even easier

I realize many of you reading this are not in a wheelchair. Neither am I. BUT I spent a few weeks in one when I had to deal with a temporary disability due to my broken ankle and would greatly have appreciated all of these excellent senior solutions. They are also a benefit to an elderly senior whose range of motion has been curtailed due to aging or falls. And I know my grandkids would all appreciate many of these options. That's what I love about Universal Design – it really is designed for universal use. I can't urge builders strongly enough to think about simple things like these that would be such a blessing to so many including our beloved senior citizens. Not to mention the fact that it seems like they would be excellent selling points to help them market their properties, as well as help their buyers in so many ways – especially with the Silver Tsunami that is going on. 🙂

I was just talking to real estate clients about all these concepts this week. They, too, have senior parents who may be moving in with them eventually and were also starting to think along these lines. And with that "Silver Tsunami" coming quickly, we are all hoping awareness will start to escalate and give everyone more and better choices in the years to come.

How about you? Are you caring for elderly parents at home or thinking about it? Or perhaps helping senior parents with practical aging in place options? Do you have any more ideas for this list? We'd love to hear them. Don't forget to check out the other posts in this #Blog4Care blog carnival. And have a grand week! 🙂

Fun for grandparents - in OR out of the Sandwich Generation at the Grand Social

Kaye Swain Keller Williams REALTOR visits boomer and grandparent Kathryn Ross The Writers Reverie

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

 

Click here for help with your real estate search for homes by Kaye Swain REALTOR®