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Senior Care - Helping Your Senior Relocate

Aug 15, 2017 by Comfort Keepers Denver

Moving Tips for Your Senior Citizen

Moving can be stressful enough as it is, but moving an older loved one can make things even more complicated.

Whether you’re moving them into a new home, moving them across the country to live with you, or transitioning them into a nursing home, here are some tips to make moving them easier:

Discuss it with your loved one

It is important to respect your loved one’s autonomy as much as possible, even if they are unable to make decisions for themselves any more. Having a comprehensive conversation in advance about why you want to move them, the options they have, and a timeline of the possible move will help them feel less rushed and pushed around about relocating.

It can be very hard for a senior to leave their long-term home as well, so this will also give them time to come to terms with their feelings and ties with it.

Recruit help

You don’t have to do all of this work on your own. Recruit other family members, friends, or even hire a professional if you really need the help. The more hands on deck for such a large task, the easier and more smoothly it will go.

Plan, organize, and clean/repair

The more proactive you are about moving, the better. Some things to consider getting squared away from the start are:

Planning:

  • Who is going to be working on what in regards to packing/other moving duties?
  • How much will packing materials, moving things and hiring any movers/professional help (if you’re using them) all cost?

Organizing

  • How can we pack the most efficiently to make the move and post-move process easier?
  • What stuff can we throw away/sell/donate, and what stuff do we really need to save?

Cleaning/Repairs

  • When everything is moved out of the house, who will clean what?
  • What needs to be repaired in the home after everything is moved out to make it ready to sell/be lived in by another relative?

Figuring out these details beforehand will be in your best interest.

Prepare for the actual moving day.

This is perhaps the most important part: getting your loved one and their belongings to the new location. Planning when you/the movers will be moving things, who is taking your loved one there, and taking the possible commute into consideration will help make the day run as smoothly as possible.

If you are moving your loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, you will need to coordinate with them too on when you’re planning on arriving. Do this far in advance, as they may limit how many items your senior is allowed to bring them, and there is most likely a lot of paperwork to be filled out.

Moving your senior somewhere new can be stressful, but these tips will help make both the pre-move and day of the move smooth and simple.

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