4 Tips for Moving Elderly Family Members

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Will you need to move your loved one to a senior living area in the foreseeable future? Having this discussion can be a difficult one, and could be a challenge for everyone involved.

There are many reasons elderly family members have to leave their own home. Below are a few tips to help this transition process so that it may be as smooth as possible for everyone. These include your elderly family member(s), family, friends, neighbors, and even those who are in charge of moving their belongings. 

Have The Talk

As homeowners, we are all invested emotionally into our home, especially if it’s one that has been in the family for several years. It’s understandable to be upset about leaving a home. This is a very tough conversation to have with your beloved parent and relative. Be sure to allow them to grieve the big change and discuss where they will be living and why moving is important.

When elders are asked to leave their home, it may be because of loss of control. Give them as much time and help as possible for this big move.

View Options

Once the big conversation is done and the agreement is to move, it’s best to visualize what everyone is getting themselves into. What room or rooms need to be furnished in their new residence? How many square feet?

Look at the floor plan of the new home and suggest looking at various options for furniture, paintings, and memorable items to bring with. If you are looking at somewhere nearby, visit the location and see if you can bring a tape measure with you to get a sense of what will fit and what won’t as far as couches, beds, lamps, and bedside tables. 

Declutter

This is the biggest job of all: what to bring with you to your new home. Make sure you support your parents or relatives by categorizing any objects to make it go quicker and easier. Have a few boxes along the side of the rooms with different tags that says ‘keep’ ‘toss’ or ‘donate.

If you have other family members in the area, perhaps they would like to come take a look at it as well. Don’t allow yourself to become too demanding during this process as well. It’s best to honor the emotional attachment that your loved one has to many personal belongings and support them. Reminisce and share stories of what each item means to them before deciding what to bring. It’s their memories that they take with them that are important, especially if this is a childhood house of yours. Listen, engage and be there for them. 

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Hire A Reliable Moving Company

You’ve already helped your elderly parent enough so it’s time to sit back, relax and let the professionals take it from here. It may be too emotional to help them move box after box into a moving truck, so let a company do the heavy lifting. One company in Florida to look to, particular in the Hollywood and Miami metropolitan area, is 24/7 Logistic Services.

Having this company move your valuables is not only essential to your mental health as the caregiver of your parents or relatives, but it also eliminates the risk of you getting hurt in the event that you attempt to do it yourself.

They make sure that your belongings are secure as well as packed up and finished in a timely manner. Not only do they help your loved one with their long distance moving in the Hollywood, Florida, but they can also help with other moves such as commercial moving or moving one large piece of furniture like a piano or any labor as needed.

The friendly staff at 24/7 Logistic Services are one of a kind, making you feel as if you are already part of their family, ensuring quality care, answering any concerns or questions, and making sure you are aware of what is going on step by step. You can’t go wrong having this company assist you in this transition. 

It may also be helpful to enlist the help of other relatives to help you with this big transition. Moving can be stressful, overwhelming and just plain scary. But with these few tips and the help of a moving company to make the big day less intense, the outcome will be worth it.