Helping elderly relatives to thrive

There’s no doubt that the start of a new decade brings lifestyle choices into sharp focus. This is especially true if you have concerns over an elderly relative who no longer seems to be thriving in their home.


The reasons behind those concerns may vary. Perhaps you live too far away to provide support to an elderly parent; maybe you fear that caring for a property and garden has become a burden rather than a source of enjoyment; or you may be worried that a parent simply feels isolated in their home and unable to access leisure activities.


Whatever the reason, there are many options for retirement-age people who want to continue to live an active, sociable life.


Consider the options


Care homes and sheltered housing may be the first thoughts that spring to mind when considering a future home for elderly relatives. But it’s well worth considering an age-exclusive retirement village.


These age-exclusive communities are perfect for those who are independent and ready to make the most of their retirement years with a little support.


Properties in these villages are designed specifically for those who have retired and aim to provide comfortable, accessible accommodation in a community environment.


Community is key to these retirement villages. Like-minded individuals of a similar age are able to participate in new activities and pastimes. Many of the residents form close friendships, dining together and using the onsite facilities and special interest groups. This is especially pleasing to see when a loved one has lived alone for some time.


Living in a safe environment with access to emergency care via a management team provides peace of mind for you, too. All homes are fitted with 24-hour monitored emergency call buttons, which mean a member of the management team can be present within a matter of minutes.


Moving on


Tackling the subject of moving with an elderly loved one can be tricky, but once the idea has been embraced and the decision made, it’s important to make sure the move is as smooth and stress-free as possible.


The safest option is to engage a trustworthy, experienced estate agent; one who understands the unique challenges that arise when an elderly relative moves into a new home.


Here at Roger Coupe, we have many years of experience around the retirement market and beyond. Based in Cranleigh, we’re lucky enough to have a buoyant market with a broad range of properties for people looking to move to a more manageable home.


As appointed agents for both of Cranleigh’s highly sought-after retirement developments; Elmbridge Village and Hesketh Close, we’ve become experts in the field of retirement villages. Why not arrange for us to contact you to discuss or drop in for a chat at our High Street offices.