Moving can be stressful for anyone, but it can be an especially challenging time for senior citizens. A move to senior living can signal a loss of independence and trigger a variety of emotions. We have come up with five tips to help make moving older loved ones easier.
1. Begin downsizing early
Help loved ones begin downsizing early. Many seniors have lived in their current home for quite some time, and they have most likely accumulated a lot of possessions. Help loved ones downsize by dividing items into three groups — keep, sell or donate and discard. This can be a lengthy process, so plan to dedicate some time to helping the seniors in your life with this task.
2. Talk about it
Your loved ones will probably experience many emotions during the moving process. Talk with them about their concerns. Address their concerns and help them learn about their new home.
3. Explore the options
There are many options for seniors when it comes to senior living communities. Tour communities of interest with your loved ones, ask questions of the staff and current residents, and weigh the pros and cons of each option.
4. Host a garage sale
Once you and your loved ones have had a chance to organize their belongings, host a garage sale. This will help give new life to some of their possessions and also provide some additional money for their move.
5. Help your loved ones settle in
Once your loved ones have decided on their new community, help them to settle in and get comfortable in their new home. This could include bringing them a small housewarming gift or helping them become familiar with their new neighborhood. Having some familiarity with their new surroundings will help put you all at ease.
When it comes time for you or your loved ones to move, the professional staff at Bekins is happy to help every step of the way. From packing to hauling and moving in, our team of experienced professionals will move your belongings with the highest level of care.