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Old 05-26-2012, 05:30 AM   #461
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Low income housing gave me back a life. In Florida I was paying $400 a month to rent a bedroom in someone's house. No privacy, and not much money left over, not to mention their bad mannered pets.

Now I pay $210 for a nice one bedroom apartment that's all mine, and money left over to shop for pretty much whatever I want (I'm low maintenance.)
Here in Boston they are rehabbing any school building that has been closed to Elderly Housing. And if they are building new housing, it is one floor. No stairs. The are learning from past mistakes. Here in Eastie, we have one school building called The Lyman. It was one of the very first rehabs. No one wants to live there. If they have a difficult resident that creates too many problems, they move them to The Lyman. They can't put them out on the street, and their family doesn't want them. We have three types of Elderly Housing. Assisted Living is when you have someone who does your housework, makes sure you get meals on wheels, etc. Partial Assisted - Help with housework and other services when needed. And Non Assisted - No help. You have complete privacy and do all your own housework and cooking along with your own laundry. I am in Non Assisted. We do have several handicap apartments. A couple of residents are in wheelchairs and through their own health plan have some help with laundry and housework. Every apartment has a 911 button along with the necklace button.

I love being elderly. I now qualify for everything. Food stamps, house cleaner, (if I want one) low rent, all utilities included in rent, etc. I even get low rates for transportation cost. If the average citizen pays $2.00 one way, I pay $2.00 round trip and can go 35 miles outside of Boston, seven days a week. Not a bad deal. And I can bring a caregive with me for free. There are a lot of residents here that don't drive. So if they want to go to Somerville to the Mall, I call for a ride and take them as my caregiver. I get out of the house, and they get free transportation. And I don't ask them to pay me. I have a balance already in my account, so I don't even miss the money. It is not like I had to take the $2.00 out of my pocket. It is great being elderly. But a lot of hard work. Walking with creaky knees or a lousy hip is hard work.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:44 AM   #462
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I don't have any kids, I need to begin looking at housing options for seniors.

I also need to start getting rid of "stuff".

The less options you have the lighter you need to travel.
A tip for moving. If you use boxes from just anywhere, cut handles halfway down the sides. Makes for easier carrying. Don't cut them too close to the top. They will just rip. And leave the flap. Only cut three sides. Make it so the flap is on the top. It saves the hands and it won't cut into your palm.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:54 AM   #463
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A tip for moving. If you use boxes from just anywhere, cut handles halfway down the sides. Makes for easier carrying. Don't cut them too close to the top. They will just rip. And leave the flap. Only cut three sides. Make it so the flap is on the top. It saves the hands and it won't cut into your palm.
Leave the flap? Why cut three sides.
Can you explain this so I can understand, I'm not getting it.
Let's say you have one bottom, 4 sides (NSEW) and 4 flaps (NSEW). Thank you
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #464
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Leave the top of the hand holds holes uncut and fold them into the box giving your hands a sort of cushion.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:11 AM   #465
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Leave the top of the hand holds holes uncut and fold them into the box giving your hands a sort of cushion.
Thanks Zhizara, I was thinking of flaps at the top four flaps, not the handle flaps. Got it!
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #466
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Leave the flap? Why cut three sides.
Can you explain this so I can understand, I'm not getting it.
Let's say you have one bottom, 4 sides (NSEW) and 4 flaps (NSEW). Thank you
Sorry 'bout that.

On two opposite sides of the box make a three sided cut. Then fold the flap up to protect the palm of your hand. Have you ever seen the boxes that offices use to pack files in for storage? They have openings of just two sides of the box so you can pick it up easier. The cuts are EW. S is leaning against your body and N is away from your body. A hand on each side. Those are the sides you make a three sided cut. Slice down, across and then up. That gives you a flap to fold into the box and up to protect the palm of your hand. N is going to be the side that goes through the door first.

Say a box is 3' by 2'. You make the cuts on the 2' sides. E and W. Now you pick up the box. The S (3') side is leaning against your body. The N (3') the part of the box furthest away from your body, isn't being touched by anything.

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Take a looksee. Just cut your slots further down on the sides.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #467
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Hard for us not kids, too. I pay the same rents that a pack of college students would pay. Rent is based on what a landlord can make off 2 students for each bedroom. So I pay $1000/mo for a 2 bedroom apartment. It was only $450 12 years ago and is still one of the cheapest rents in town.
My theory is in many cases, with the housing crisis, people losing their homes, and mortgages harder to get, more people are renting than ever before. Landlords are taking advantage of that.

When I moved here 16 years ago, a one bedroom went for $500 in a nice area, that has almost doubled. 2 bedrooms in a decent area are well over $1000. The area that I'm in is also near a large university, so that keeps rents up.

We have a mortgage that is less than rents here, 3 bedrooms 3 1/2 bath townhouse for a great deal less than a 2 bedroom right down the street. I do miss the included maintenance, but I've learned to do a lot myself and keep a little in the bank for things we can't fix.
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I'm too old to acquire a mortgage...I'm about ready to start looking into Senior housing myself. Don't know how much longer I can get Shrek up out of the basement...
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Retirement is more than 10 years from now, but, the house will be paid off and it will be too big.

Choices:
1. Two story w/basement. The first floor has a large living room, large family room, kitchen w/breakfast nook, half bath, dining room.

Turn the large first floor living room into a bedroom and full bath.
Move the washer and dryer from the basement into a laundry room made from the dining room.

Leave the 4 upstairs bedrooms and full bath for guests or caretakers in the future. Shut down water, heating to the upper floor when not in use. Leave the basement for storage, heating and water heater.

In case of injury, make a front door ramp, or, a ramp for the garage entrance to the family room.

The first floor would then consist of a kitchen with breakfast nook, family room with eating area into the kitchen and entrance from the garage, laundry room and linen closet, bedroom and full bath.

2. Move to a smaller one story house and make adjustments to there.

Anyone been through these decisions? TIA
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Retirement is more than 10 years from now, but, the house will be paid off and it will be too big.

Choices:
1. Two story w/basement. The first floor has a large living room, large family room, kitchen w/breakfast nook, half bath, dining room.

Turn the large first floor living room into a bedroom and full bath.
Move the washer and dryer from the basement into a laundry room made from the dining room.

Leave the 4 upstairs bedrooms and full bath for guests or caretakers in the future. Shut down water, heating to the upper floor when not in use. Leave the basement for storage, heating and water heater.

In case of injury, make a front door ramp, or, a ramp for the garage entrance to the family room.

The first floor would then consist of a kitchen with breakfast nook, family room with eating area into the kitchen and entrance from the garage, laundry room and linen closet, bedroom and full bath.

2. Move to a smaller one story house and make adjustments to there.

Anyone been through these decisions? TIA
I think you have time on your side. I would look for a small ranch that has been set up for an elderly or handicapped person. In this area they come on the market a couple times a year and they usually sell below market because the average person is not interested in the modifications that have been made. Another option would be a ranch with an inlaw apartment. It could generate a small income until you need it for a caregiver or just someone to handle the chores. Good luck, it is a big decision!
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