zero step entry

http://www.sandwichink.com/welcome-to-the-caregiving-holiday-progressive-blog-party-2013-at-sandwichinkWelcome to the annual Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2014. I've enjoyed participating in this for the past few years with my blog, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. The Sandwich Generation refers to those who are caring for elderly parents while raising children or helping with grandkids. It's also commonly called multigenerational caregiving.

This year, I joined in with SandwichINK's "sister" blog, SandwichINK Real Estate Info. For those visiting from the blog party, I'd like to introduce myself to you. I'm a caregiver, a grandmother, and a REALTOR with Keller Williams in Roseville California specializing in helping fellow boomers and seniors with their real estate, aging in place, and multigenerational needs. As a result, real estate is definitely top of mind for me this year, and multigenerational real estate is also on the tip of my and many other agents' tongues as it is once again growing in popularity, with many elderly parents moving in with their kids, or vice versa.

My senior mom lives with me, plus I also help another beloved senior living long distance. I used to have one set of grandkids nearby and another long distance. This past year, God has moved us all around and now both sets are long distance. That definitely leads to new challenges, but also new solutions to share with my readers and clients.

 

In addition to these blogs, you can also find great resources at my Facebook pages including SandwichINK for the Sandwich GenerationPinterest, and Twitter. Being a tech-savvy writer and REALTOR, I love to make good use of social media tools to help you with a wide variety of needs from caregiving ideas to aging in place suggestions to how to help our elderly parents with their real estate needs.

And, what would a party be without party favors? 

First, here's a cool party favor I RECEIVED from the very sweet Denise Brown last week. Doesn't it make a lovely decoration for the eparty.

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And for you – I have a couple of coloring pages to share with your kids or grandkids that can also be enjoyed by many of our beloved elderly.

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Christian Christmas encouragement  from Kaye Swain Roseville CA caregiver grandmother and REALTOR for multigenerational caregivers with this cute coloring page for grandkids and elderly seniors

I also have a contest for an Amazon gift card for $10 to use on encouraging music, books, etc. Just leave a comment below and answer the question "What is my favorite AGING IN PLACE suggestion" and I will pick the winner in a random drawing at the end of the blog party – the cut-off time will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. And if you are not sure what aging in place options are available, they include grab bars in the bathrooms (maybe other rooms too), wide doorways and sidewalks to accomodate walkers and wheelchairs, zero or one-step entry into the house to avoid stairs that elderly may fall on, wheelchair ramps into the house, etc. 🙂 

Thank you again for visiting SandwichINK Real Estate Info and do have a lovely and blessed Christmas. Be sure to enjoy more of the Caregiving.com Holiday Progressive Blog Party and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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

 

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. 🙂