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Getting Adult Children On Board with Downsizing

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

While there is an understandable attachment to a home that has been the center of many wonderful family moments, there are times when it makes sense to downsize. If you have adult children who aren’t yet thrilled with the idea of downsizing, consider the following suggestions to ease the transition for them.

Explain Your Reasons for Downsizing

Set aside a time to specifically explain why you made the decision to move to a smaller home or apartment. Ask that they let you finish before voicing their concerns. Common reasons seniors downsize include:

  • Not being able to keep up with household tasks
  • No longer having familiar neighbors and friends around
  • Having difficulty running errands and going to appointments
  • Not being able to navigate stairs easily

Consider Their Input

If your children have possible suggestions to help you stay in your home, determine if their ideas really make sense. For instance, is it practical for them to give up more of their time to help out? Or can they chip in to make elder care in Westport an affordable option?

Point Out the Positives

Focus more on what downsizing will mean for both you and your children. While you may be leaving a familiar place, for example, you’ll be able to retain your independence in a smaller home. Some other positives may include:

  • Fewer expenses for household upkeep
  • Easy access to assistance, especially if moving to senior housing
  • More time to spend with grandchildren

Get Them Involved

Ask for their help with planning and preparations to ease their resistance to the idea of downsizing. This may include allowing them to have anything of special meaning to them you won’t be able to take to your new location. Reminisce together while packing and let them know you’ll always cherish those memories

For many seniors, downsizing makes everyday activities infinitely easier. If this sounds familiar and you’d like to learn more about additional help, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide hourly, live-in, and respite care in Westport, CT, and our caregivers can help with everything from running errands to providing mobility assistance. Call a dedicated Care Manager today at 203-955-1915 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.