Moving an elderly loved one to a home is never an easy thing to do. In most cases, retirement home apartments are much smaller than whole homes, and that means that you will have to do a lot of downsizing. You may also have to pack, store, and appraise certain items that are currently inside of an existing home.
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we pride ourselves on taking excellent care of antiques and other precious items that have to be moved. But, we also know that this type of move is both emotional and physically difficult. Take a look at these tips to move an elderly person without adding any additional stress to your plate.
Chances are that the person you’re about to move is feeling very sensitive about this move. That means that you should be extra careful about how you pack – or who you let pack. You can hire a moving company to help you pack, but it might be a better idea to pack items yourself – or ask your loved one to help you pack items.
When you do start packing, make sure to wrap all delicate items carefully. It’s also a good idea to be sure to label each box according to the room that items will go in. For example: add the word ‘kitchen’ to the top of the box that will be moved into a new kitchen space.
Moving into a retirement home is not easy to do for anyone. But, you can make this move easier by trying to set up the new space like the old one. If you can put items in similar spots and try to make things just as cozy as before, the move may not be as traumatic as it could be. This won’t be entirely possible if you are moving a person to a much smaller space, but try your best to set things up the same way.
Hire Professional Appraisers
If you have some items that you just can’t move, or have to get rid of, that are also antiques, make sure that you do your researching when trying to find an appraiser. Search via Google for an antique dealer that really has a solid reputation and knows their stuff. This way, you can be sure that you’re getting a fair deal. Not sure how much something is worth? Use the Internet to try and price out items before you sell them to any antique company or online.
Check The Bank
Does your loved one store anything in a bank deposit box? If you’re moving that person to a new town or neighborhood, you may want to check the box first. Sometimes, expensive items are left behind when people move to retirement homes, and this is always a shame. Double-check both storage facilities and banks to make sure that everything has been collected and packed.
Triple Check Times
Being nervous about the time of a moving truck’s arrival is something that’s par for the course when moving an elderly person to a retirement home. As your number one Colorado moving company, we pride ourselves on always letting you know before we arrive (at least twice!), but other companies may not have the same policy. To avoid any last minute panic, call the moving company you’ve chosen to see what time arrival is expected, and make sure to convey this message to your loved one.
Be Ready for Anything
This last one can easily apply to any moving situation, but it’s much more important to keep in mind when moving an older person. Sometimes, a move is just too much for an older person to take, and this means that breakdowns could happen at any time. On the flip side, if you’ve packed carefully and made sure that everything is ready to go, there should be no cause for concern. If you aren’t sure about something you can, of course, ask us. We’re here to help you out!
The most important things to remember when moving an older person are listed here, but, above all else, make sure that the person you’re helping move feels comfortable and confident that items will arrive safe and unharmed. Choose a moving company that you can trust, that has a solid reputation, and knows how to make someone moving to a retirement home feel safe in knowing that all of life’s precious possessions will arrive on time too.
Do you have any questions about moving to a new place? Need help moving an elderly person? Let us know how we can help you!