Caring transitions helps elderly, families with downsizing, relocation, estate sales

Published 10:16am Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND — Kynette Setear knows how difficult it can be to move an aging loved one from his or her home.

She remembers the struggle it was to go through her mom’s estate several years ago. It meant sorting through family memories and household items, some of them that had been in the family since 1856.


“It was very difficult,” Setear said. “There was a lot of emotion. It was difficult to watch it all transpire.”

Now, she is trying to help ease the burden on others dealing with similar situations. Setear joined Caring Transitions, a national company that works with families who are facing major life transitions, such as relocation, downsizing or estate sales.

Setear, a Mishawaka resident, this month opened a South Bend location, which will also service Niles, St. Joseph, Mishawaka and surrounding areas.

“When you have a situation that requires you to make a transition in your life, we help with all the aspects of it,” she said.

The services include preparing a house to be sold, assistance in cleaning and de-cluttering a home, full or partial liquidations, interviewing real estate professionals and other tasks.

Setear said the services Caring Transitions offer are especially needed at this time. More than 10,000 people in the “Baby Boomer” generation reach the age 65 each day, she said.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are between 5.1 and 7 million family members providing long-distance care to an aging relative in the United States.

Setear says her goal is to help people in that situation in an efficient and caring way.

“There is a need to provide the service in a way that respects that this was someone’s home. These are the things that are important to them,” she said.

Pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis.

To schedule an in-home consultation with Setear, call (574) 208-6071. For more information, visit

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