The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers and, as such, is the best place for you to find one. NASMM is recognized for its innovative programs and expertise related to senior move management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults.
The association helps seniors find a senior move manager for those seniors who are looking to downsize.
Interiors for Seniors is NASMM accredited. For more information, visit http://www.nasmm.org/
Moving is a stressful moment for any age group, but seniors can have an arduous physical and emotional journey while embarking a new step in life.
Here are a couple of tips to make moving for seniors a bit better:
1. Be kind- This may seem like a given. However, when helping to sort and pack their things, keep in mind that their eyesight and an inability to do everything they used to do can result in poor housekeeping habits. Instead of commenting, offer to clean as you pack and try not to criticize.
2. Help sort. Like all of us, seniors tend to keep things they don’t necessarily need or will ever use. Be gentle when suggesting to get rid of possessions. Ask them if they use the item and if they would mind if you donate it. If it’s a treasure or something they’d like to keep but the new space can’t accommodate it, suggest keeping it in the family by giving it to a grandchild or another sibling. It’s often easier to give away items if they’re are going to a good home.
3. Take pictures of the inside of their home. As close as possible, try to place objects in a similar way so that their new home will feel very much like the old one. Be as detailed as you can from arranging the bedroom furniture to placing the family pictures on the bureau. This will help make the new place feel like home.
4. Obtain a room layout of their new place. Find out before you move, how much space the new place has. If you’re parents are moving from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom condo, then together you’ll need to decide what will fit and how much can be kept. Again, offer to keep the pieces they can’t move or try to keep them in the family if possible.
5. Start small. Take a day to spend with your parents to talk about the move and what to expect. Give them small tasks to do such as going through a desk drawer or a box from the attic. Ask them to spend only 15 to 20 minutes a day on one task. Let them decide what they’d like to do and what they might find hard to do. Taking small steps will help your parents get used to the idea of moving.
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