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Stress free seniors moving tips

When it’s time to move into a new home, people are either super excited or apprehensive. When moving seniors from their long-time homes into an apartment or seniors living facility, we often navigate a different set of challenges, including the Senior feeling increased stress and uncertainty. We can share some seniors moving tips with you!

However, we know how to help. Here are our best seniors moving tips to minimize stress:

1. Declutter first

If the senior has lived in their current home for a while, they’ve likely accumulated a lot of stuff! The first step is to help them declutter. It can be overwhelming so start with one room at a time. Have boxes or bins ready to organize items into Keep, Sell, Repurpose, and Recycle piles. As soon as one box is full, replace it with another one. 

If the “Keep” box is getting too full, consider taking photos of some items for sentimental reflection in the future, then give away the actual item to a new family. 

2. Make a checklist

We always find that checklists keep me organized. It’s one of our favourite seniors’ moving tips too. Make a list of everything that needs to be done during the move. Organize it by when the tasks need to be done (i.e., 1-2 months, 2 weeks, 1 week, 1 day, moving day). Then you can cross off items together as they’re completed. 

If you need a moving checklist, let me know, and we can share mine to get you started. 

3. Hire help early

You will need help. Bringing in people to help with the packing, organizing, and cleaning enables you to get it done faster and safer. Get the help of friends and family, or hire a moving company, professional organizers and packers, a cleaning company, and/or a moving concierge service to coordinate it all for you. 

4. Take breaks

No matter your age, moving can take a physical and mental toll on your body. We often find this is amplified for Seniors. Spread out the moving tasks over several weeks or months rather than rushing to prepare a 2000 sqft home for moving in a week. 

Be aware of the signs of Restless Stress Syndrome, which can occur when older adults move homes. It’s characterized by non-normal feelings of anxiety, confusion, hopelessness and loneliness. Take mental health breaks often and ensure the Senior has all the help they need to make the process as stress-free as possible.

5. Pack the “essentials” suitcase(s)

Finally, ensure that the Senior has packed an “essentials” suitcase. This bag should contain everything they need for the first few days in their home, including changes of clothes, toiletries, medications, and a few comfort items. Comfort items could be a favourite blanket, knitting, books, or anything that makes them feel at home. 

We  occasionally suggest packing 1-2 small pictures of their family to put up right away in their new home. It helps many feel more comfortable in their new space as things get unpacked. 

Get more seniors moving tips and support

We know how stressful moving can be. Judie has moved over 30 times in her life! I’ve learned a few things about how to make it stress-free. Give us a call today, and let me show you how our team can help make your next move organized, effortless, and stress-free. 

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