Moving from the family home is among the most stressful events an older adult ever faces. At a time when emotions are running high, the list of things-to-do seems endless...a lifetime of belongings to sort through...tough decisions to make about what to take and what to do with the things that aren't going...countless errands and phone calls.
Then there's the chaos of moving day and living out of boxes until everything is unpacked and put away. Very often, later-life moves come about as the result of illness or the death of a spouse, so both the senior and his or her family are stressed before the move even begins.
Even the healthiest and most independent seniors often find relocation very demanding--both physically and emotionally.
Adding to the challenge is the fact that families are more spread out geographically and not always available to help with the moving process.
Although making the decision to move is usually the first step in
the moving process, it is not the hardest decision. It's what to
take and what to do with what you leave behind. Typically the new
residence will be too small to take everything, and many years worth
of treasured possessions will have to be inventoried and decided
In fact, the whole process of planning the move and the arrangement of the new space, packing up and moving –in and out, and deciding what to keep and what to dispose of can seem like such and overwhelming task to the senior that the much needed move is put off.
About Senior Move Managers
The term Senior Move Manager® is a service mark owned by NASMM. Only NASMM members are Senior Move Managers®. All NASMM General Members have completed required courses in safety and ethics, and are screened for insurance and experience. Please confirm the Senior Move Manager® you hire holds the proper insurance.
Many families are now relying on professional
professional senior move managers to help
with the pre-move (downsizing) and moving day coordination that can
help seniors and families develop a relocation plan, provide the
necessary moving resources, organize, supervise the actual move on
moving day and even help to prepare the former residence for the
real estate market.
Many of the 70+ population are also selling their homes in favor of smaller houses or condos, either in traditional neighborhoods or retirement communities, or to be closer to their kids and grand-kids.
Moving can be stressful enough for many and especially traumatic for someone who is leaving a home they've been in for decades that is full of precious memories. Not only is the packing and cleaning process physically demanding, it also takes an emotional toll. A specialists can provide an element of compassionate objectivity as decisions are made about what to keep, give away, sell or toss.
Many senior move managers offer a wide range of services including:
If you are helping a senior clear out a household follow some of the following techniques to keep emotional conflicts at bay:
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