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4 FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME CARE FOR SENIORS

Are you a senior who needs a little more help these days? As we age, our needs tend to change in terms of our health and home. If you are looking for some ways to feel more comfortable and cared for at home, here are a few tips that may help you out.
 
Professionals Can Make Senior Home Modifications Easier
 
Many seniors may opt to have their homes modified to make aging in place safely easier. For those individuals, hiring a professional can make the work less hazardous. For example, if you are a senior with mobility limitations, you may need a handyman to widen your doorways or install grab bars in your bathroom. Even hiring part-time help for tasks like mowing the lawn is a better choice than risking a major fall, so factor these expenses into your overall decision. If you need more involved work completed, like a bathroom remodel, you may need to hire a contractor too. The average cost of a bathroom remodel in nearby Jacksonville is between $5,318 and $11,891, but you may be eligible for special grants to help offset some of the expenses involved.
 
Home Modifications Do Not Have to Be Expensive to Be Effective
 
You can also make aging in place easier with less costly changes. In fact, there are several DIY upgrades that you can complete in just a few hours. You or a loved one can go through your home and add a few table lamps — which you can find at retailers at Home Depot for around $20 and up — to instantly make your home safer. If you want an even simpler step to reduce health hazards and increase comfort in your existing home, you can also declutter. Not only does getting rid of clutter help keep you from experiencing a serious fall, but it may also help you avoid feelings of stress and anxiety. Try to take this process on a room-by-room basis, and try to remain as objective as possible while you sort through your belongings.
 
Buying a Smaller Home May Be the Best Option for Seniors
 
Making changes to your home may not make it safer or more manageable. There are several instances in which it may make sense for seniors to move to a smaller home, rather than trying to age in place in their existing home. Downsizing is smart when mobility concerns or other health issues make it harder to climb the stairs or when you just feel overwhelmed with taking care of your home. You also need to make sure you can financially cover the costs of moving to a new home before you decide to downsize. That may mean selling your old home before you start looking for a new one, so take a good look at your finances.
 
Turning to Long-Term Care May Be the Safest Option
 
Finally, if you are having trouble managing daily tasks on your own, you may want to consider moving to an assisted living community. This type of care will allow you to retain your independence while providing convenient access to the assistance you need to maintain your quality of life. It’s not a nursing home, but it is considered long-term care. That means you may be better prepared to pay monthly expenses if you planned ahead; otherwise, you may need to find another way to cover costs, such as selling your home or looking for grants to help. While most seniors enjoy living in an assisted living community, it can be quite an adjustment. Take some time to really put your personal touch on your new home and get out to meet your new neighbors, which can ease this process so you can start feeling at home sooner.
 
Changing homes is a big move for anyone, but for seniors needing care, it can feel like even more like a major life transition. By carefully considering your options for senior home care, you can take some of the stress out of this process and get back to enjoying the years ahead.
 
Photo Credit: Pexels

 
 
 

Valerie Shaw is a graduate of George Mason University who relocated from Northern Virginia to Ponte Vedra Beach almost 30 years ago.  Valerie has enjoyed living, working and raising a family in Northeast Florida and as result, has first-hand knowledge of the great schools, communities and new home construction as well as market trends in Jacksonville and the Beaches areas.

In addition to a genuine love for the area, she understands how important it is to find the right person to work with when buying or selling a home.  Her philosophy as your representative is to create a professional, comfortable and effective partnership to help you achieve your goals as a seller or buyer.  Valerie will skillfully and tirelessly work on your behalf, ensuring a successful transaction and your happiness with the entire process.


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4 Facts Everyone Should Know About Home Care for Seniors

Are you a senior who needs a little more help these days? As we age, our needs tend to change in terms of our health and home. If you are looking for some ways to feel more comfortable and cared for at home, here are a few tips that may help you out.

Professionals Can Make Senior Home Modifications Easier

Many seniors may opt to have their homes modified to make aging in place safely easier. For those individuals, hiring a professional can make the work less hazardous. For example, if you are a senior with mobility limitations, you may need a handyman to widen your doorways or install grab bars in your bathroom. Even hiring part-time help for tasks like mowing the lawn is a better choice than risking a major fall, so factor these expenses into your overall decision. If you need more involved work completed, like a bathroom remodel, you may need to hire a contractor too. The average cost of a bathroom remodel in nearby Jacksonville is between $5,318 and $11,891, but you may be eligible for special grants to help offset some of the expenses involved.

Home Modifications Do Not Have to Be Expensive to Be Effective

You can also make aging in place easier with less costly changes. In fact, there are several DIY upgrades that you can complete in just a few hours. You or a loved one can go through your home and add a few table lamps — which you can find at retailers at Home Depot for around $20 and up — to instantly make your home safer. If you want an even simpler step to reduce health hazards and increase comfort in your existing home, you can also declutter. Not only does getting rid of clutter help keep you from experiencing a serious fall, but it may also help you avoid feelings of stress and anxiety. Try to take this process on a room-by-room basis, and try to remain as objective as possible while you sort through your belongings.

Buying a Smaller Home May Be the Best Option for Seniors

Making changes to your home may not make it safer or more manageable. There are several instances in which it may make sense for seniors to move to a smaller home, rather than trying to age in place in their existing home. Downsizing is smart when mobility concerns or other health issues make it harder to climb the stairs or when you just feel overwhelmed with taking care of your home. You also need to make sure you can financially cover the costs of moving to a new home before you decide to downsize. That may mean selling your old home before you start looking for a new one, so take a good look at your finances.

