How to Help an Elderly Loved One Downsize

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Whether it’s for personal safety reasons or moving into a smaller living space, many seniors will eventually face the need to get rid of certain things they have acquired over the years. When your senior loved one has to make some room, it’s likely he or she will need assistance with the project. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Phoenix families trust, wants to share some tips on how to help your loved one with downsizing.


Getting rid of personal belongings can be hard for seniors, especially when the items have emotional value. Talk to your loved one about what to expect, and develop a plan for downsizing before you physically begin the project. Open, honest communication can help prevent some problems that may arise while downsizing.

Begin the Sorting Process

If your loved one is moving out of his or her home, sorting may take several days or longer. Help your loved one set up three separate sorting areas for items to save, donate, or recycle. To save time, sort each type of recyclable into the appropriate bin and take the items to the designated drop off. Some charities also offer free pickups if you have large furniture to donate. You can use plastic bins to easily sort and transport small items your loved one wants to recycle or donate.

Sell Valuables

If valuable items like antique furnishings are too large to move into your loved one’s new home, selling them is an option. Take the time to research prices if listing the items online, or have a yard sale and donate any items that are leftover at the end of the sale. If your loved one wants to sell valuables online, spend some time going over the basics of online safety. You can also list and sell the items yourself if you have time to devote to the project.

Find Help

Sorting through an entire household may take several weekends to complete. In some cases, it is important to declutter the home quickly to ensure your loved one is safe. To quickly declutter the home, ask family members for assistance or consider hiring outside help. An impartial third party, such as a professional organizer, can help your loved one let go of things he or she no longer needs or uses. If your loved one needs around-the-clock care, consider hiring a Phoenix live-in home caregiver to give you more time to devote to decluttering the home.

If your loved one needs additional support while downsizing or facing other transitions in life, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers can provide emotional support and assist with a wide variety of daily tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke care Phoenix seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call 602.388.1085 today.