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The Realities of Relocation Stress

 May 2014
Nan Hayes for Caring Transitions® As seniors remodel their family home to age-in-place or downsize to an independent living, assisted living, or other community setting, they often feel displaced, disoriented, or even depressed. Senior care professionals have an increasing responsibility to learn how to support older adults as they face these transitions, so seniors may experience changes to environment with less stress, more respect and me...

Managing the Cost of Care

 April 2014
Nan Hayes for Caring Transitions® If you haven't planned for senior living care, you aren't alone. Surprisingly few people do, although the estimated out-of-pocket expense of long term care for a couple turning 65 in 2013 exceeds $350,000. Many believe government subsidies will cover any care they need in old age; however this just isn’t the case. Medicare covers a generous percent of health care costs, but not all long term care and little...

Large Household Projects: Overcoming the Fear

 March 2014
By Nan Hayes for Caring Transitions® As we move full-swing into the 2014 residential real estate season, many folks will take on the daunting task of preparing a home for sale. This kind of large household project is not very appealing to most of us, and may be especially overwhelming for homeowners who are downsizing to a smaller residence. If you are one of many people faced with such a project this spring, but you find yourself putting i...

Moving vs. Age in Place

 January 2014
By Nan Hayes for Caring Transitions At various stages of life, our home and the possession in it may no longer suit our lifestyle. When this happens, we may choose to move, redecorate or remodel our homes. This “home transition” process is not unusual for mobile executives, young adults with growing families and retiring homeowners. As individuals age into their 80 and even 90’s, changes in their physical, mental and financial status often tr...

Tax Time: Charitable Contributions and Deductions

 March 2013
When moving or downsizing this spring, there is a good opportunity to demonstrate your altruistic side and donate items to charity. And while most donations are done selflessly, charitable deductions can be a big plus come tax season. To help with your 2012 tax filing and to help you receive the full benefit of your donations in 2013, we have put together a short list of items to consider.
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