As we buy houses around Texas, we run into similar scenarios over and over. One of them is that we buy a house from a family because they’ve had to move an elderly relative into assisted living or a nursing home. Often the houses are in rough shape, because the owner hasn’t been able to keep things up for years.
We even had a similar scenario happen in our own family. As Lee’s dad’s health deteriorated, he became less and less able to keep his trailer home in good shape. He didn’t even realize the back bedroom was covered in mold, because he ever went in there. We eventually had to buy him another home and put it on his property.
All Lee’s dad wanted to do was live on his farm, where he could see his beloved cows and the house he grew up in, which was on the next property. He wanted to see the last corn crop he planted as it grew, so he hated it when we had to send him to the local nursing home when he was recovering from procedures.
While Lee’s nephew, Chris, lived on the property, he worked in the oil fields and could not be there every day. And although Lee’s dad had someone “cleaning” his house, and people checking in on him, he kept forgetting to drink water (or not wanting to drink it, so he wouldn’t pee), getting dehydrated, becoming delirious, and having to go to the hospital.
The family finally came up with a way to allow him to spend his final months at home. They hired a personal assistance service to come in and feed him, keep him clean, and keep the house in good shape. The people were very conscientious and personable. We were touched when they all came to his funeral, too.Hermann says please like and share!