3 Tips for Parting with a Senior’s Home
September 24, 2019
If you are helping a senior loved one prepare to sell their home, the process can be emotional. These tips can make the parting a little easier.
Moving is tough at any age. Cleaning out the closets, arranging for movers, and packing up belongings is a lot of hard work. Parting with a house you love and where you have created good memories can make the transition more difficult. This is especially true for older adults who have often lived in the same house for decades. In many instances, the senior is giving up the home where they raised their family.
If your senior loved one is struggling with this new chapter in life, we have a few suggestions that might help.
Helping a Senior Part with Their Home
1. Document the life and history of the house.
Much of what makes it difficult for a senior to part with their house is likely the memories that were made in it. Finding a meaningful way to document the good times—and bad times—that happened there might make the transition a little less emotional.
You can use old videos to create a story of the home and family over the years. If you don’t have old videos available, there are platforms that allow you to turn photos into a video. Animoto and Smilebox are two free ones to try. You might also consider creating a photo album the senior can look at and enjoy for years to come.
2. Bring a part of the home and garden with them.
An older adult may find it easier to part with their home if they can take a piece of it with them when they move. It might be a few of their favorite flowers from the perennial garden, a raspberry bush from the backyard, or an antique light from the dining room. Help them figure out what they love most about the house and how it may be possible to bring their favorite things along with them.
3. Host a going away party before leaving.
While it may not seem feasible when you are busy packing and preparing to leave, hosting a simple potluck might help your senior loved one find closure. It can give everyone in your family member’s life a chance to celebrate in the home one last time. Be sure to take a lot of photos and videos to document the party!
Be Patient During the Transition
One final suggestion is to be patient with your older loved one and yourself. Change is difficult, and some days will be better than others. If you have realistic expectations, it will likely make the transition easier for the entire family.
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