Aging-In-Place Services

CLIENTELE:

This applies to those that want to live in their home longer as they age.  We take into account how the client gets around the house, what they can reach, and what they need close at hand to make day-to-day living easier and safer.

SERVICES AVAILABLE:

  • Space planning

  • Sorting

  • Dispersal of items no longer wanted/needed (consigning, donating and junk pick up)

  • Organizing and maintenance visits.

THE PROCESS:

  1. FREE initial consultation to determine needs and best mix of services

  2. Estimate is made based on consultation

  3. Contract is signed and deposit is made

  4. Work begins

  5. Sort and organize items in the areas client uses the most

  6. Disperse items no longer needed

  7. Assess trip hazards, safe pathways, lighting, and other equipment/furniture that might be needed to live in the home.  

  8. Organize and set up the living space so it works best for the client

DIY AGING-IN-PLACE TIPS!

  1. BE PROACTIVE - Don’t wait too long to get help….waiting to the last minute can be costly. It takes time to line up resources to help.  We are often booking 1-3 months out for work.
     

  2. EDIT PAPERWORK - Personal papers can be very time consuming to sort through.  Make sure confidential papers are shredded properly.  Check books for old deposit slips or odd items we all use as book marks. 
     

  3. FOOD - Edit your food. Especially if you have a deep freeze or a large pantry, there are typically many things you've been hanging on to that should really be thrown out.
     

  4. BATH/MEDS - Clean out your bathroom vanities and medicine cabinets.  Properly dispose of unused medicines.
     

  5. CLOTHES - Edit your clothing.  You know what you are wearing now and what you haven’t worn in years.  Let go of clothes that don’t fit.  Are you hanging on to it due to guilt (spent too much on and never wore)?  Check all the pockets and take to your favorite charity.  Throw away any clothing that needs repairs, is stained or dirty. 
     

  6. SIMPLIFY - Give away items to family and friends and don’t take it personally when they decline the gifts.  Let it go and let it find it’s way to a new owner. 
     

  7.  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - Take care of hazardous waste materials in your home. That includes old paints, stains, furniture refinishing products, tube florescent light bulbs, spray paint, oils and fluids for automobiles.
     

  8. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS – Staying downsized is a constant job.  Mail arrives daily, packages arrive... so much comes into the house that you have to stay on top of. We can help as much or a little as you like.  Statistics show that if we don’t downsize in our 50’s and 60’s we won’t in our 70’s.  Keeping our households trimmed and optimized is very hard work, emotionally and physically. It’s easier when we have realistic expectations for ourselves. 

Ready to get started?

Get in touch for a free consultation.

Let's create a plan that's right for you!

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Office: 319-377-6891

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642 10th St. #200

Marion, Iowa 52302

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