The Cottages Blog

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

Infographic: Residential Care Options Available to Seniors

When you’re responsible for the health and wellbeing of an elderly parent, the fear of making the wrong care choices can be overwhelming—especially when a sudden injury or illness has thrust you into the role of caregiver. Being well-informed can help ... Read More

Get the Details Right to Make Mom’s Move to Residential Care Easier

The hardest part is over. You’ve chosen the assisted living community that you believe offers ... Read More

How to Talk to Mom about Downsizing without Starting a Fight

People collect an incredible amount of stuff over the course of a lifetime. Never is this fact so evident than when an elderly parent is preparing to move—into a retirement or assisted living community or just Read More

What Does It Cost a Family to Provide Assisted Living at Home?

"We know mom probably needs assisted living, but it's so expensive!" Have you heard or maybe even said these words lately? The costs of assisted living can be pretty high, and many people think that they are saving money by keeping ... Read More

5 Ways to Make Downsizing for a Move Less Stressful for Mom

It is utterly baffling how many things that people collect over the course of their lives. When your elderly relatives begin needing extra help, you may start to look at their homes a little bit differently. You may begin wondering ... Read More

3 Ways to Help Mom with Her Spring Cleaning

Downsizing is something of a rite of passage for most seniors after retirement, a chance to organize and clean up now that work and family matters aren't taking up as much time as they used to. Whether it's an effort to get an existing home a little ... Read More

Downsizing for Seniors: How to Declutter without Upsetting Mom

When it's time for your Mom to move to a senior living community or a smaller place, one of the things you'll need to help her with is downsizing and decluttering. That can be stressful, since she ... Read More