Many senior citizens own their own home AND love living there. In many cases, a senior citizen has lived in their home for decades. The thought of selling that home and moving to a retirement community brings all sorts of emotions. Some folks are eager to move to a new environment where friends and living assistance is immediately available. Other folks dread the idea. One thing that is certain, making the “right” decision as a senior citizen, or with your elderly parents takes lots of information gathering.
Before Senior Citizens make housing decisions, as a minimum, it is wise to have the following information:
A Home Market Analysis is one very important for every Senior home owner. It is important to understand the value of the house based on the market conditions of the day. The Veenstra Team of Evenboer-Walton REALTORS (269-350-5514) is happy to provide inquiring Senior Citizens with a FREE home market analysis. When the Veenstra Team has done all the research, the senior citizen and/or his or her children will have a great idea of how much the house would be worth if it were sold. The Veenstra Team will also leave the Senior Citizen with a estimate of net proceeds after a sale. The Veenstra Team will provide a paper that has all the estimated costs of selling the home and how much money the senior citizen or elderly parent should expect to have in her/his pocket after the sale is closed.
Another very important bit of information involving the sale of the senior citizen’s residence is the marketing plans that will be used to sell the home. You will find a wide variety of marketing services provided by greater Kalamazoo and Portage area REALTORS. The Veenstra Team has a very comprehensive and complete marketing plan for the homes they are working to sell. The Veenstra Team not only follows the standard services of any REALTOR, but, in addition add lots of internet marketing and sets the stage for lots of word of mouth advertising as well. The senior citizen does not need to get involved in all the details of the plan (unless they want to) but it is important to choose a REALTOR that does more than the minimum to market the home.
The ability to compare the differences between senior living facilities is also important information to have before making a decision. The Ross Publishing company has created a great checklist that the Veenstra Team has made available for senior citizens or your elderly parents to use in the Greater Kalamazoo and Portage area. You can download a copy of the checklist by going to the Veenstra Team website. The checklist will allow you to compare the following information about Senior Residences.
What types of CARE LEVELS are offered? You will be able to check whether the facility offers Independent Living, Memory Care (Alzheimer’s Dementia) Physical Therapy, Continuum of Care (CCRC), Respite Care, Special Therapy, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Personal Care (KY only), Rehabilitation, Respiratory Therapy,
What COSTS are involved: Do you have an entrance fee? How much is it? What is the daily/monthly/weekly fee? What services are provided at additional costs? What payment methods are accepted (Whether there is Private Pay, Private Insurance, Long Term Care, Medicare, Medicaid)
What ACTIVITIES are available at the residence: There is a place to answer questions like:
Do you have an activity program? Do you have an Activities Director? Is the family encouraged to participate in the activities? Are the activities posted? Is there a common area with a TV? Is there a beauty/barber shop on-site?