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Helping Your Aging Parents Move

Follow These Simple Steps

Photo of elderly couple standing outside a home with boxes in their hands.

Many aging adults have lived in their homes for much of their adult life and even if they have not, moving them can be difficult. As you likely realize, the process of helping your aging parents move to a smaller home or retirement facility can be upsetting for everyone involved. Here are some simple steps you can take in order to make this process easier on the entire family.

The Conversation

It’s important to have this conversation as early as possible, so you can have an idea of what your parents want before the need becomes too immediate. Tell them that you realize the house requires a lot of maintenance and that you would like for them to not have to keep up with the physical and financial burdens. They may have a significant amount of equity built up in their home that would help to provide them with a comfortable new home.

Have your parents identify early on which items mean the most to them that they want to hold onto. They may want to use this time to divvy up which items they would like family to have.

Let them address their concerns and desires. This should be a conversation that you have more than once in order to slowly break in the idea of downsizing if they are upset about the topic.

Show Alternatives

There are many options for your parents to choose from when it comes to the type of assistance they need. Personal safety, social interaction and health management are all areas that need to be met in their new home, no matter what level of care they need. Ideally, the aging adult should be the one to make the decision of where they want to live. Take them on tours to a variety of places. If they are struggling to complete their activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, laundry, cleaning) you may want to show them layouts of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Once they have decided on a place to stay, you can begin planning the move.

Bring in Reinforcements

The transition will be much easier on everyone when they are surrounded by loved ones. There typically is a lot to do to prepare the home for the big move. They can help go through belongings as well as reminisce with your parents to help ease in the emotional stress that occurs.

Another reinforcement you can utilize is CarePro Health Services. Our team will help seniors and their families evaluate their current residence and prepare them for each step of the transition process as they move to their new residence. This can help you to focus on your parents and let us handle the heavy stressors like paperwork, organization and managing the move.

Allow your parents to be comfortable with their move by giving them an extra hand. If you’re looking for a smooth transition, CarePro’s Senior Transitions will help seniors and their families evaluate their current residence and prepare them for each step of the transition process as they move to their new residence.

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