Recognizing it’s Time to Downsize Your Home
When a senior has lived in a home for most of his or her life, making the decision that it’s time to downsize and consider moving to an active retirement community can feel like a loss of independence. Your home contains years of happy memories, and it can be difficult to leave those behind.
However, downsizing has some definite perks for seniors! While it can be hard to let go of some of our possessions, the memories will live on. Downsizing your home can actually provide for a happier, more active lifestyle all around and improve your quality of life.
Is it Time to Consider Downsizing Your Home?
Still, how do you know when it’s time to downsize? Here are just a few of the signs that downsizing your home is a good idea:
- You’re losing touch with family or friends. If you’re spending more and more time alone in your home because all your close friends have moved away, and your family isn’t nearby, moving into an independent living community can help you grow new relationships. Staying socially active is vital for seniors’ mental and physical health, and being close to your peers- and possibly, closer to family, too – will provide vital social opportunities you may be missing.
- Certain rooms in your home are simply unused. Do you find that you’re spending more and more time in just a few rooms in your home, while others are sitting vacant, collecting dust? You may start to realize that you have far more space than your truly need. Plus, these extra rooms may only be adding to the clutter in home, as they provide storage for things you aren’t sure where else to put.
- You have a hard time finding items or important documents. Not being able to find something when you’re looking for it, or forgetting where you’ve placed certain items, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. It simply can mean that you just have far too many belongings, and it’s time to start paring down your possessions.
- Maintaining that big yard is overwhelming anymore. Mowing the lawn and maintaining the landscaping, as well as the exterior of your home, can start to become a major task- not to mention a dangerous one. When you downsize and move into a retirement community, most, if not all, of the yardwork will be taken care of for you. Some communities even provide housekeeping and laundry services, so the inside of your home is much easier to maintain, too!
- Driving has become too difficult. No longer being able to drive yourself to doctor’s appointments or to the grocery store leads you to rely on others for transportation. If you’re not able to drive yourself around, this can add to the social isolation factor, too, and social isolation can lead to depression in seniors.
If you’re ready to downsize, enjoy all that life has to offer in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen! We have a full range of services and amenities to make life easy for our residents with elegant, resort-style independent and assisted living options.