One of life’s most stressful activities is traveling and moving. Seniors may encounter additional stress as a result of health problems, financial concerns, or simply leaving the home they’ve known for much of their lives. Downsizing is the most common cause for seniors to relocate. Extra bedrooms and baths become a burden rather than a privilege for any woman, couple, or family at some point. Let’s take a look at some of the living options available to seniors, along with a checklist for each. We’re hoping that having a well-organized and well-thought-out strategy would help the transition go more smoothly.
What are your plans for the future?
There is accommodation to accommodate a wide variety of senior needs. Here are some specific things to think about for each form of living arrangement.
The services offered by assisted living facilities vary. Find out what is included in the price and what suits your lifestyle before settling on certain living arrangements.
- Do you have a laundry room?
- Are they able to provide transportation?
- Does the apartment come with furniture?
- Is there a refrigerator and appliances in it?
- Do you have access to meals, either in your apartment or in a dining room?
Moving in with family can be a great experience and the ideal arrangement, but only if you prepare ahead.
- Do you have a kitchen of your own?
- Have an open and frank conversation with your family about privacy, pets, schedules, and everything else that can help everyone set goals.
- Is your home divided or do you live as a single family?
- Would you need to buy or carry furniture?
For seniors, independent living is becoming a more viable choice. Many aspects must be considered in order for this living arrangement to be successful.
- How much would you need in renter’s insurance?
- Are pets allowed in the house if you have them?
- Do you need the services of a friend, aide, or other assistance, such as cleaning or cooking?
- Do you have access to your own vehicle, and does your home have parking?
- Does the apartment building have a doorman and an elevator if you’re moving in?
Add these things to your moving plan checklist, regardless of which living option you select.
As soon as your dates are set, hire a moving company. – To prepare for downsizing, measure rooms and search closet space.
- Make monetary contributions
- Think about storage options.
- Make the most of the chance to share nostalgic things with your loved ones.
- Sell any valuables you won’t be able to take with you.
Is your new home open to people with disabilities?
- Bathtub with a door
- An escalator
- Building elevator
- Accessibility for people in wheelchairs
Buy any accessibility products and get them mounted as soon as possible after you move in.
Hire a packacking company if you can, but if you’re doing it yourself:
- Start with rooms and things that aren’t used often, such as the basement, spare bathroom, and guest space (s).
- Fill an open first box with things like drugs and everything else you’ll need for your first night in your new place.
- Invite family and friends to a “pizza packing party.”
- Mark packed boxes with not only the room number, but also the contents. When you move into your new home, this will make things a lot easier.
If you’re relocating a long distance, you will need to find new professionals:
- Dentists and doctors
- A prosecutor
- An Accountant
- Financial and bank advisor
Would you be carrying a pet? Make arrangements for your furry family to be watched by a friend or a local boarder on moving day.
Take some time to get acclimated while you’re settling in. You’ll need some fun distractions from unpacking. Take a look at your neighborhood. Look for places that suit your requirements. Make a note of their address and phone number.
- Post office
- Senior center
- Salon or barber
- Place of worship
- Grocery or specialty store (do they carry your favorite products?)
- Restaurant (do they have take-out or deliver?)
Enjoy yourself once you’ve gotten used to your new surroundings. Make plans to visit a museum, see a Broadway play, or dine at a recommended restaurant if you’re new to a city (or even if you aren’t). This is why you want to live here in the first place!
Give WowMover a call for a free estimate if you or a senior family member are planning a move in the area. Our team’s experience can help to relieve the tension and uncertainty that comes with traveling. With years of moving experience, we manage unforeseen obstacles as gracefully as smooth-running movements, and we have a guaranteed moving price for your peace of mind.
Choosing whether to hold, give away, or sell is one of the most challenging aspects of downsizing. WowMover provides climate-controlled long and short-term storage for your convenience. We’ll store your belongings safely so you can make these crucial decisions later after you’ve moved into your new home.
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