It can be difficult to bring up the subject of downsizing and moving with senior citizens. They may have lived in the same house for many years and naturally do not want to leave it.

Whether it’s the senior or a family member orchestrating the move, it’s important to plan well in advance to make the move go smoothly. Approaching  a Movers like Kmoves helps because it makes moving the elderly a specialty.

Here is a guide for moving the elder people:

1 . Senior citizen should be involved in the planning

Every senior is a person who has the right to ask where they are moving. It is essential to bring them the part of planning process from start to finish.

  • They may need help, but they have the right to decide where they move.
  • Give them time to ask questions and voice their concerns before any decisions are final.
  • Help them plan their new space

The fitting out of their new space is an important step when moving seniors. They should start by reviewing a floor plan of their new home, apartment, or assisted living space. Then they should use the floor plan to decide how they want their new home to look. It will also help the senior to realize that downsizing is necessary as their new space is limited.

2 . Guide seniors to organize and downsize their belongings

Now that the senior citizen’s new home has been chosen and the interior has been designed, it is time to organize their possessions and help them to downsize.

  • Downsizing is a necessary step when moving senior citizens
  • It can be difficult emotionally and physically, so be patient with them
  • Help them decide what they no longer use and how to get rid of items
  • Help them organize what they are giving away to family, charity, or throwing out

Downsizing can be rewarding for senior citizens. It gives them an opportunity to pass their possessions on to family members and to make charitable donations. Depending on how much stuff they need to get rid of, this step can take a long time, so it should be started months before their move.

If the senior citizen has items that they refuse to get rid of, but that doesn’t fit in their new home, then storage is an option. Many moving companies offer storage along with their moving services.

Now that the new home for the elderly has been chosen and the interior designed, it’s time to organize their belongings and help them downsize.

  • Downsizing is a essential step when moving the elderly
  • It can be difficult physically and emotionally, so be polite during the move.
  • Help them decide what to discard and how to dispose of items.
  • Help them if they want to give in charity, give away to their friends or family members or through them away.

It can be rewarding for elder people and gives them the chance to pass their belongings on to friend and family makes the charitable donations. Also it depends on elder members how much stuff they want to get rid of, the process can take a long time, so it should be started few weeks before moving.

If the senior doesn’t want to get rid of their belongings which do not fit into the new home, then storage is the best option. Moving companies offer storage in addition to their moving services.

3 . Senior citizens should prepare for moving day

The best way for seniors to avoid a stressful moving experience is to prepare for moving day. Here are some questions that should be discussed before execution of moving:

  • Have you found a moving company specializing in moving seniors?
  • During packing the boxes do they need help?
  • Can you drive a car to your new home by yourself or will you need a driver?
  • Did you prepare a bag with clothes for a few days, all the necessary medicines, snacks and other comforts?
  • Are you excited by the moving process?

These latter questions are important because it can be easy for older people to forget to organize their own transportation to their new home. It can be a great opportunity for other members to volunteer to drive them. Familiar faces will help relieve the stress and tension of moving day.

It can be also important for the elderly to prepare their bag with the necessary clothing and medication to avoid digging  through boxes to find their essentials .

4 . Welcome senior citizens to their new home

After all the planning, downsizing, packing and moving, now is the time to welcome your senior to their new home. It takes a few days for everyone to get used to a new home. Especially true for the elderly.

  • Help seniors to establish a daily routine in their new space
  • Make sure they know where everything is
  • Make sure they are happy with the way things are arranged.
  • Introduce them to their neighbors
  • Take them to places they frequent such as the grocery store and doctor’s office so they can get used to their new commute.
  • Check them in from time to time to see how they are doing in their new home.

Involving seniors at every stage of downsizing and moving is key to a successful transfer. It is also important to hire a moving company that can handle the extra demands of senior citizens moving. Roadway Moving professionals pride themselves on their customer service. They will guide seniors through every step of the moving process, including packing, moving and unpacking their belongings with the utmost care.

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