As seniors are living longer, their needs for appropriate housing have changed, particularly over the last decade.
“Seniors are a very vital and active group these days. Many are transitioning away from the large family home to the downsized condo or over-55 community, or to a smaller home,” observes Catherine Cardell-Yarmosh, a Westport native and a Realtor and senior real estate consultant who works with the Fowler and Company team at William Raveis Real Estate in Southport.
With the number of baby boomers approaching retirement age, there is increasing demand for an active senior living model, according to Cardell-Yarmosh. “Many seniors are now calling 55-plus communities home,” she says. “These communities offer many amenities, such as clubs, golf, tennis, fitness centers, transportation services, etc. Other seniors are finding homes in independent living and assisted living facilities, and as age or disease progresses, some seniors will eventually need to transition to skilled nursing facilities. In many cases, seniors may need some additional assistance with a sale/purchase and move, especially those whose family members live outside of the area.”
To accommodate and meet the needs of her senior clients, Cardell-Yarmosh offers services including space planning, downsizing, organizing, packing, unpacking, move oversight, new home resettlement and management, estate sale planning and online auctioning/sales. “I also negotiate and arrange for all repairs, painting, cleaning, and any necessary service providers, preparing home for sale, home staging, referrals to caregivers, estate attorneys, real estate attorneys, and other professionals, as needed,” says Cardell-Yarmosh, who works primarily in Fairfield, Westport, Trumbull, Stratford, Monroe, and Shelton, as well as in portions of New Haven County.
One of Cardell-Yarmosh’s recent clients, for example, became ill and had to move to Florida to live with her extended family. “She had to leave without time for anything to be packed with the exception of one suitcase,” she recalls, “and while in Florida, the client and her family became displaced as a result of a hurricane. I was left with a key, and oversaw the organization of the sale of her furniture, packing and pickup of donation items by various local charities, and referrals for moving companies. After all of her items were packed and moved, I organized the painting and cleaning of the home, had photos taken, and listed and sold her home.”
She concludes, “Moving is emotional and stressful, and moving after being in a home for a lifetime is even more emotional. I strive to help seniors and their family members determine if moving is the right decision, as well as help them navigate through financial, logistical and emotional issues that come along with selling a longtime family home and relocating.”
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