The Essential Moving Guide for Seniors
Supporting a senior person with home removals means so much more than simply packing up boxes and calling in our team at Simply Removals. It is important you recognise and understand the physical and emotional changes faced by seniors and the impact this will have on their ability to help with the process of moving. Convincing a senior that it might be time to move can be extremely difficult, especially if they are very attached to their home. Below are Simply Removal’s top tips to help your elderly relative move home successfully. We hope you find it useful.
Organising the Move
When moving seniors, allow significantly more time for the work needed in preparing for the move. If possible, we would recommend clearing and packing over the period of a couple of weeks so that you can gradually achieve it all. This will allow your senior to pack all their belongings calmly and positively without becoming exhausted, panicked or worries. If, however, you do have to get the move done in a short space of time, plan for frequent breaks.
Communication and Choice
Seniors can be very emotionally vested in the home they are leaving. Therefore, it is only natural to expect there will be apprehension and sadness about the move. When seniors decide to move, the most common cause for distress can be the feeling of loss of control, so give your loved one as much choice as possible and get them as involved in the moving process as you can.
When moving seniors, it is best to enlist as many relatives and friends as possible to help. Encourage your siblings and other close family members to help for a couple of days. Surrounding seniors with loved ones who are supportive and encouraging can also help ease the emotional stress of moving as well as helping with the practical.
Sort and Organise
Like all of us, whether we admit it or not, seniors tend to keep things they don’t necessarily need or will eve use. Sound familiar? We would suggest going through the house and sorting through the items. This is a time-consuming process, so you should start as early as possible. Categorising objects helps to make the process easier. You can categorise them into items to be moved, keepsakes to be left with the family, items to be sold or donated, items to go into storage and those to be thrown away.
Take Pictures of the Inside of their Home
Before moving anything, we would strongly suggest you take pictures of the inside of their current home so that, during the move, furniture and possessions can be placed in similar places in the new hoe. Be as detailed you can as this will help make the new place feel like home. This is an especially useful tip if a senior suffers from dementia or is struggling with the upheaval of their home and worried about their new house being significantly different.
Invest in a Full Service
Seniors should avoid the physical business of moving and lifting heavy objects. We would strongly advise you to hire a complete packing service. Here at Simply Removals we offer a fully comprehensive packing and un-packing service. We will remove all the packaging materials and leave your home unpacked and ready to live in. We would highly recommend this service to seniors as we will pack all your belongings, transport them and unpack them at the other end. No heavy lifting needed from you and no worry required! We will fully complete your move for you. Now, that’s service!
Lists and Labels
Here at Simply Removals, to help us serve you the best we can, we would recommend labelling all your boxes with the relevant room in the new property. This will save a great deal of time and will means everything is deliver into the right place.
To keep your mind at ease, a to-do list can be extremely helpful, especially if you a prone to forgetting or panicking in moments where you are asked a question. To-do lists allow you to be fully in control, ticking off items as they are completed and helping to keep your stress levels at a minimum.
The best advice we can offer seniors moving home is to go at their own pace. Moving home can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience. For seniors, these emotions are often heightened as it is likely they have lived in their home for many years, maybe even their whole lives, and as a result their house holds many memories. Don’t rush the moving process. Here at Simply Removals we are sympathetic to your needs, state of health and your way of doing things. We will go at your pace and let you take as much time as you need.
If you would like more information, or to book a Simply Removals team to help with your move, give us a call today. We would be more than happy to discuss your needs and assist you with your move!