SPARTA MOVING HACKS #10: SENIORS RELOCATION
Everything you need to know to get the most out of your seniors relocation services! Downsizing is usually the most important part of the moving process for seniors or retirees. Typically, retirees move from a larger house that served as their family home for decades. Now they may be ready for something a little more manageable. Less square footage means less to clean and a smaller yard can significantly cut down on the amount of upkeep required.
Sparta Movers have assisted a great number of Calgary seniors relocating to care facilities, retirement communities or in with another family member. This article was written specially for seniors. You will find some great moving tips here to ensure a more organized and stress-free relocation experience for seniors.
Point of Contact
Moving and downsizing may be an emotional process, so the help of another family member may be vital. Will there be a primary caretaker involved to help the senior move?
If your loved one will be moving to a senior care facility, experienced staff members at that facility may already have a process in place for moves. Find out who the point of contact is for new residents during a move and consult with him or her before you begin planning a move. This point person will probably have a wealth of information to help you and your family member before, during and after a move. Find out what items are permitted or prohibited or where at the premises a truck can park to unload. Decide amongst your own family members who will be the point of contact for your family. It can be confusing for the staff of a facility to deal with multiple adult children and their respective spouses.
Downsizing may seem like a daunting task to a retiree who has a whole lifetime of personal belongings to sort through. Start downsizing early. Take one room at a time, starting with the least frequently used room. Assign each item to a category like donate, toss, or take. Leaving an open category like “undecided” means more work, as you will have to go back and consider the future of an item again. Plan extra time for this process because it may be emotional for a senior or retiree to sort through all their possessions and make quick and permanent decisions.
A senior deciding to move and downsize is an excellent time to pass on family heirlooms that may not fit in the new space. Passing down an item to a family member or donating it may help a senior feel more comfortable with paring down. If there are special items like a piano or grandfather clock that have been promised to another family member, your mover can help carefully pack those items and move them to that family member’s home. Alternatively, a move is a great excuse to let the adult children of a senior reclaim their childhood toys, books, and trophies.
Visit your new place
Visit the new space before the move, if possible, and take measurements of each room, door frames and other narrow passageways. This will help when it comes to planning what to bring and what to leave behind. Some of your furniture may not hold much monetary value however those may be priceless as far as sentimental value goes. Moving your own furniture could be more expensive than buying a new replacement, however seniors may take comfort in seeing familiar objects at their new home. A move at this stage in life could be rather emotional so having familiar items around you and returning to a normal daily life routine as soon as possible could prove to be very critical.
We will be thrilled to help you or your family member with our move. Give us a call at 403-402-7992 and one of our moving assistants will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to inquire about our special “SENIOR DISCOUNT” to save on your senior relocation services and more!
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