To Move or to Retire Safely at Home

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As a Real Estate Consultant since 1986, we are often asked to assist people with the sale of their property and move is because of "AGE" related issues.
Issues like steps & stairs,
inability to keep up with the maintenance of the property,
Distance to services and amenities.
Health and mobility concerns
Financial concerns
Neighbours and friends moving
The passing of one's partner

All of the reasons are very valid however, and this may sound strange coming from a Realtor, selling the property and moving is not always the only or the best solution........

There are a number of publications, reports and people that have come up with a number of alternative ideas and suggestions.

In and around home adjustments, in home care and services, at home care, live in care, family sharing a home, friends sharing a home, creating rentable accomodation at your property and a number of other suggestions may be worth considering, dependent on your situation and circumstance.

The reason for this posting is to ask your thoughts and ideas and may be you can share your plans for the future as it pertains to home and housing and ensuring safety, wellbeing, and quality of life in our golden years.

Thank you for reading and replying
Warm Regards to all readers of SLM

Peter and Linda Pfann

Posted by: Peter Pfann | April 2nd, 2010

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You've mentioned some excellent alternatives in your post!

I suppose much depends on the size of the home and its layout, but in general I'm a firm believer in remaining in one's home. After all it is "home" in every sense of the word. There are many modifications, such as elevators (not sure what they're really called) and other things that make the place safer and easier to get around that can be installed.

I am a very active and healthy and I don't have such issues -- yet -- but when/if that day comes, whether from advanced age or some sort of accident, I will be adopting whatever such measures as needed. Anything (!) to remain active and independent and stay out of a "retirement home"!

Posted by: Tara | June 21st, 2010

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