Moving can be very hard on seniors. In addition to the general stress that comes with moving, there are added emotions because they’re not only moving, they’re downsizing. Seniors often feel like they are “abandoning” their family home and “getting rid of” possessions that they have held onto for years. This can be eased by being patient and understanding.
E.E. Ward consultants act as the client’s on-site advocates, always keeping their best interests at heart. Using our proven system, E.E. Ward’s relocation consultants assist their clients with elderly relocation and household liquidation. These are often much needed and appreciated services that truly help families and their loved ones. E.E. Ward is a service provider for A Place for Mom and the related service, Senior Advisor.
Get a floor plan for the new living space. A floor plan will tell you how much furniture will fit in your new home allowing you to better determine how much furniture to bring and how much to leave behind.
Plan for more time than you think you’ll need. Packing is a time-consuming process, especially when you have to decide whether to pack, give away, or get rid of every other item.
Let the movers take care of the packing. A professional packing crew knows exactly how to package and transport your dishes, linens, furniture, and everything else. You can eliminate a lot of stress by hiring our moving team and letting them do the job. The packing will go a lot quicker and your items will be safe during the transport.
Start sorting early. Packing up an entire house takes time. Starting as early as possible will allow you to go at your own pace. Block off a few hours of time each day for sorting and stick to that schedule. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
Focus on one area at a time. Sorting through an entire house can be very overwhelming. Breaking up your packing and sorting into sections and focusing on one room or section of a room at a time will make the whole process easier.
Start with large items and work your way down. By sorting through large furniture pieces first, you’ll feel a sense of progress which will make it easier to sort the smaller items when you get to them.
Pack an “essentials suitcase.” It’s a good idea to pack a bag with the essentials for the first 24 hours in your new home: medication, toiletries, a few outfits, towels, sheets, a first aid kit, and anything else you might want when you first move in.
Be patient – with yourself and others. Moving is hard both physically and emotionally. You’re allowed to be sad about leaving your home or getting rid of possessions. It’s important that you allow yourself to have and process these emotions in a healthy way.