The Cottages Blog

Tips for Having "The Talk" with Mom About Assisted Living

As an outside observer, often times, it is the child who first notices changes in Mom that signal it may be time for her to move to an assisted living community. Sometimes, Mom will come to this conclusion on her own, but if she has not approached the ... Read More

Tips for Decorating an Assisted Living Apartment

Moving to a new place can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for an older person who is moving away from a comfortable, long-time home to a new assisted living community. One of the things you can do to help your loved one ... Read More

Got Mom Clutter Free? Now Tackle Your Own Home

Are you feeling your life is just a tad beyond your control? Do you feel constantly stressed out and find it difficult to relax, even when you are home? Maybe it is time to de-clutter and simplify your house. Read More

A Clutter-Free Home Does More Than Reduce Fall Risks for Seniors

As Mom is getting on in years, you realize that she needs help with tasks that she was once able to manage on her own. One of these tasks is probably decluttering and organizing her home. It might be hard for her to bend down to pick ... Read More

4 Mistakes You Make When Packing a House for an Elderly Parent

The time has come to pack up Mom's house. Perhaps she's relocating to a smaller, one-level home, or maybe she's moving into assisted living or into your home. Wherever she is going, she is likely downsizing and needs help sorting ... Read More

How to Convince Mom That a Smaller Home Is Better

For most of us, downsizing is an inevitable part of life, especially as we get older. For seniors, downsizing can mean the ability to continue living independently. If you are like many people taking care of an aging parent, however, ... Read More

A Caregiver's Guide to Downsizing and Packing Up a Home for a Senior

Downsizing and packing up a home for a senior is always tough work. Going through mountains of clothing, pictures, knickknacks, and furniture to determine what to keep and what to throw away can be very stressful, especially if Mom and ... Read More