It can be stressful for an elderly parent to make the transition from their home into assisted living, independent living, nursing home, or another relative’s house. It is a significant life event. It’s just as significant as having a child or getting married, but it’s more like grieving a loss. That’s why you need senior moving services.
Seniors and their families face many challenges, not only difficult emotions but also many other difficulties. What can they bring to the new home? What can they bring? What happens to the belongings they don’t have? What should they do?
These senior move managers are available to help families with all aspects of planning and executing a move.
The Caregiver’s Perspective
It was difficult to move my parents and my inlaws into senior living. It is hard to believe how much harder it would have been had they not downsized from their larger family homes to smaller apartments years before they needed nursing home care.
Although they had already done a lot of the weeding in their first move, there was much more to do. My loved ones moved to nursing homes for their final moves. This meant that there was not much space for furniture. Because we couldn’t afford to have an auction, we donated furniture that was good to charity. We took home more than we needed because we didn’t want to let the items go. This is the nature and purpose of emotional moving.
What do Senior Move Managers Do?
Senior move managers are skilled in helping seniors pack up and relocate their current home. Relocating can be a complex and emotional process. These professional organizers have the training to assist elders and their families.
Services typically offered include:
- Organizing, sorting, and downsizing
- Designing floor plans that seniors can use to visualize their belongings in the new house.
- Organising estate sales, auctions, buy-outs and consignment to get rid of unwanted items
- Interviewing, scheduling, and supervising the movers
- Arranging for shipment and storage
- Supervise professional packing
- Setting up and unpacking the new home
- Similar services include cleaning, trash removal, shopping, helping to select a realtor, and helping to prepare the house for sale
Any of these moving help services can be combined by families. They may require a move manager to help them downsize and sell excess furniture or other unwanted items, but they plan on packing and moving their own belongings. Costs for senior move managers vary depending on how extensive the services are required.
An emotional third party can help with decisions
Why not call your local moving company instead? Senior move managers provide crucial emotional support as well as logistical services. Fear of the unknown, and loss of control are two of the most significant obstacles seniors face when moving.
Resistance is often a result of fear. Mom might respond by saying, “I won’t move if I can’t get my dining room table.” The overwhelming task of sorting through decades of boxes, memories, and paperwork can cause elders to become immobile. They can be helped to find a place to start and then work together with a move manager to develop a plan.
Not only are elders attached to their possessions, but so are other family members. Although family members might offer their assistance, it can be difficult to let go furniture and objects that are associated with childhood memories. Seniors can be even more stressed by these sentimental feelings. A third party, who has been trained to offer gentle, objective guidance during the process, can relieve adult children from this responsibility and simplify elders’ decision-making.
Many of the professionals who work in elder care have backgrounds that allow them to understand the emotions involved. This tenderhearted experience can be costly, but it is worth it.
How to find a senior moving services
These professionals are accredited by the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Consumers can search for a local manager on the NASMM site. Ask for references that can testify to their ability to work with seniors. You may also want to consider the Better Business Bureau for additional insurance. Set up an initial consultation with them to discuss the services they offer and find out if they are a good match for your senior. It can make a big difference.
Although a professional senior mover is not cheap, it will likely be less expensive than the emotional toll of moving. This is something you should consider when going through a difficult transition. You will be able to spend more time visiting your loved ones and helping them settle in their new home if you don’t have to oversee the move.
Call Brunswick Organizing Solutions if you need help in moving to a senior living community.
Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Shallotte, NC 28470
Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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