If your elderly family member is moving, she can’t necessarily keep all of her belongings. Some of the items that she can’t keep may need some special handling.
Get an Appraisal, if the Items Might Be Valuable
Many of the items your elderly family member has collected over the years could actually have a salable value. If you aren’t aware of that, though, you might miss out on a chance to sell these items to someone who will cherish them. Contact appraisers in your area who can come out and give you and your aging adult an appraisal of the items she’s willing to part with for possible sale.
Consider Having Someone Else Sell the Items if They’re Salable
By now, you’ve probably found that one of the superpowers of being a family caregiver is that you’re able to delegate tasks to other people, such as other family members or senior care providers. The same holds true in this situation. You don’t have to handle every single aspect of this situation yourself. Have someone else, such as an estate seller or an auction house, handle selling the items. Make sure you’re aware of the fees that they’ll charge so that you’re not shocked on the other side.
Consider Donating the Items to Charity
Your senior may have a strong urge to donate these items to charity instead of selling them herself. This is often a good idea when the items aren’t worth enough to make selling them worth the hassle, but it can also be a good idea when your elderly family member believes in the charity. Donating high dollar items, such as cars, to a charity is tax deductible and it offers the charity a chance to turn that donated item into serious cash for their needs.
There Are Other Ways to Donate, Too
Donating isn’t just about tax deductions, though. Your elderly family member may want to help her immediate community. Setting some of these items at the curb or even hosting a small yard sale in which the items are free or priced extremely low can help to ensure that the items have a new home without a lot of hassle on your part.
Finding a way to manage these items your elderly family member can’t keep in a respectful manner is paramount. Don’t pressure your senior to be involved in this part of the process, but if she wants to be involved it can be a good idea.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Yorba Linda, CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266.