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Housing | November 21, 2022
Moving takes a lot of planning and effort no matter how old, but the process gets even more complicated when it’s time to move your elderly parents.
Whether your parents are moving into an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or some other space, it’s important to have a plan in place to make the transition as smooth as possible. People tend to accrue things as they get older – belongings, accounts, you name it – all of which take time to handle. Moving can also be a very emotional experience, especially if your parents are leaving the family home.
While moving is a lot of work, the good news is that there are ways that you can make the process simpler and less stressful for everyone involved. Use our handy moving checklist to keep the process on track – and check out our senior moving tips to help your parents throughout the experience.
One of the best ways to simplify the moving process is to plan everything ahead of time. Once you’ve finalized where your parents are going to move, you’ll need to take several steps to get them ready for their new residence. Here’s a step-by-step checklist to help you move your elderly parents.
While a checklist can help you stay on track with each step of the moving process, there are other ways to simplify the whole ordeal. It’s important to limit the amount of work needed on moving day and make sure your parents feel good about the whole process. The following four tips can go a long way toward making your parents’ move a success.
As we mentioned earlier, older adults tend to accumulate a lot of belongings over time. The problem is that not all of those items need to be moved. Work with your parents to try and figure out if there is any furniture or other goods that don’t need to make the move. The following downsizing tips can help make this process a lot easier.
The more time that you have, the less likely that you and your loved ones will be running up against the clock. If possible, try to bake in as much time between the decision to move and moving day. This gives everyone as much time as possible to tick off everything on the moving checklist.
Moving your elderly parents doesn’t have to be a solo activity. While you can take the lead on the process, don’t be afraid to recruit family members to help spread the workload. For example, one person could be in charge of acquiring moving supplies and finding a storage space while another makes a list of all the possessions by room. This process will not only make moving easier, it can help bring the family together for a big life event.
Going through a move can be very stressful, so make sure to take some breaks and make sure that your parents are doing well throughout the process. Moving out of the family home and into a retirement community or some other location is a big change, and sometimes your loved ones need emotional support and encouragement.
Handling all the work can take a toll as well. Between the physical effort and the emotional impact of moving, you’ll want to make sure that your parents are comfortable with everything that is going on. This is especially true for any loved ones who may be suffering from dementia or moving into memory care. Don’t be afraid to slow things down every so often and make sure that everyone is comfortable before rushing through the process.
Every senior citizen deserves to live in comfort. By taking all the steps you can to prepare for moving your elderly parents, your loved ones can start the next stage of their lives on the right foot.
Of course, sometimes figuring out the right home for your parents is the hardest part. That’s why National Church Residences is here to help caregivers find the best senior living options for their loved ones. Find out which senior living options are in your area or give us a call at 844-465-6063 to take to one of our friendly staff members today.
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