In Part 2 of our series on moving a senior, we look at four more ways to make the move easier on everyone involved. This can be an especially emotional time for the entire family and senior parents, as well as their adult children, may find it a highly charged and stressful experience.
4 More Parts of a Senior Move – What to Know
Remember, there is no need to do it all by yourself. This is the time to call on siblings, close friends and willing family members to help. In order to reduce stress and make life easier, we suggest that you map things out and actually decide who is going to be responsible for which part of the move. Together, decide who is best suited to take on the following:
- Move Logistics – Be a liaison with the moving company or, if it’s a DIY move, the person in charge of hiring and driving the truck. It helps if one person really has their finger on the pulse of the moving the contents of the house from point A to B. If it is a DIY move, you’ll need furniture blankets and hand-trucks, extra tape and bungee cords, people to help load and unload the truck, and all those “move day” necessities. If driving the truck yourself, make sure to check the weather and remember, your rental truck handles much differently than your car or minivan. Watch for height limits in parking garages!
- Senior Parent in Transit – Care for your parent on move day. This may involve arranging for a flight, getting them to the airport and arranging for transport on the other end. During a local move, it may mean breakfast and a drive across town. This person would be the one to make sure the parent has everything they need; including the ability to say last-minute goodbyes to friends they may not see for a while. It’s good if this person is organized, relaxed, spontaneous… and local!
- Big Picture – Oversee all the moving parts. It is helpful to designate one person act as project manager to keep an eye on the big picture. This person is the “go to” person and able to keep everything well organized and on track. This person could also check on the size of the new space to make sure those things you plan to move, will actually fit. For that reason, it helps if this person has great special aptitudes!
- Love & Support – Provide emotional stability and support during this transition. While some senior parents are excited about moving and beginning a new phase of their life, others may find it more difficult. The most important thing to remember is that this is a major life transition for your parent. The idea is that everything be done with as much love and support as possible. Remember, you are here to make this transition and move an easier experience for your parent than it would be without you. Patience and compassion are key!
Click here to read Part 1 of this two-part post.
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