Q. Our home is getting too difficult to take care of as we get older. We don’t want to move, and don’t know what to do.

A. I’ve lived here for more than 20 years. It’s comfortable, familiar, I know where everything is. I don’t want to be away from friends, neighbors and familiar stores.

We used to be able to take care of the home, the yard work, the fix-up projects. Sometimes the kids come over and tell us the house needs a good inside cleaning. And the outside, we’re not able to do all we could. Sometimes it’s safety issues, other times it’s just too much, physically. I don’t want to ask the kids for help, but I’m worried.

And there’s the expenses of a move. We think it might be financially difficult to afford to move.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Why do we want to stay in our home, rather than move? What has us so worried
  • What can we do, and what help do you need from others?
  • Are there places we might like? What would we have to give up, and what would we get in return?

Helpful Tips: Tell your children or friends what you’re worried about. For example, “We’re overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to keep up our home. We’re getting worn out, and getting tired and sore.” Do some research. How can family and outside help and services allow you to stay put for as long as possible. Begin discussing possible future alternatives and make some visits..

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