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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

9 Tips to Move with a Senior Citizen

Komal Shah

Moving can be challenging for anyone, but it is tough if you are a senior citizen. The process of moving from one home to another is often an easy task for those in their 20s and 30s, but not so much for seniors. Many things need to be considered when planning the move with this demographic. This article will discuss nine tips that will help make your move as smooth as possible.

Plan using Blueprint of your New House

When it comes to your new home, you will need to plan well. One of the things that seniors should do is have a blueprint before they start packing up their old house. You might even want to sketch out what furniture would go in which room and where all the appliances are going so there won't be any surprises when the movers come over. When designing your blueprint, make sure that:

There's enough space for walkways or wheelchair ramps (if necessary)

You can reach anything on high shelves without climbing onto chairs or ladders.

All outlets are easy to see and access with cords wrapped around them.

Any potential obstacles like stairs, steep drop-offs, thresholds, blind corners, etc., are marked on the blueprint.

There are no tripping hazards like rugs, furniture, or string lights.

All windows and doors have good locks on them.

Senior couple take a coffee break from moving their furniture

Downsize on Excess Things

When you move with senior citizens, you need to classify necessary and unnecessary things as they are used to living with less and may not want excess items. So, it is best to have a garage sale or donate things that won't be needed any longer; you can also sell them online if they're in good condition.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

It is not uncommon for seniors to become overwhelmed with the process of moving. Even if they are excited about this new chapter in their life, it can be hard on them emotionally and physically. It's best to hire a professional company providing senior moving services who will come by and pack up all your belongings, so you don't have to worry about filling boxes or sorting through items that need donations. They also know how certain fragile things may be due to age, making everything easier when unpacking!

Hire a Junk Removal Company

If you are moving with senior citizens, then it is best to hire a junk removal company. They will come and take away all the unwanted items, such as old electronics, furniture, appliances, etc. so that your house doesn't become cluttered. It may also be cheaper in the long run if you hire them to do this than hiring movers who charge by weight.

Rent a Storage Unit

While you are moving with senior citizens and have many items that still need to be stored, this is an option. If the house has enough room, it may not be necessary, but if there isn't space for all your belongings, renting a storage unit will allow more time to find a new location.

Make a list of Family Members who can help

When moving with senior citizens, it is essential to have a list of family members or friends who can help. They will be able to assist in the packing, unpacking, and transporting of items from your old home to your new one. This process will make things easier on both yourself and the senior citizen as they won't need to do all this themselves but instead supervise while others do their bidding. The person hired for each task should know what needs doing so that there is no confusion about how much lifting weight might be required over time - some may not feel up for heavy liftingg etc., which could result in injury if ignored.

Arrange for Travel

The next thing to think about is how the senior citizen will get from their old home to the new one. This could be done by car or a hired transport company, but if there are stairs involved, it may be better to hire professional movers and assistants who can give 24-hour emergency services in case of accidents like falls. It's also worth looking into whether they have a mobility scooter which would make the process much easier as you move them around with ease and don't need assistance for every small task/movement.

Find a New Doctor

Before moving, one thing to think about is how the senior citizen will find a new doctor in their new home? This may be not easy if they are not proficient with online services or computers. The best option is to get recommendations from other people in your area who can vouch for the quality of service and experience, plus it's always worth checking reviews on sites like Yelp! which give personal accounts of what life was like a patient there.

Arrange your New Home

When you move into your new home, the house must be set up with accommodations specifically tailored to meet all of your parent's needs. You can do many things to make this transition easier and more comfortable, such as installing an electric stair lift outside the front door so they don't have to struggle to get in or out of bed on their own, wiring night lights throughout the property. Hence, there's less risk for falls in low-lit areas like bathrooms, adding a stool inside shower tub walls when entering them from sitting down position (to avoid slipping), ensuring safety rails have been placed wherever someone might fall over easily - including kitchens where pots and pans may be left strewn.

Final Thoughts

You and your loved one will have a much easier transition by properly preparing for the move. We recommend you prep their new home before they arrive to make things even more seamless!

To help ease your loved ones into this change, we recommend prepping their new home in advance and getting them involved with packing boxes or bringing items down from high shelves so that it doesn't feel too daunting. Best of luck on moving day - happy moving!

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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