No matter what your career may be you are bound to be touched by certain people's lives and struggles ...for me in real estate it is my senior clients who are alone and who need to find that right path. So seniors who can be straightforward about their current true lives I will go the distance for in assisting them with transitions in real estate.
I have been working with two single senior women for a long time who present a problem to themselves. What I have found out with dealing with the State Department of Elderly Affairs is that not to much is done to help these women who have significant health issues. Local senior center services will help with Meals on Wheels (the food is truly not palatable) and guidance but stop there. It comes down to that the women are still of sound mind (Parkinson's disease & macular degeneration aside they are a danger when they drive a car) and choose not to take help or advice that will put them in a better living situation. There is no court appointed guardian involved unless they become incompetent or can not care for themselves at all.
One has a son faraway and he can't get his mother to move down with his family (tried it for 2 weeks and she said hell no to him) and the other woman has noone in this country since she's from Europe (an elderly sister there). Choices to be made that are difficult for both whether it's to move into assisted living (one even tried that and came back home after a month) or senior apartment housing. Oh by the way, they've made some choices which are not healthy since both smoke even though they've been told they need to quit. Assistance from me is appreciated but not honored and why should it be...it's not my life that's being dealt this hand yet. Finding that right path to another family member's home or to an apartment will just not be tolerated by either of them yet. I can cajole and be concerned but they've decided the time in not now.
I'm not sure how these situations will sort out yet but I do see how I will deal better with my loss of freedom in elder years while I try to assist them in dealing with life decisions that are hard...very hard. When you do not have the financial resources it is a tough transition anywhere because your home is your financial bank to draw from (reverse mortgages are expensive). But more than that it's the place they had with loved ones and it's security of a known place. So finding the right path in real estate for senior clients is a journey that requires some guidance, care and respect because a path always reaches an end.
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Ginny L. Gorman a purveyor of Fine Waterfront RI Real Estate
Specializing in waterfront, ocean front, vacation, coastal and luxury homes for sale in North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Jamestown, Charlestown, East Greenwich, Exeter, West Greenwich, Westerly RI and beyond ... I sell dreams! because there is no place like home...the RI Realtor in the Sparkly Red Shoes.
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