Moving can be stressful. Aside from the tasks you have to accomplish before, during and after the move, you also have to think about the expenses and timeline. If you’re a parent or a full-time employee, you’ll also have to make sure that your responsibilities are continually fulfilled even when you’re moving. All of these things alone can be overwhelming – how much more if you’re moving with senior citizens? Since they no longer have the vigor to move or even accomplish tasks on their own, it’s crucial that you keep a close eye on senior citizens. The entire move should transition smoothly for them, especially if they’re suffering from certain health conditions.
Moving with senior citizens can be challenging, but there are several strategies that you can try to make it easier. These strategies don’t only make your life easier during the move; they will also help reduce the senior citizens’ stress. Here’s how you can do it:
- Always plan ahead: Abruptly completing tasks can be stressful. You’ll have to make quick actions in order to meet the requirements on time. When you’re moving with senior citizens, always plan ahead of time to steer away from this direction. If you already found another location for your new home, inform the seniors right away. This will give them ample time to prepare physically and mentally. Plus, this will also allow them to go through all of their valuables and sort out which items should be brought to the new house or disposed of. If these valuables are still usable, consider donations or sell through garage sales.
- Get packing early: Packing can be a time-consuming chore, but since you and the seniors were able to declutter before the moving, packing can now become a breeze. This is probably one of the most important chores for the move so doing this early will save a lot of time and stress. Since there are a handful of packing techniques you can use, assess which techniques you will use for the move. Will you pack your valuables per room or per the frequency of use? What will you pack first? Once you have answers to these questions, inform the seniors and encourage them to help. Conversely, offer help if seniors can’t do the packing on their own. Always ask if they need additional help during the process.
- Travel options: If you’re moving to a nearby location, traveling might not be an issue for the senior. If you own a car, they can just stay in the passenger seat, doze off and wake up to the new location. However, if you’re moving to another state which will require long hours of travel, assess if they’ll be comfortable riding a bus, train or plane. As much as possible, the entire move shouldn’t create stress or any negative experience for the senior. This is especially true for senior citizens who are experiencing any age-related diseases.
- Health Care: The healthcare of the seniors is a big task whenever you’re moving. It’s best if you acquire medical records of senior citizens from their existing health care providers as early as possible. If the senior needs another roster of medical providers in the new location, scout for options weeks or months before moving – not when it’s already needed. When you have a sufficient amount of time to do this, you’ll be able to carefully assess each healthcare provider and determine which ones are best suited for the senior’s needs. You can also ask referrals from the existing healthcare providers.
- Consider a Move Manager: Gone are the days when you have to do a move on your own; today, there are now Move Managers who specialize in helping senior citizens prepare for a move. When you hire these professionals, they’ll basically take care of everything – from packing the senior’s valuables to finding senior citizen-friendly movers regardless of your location. If you’re planning to move interstate in New York, they can scout for movers from NYC on your behalf. They’ll take off responsibilities on your shoulders, without compromising the welfare of the seniors.
Look From Another Angle
The senior citizens you’re moving with play an important role in your life which is why leaving them alone isn’t an option. Most often than not, these senior citizens are your parents or close family members. Instead of looking at them as additional stress for the move, consider the move as an avenue for you to bond together and know each other better. Because of the hustles and bustles of life, you might not be able to catch up with these seniors so take advantage of your upcoming move for this purpose!
Dianne Belencio-Abonita has been writing blog pots for quite some time now. She is interested in a lot of things which makes it a joy for her to write about a different niche. But among all the niches, business and marketing are her favorite. When she’s not busy writing, Dianne spends her time with her husband Francis and daughter Francinne. This is where she draws inspiration from to continually provide informative blogs to the different audience.