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5 Signs Your Parents Are Ready to Downsize

senior mother and daughter holding boxes during the process of downsizing elderly parents

Have your parents voiced frustrations with home maintenance, or have you been concerned that they have too much house to handle in retirement? Downsizing your parents’ home and moving them into a community like Ventana By Buckner may be the answer you are looking for. Learning a few key signs that now is the time for your parents to downsize can help them smoothly transition into the next chapter of their retirement years.

Ventana is ready to help with downsizing for your elderly parents. Call us today at 214.225.6197.

5 Signs It’s Time to Downsize

You may wonder, “Should I be thinking about downsizing my parents’ home?” Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to downsize.

1. Home Is Too Large

Perhaps the most glaring reason your parents may be ready to downsize is that the house they are currently in is just too big for their lifestyle. Numerous bedrooms and bathrooms made sense when all the kids were under one roof, but that may not be the case anymore. If there are rooms in the house that don’t get any use, it may be time for your parents to consider a lower-maintenance lifestyle.

2. Concerns About Finances

Retirement brings about new financial considerations. Your parents may not be taking home as much as they did when working full-time, so it’s essential to shift priorities regarding budgeting. Older adults frequently choose to downsize to lessen the financial burden of maintaining the house they are currently living in and move to a more manageable living situation.

3. Home Maintenance Is a Burden

Maintaining a home is no easy task. Plus, the bigger the space, the more time it takes. Cleaning can become burdensome, especially with age. As a result, it may be time for your parents to downsize if maintenance is getting out of hand.

Home maintenance goes beyond tidiness and includes unpredictable utility prices, lawn and yard upkeep, and keeping up with repairs and replacements. Older houses need repairs like roof replacement, appliance updates, and new piping. The unpredictability of these costs can make it challenging to have a stable financial plan. Downsizing can ease your parents’ worries about maintaining a home, plus take the pressure off their bank accounts.

4. Planning for the Future

The house your parents are living in now may work for them. However, future needs should be kept in mind when planning where to live out their golden years. You may want to ask yourself these questions when it comes to future needs:

  • Is there a plan in place if their healthcare needs change?
  • Can we accommodate any safety updates or modifications, such as non-slip flooring or handrails?
  • Is their home the most comfortable place for them to live out their retirement years?

After assessing your parents’ situation, discuss whether or not downsizing makes the most sense for them. Many older adults choose to move to a senior living community due to future needs considerations. Life plan communities offer the peace of mind that future healthcare needs can be met.

5. Desire for Independence and Fun

With fewer worries, your parents can live out their retirement years the way they had always planned. Now is their time to let go of everyday worries and live fully. That trip to Europe they’ve been dreaming of? With fewer home responsibilities, it can finally become a reality. An old hobby that had to be set aside due to lack of time can now become a priority. By downsizing, your parents will enjoy more time to do the things they love most.

Call Ventana Today for Independent Senior Living

At Ventana by Buckner, members aren’t just choosing a high-rise, luxurious lifestyle but a new place to call home. Your parents can live a maintenance-free lifestyle with all the amenities in a warm, spacious apartment ready to be personalized to their taste.

Contact us today at 214.225.6197 or online to schedule an informational session with our team members.