Moving your elderly parent
Moving your elderly parent can be difficult if you don’t have local help.

Moving An Elderly Parent

Moving an elderly parent out of their house can be a difficult decision and a challenging process. It’s essential to approach this situation with empathy and sensitivity, considering your parent’s emotional and physical well-being.

Here are some things you should be concerned about when moving your elderly parent out of their house:

  1. Emotional adjustment: Leaving a familiar and comfortable home can be emotionally overwhelming for anyone, especially for older adults who may have spent decades in their home. It’s important to acknowledge their feelings and help them adjust to their new surroundings.
  2. Physical limitations: Aging can bring a range of physical limitations that may make living alone tricky or dangerous. You always want to consider your parent’s mobility, vision, hearing, and other factors impacting their ability to live independently.
  3. Safety concerns: As people age, they become more vulnerable to falls and accidents. Consider your parent’s new living space layout and any necessary modifications to ensure safety.
  4. Healthcare needs: Older adults may require regular medical care or assistance with daily tasks. Consider their healthcare needs and ensure that they have access to adequate care.

Assisted living and caregiving are both viable options for caring for elderly parents who may need more support. Assisted living facilities offer various services, including meals, housekeeping, and personal care assistance. They also provide social activities and opportunities to engage with other residents, which can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Even when parents are moving closer to family members, it is a good idea to research local caregiving options before you move.

Caregiving, either by family members or professional caregivers, is always an option. Caregivers can assist with daily tasks, medication management, transportation, and other needs. They can also offer companionship and emotional support, which can be invaluable for older adults.

Ultimately, the decision to move an elderly parent out of their house is a personal one that should be made in consultation with the individual and other family members. By approaching the situation with empathy and understanding the challenges that may arise, you can help ensure that your parent’s transition is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Moving from the home you have lived in for many years is stressful on your body and mind.  Not all seniors can pack, move, and lug boxes down the steep stairs.  As difficult as that sounds, it pales compared to a senior’s mental and emotional stress when transitioning to a new home.  Most times, seniors are downsizing to a much smaller footprint, which typically means they can only bring a few things with them. Working with people who understand the emotional side of moving is very important to your parent’s well-being.

I have created a local network of real estate professionals that are the top performers in the county. Some realtors on the list have the special designation “Certified Senior Housing Professional,” where they have received additional training and knowledge about late-in-life transitions.

My network includes the following key to Moving an Elderly Parent:

  1. Local/Neighborhood Realtors
  2. Guidance with additional services like moving, cleaning, and repairs
  3. People who have experience helping seniors
  4. What to do with the “stuff”!!!
  5. Knowledge of Senior Friendly Living Choices

Whether you are looking to stay in your home for as long as possible, looking to rent your home and live somewhere else or selling your home altogether, your home’s assets are typically how people can care for an extended amount of time.

Here are some creative ways people use their real estate as a financial tool.

  • Sell their Home
  • Rent their home
  • Reverse Mortgage
  • Bridge Loan
  • Home Equity
  • Long-term Care Insurance

If you are considering moving an elderly parent to San Luis Obispo County, call me, and I can help set you up with the right local vendors to make the move smoother.



David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.