A Backup Plan for Seniors


~By Jim Holmes

We all know that in any emergency we'd be able to call 9-1-1 and help would quickly be on the way to help us in most emergencies. However, in the event of any long-term health changes, should we ever see the need to change our living situation it would help to create a plan based on our wishes at this time.

This is not a legal document, but only a start at creating a future life plan should it be deemed helpful versus having to make these decisions in a short period of time.

1. Subject to affordability and funding, where would you want to be living if you saw the need to move? If you don't know a few options you might find it helpful to consider doing some preliminary review of patio homes, condos, town homes, 55+ communities or Senior retirement communities with or without a continuum of care services.

2. Have you already started the process of de-cluttering or prioritizing what you would move with or need to get rid of?If not, there are great companies and people who can help you in this process. There are Move Managers who will do it all or do as little as you need to get you organized, packed and coordinate with the moving company on the day of your move.

3. Do you have family, friends or neighbors who would be able to help if needed? Moves are not easy but the more support and professional help you have can make it less stressful and get it done easier. If people know that you're considering a move, you might be surprised at how willing they might be to assist in small ways that can make a big difference for you during this time, such as family, friends from church and neighbors.

4. Timing of your move. The only regret most people have is putting it off too long. It never gets easier by waiting. If you expect to be in your present home for 5 years then set a goal of doing 25% of the work each year. It will make the move much simpler should you move sooner than later since you've already made progress each year.

Great Living in Colorado

Keller Williams Realty  DTC, 6300 S. Syracuse Way Suite 150, Centennial, CO 80111

Jim Holmes : 303-475-7249
Patrick Panzarino : 303-956-2949