Moving Seniors – Part One

In moving seniors there are many decisions that are often difficult for the older person and their family.

Tip: the following suggestions are not just for moving seniors but can be used for anyone preparing for a move – even you!

We recently downsized and a prepared a 90 year old women’s home for sale while completing the transition for her new life in a retirement home.

Whether you work with professionals, family members or on your own, take extra care and consider the following suggestions when assisting with the process:

1.   Be kind. This may seem like a given. However, when helping to sort and pack their things, keep in mind that their eyesight and an inability to do everything they used to do can result in poor housekeeping habits. Instead of commenting, offer to clean as you pack and try not to criticize.

2.   Start small. Give them small tasks to do such as going through a desk drawer. Ask them to spend only 15 to 20 minutes a day on one task. Taking small steps will help your parents get used to the idea of moving.

Pick a room that has less sentimental attachment.

3.   Have your parents start sorting through the bathroom or kitchen drawers. A place in the house that doesn’t hold the same emotional attachment as the bedroom or living room or a photo box kept in the attic.

4.   Plan the move. Allow enough time that your parents don’t feel rushed. Sorting through years of stuff is difficult and sometimes emotionally painful. Give them time to absorb the change.

My recommendation: if they are planning a move whether it’s in the next 6 months or even a few years. Get started now. This will help to reduce the feeling of overwhelm when left to the last minute.

5.   Hire outside help. Sometimes it’s easier for your parents to work with an outside party rather than with their children. There are many companies who specialize in moving seniors, offering comfort both to your parents and the rest of the family.

Stay tuned for Part Two-coming soon!


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