Hoarding Kitchen Hoarding is considered collecting to the extreme. When the items collected interfere with normal daily functioning, lead to an unsafe living environment, or are considered a public hazard, it is hoarding. The most common cause of this syndrome is obsessive-compulsive disorder. The person’s obsessive thoughts lead to the compulsive purchasing or collecting of items. It is a very difficult behavior to change; though, if the person is willing, Continue reading

Options for Long Term CareWe are living longer lives than ever before. Medicines and treatments have allowed people to live full lives with chronic conditions that years ago would have shortened their life span.  Living a long life increases the probability that you will experience a time of dependence on others for daily care. If this happens, there are four options of how that care is received and paid for. Know these options in order to plan ahead and control how your care is provided if you ever need it. Continue reading

DownsizingMr. and Mrs. Sherman, in their mid-80’s, had a house full of belongings. They were moving to an assisted living community, but their son Todd, as the only child, had no idea how he would handle their move on his own. Fortunately, the Shermans chose SASH to handle their home sale. SASH hired Karin, one of the best professional downsizers in the Seattle area, to help the Shermans make the move out of the family home. Karin came to meet the Shermans and got to know them, and their particular situation. Continue reading

Caregiving Employees Part 2*This is Part 2 of a two-part post. Part 1 discussed the reality of caregiving employees’ burdens and how it affects the workplace. Employers are adjusting to the fact that many workers may be caregivers as well – simultaneously juggling the responsibilities of work while providing care to aging loved ones. The costs to employers can be high: workers may be distracted, fatigued, or taking leaves of absence to manage major life events for aging loved ones. Continue reading

Caregiving Employees Part 1Theresa sits at her desk, typing and pausing frequently to answer the phone. She stays busy all day – filing, cross-referencing, sending e-mails, and responding to the needs that cross her desk. But Theresa’s thoughts are miles away from her work. Her mother, eighty-four years old, has fallen at the assisted living community, and is increasingly confused. The nurse called Theresa at work to tell her she must move her mother into a more secure facility by month’s end. Continue reading

3 Keys to Lower Stress Seniors Home SaleThere’s no denying it: selling one’s home and moving is a stressful experience. It is considered to be one of the top five stressful life events. Even those who are young, active, and healthy, with energy to tackle the many tasks of their home sale, can find themselves drained and overwhelmed by the unpredictable costs and challenges. For older seniors, who often have many physical limitations, the home sale can seem virtually impossible. Continue reading

Alzheimer's Home Sale Part 2In our previous blog post, we addressed the challenge of navigating the sale of a home when a loved one in the home is living with Alzheimer’s. In this post of the SASH Senior Home Sale Blog, we offer several helpful tips to navigate this significant life step, while preserving the dignity, safety, and quality of life of the Alzheimer’s patient. The following are just a few – contact SASH Senior Home Sale Services for additional elder care provider resources: Continue reading

Alzheimers Home Sale Part 1The gentleman stood straight in his blazer and slacks, well over eighty years old, offering a firm handshake and a kind introduction of his name. It was just after a seminar of home sale options for seniors, and this man had waited for me with a question. “Here’s my situation,” he began quietly. “My wife has Alzheimer’s…” No sooner had the words come from his mouth, than he broke down. Covering his face, tears streamed down his cheeks. Continue reading