A long-distance move is a stressful undertaking, and it’s even more difficult for seniors who may have mobility issues and may be fearful of big changes. If you are helping your elderly parent or loved one with an upcoming long-distance move, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect. In today’s post, Busy Buddies, your professional senior move managers, discusses how to make a long-distance move less stressful for you and your loved one.
Address Your Elderly Loved One’s Concerns
The prospect of moving away from the home they’ve lived in for many years is often very difficult for elderly people to accept. Although it’s to their benefit, they might think you’re sending them away simply because you can’t take care of them anymore. Instead, help them understand that moving isn’t to get rid of them, but to give them the freedom to live their life the way they want. Address their concerns and always be positive and supportive.
Before the actual date, be sure to declutter your home. When you’re organizing and packing, get rid of items that your senior won’t use again. If they have a sentimental attachment to certain items, encourage them to bring those items to their new home (within reason). For items that are too bulky to keep, suggest that they pass them along to another family member. They will likely be more receptive to the idea of “imparting” an heirloom to someone who will appreciate it.
Get to Know the New Location
It’s also a good idea to acquaint your elderly relative with their new home before they move in. The fear of moving stems from fear of the unknown, especially if the area is completely new to them. Before the actual move, we recommend giving them a tour of the new place. Even just a day of roaming around the area will help them become more familiar with their new neighborhood.
Finally, enlist the aid of professional senior move managers like us. At Busy Buddies, our name is synonymous with moving seniors. We simplify challenging relocations. Get in touch with us now at (703) 682-0033. We assisting customers throughout Arlington, VA, and the surrounding areas.