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Family Moving- A Checklist for Relocating Seniors (Part 2)

CB044123At Exodus we consider family a top priority. We believe it is the core institution around which everything important in our society spins. Without taking care of the family, everything else in life can easily fall apart. For this reason in our offices we are committed to our employees, encouraging them to take time off when they need to and to bring their kids in to meet the other staff. We encourage togetherness and are determined to facilitate the kind of happiness and personal fulfillment in the workplace that can contribute to a high quality of life.

With our clients we have a similar philosophy. Because we run our office like a family we also run our business like a family. As their moving company, we realize that we are being trusted with not only people’s possessions but also with their memories. Never loosing site of this responsibility, we strive to treat our customers with this in mind. This empathetic consideration goes double when it comes to moving seniors. Knowing how hard this transition can be for them and in an effort to ease the transition, we offer the following tips.

Ask for their Input

Often one of the hardest things for seniors to deal with is their lack of ability to make independent decisions about when and where they will move. Be sure to keep them involved in the process as much as possible. Ask them about their opinions regularly and make sure that they are familiar with the new space that they will be moving to.

Keep it Familiar

Adjusting to a new surrounding can be challenging at any age. Now, consider having lived in the same home for 40+ years and having to leave it. This is inevitably a highly emotionally charged event for any older person and should be managed with care and consideration for their circumstance. Whenever possible, you should take photographs of their home to get an idea of what they had and where their possessions were before the move. After comparing the areas in various rooms with the new space that they will inhabit, attempt to create a world that is similar to the one they were living in before. This will encourage a feeling of safety and well being for seniors who are in such a difficult transition.

Enlist Professionals

Sometimes, while it’s good to be surrounded by actual family during a big change, when it comes to moving, it is a good thing to have professional help on your side. An older person might be more argumentative, for instance, about how best to go about moving something with someone they consider to be an equal or (even harder) a subordinate, such as a child. By hiring a caring professional mover to aid in relocating your senior, the process can become less subjective and an ultimately smoother experience for everyone involved.

Family Moving- A Checklist for Relocating Seniors (Part 1)

Moving is never easy. Anyone who has ever experienced relocation of any kind understands this. But when making a residential move, that is, moving from a place one calls “home” it can be especially difficult. And depending on how long you have lived in a specific location, the personal items, possessions and memories just seem to multiply making saying goodbye that much harder for everyone involved.

This is especially true with seniors. Not only have they experienced a lot of life and lived though many stories, often they have also collected a substantial amount of stuff. Moving house is always the result of some change of life whether it is social, financial or professional. And while moving is notoriously one of the most stress ridden events possible, this tension is often compounded when older people are involved. Whether relocation is the result of the death of a spouse or the inability or desire to take care of a large home, when a senior needs to move, there are several things to remember to make their transition easier.

Don’t Wait Till the Last Minute

If you are aware that a senior in your life will need to make a move in the near future, it’s important to start the planning process early.  There is little worse than being forced into or rushed through an important move in life and helping older people is no exception. Attempt to talk about moving early and often. By avoiding last minute conversations about important topics, you will have a better chance of being set up for a successful moving experience.

Consider the Process

Moving can be both emotionally and physically draining. Generally speaking, seniors have less energy than their younger counterparts so it is smart to break the organization of the move into palatable sections. We recommend putting some thought into how much energy a senior can give per day in preparation for moving. Consider how going though old pictures and air looms can affect a person’s energy and plan accordingly.

Don’t Take it Personally

If you are helping a senior with their move emotions could be running high. Often when older people move it means the loss of independence. Keeping in mind how hard it is to be dependent on others, remember that kindness is the key to dealing with people in this type of transition. Focusing on the goal at hand instead of taking personally the stress of the situation is an important part of helping seniors during this time.

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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