Elder Care in East Grand Rapids, MI—Clearing Out the Home and Cashing In

There are two things that many seniors have in common: a house that is way too cluttered and a budget that is way too slim. If you are providing elder care for an aging loved one who is experiencing these things, there is a way for you to practice some innovative elderly care and help resolve both.

If your aging loved one is like many seniors, his home is a treasure trove of belongings that he has gathered throughout his life. Many seniors have entire rooms dedicated to the items that they have collected over the years, and even those who are not prone to hoarding behavior are likely to own way too much “stuff”. This cannot only make it more difficult for a senior with mobility issues to get around his home, but it can also make a transitioning into a new home, moving in with a family caregiver, or transitioning into an assisted living facility more of a hassle. Instead of struggling with weeks of moving boxes and filling the trash cans, start clearing out and cashing in now.

Elder Care in East Grand Rapids, MIThere are many ways that your loved one can earn a little bit of extra cash with the items that he already has around his home. Discuss this opportunity of with him and see how he feels with parting with his belongings before making any decisions. If it is imperative to clear out the home, such as if your loved one will be moving in the very near future, explain this urgency and get him excited about the prospect by making plans of what he can do with his extra money.

Some of the ways that your aging loved one can clear out his home and make some extra money at the same time include:

  • Yard sales have not gone completely by the wayside. Many people still spend every Saturday morning browsing through the offerings that neighbors put out in their front lawns. Consider holding a yard sale with some of the more unique items in the home, as well as those that are relatively run-of-the-mill.
  • Online auction sites are a great platform for selling items to a wide audience. If your aging loved one collected interesting memorabilia or is still hanging on to fantastic retro pieces, start an online auction so that other collectors and enthusiasts have access to these items.
  • Many seniors have jewelry boxes filled with broken, outdated and unwanted jewelry items. Even women who were always known for wearing several pieces of jewelry at a time in their younger years often change to wearing only their bridal jewelry in their retirement. Find a jeweler in your area that purchases precious metal such as gold, silver and platinum, and bring the jewelry in for an appraisal. It doesn’t matter if the pieces are broken or even incredibly unattractive. The jeweler will be melting down the vast majority of the metal that he purchases so that it can be used to create new pieces.
  • While pawn shops have a bad reputation for being low class or for offering next to nothing for priceless items. The reality is that there are many high quality pawn shops around that have a primary goal not of offering loans to people in exchange for belongings, but rather running a unique and eclectic shopping establishment. This means that they are always interested in buying appealing items to add to their store. This option is great if your loved one has a variety of collectibles, memorabilia or other items that are very specific to a certain audience.

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in East Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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