Moving to a new home is hard on anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for seniors. “Elderly Transfer Trauma” is a real condition caused by moving that seniors who are afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are more susceptible to. Today, the elderly moving services providers at Busy Buddies explain everything you need to know about Elderly Transfer Trauma.
Observe the senior members of your household during caring transitions to see if they’re exhibiting symptoms such as sadness, anger, depression, anxiety, combativeness, withdrawal and isolation, screaming, poor appetite, sleeplessness or nausea. These symptoms can stem from fear of moving to a new environment as well as the loss of control. Studies show that a senior’s mortality rate can triple if Elderly Transfer Trauma isn’t treated immediately.
Thankfully, it is possible to prevent your senior members from suffering from Elderly Transfer Trauma with a few simple steps. First, involve them in the decision making so they don’t feel like they’re losing control, and provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and voice out their concerns. Second, honor their preferences as much as possible and try to maintain their daily routine during the moving process.
Other prevention steps include safeguarding their possessions, involving them in the set up of their new home, making the new home resemble the old one as much as possible and helping them adjust to their new surroundings.
Need someone to help you declutter your home? Simply turn to the pros of Busy Buddies, Inc., your number one service provider when it comes to your moving and packing needs. Give us a call at (703) 628-0033 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve homeowners in McLean, VA, and other nearby areas.