Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Relocation and Visiting Tips
If after considerable thought and effort to keep a senior in their home, you come to the conclusion that relocation is the best option, there are several things you can do to assist. First of all, the decision should be as co-operative a process as possible. The senior should be involved in the decision making as much as possible and before starting your search discuss financial concerns and limitations.Figure out what area they would like to live in and if possible ensure that it is somewhere that friends or family can get to easily. Make a list of things they want to have in their new home and neighbourhood keeping in mind that you will need to know things that are 'deal breakers' and things they can live without. Make up a list of questions (as a reference you can certainly download our 'visiting tips' from our website). Take a new questionnaire to each home. You may want to narrow down your search to 3 places that meet your/their needs and then take them on tours. Ensure you try the food and if possible speak to residents. If they will allow, take photos of each home to assist you when you are trying to decide. Also make notes during each visit. To assist with decision making, you may want to make a list of the pros and cons of each home and then perhaps suggest a trial stay for a few days or a week so they can get a feel for the place before selling or renting their current home.