Julie Akroyd, of Home In­stead, a company pro­vid­ing care for the el­derly in their own homes, is of­fer­ing tips on avoid­ing fu­ture stresses...

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THIS month, we are look­ing at plan­ning ahead, get­ting your house in or­der sooner rather than later so you can avoid all sorts of fu­ture stresses for both you and your fam­ily.

Try work­ing through th­ese tasks to get your­self or­gan­ised for later years: ●● Down­siz­ing or re­lo­cat­ing is much bet­ter done be­fore it be­comes too much of an up­heaval.

If you plan to move nearer to fam­ily or to the sea­side, make that move and start liv­ing your dream, but choose care­fully – think about how you will cope with a large house and big gar­den. ●● Next, it’s the dreaded pa­per­work.

Know­ing where you are up to fi­nan­cially will shape your fu­ture plans.

Are you go­ing to dip into your nest egg? Have you made pro­vi­sion for the care you might need in the fu­ture?

A fi­nan­cial re­view, up­dat­ing your will and as­sess­ing your in­vest­ments and in­surances will give you peace of mind. ●● Don’t leave it too late

There are many tasks that are best ad­dressed while you are fit and well, for ex­am­ple, clear­ing out the loft.

Re­duce its con­tents to the bare min­i­mum, ide­ally a cou­ple of suit­cases and Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. ●● Work through your rooms, one by one.

Do you re­ally need enough bed­ding, plates and tea cups to sus­tain the Bri­tish army? ●● Don’t for­get the garage.

Th­ese days they are rarely used to house a car, but it would be lovely to know that you could ac­tu­ally fit one in there should you need to.

Jobs done, you will feel cleaner and the house will be much im­proved.

Now, all that re­mains is to get out there and en­joy your old age to the full.

To make a sug­ges­tion for a fu­ture topic, email julie.akroyd@home in­ or call 01625 860 992

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