There is a “push-pull” effect in play when older people and their families are considering the possibility of a move . The “push” is usually a crisis or triggering moving, forcing the elder or the family to consider relocating the elder to a more supportive living environment. Examples of push effects are loss of social support, declining health, deferred home maintenance, decreasing finances, and dangerous home safety. All of these factors contribute to a lessening ability to maintain an elder’s existing level of function or independence in the current environment. .
It’s important to note that by 2040, 21.4% of the US population 65 years of age and older is projected to have limitations in their activities of daily living (ADLs)
So, the decision to leave the home is not to be taken lightly nor treated as a mere change of location that takes place on moving day. Home is where: —family memories are where the familiar paths are and where a lifetime of history has taken place. . When clients and families are considering late life relocation, when both familiar objects and familiar routines of daily life are threatened and disrupted, it’s important to develop a relocation strategy that calls for awareness and planning on the part of the geriatric care manager , older adult, family and the support network involved in the relocation process.