No matter whether you’re moving your widowed grandmother across the country into your own home or moving both parents into a senior community, the process seems always challenging. Countless scenarios may necessitate relocating an elderly parent from their long-time home, but our underlying concerns are fundamentally consistent: we want to make sure their emotional well-being and health are being tended to, while also keeping finances and logistical considerations into account. In other words, we want to make sure the transition is handled sensitively and goes smoothly. Thus finding the right ways of moving for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you can make.
As one of the leading moving companies in Columbus Ohio, E.E. Ward has compiled the top elements to look for when assisting a senior with moving. The decision of “if, when, and where to move” resides solely with you and your loved one, so consider what factors are ultimately important to you and hopefully, these tips can make the process easier.
Make sure your moving crew has a working phone number for you at all times.
Pack a box containing items you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home – toilet paper, soap, light bulbs, paper towels, etc.
Dressers will be moved with the drawers full – make sure you remove any breakables and/or valuables.
Dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, etc.
Drain fuel from any lawnmowers and other machinery, and discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, or other substances that might leak.
Carefully tape and place in individual waterproof bags any jars of liquid you plan to take with you.
Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify their value.
Third-party servicing will likely be needed before moving such items as hot tubs, large-screen TVs, and some exercise equipment.
Contact us about PRE and POST-move servicing of washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, grandfather clocks, hot tubs, satellite dishes, etc.
HOUSE PLANTS: It is best to move plants in your car. The driver is not responsible for plants.
MIRRORS & PICTURES: Mirrors, valuable pictures, and ornamental table tops (marble and glass) should be padded, wrapped, and placed in specially designed containers. The crew will remove such items and set them back up again at the destination.
VALUABLES: Remove all valuables such as jewelry, legal documents, liquor, etc. Your mover cannot be responsible for such items.
Of course, each family’s circumstances are unique, so we’re hesitant to give blanket advice, but we hope these tips help you better plan and execute your older loved one’s next move.