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Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 07/18/2017

Seeking a Solution

Seeking a Solution

Annette Huddleston needed help. Her mother had dementia. Her mother’s home had to be sold. Before it could be sold, it needed to be remodeled. And caring for her mother had become a full-time job.

After trying and failing to get help from traditional real estate agents, Annette found the solution she was seeking when she contacted Trusted Estate Partners. Trusted Estate Partners provides comprehensive transition services for individuals or families who are downsizing or settling an estate. The company offers customized “all-in-one” packages to ensure a less stressful and more comfortable move experience for families. From handling personal possessions to managing the sale of a home, Trusted Estate Partners helps families with every step of the downsizing and moving process.

Annette Huddleston’s mother, Ruth Wilson, loved children. She was the mother of three children, but she was a surrogate mother for countless young people throughout the years.

“After my brothers and I went to school, my mother decided to start keeping other children during the day to make a little bit of money,” Annette recalled. “But the primary reason was that she loved children. I really could not tell you how many kids came through our house. It was that house in the neighborhood that was always full of kids. It was wonderful.”

Ruth continued to live in the family home for decades after her children grew up and for several years after her husband passed away. As her dementia progressed, she started to experience challenges living alone. One of her sons moved in to help care for her. Later, a cousin lived with her to provide full-time care. When the cousin could no longer live with her, Ruth had to move to an assisted living community.

“She really was not happy with the move,” Annette recalled. “She was also very confused. She was constantly asking for us to take her home, but she just couldn’t go home.”

At the assisted living community, Ruth suffered a fall and was taken to the hospital. While she was in the hospital, Annette and her husband decided that they would move her mother into their home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

“Initially my mother was so happy because she was going home,” Annette said. “When we got to our house— where she had been countless times over thirty years—she didn’t recognize it, and she was not happy.”

That was the beginning of a very difficult six weeks for the entire family. Ruth still wanted to go home and was not satisfied in Annette’s home. Annette and her husband struggled to care for her and keep her safe. Meanwhile, Annette was trying to begin the process of selling her mother’s home.

“After speaking to a couple of realtors, I was very discouraged,” Annette remembered. “They told us all the things that needed to be done to sell the house, and I knew our family just didn’t have the time or the money to do those things.”

That is when Annette connected with Trusted Estate Partners and learned about their comprehensive services. The family decided to enlist the company to clean out the home and to direct a renovation partnership to prepare the home to be sold for top market value.

The process took several months, but Trusted Estate Partners handled all the details, so Annette could focus on spending time with her mother. Annette and Ruth were together the day she passed away, and Annette was able to express her love and to tell her mother that it was okay to go.

Several months after Ruth passed away, the renovation of her former home was completed. Recently, Annette was able to tour the updated home, and she was astonished at the impact of the makeover.

“The house is absolutely gorgeous,” Annette said. “It looks like a brand-new home. I wish my mother could see it. It really is beautiful.”

Now that the process is complete, Annette is extremely grateful that she turned to experts to help her navigate preparing and selling her mother’s home. “We could not have done this on our own,” she admitted. “Trusted Estate Partners made the selling process so much easier and more pleasant for me and my family.”

Annette went on to explain that throughout the process of emptying and renovating the home, she was in constant contact with Susan Gibson of Trusted Estate Partners. “Every time I called, she’d answer, and on the rare occasions that she didn’t, she called me back within 15 minutes. She answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns,” Annette said.

When the time came to empty the home of personal possessions, Trusted Estate Partners told Annette and her family to simply take what they wanted and leave everything else. “We were free from all the stuff,” she said. “That made things so much easier on us all.” 

When she turned to Trusted Estate Partners, Annette got more than help. She got a comprehensive solution. She got partners to walk her through every step of the home selling process. She got the assistance her family desperately needed—and definitely deserved.

By Christy Brudin

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