87 Year-Old Female Downsizing to Independent Living
Mrs. F was an 87 year-old woman who recently lost her husband. They lived in a large condominium in Portland. Mrs. F realized that the condo was too large for her by herself, and she did not want to continue living there alone. She didn’t want to deal with the maintenance, nor have to cook all her meals and clean her apartment. She wanted the social activities, meals, and housekeeping that come with an independent living community.
Mrs. F was referred to us by a mortgage broker who had worked with her several years previously, and they had remained good friends. We met with Mrs. F to determine what she was looking for in her new home. She had already made a list of exactly what she wanted: a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, ability to make her own breakfast, a Catholic church nearby, assisted living nearby or on the same campus, and a smaller community. She had a preference in mind of where in the Portland area she wanted to live, and she was working with a fairly tight budget.
Mrs. F put her condo up for sale and it sold very quickly. Fortunately the buyers were not in a big hurry to move in, so we took our time. On a few different days over the course of a couple of weeks, we toured several independent living communities. All of them met most of her needs, but one in particular was nearly perfect. It is not small, but it met all of her other criteria beautifully. It even has a Catholic church across the street. Her daughter and son-in-law helped her downsize her many belongings and take only what was important with her to her new studio apartment. A month after she moved in, we visited Mrs. F and saw that she really made good use of her new space. It’s lovely, and she is getting along at her new community very well.