Moving an elderly family member can be a challenging and emotional experience for both the senior and their loved ones. Whether it is a move to a smaller home, a senior living community, or a long-term care facility, it is important to plan ahead and approach the process with patience, sensitivity, and understanding.
Here are some tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible:
Start the conversation early: It is important to involve the senior in the decision-making process and to give them time to adjust to the idea of moving. Start the conversation early and be open and honest about the reasons for the move. Listen to their concerns and feelings and try to address them as best as you can.
Create a plan: Once the decision has been made to move, create a detailed plan that outlines the steps involved in the move. This should include tasks such as sorting and packing belongings, arranging for movers, and setting up the new living space. Include all family members in creating the plan so no one feels left out.
Sort and downsize: Moving to a smaller home or senior living community may require downsizing. Help the senior sort through their belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or sell. This can be a difficult process, so be patient and supportive.
Hire professional movers: Moving heavy furniture and boxes can be difficult for seniors, so consider hiring professional movers to handle the heavy lifting. Make sure to choose a reputable company that has experience with senior moves.
Set up the new living space: Before the move, take measurements of the new living space and plan where furniture and belongings will go. Once at the new location, help the senior get settled in and make sure they are comfortable and familiar with their new surroundings.
Stay connected: Moving can be a lonely experience for seniors, so make sure to stay connected with them before and after the move. This can be through phone calls, visits, or video chats. Encourage them to get involved in activities or social groups at their new location to help them make new friends.
Moving an elderly family member can be a difficult and emotional experience, but with careful planning and sensitivity, it can be a positive step towards a better quality of life. Remember to involve the senior in the decision-making process, create a detailed plan, and stay connected throughout the move.
If you have any questions or need assistance making a plan for the transition, feel free to reach out!
Ann-Marie Copping (604) 992-7086
*Ann- Marie has recently helped her 88 year old Mother move to Tapestry at Westbrook Village, UBC.