No matter what your age, moving can be stressful. When seniors transition from living in their home to an independent living facility, it can be incredibly stressful and emotional for all the parties involved. Often times, seniors and their families can feel overwhelmed at the task of packing up decades worth of memories and belongings. The following tips can help make this part of the transition as smooth as possible.
1) Enlist the help of the family
If possible, enlist the help of multiple family members in the transition process. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and have each family member commit to each task. Encourage family members to include the senior relative in their committed tasks and decision making in order to ease the stress.
2) Plan out the new living space
One of the best ways to ease the stress when seniors transition is to talk through the new living space. Discuss furniture placement and items that make them feel at home and where these items will go in their new living space. You might even get measurements of the new place and sit down to sketch out furniture placement.
3) Take your time and don’t rush
The process of sorting through decades worth of memories and items may take a lot longer than you anticipate. Give your senior relative time to grieve and sort through these items. This is an excellent time to sit down and talk about the past and remember all the family memories.
4) Start small and work your way up
Pick one room in your senior relative’s house and start there. Make a list of items in the room that will transition to the new living space and items that will be donated or sold. Many organizations will come to your home and pickup furniture, appliances, and donations. After completing the first room, move to the next. This helps everyone involved to not feel overwhelmed with the process.
5) Hire an experienced professional
Local real estate professionals are great resources. These professionals can help you with space planning, moving logistics, and getting the old home ready to put on the market.
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