Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
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
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.
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
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
weight might be required over time
- some may not feel up for heavy liftingg etc., which could result in injury if
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
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.
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!
About the Authors
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