Five reasons to downsize
Are your elderly parents rattling around in a big, baggy house? Here's why downsizing could work for them...
A question for many people with relatives who are getting older, is whether or not they should downsize? It’s something that can take a lot of consideration, time and research but in more recent years, downsizing has become increasingly popular. Like everything, it has its pros and cons but here are five reasons we think downsizing may be one of the best things to do.
1/ RELEASE EXTRA CASH
Do your parents really need to rattle around a 4-bedroomed house now that all the kids have flown the nest ? Now could be the time to spend the cash on things they enjoy doing, like activities, hobbies or travelling to places they’ve always wanted to visit.
Everyone’s into decluttering now, thanks Marie Kondo, but downsizing will really gives a chance to go through everything in the home, get rid of the clutter and keep the important things. It’s also great to reminisce on old memories and find things that had been completely forgotten.
The benefits of downsizing, from saving money to having fewer rooms to clean, can help reduce stress and reap physiological benefits, which all goes to improve wellbeing, which is ultimately what everyone’s after, right?
4/ EASIER PHYSICALLY
Downsizing can make things so much easier physically too. A smaller home, maybe an apartment, means fewer struggles if there are bad back issues or difficulties going up and down stairs.
5/ MORE CHOICE
There’s now a lot more choice for people wanting to downsize with retirement operators understanding the increased demand of people wanting more flexible options, but not compromising on service and overall satisfaction. So, downsizing has never been easier really.
Retirement and downsizing might not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one. If you’re looking for somewhere for your parents to downsize, check out The Hawthorns Retirement Village in Clevedon – a town with lots of independent shops and a great arts scene – on the Somerset coast.
Located slap bang right on the seafront overlooking the Bristol Channel (the sunsets are breathtaking), and offering premium service and facilities, it might make you think twice about your thoughts on retirement homes. It’s more like a stationery cruise ship or all-year holiday, with restaurant quality food, pre-dinner drinks – all included.
Freshly prepared meals are nutritionally balanced and use locally sourced fresh produce, making sure they can give something for everyone (we had lunch there). Everyone’s wellbeing is looked after by a comprehensive programme for health and independence, with a range of social and physical activities that family and friends can take part in when visiting. There are landscaped gardens, a games room, cinema room, library, cafe – and pets are welcome.
Don’t just take our word for it, read what some of the residents have to say, or head over to their website to find out everything they have to offer.
WORD ON THE GROUND
‘My apartment has a door onto the gardens… I’ve made some good friends, joined the art club, singing group, poetry group …and I’m exploring Somerset on the regular trips out on the minibus’ Irene Harrop
‘The food’s very good with plenty of choice and regular meetings with the chef to discuss menus’ Josie & John Webber
‘It’s a beautiful setting with accessible walks and plenty to do’ Susan Kotadia
‘I have retired with style!’ Anne Marshall