The elderly often need special attention when moving, whether on their own or as part of an extended family. Helping older neighbors or loved ones have a safe moving day only requires a few easy-to-remember tips. Below, we have compiled a list of 16 tips for helping our readers assist older adults prepare, pack, and settle in.
Here are 16 ways you can help the elderly have a smooth, easy move:
Speak honestly about the move, whether it is to a smaller place or a senior community. Hiding the facts from your loved ones will only make them feel more uneasy; for moving, honesty is the best policy. This is especially true for assisted living, where daily life will be a completely different routine.
The most overwhelming part of any move is rebuilding your community. Finding a new doctor’s office, a new salon or barber, or a new grocery store can be the most anxiety-inducing part of a senior’s move. Help them find new places ahead of time, so by the time they’re settled, they already have a handle on their neighborhood.
A combination of physical limitations and emotional decision-making can make moving a slow process for the elderly. Give them plenty of time to process while they’re moving; the move may affect them differently than it might affect you.
The last thing you want is to rush an older person out of their home without being sensitive to their emotional needs.
Mental preparation is the most important part of any move, which is why you should give seniors a layout of their new home ahead of time. When they have an idea of where they’ll be situated, it helps them transition easier. It’s also easier on a practical level, as they’ll have an idea of how they’ll fit their belongings in the new home.
Some rooms will be more emotional than others.
Time spent reminiscing is a genuine factor when it comes to moving, especially for older generations. Tackle rooms that have fewer sentimental items in them first, as these will go by faster. Rooms with heirlooms, family albums, and old photos will take longer to pack, and you should account for that when planning your schedule.
The hardest part is deciding what to keep. For those who have accumulated large amounts of sentimental items, this can be especially difficult. Your loved one needs to make their own decisions, but you can help by offering alternatives. For example, passing belongings onto a younger relative is often an agreeable compromise.
Never underestimate the power of a beloved photo or sentimental item. During uncertain circumstances, familiar belongings are like anchors—they keep us grounded and calm. Keeping one or two of these items unpacked and on hand means seniors can turn their new residence into a home as soon as possible.
There are moving professionals who specialize in helping elderly people transition between homes smoothly and easily. They assist with both the emotional and physical aspects of moving. If you’re interested in more information about a SMM, our Maricopa County movers would be happy to give you more information.
Before moving day, make sure you share your concerns and needs with the moving company, especially if your move involves special equipment or medical devices. Clarifying what can or cannot be shipped (e.g. oxygen tanks) will help you avoid costly surprises on the day of the move. In fact, letting the mover know what you need in general results in a less costly, more stress-free experience overall.
For both children and the elderly, the lack of control during a move can cause stress and anxiety. Explain the details of the process to your loved one: when packing day is, when the move begins, what time the moving company will arrive, etc.
Being open and specific about the process helps them mentally prepare.
Critical medications should be easily accessible. Create contingencies, prepare for emergencies, and refill any medications that are running low before moving day.
Any pre-move business ought to be wrapped up early the day before the move. This allows you to rest, recharge, and begin moving day with a great deal of energy.
Our movers love meeting the people they’re helping. For seniors, knowing the people who will be taking care of their belongings may help them feel at ease.
Our staff is more than happy to provide information about us and reassure loved ones about our ability to keep their goods safe.
Continually talk about the advantages and benefits of the move. Staying positive can help everyone, not just seniors, stay happy and at ease through the whole process.
Movers know how to move things safely, quickly, and effectively. Many of our clients, regardless of age, feel compelled to help us move their belongings.
It’s okay. We know what we’re doing. We’re here to help you.
If you have any other questions about moving with an elderly loved one, give our moving company a call at (602) 899-0229. We provide free estimates and old-fashioned, courteous service.