While Helping Older Retirees Move isn’t a typical topic you would read about on this site I thought it might be helpful since many in the Sandwich Generation are in this situation Thanks to Jackie Waters of Hyper Tidy for creating the article
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Helping Older Retirees Move
No matter your age, moving is a stressful time, and seniors often feel even higher levels of anxiety about moving. It’s difficult to move heavy items and pack and unpack at an older age. It’s also hard to leave their old home and possession behind. If you’re helping an elder relative or friend move, you might want to consider the following thoughts.
Even healthy young people can injure themselves while lifting heavy boxes and furniture. The elderly are often at a higher risk of injury because of limited mobility, weaker muscles, and brittle bones. Bulky items, such as couches, beds, dressers and full boxes get heavy. Unpacking requires a lot of bending and moving about. Furthermore, everything has to be moved twice. When you are helping older retirees move it’s important to protect them from injury.
Hiring a Professional
When choosing a professional, the most important step is checking their reputation. Find out how fair their rates are, how carefully they handle possessions, and their level of friendliness and concern.
Ask a few key questions, such as how long they’ve been in business and if they’re licensed and insured. If you can’t find reviews online, ask for letters of recommendation. You’ll also want to find out exactly what the rates include. Will they give you a better rate if you move on a Tuesday as opposed to a Saturday?
Ensure that movers will wrap and protect furniture. Ask how many movers will be on the job, how long it will take, and if you’ll be charged if they go over the time prediction. Also, ask if they measure doorways and stairways in advance, and be sure to take photos of the doorways and stairways in case of damage.
Know that movers aren’t the only professionals seniors will want to consider hiring for their move. If they have a pet, it’s a good idea to hire a pet sitter for moving day. Moving can be stressful for pets and it will be best not to have them underfoot as the movers load and unload belongings.
Elders might also want to hire a professional housecleaner to make their old home ready for the new residents and clean their new home before occupancy. These professionals will require extra expense, but the peace of mind that will bring will make a big difference.
The New Home
Try to unpack as much as possible on the first day of arrival to make the person more comfortable. Familiar items are more comforting than cardboard boxes. Perhaps you can pick two rooms where the person will spend the majority of his or her time and unpack those rooms first.
When helping a senior move, be sure you plan ahead to make the move and transition into the new home as smooth and comfortable as possible. Hiring professional help and unpacking strategically are important steps, but also just being there to comfort them and offer emotional support will mean the world to them.