Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Downsizing

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult often means helping that senior make difficult decisions or changes in their life. One such decision might be downsizing in their later years. This downsizing might simply mean clearing out some of their belongings and streamlining their possessions for a simpler way of life. It may also mean moving out of their home and into a smaller home for a more accessible and easier to care for environment. There are many reasons why such downsizing can be beneficial to your parent. This can help your parent to make the most of their budget, utilize their living space more effectively, stay safer, and receive care in more effective and beneficial ways. Whatever the reasons behind your thought that it might be time for you to talk to your parents about downsizing, this might be a challenging topic. Approaching the conversation with them carefully and with confidence is key to making this transition as smooth and low-stress as possible.

Elder Care in Jenison MI: Talking About Downsizing

Elder Care in Jenison MI: Talking About Downsizing

Use these tips to help you talk to your parent about downsizing:

  • Explain why. Many elderly adults feel as though they no longer have the independence and autonomy that they value. They may also feel that you as their family caregiver are trying to “take over” their life. Explaining your specific concerns and the reasons that you think that they would benefit from downsizing can help this concept be more palatable to your parent.
  • Focus on benefits. Rather than only talking about the concerns that you have for your parent, focus on the benefits that you believe that they could receive from this transition. Tell your parent how you think that their life would be better and how much their lifestyle could improve by downsizing.
  • Listen to them. It is important to always show respect and dignity to your parent. Remember that they are an individual and still your parent, not just an elderly adult who you take care of. Listen to them and let them express their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. You might find that they have many of the same concerns as you do, or that they have issues that you didn’t even think about. Together you can make the decisions that are best for your parent.


If you have been looking for a way to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life and support your ongoing care efforts for them, starting elder care may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be there for your parent to ensure that they always get the care that they need to handle their challenges and needs and to support them in living the lifestyle that they desire and deserve. The highly personalized services this care provider will offer your parent will be tailored specifically to them as an individual. This means that their beliefs, goals, and preferences will be respected as the care provider helps them to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable throughout their later years. In your role as a family caregiver, this care will ease your stress and enable you to focus your energy, attention, and resources in the way that is most efficient, effective, and beneficial.

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in Jenison, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 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.