My client has an amazing 98 year old father. Pops, as his son fondly calls him, is a retired doctor who takes an active interest in their combined real estate portfolio. He often accompanies his son to see potential investment properties. As their agent, I've always taken the utmost care to make sure Pops is assisted by my assistant whenever we are visiting a property.
Unfortunately, Pops took a spill. Josh, my assistant, guided Pops by the elbow down the stairs, once on the lower level Pops forged ahead on his own. The limestone floor was beautiful and blended the 4" transition step (builders and flippers, this is a no-no) from the bar to the sitting area so well none of us saw it. Pops did not see it either.
I heard the stumble and watched Pops crumble to the floor, the very hard limestone floor. My assistant dashed to Pops' side. I said, "Don't move him," and was posed to dial 911. Let me repeat--Pops is amazing. After a momentary pause, he said he was fine and stood up, shook off the fall and continued the tour! I urged his son to take Pops to the hospital and he promised he would. I spoke with the son a couple of hours later and he said Pops was fine.
Rather shaken by the events of the afternoon, I left the office a couple hours early to complete some errands and pick up flowers for Pops. I planned to drop by and check on him the following day as he lives nearby. I stopped cold in my tracks in the fresh produce aisle. There was Pops pushing a cart and picking up a some fresh fruit! We chatted a few moments, he assured me he felt fine, and since his doctor concurred, he decided to pick up a few groceries. Oh, he did say he had to drive his own car as he was a little stiff and couldn't make the step up to get in his son's SUV!
Some suggestions for showing property to seniors:
Turn on as many lights as possible.
Suggest they wear comfortable shoes.
Assist with stairs and steps whenever possible.
Leave the SUV in the garage and drive a sedan, or carry a booster step to aid entering and exiting the vehicle.
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