June 21 2019
From a strictly emotional viewpoint, it’s not hard to see why some seniors would reject more specific elderly housing, and insist on remaining in the same home they’ve lived in for decades. A home is more than just a building; it’s a place where a family was raised, memories were made, and, with enough time, it can feel like another member of the family.
But when it’s time to retire, and people are getting on in years, elderly housing, especially the notion of downsizing, makes a lot of sense, and there are plenty of reasons for this.
The Stairs Are An Obstacle
For big families that live in a two or even three-floor home, stairs are an easy necessity. But for just one or two people living in a large, empty home, stairs may become more and more of a challenge. Age can impact the joints, such as the knees, making the climbing and descending of stairs painful and uncomfortable.
Moreover, there is also the risk of injury. Another possible consequence of aging is increased delicacy, especially in the bones. Combined with more limited mobility, a fall down the stairs may no longer result in a bruise but can break bones, or even permanently cripple an older person. Moving to single-floor, elderly housing addresses these concerns.
Costs Come Down
The bigger the house, the more it costs to maintain, and the more time it takes to maintain it. Property taxes continue to rise, and if anything goes wrong with the plumbing, the roof, or landscaping in the front or backyard, these need to be addressed.
Seniors still living in such homes must now pull these finances directly from their retirement savings, or pensions. And if they can’t afford to do so, the property degrades with time, only worsening. But moving to elderly housing can remove all these considerations if the property is managed by someone else.