Category Archives: Moving Aging Parents


A Visit Home

NOTE: This article has been posted before. We felt it was an appropriate time to update it to reflect changing trends and post the new, improved model. Enjoy! If you were home for the holidays to visit Mom and Dad, … Continue reading

NASMM celebrates Certified Senior Move Managers during National Recognition Week, May 8 – 14, 2016

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared May 8-14, 2016 National Senior Move Managers Week. During this recognition week, NASMM is proud to recognize Christine Smart as a Senior Move Manager~Certified (SMM~C). The SMM~C designation is the … Continue reading

Help! I Need to Clean out Mom’s House

…..and I live out of state!  This scenario is becoming more common with a growing trend of older adults who have lived in their homes for decades and their children and grandchildren now live out of state. The good news … Continue reading

Why should anyone care about our Accreditation? (Or… What’s in it for me?)

Many of our clients don’t know about our NASMM A+ Accreditation.  We are pretty modest folks, but we really should brag about being accredited, and especially about what it means to our clients. To become accredited Designing Moves LLC had … Continue reading

Really Helping Mom and Dad with their Move

In the six years we have helped people move and downsize we have a seen a variety of family dynamics. Thus, this article has been weaving itself together for quite some time in my head. Sometimes the most well-meaning offspring … Continue reading

Circle of Service Awarded to Designing Moves LLC

  PRESS RELEASE         DESIGNING MOVES LLC Receives The National Association of Senior Move Managers Circle of Service Designation     CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – MARCH 17, 2014 –  DESIGNING MOVES LLC has been awarded the Circle of … Continue reading

A Visit Home

If you were home for the holidays to visit Mom and Dad, you may have noticed some changes.  They may seem fine on the phone, but a visit home often tells us things aren’t as good as we thought they … Continue reading

Dismantling the Nest

After settling Mr. and Mrs. Jones into their new home, we made our way back to their former residence to continue liquidation of the items left behind. Often the most trivial things in this world grab my attention, and they … Continue reading

Should I Move or Downsize?

The thoughts have danced across your mind… “Should I really move? Maybe we should downsize? Some of this stuff just has to go?” Those thoughts are quickly pushed aside with the reality of seeing too much stuff to deal with. … Continue reading

Survey: Most Baby Boomers Lack a Plan to Care for Parents

The survey of 600 adults ages 45 to 65, conducted for the HomeInstead Senior Care network, also found: • 31% don’t know how many medications their parents take. • 34% don’t know whether their parents have a safe deposit box … Continue reading