7 Helpful Tips For Seniors Moving

Moving your senior parent to a senior care facility is a big undertaking. It often takes time for parents to adjust to the idea of moving, but putting a positive spin on the situation can make it less stressful for everyone. Start with these tips for moving to help and support your senior parent through the process.

Plan Ahead

Parents may become resistant to the idea of moving if the news is abrupt. If possible, discuss the scenario of possibly moving to a senior home long before it actually happens. If the move is in the near future, you’ll want to broach the topic in a way that’s respectful and understanding.

Pare Down

Having too much stuff can make a move more complicated and labor-intensive. Encourage your senior parent to pare down their belongings, only keeping the essentials. Downsizing tips include tackling one room at a time, selling or donating unsentimental items, and using the new residence as a guide.

Enlist Help

Enlist the help of friends and family to help organize, pack and move. Senior moving services are available in many areas and are beneficial for families who need assistance moving larger items like furniture.

Get Excited

Parents moving to senior living facilities typically have the opportunity to tour the community prior to their move. Take advantage of this perk by bringing your parent for a visit. Seeing the vast amount of programs, activities and amenities may get your loved one excited about the move.

Set a Date

If you wait until your parent is completely ready before making the big move, you may be waiting awhile. Instead, set a firm move date well in advance to give your parent plenty of time to mentally prepare.

Keep Routines

Many parents thrive on their routines. Seniors moving into a new residence should continue these routines to make their new house feel like home. Transfer your parent’s newspaper subscription to the new address and continue routines like calling at noon each day.

Give Support

Even after the move, provide your parent with ongoing support. After the folks from the senior moving services are gone and your loved one is settled, check in with them frequently and encourage them to explore their new home, neighbors and community.

As our parents grow older, the caregiver roles are often reversed. It now becomes our responsibility to determine whether or not our loved ones will benefit from a move. Fortunately, these helpful tips for moving and downsizing tips can help ensure a smooth move for your senior parent.

For additional help, check out our resources section for floor plans, ebooks, as well as information about the moving services we offer.

Related Blogs

4 Early Signs of Dementia to Be Aware of In Your Loved Ones
Memory Care Program
October 29, 2019

Dementia is a medical term we use to describe a number of symptoms and conditions that affect a person’s cognitive function. This includes seemingly minor symptoms like a person’s inability to recall names or remember…

Continue Reading
Where to Eat in Elmhurst – The Best Restaurants
Independent Living
April 11, 2017

One of the highlights of a visit to the Greater Chicago area is the incredible dining experiences available. Elmhurst, Illinois, is no different. It has its own unique eateries and establishments hailed by the citizenry…

Continue Reading
Elder Stories Inspire Student Art
Featured articles
March 29, 2013

Lexington Square residents captured in student artwork Seventeen advanced placement art students from York High School are looking for a good match when they first walk into Lexington Square at the beginning of cheap jerseys…

Continue Reading
Stay in the Know!

Sign up for our Newsletter

Interested in receiving updates from our blog?