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Having a difficult talk with the ones you love as they get older can be a very emotional discussion. If you are moving a senior across the country to a brand new home or moving both of you in-laws to a senior community area, it’s a challenge for everyone involved. There are many instants where elders have to leave their own home as well as see their adult children ensure that this movie essential, important to their health and finances as well as their overall benefit. Below are a few tips to help this transition process be as smooth as possible for everyone involved.
- Have The Talk – As homeowners, we are all invested emotionally into our home, especially if it’s one that has been in the family for several years. It’s understandable to be upset about leaving it and the sadness that comes with chance. Although this is a very difficult and tough conversation to have with your loving parent, be sure to allow them to grieve the change and discuss where they will be living and why moving is important. When elders are asked to leave their home, it may be because of loss of control so give them as much time and help as possible for this big move
- View Options – Once the big conversation is done and the agreement is to move, it’s best to visualize what everyone is getting themselves into. What rooms or room needs to be furnished for both the move as well as for where they will move to. How many square feet is their new residence? Look at the floor plan of the new home and suggest looking at various options for furniture, paintings and memorable items to bring with. If you are looking at somewhere nearby, visit the location and see if you can bring a tape measure with you to really get a sense of what will fit and what won’t as far as couches, beds, lamps and bedside tables.
- Declutter – This is the biggest job of all- what to bring with you to your new home. Make sure you support your parents by categorizing any objects to make it go quicker and easier. Have a few boxes along the side of the rooms with different tags that says ‘keep’ ‘toss’ or ‘donate. If you have other family members in the area, perhaps they would like to come take a look at it as well. Don’t allow yourself to become too demanding during this process as well. It’s best to honor the emotional attachment that your loved one has to many personal belongings and support them to reminisce and share stories of what each item means to them before deciding it’s final destination. It’s their memories that they take with them that are important , especially if this is a childhood house of yours. Listen, engage and be there for them.
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- Hire A Reliable Moving Company – You’ve already helped your elderly parent enough so it’s time to sit back, relax and let the professionals take it from here. It may be too emotional to help them move box after box into a moving truck so let a company do the heavy lifting. One such reliable company in the Blaine area is called Relief Moving Company, LLC. Run by a husband and wife, Itzel and Adam Page, they offer 15 years of experience to aim to be one of the top moving companies in the area! Having them move your valuables is not only essential to your mental health as the caregiver of your parents but also eliminates the risk of you getting hurt in the event that you attempt to do it yourself. They make sure that your belongings are secure as well as finished on time. Not only do they help your loved one with their residential move but can also help with other moves such as commercial moving, moving one large piece of furniture like a piano or any labor as needed. The friendly staff is one of a kind, making you feel as if they are already part of the family, ensuring quality care, answering any concerns or questions you have and making sure you are aware of what is going on step by step.
I’m sure there are several other tips to helping move a loved one to a new location that I haven’t shared above. It may also be helpful to enlist the help of other relatives to help you with this big transition as well. Moving can be stressful, overwhelming and just plain scary but with these few tips and the help of a moving company to make the big day less intense, the outocme will be worth it.