Category Archives: Relocating Parents


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

A Life-or-Death Decision: Your Home by Scott Burns

A Life-or-Death Decision: Your Home By Scott Burns BOERNE, Texas—Most of the people in the room have gray or white hair. I count 24 when I arrive. At 70, it isn’t often that I lower the average age when I … Continue reading

Christine Smart Receives Certificate of Achievement in Aging Sensitivity Training from the National Association of Senior Move Managers

(Hinsdale, IL – February 1, 2011) — The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) announced today that Christine Smart of Designing Moves LLC, Marion, IA, has successfully completed NASMM’s “Old Like Me” Aging Sensitivity Intensive Training and has earned … Continue reading

Senior Move Managers Help with Impossible

December 30, 2010, 10:00 am When Moving Seems Impossible By PATRICK EGAN Patricia Wendler had been trying to sell her Southport, N.C., home for four years. Just before Thanksgiving, she finally got an offer, with one major contingency: Mrs. Wendler, … Continue reading

Are You in Control of Your Stuff?

A gentle reminder that sometimes our “stuff” controls us!  Please take some time and look around your home, check your closets, drawers, end tables, night stands, the junk drawer, etc. Take one area at a time, pick up an item … Continue reading

Hidden Treasure for Independent Living

I had the opportunity today to visit Peony Park Apartments in Cedar Rapids.  This is an independent living apartment that rarely has openings due to residents staying long term.  It’s tucked unexpectedly on the Northwest side of town with a … Continue reading

A Startling Fact about Moving: Relocation Stress

You’ve just moved mom into a retirement neighborhood and she is suddenly forgetful, depressed, and can’t sleep.  You thought this was the best solution for her care and now things appear worse, what is going on?If this scenario sounds familiar … Continue reading

Designing Moves in the News

The following was in the Retirement Living guide in the April 25, 2010 Cedar Rapids Gazette. Getting back to basics Downsizing to smaller quarters can be a sentimental journey by Mary Christensen Many retirees decide to downsize their living quarters … Continue reading

The Last Word on Downsizing

The seminar at House of Hope in Cedar Rapids on Downsizing was a fantastic event.  There was a great group there and wonderful exchange of information. We covered Solomon’s view points in the Book of Ecclesiastes to get the right … Continue reading

#1 Tip for Moving Aging Parents

#1 Tip for Moving Aging Parents The time as come to discuss your concerns about safety and health with your aging parents.  They have happily lived in their home of 40 plus years.  You have a plan and are determined … Continue reading