Turning to Long-Term Care May Be the Safest Option

Finally, if you are having trouble managing daily tasks on your own, you may want to consider moving to an assisted living community. This type of care will allow you to retain your independence while providing convenient access to the assistance you need to maintain your quality of life. It’s not a nursing home, but it is considered long-term care. That means you may be better prepared to pay monthly expenses if you planned ahead; otherwise, you may need to find another way to cover costs, such as selling your home or looking for grants to help. While most seniors enjoy living in an assisted living community, it can be quite an adjustment. Take some time to really put your personal touch on your new home and get out to meet your new neighbors, which can ease this process so you can start feeling at home sooner.

Changing homes is a big move for anyone, but for seniors needing care, it can feel like even more like a major life transition. By carefully considering your options for senior home care, you can take some of the stress out of this process and get back to enjoying the years ahead.

Photo Credit: Pexels

Considering a Kitchen Remodel?

    If you're thinking about a kitchen remodel in your home you should also be considering where it's best to invest your money and where your should probably compromise.  Unless you have an open ended budget, which most of us don't, compromise may be key.  Houzz has published great information that may help you through the kitchen renovation process.  What would be some of your trade-offs and what's your non-negotiable?  I would love to hear!

 

 

 

Need another reason to call the beach home?

We all know that the First Coast has so much to offer and with the real estate market booming right now, there's no better time to make a move!  The best beaches line the coast off Jacksonville and the A+ St. Johns County School District makes Ponte Vedra Beach and Nocatee even more appealing to those moving to the area.  Yesterday WalletHub named Florida the 2nd most fun state in America and today, MSN.com has named Atlantic Beach's Safe Harbor Seafood as the Best Seafood Restaurant in Florida.  Love seafood?  Then you'll love living here and being close to Safe Harbor.  Let's get your home search started and get you to the "funshine state"

Rightsizing Your Life!

 

Ten Tips for Rightsizing Your Life

Let the Design 55 team guide you towards a more simplified lifestyle

1. Set Modest Goals

Start small: a room, a closet, a shelf, a drawer, or a part of the basement. Begin in the areas of the house that you are currently not using. Start the sorting and clearing process in these rooms, because it will be least disruptive to your everyday life.

2. Create a Floor Plan for Your New Home

Most likely you will need to scale down the number of belongings you take to your new home. You will need to compare the size of your new home with your current home and visualize where your possessions will go. If space forces you to choose between some loved items, the decision will be easier for you to see with a floor plan on paper. Remember to make space for the things you love.

3. Begin Step-by-Step

For many people, starting the sorting and decision-making process is a daunting process. Make sure you approach it step-by-step, pile-by-pile until the job is finished. Start working in a specific room in your house or even a specific area of a room like a closet or a drawer. Begin somewhere, but begin.

4. Ask the Tough Questions

It's easier to get rid of belongings from rooms that are mostly used for storage, such as an attic or basement. There is less sentimental attachment to items that are simply being stored rather than used. Be realistic.

· When was the last time I used this?

· If I do use it, how often and why? What purpose does it serve?

· Is the item in good shape and easy to care for?

· Can I get by without it? Do I own another item that can serve the same purpose as this one?

· Is this item something I love? Does it have sentimental value?

· Could someone else benefit more from its use?

5. Organize into Categories

Decide what is still truly important for you to keep and what you are ready to let someone else enjoy. Create a sorting system before you begin.

· Household items to keep

· Items to give to family and friends

· Items to sell

· Stuff to donate to a favorite charity

· Broken items and stuff to toss

· Items for storage

· Things for the “maybe” pile---things I can’t decide about now and I need more time to think about

6. Take What You Love

Downsizing can be difficult. It helps to focus on the things in your home that have meaning for you, even if you have not used them in a while. Write a list of all the items you love and can’t live without. Keep what is most important to you and you will not be upset about the things that you can no longer keep.

7. Take Your Time

Sorting is exhausting. It will take a lot of time to go through all of your possessions, especially if you've lived in your home for many years. Plan to spend a few hours at a time working through the sorting process. This is not a task that you can do for long periods of time at any age. Make it a leisurely process for several months before your move and you'll not only feel more prepared but more relaxed about your move as well. Give yourself time to work through it. If you're tired, rest. Take a break. Go for a walk.

8. Making it Easier to Let Go

Sorting is as much about sorting through a lifetime of memories as it is about possessions. Don't expect to pack up those framed portraits of your parents and grandparents without shedding a tear! Belongings all contain memories, so take the time to reflect. Start a sentimental pile of possessions to pass on to family members. It will make you feel better to know that the family heirlooms are still around - just not under your roof.

9. Decision Making, Round Two

Remember the 80/20 principle. Most people use only 20% of what they have. The other 80% is just taking up space. After deciding what you “absolutely must keep,” give yourself a one-week break and go back through your possessions another time with a more critical eye. Once you get used to the idea of parting with certain belongings, it may be easier to make a final decision the second time around.

10. Call in the Pros!

If the last thing you want to do is add stress to your already busy “to-do” list, call in the Pros! The Design 55 team manages the stress to make the transition easier for you and your family. Call us at 904-826-7055 for a no-obligation home consultation.

Visit us at www.designfifty-five.com

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