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Help For Seniors on the Move


As is often the case, when elderly parents have health problems, the children are called on for help and support in major decisions. “More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.” Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

The AARP estimates that over 25 million Americans struggle to balance work responsibilities with caring for a relative aged 50 or older.

The National Association of Realtors recognized the specialized need of seniors and their families to sell an established home quickly and efficiently. They have established a designation for Realtors called Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (SRES®). To earn the designation a realtor goes through a comprehensive program which qualifies them to know how to work with seniors in the 50+ real estate market.

What is Real Estate for Seniors?
·         Downsizing may mean finding resources to help with the task of sorting and eliminating items collected over many years
·         Home improvements may be needed to help market your home

  • Staging, often accomplished simply by re-arranging what is already in the home may be helpful to appeal to the widest range of buyers
  • Children of seniors who are out of town but want to help their parents transition of the home may need a local contact to help with the details of the move
  • Going into one of a variety of senior housing styles may require information and advice on a number of topics:
    • location of senior communities
    • style and benefits of assisted living options
    • caregiver resources
    • legal and financial issues

Realtors with the designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist have been certified to best understand the issues specific to seniors, and to help bridge the relationship with a variety of professional resources.

Lisa DeFonce, an associate broker with Houlihan Lawrence and a local Realtor for over 15 years, is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist.  If you would like a complimentary consultation to see if Lisa can help you and your family with your real estate needs, she is only a call or email away.  Lisa is licensed in New York and Connecticut. If she does not cover the area you are in she is always happy to help find a qualified referral for you.   Contact Lisa at [email protected]  or call 914-227-5045.

Seth Owens of Albany New York says of working with an SRES® agent, “Jim worked with me in downsizing and preparing my home for the sale and then took care of all the details. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. He knew his business. The sale was made and Jim helped me find a condo in a senior community nearby. He understood I wanted to be near my church, doctor and friends.”
With more of the senior population downsizing or moving there has been a growing need for moving companies to specialize in the needs of seniors and their families. Some moving companies have added a department just for moving seniors.
Senior moving services may include:

  • Organizing and packing items and unpacking at the new home.
  • Downsizing by disposing of unneeded items
  • Disconnecting electronics and reconnecting after the move.
  • Placing furniture, rugs and household items.
  • Personnel skilled to help with the emotional transition of seniors.

The past few years have seen new specialized companies developed that work directly with seniors in downsizing, moving or reorganizing their current home for “aging in place”.

The National Association of Senior Move Manager® (NASMM) is an organization of “move managers” whose mission is “to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults.” A move manager may oversee the complete move or reorganizing for seniors, making the senior transition less stressful from beginning to end.
Placement services are another specialized business that has developed to fill the need of seniors to find appropriate living conditions. With many options available from independent living, apartments, retirement communities, care communities such as assisted living, residential care homes and nursing homes the decision can be overwhelming. Those who do placement services have the expertise to assess the clinical needs, financial resources and family preferences to help seniors find the living situation that will meet their lifestyle and future needs.
Realtors with the designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist have been certified to best understand the issues specific to seniors, and to help bridge the relationship with a variety of professional resources.

Professional Home Care Services like Fairfield Family Care  are an option to help families in the home or in a facility. These providers are trained and skilled to help with Alzheimer’s Dementia,hospice and eldercare patients. For more information please call our senior care professional Louis Memoli  at (203) 295-3477,and make a an appointment with him to  discuss your options. (there is no charge for his service)

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Fairfield Family Care
2009 Summer St Suite 204
Stamford, CT 06905