If you’re living with older adults, you would know that it may be difficult for them to carry heavy objects, and they may not have the same mobility as someone younger. Carrying things? Mobility? Well, those are just some of the important aspects of the moving process. Thus, there are many things that you need to consider if you want your move to go smoothly. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important tips on MOVING HOMES WITH SENIORS that will help make your senior citizen’s moving experience a whole lot easier!
- Start planning as soon as possible.
We simply cannot stress out how crucial it is to start the planning process early—not only when moving with seniors but also when moving in general. However, in the case of moving with seniors, it is especially advantageous to start planning early on. There are a few reasons for this:
- Moving can be overwhelming, and moving with seniors makes it even more so. It helps to alleviate the situation by having a plan in place before moving day arrives.
- Having a game plan will help you know where to start and what exactly needs moving. This will also save time and energy that could be spent on bigger things, like making room for all of your belongings.
- When moving in general, nothing is worse than guessing about how long everything will take and which boxes should go where—especially when you have other obligations such as family or work commitments! In addition, moving with seniors isn’t always easy, so it helps to prepare moving-related activities in advance.
- Finally, planning ahead of the scheduled moving date will give you time to manage any unexpected occurrences and errors that are beyond your control.
- Keep them in the loop about the move.
Moving houses is a major step for anyone, and as previously stated, it may be rather intimidating. Even more so, what if you’re kept completely in the dark about everything? Thus, it’s important to include the senior in making decisions as well as the whole planning and relocation process. Allow them to ask questions, make suggestions, and air their concerns and grievances about the entire ordeal. After all, it’s their lives that we’re talking about, therefore they’ll be the ones who are most affected by the relocation. Get into detail about what they want to happen and respect their wishes. Don’t make all of their decisions for them; simply act as a guide!
Here are some things that you have to talk about with and ask them.
- Should they be downsizing, which is often the case, ask them what they’d want to do with their belongings as they surely wouldn’t be able to bring everything. Some options on what to do include having a garage sale, donating to charities, or giving these prized possessions away to friends and relatives. In line with this, bear in mind that if something has been hanging about in their house for years, regardless of how unimportant it may seem to you, it may be of great significance to them. Make sure to assist them in making sensible selections but don’t forget to be gentle and respectful in doing so.
- Get their opinion on where they’d want to live. Would they like to live in a smaller place? With a relative who’s willing to take them? Or perhaps a dedicated retirement home with staff that can address all their needs? Indeed, communication is key in order to make the move great and stress-free for all parties involved.
- Ask them what you could do to help them get acclimated to the new place. If you’re someone whom they personally know, you might be familiar with some of their routines, along with their little quirks. Try your best to incorporate these into their new life to help ease their transition.
- Choose a new place that suits their needs.
We know that this isn’t exactly a moving tip, but if you’re still in the early stages of contemplating moving houses and are living with a senior, guarantee that you will be taking all their needs into careful consideration. For instance, they greatly value mobility (elevators, walkers, etc.). Moving to a one-storey place or an apartment building with elevators would be ideal as these will help them get around the house more easily and avoid injuries from falls. Furthermore, if it’s within your budget, a large space to live in would also be a big deal. This means making sure that the house that you’re moving into has enough room for seniors to comfortably move around—even with special equipment, such as wheelchairs—without feeling like they are confined or blocked by furniture.
However, if moving the senior into a retirement home seems like the most viable option, make sure to talk them through about it. Moreover, if it’s possible for both parties, it would be a good idea to take them to the available retirement homes for them to get a good feel of the place and help them choose which one they’d want to live in.
- Assemble all the necessary people for your move.
When moving, a general rule of thumb is that the more hands you can get, the better. That is especially the case when moving with seniors. Carrying objects and going up and down the stairs often prove to be difficult for them, so you’ll want to get some extra help from friends, family members, and professional movers if you can. It will ensure that the seniors are able to carry heavy objects without hurting themselves or getting tired too quickly.
- Find new healthcare providers before moving.
Once the moving location has been finalized (especially if it isn’t in a retirement home), it’s time to start looking for a new doctor in your new neighbourhood. If your new address is in the same city as your old one, you can approach your current doctor for recommendations. Other helpful methods in finding a doctor are through visiting Australian Health Services online, contacting your health insurance provider, or consulting friends and relatives if you are moving to a nearby region.
Doing this should be a top priority in your moving checklist so that you’d be prepared for any medical emergency that may arise as a result of moving.
- Be patient and forbearing.
May it be because they’re moving to a new house to accommodate a growing family or because they got accepted to their dream job in another city, moving homes is often regarded as an exciting, brand new chapter in one’s life. Seniors, on the other hand, face a completely different situation most of the time. More often than not, their reasons for moving are laced with melancholy: children moving out, the death of a spouse, and moving to a retirement community. In addition, it’s worth noting that they are also more likely to develop what’s called “Relocation Stress Syndrome,” which, as the name suggests, is stress brought about by moving (because in most cases, it’s not something that they want). The syndrome may manifest in different ways, such as but not limited to withdrawal, depression, nausea, loss of appetite, and loss of sleep.
While the aforementioned things are perfectly good and valid reasons as to why you should be patient and forbearing with seniors, it goes without saying that it costs nothing to be kind. Seniors deserve nothing but the best as they have done so much for us, so it’s high time for us to pay them back with kindness, which is what moving homes with seniors entails. They may not be as mobile or able to carry heavy objects as they used to be as a result of ageing, so do your best to be patient with them at all times. Make sure there’s plenty of assistance and special equipment for older people in your home so that all their needs are met.
Check out this article for more general advice on packing and moving.
Anyway, you’ve probably gotten the general idea that moving homes with seniors can be a very challenging thing to do, but luckily, there are moving companies that specialize in moving senior citizens and moving homes with seniors. Though that may not exactly be our forte, we believe that our team’s excellence and years of experience can make up for it. We’ve dealt with every case of moving that there is—may it be moving with young kids, pregnant women, different pets, and even seniors—and in all these cases, we’ve been able to move successfully, seamlessly, and of course, safely.
Most seniors have acquired a lot of possessions all throughout their long lives, and no matter big or small, we understand how important these are to them. Thus, we do our best to load, transport, and unload everything free of dents, scratches, or any other damage. The safety of your items has been and will always be our top priority as removalists.
Would you like to get a quotation, free of charge? Then ring us up at 1300 903 922. We are looking forward to hearing from you!