#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 to take action.
Let me share with you some information from our National Association of Senior Move Manager (NASMM) Conference.
Loss of Control
Most likely your parents will not want to move and when you begin to badger them with facts and figures of why they need to move they will stop listening to you. One important fact to consider is the older adult hates the loss of control they are seeing in their life at this moment. They will do all that they can to maintain control of what they have left – their home. I urge you to ask questions and listen carefully to get an understanding of how they might feel about the situation rather than making requests that will fall on deaf ears. In some situations the best choice is to stay in the home with some modifications. There are amazing options for aging in place. On the other hand the best choice might be moving to the retirement community in the neighborhood. Communities offer a wide range of personalized care and services. Allow your parents to consider the options and choices available.
Importance of a Story
Older adults want to feel that they have a legacy to leave behind, it’s very important to listen to their stories and allow them the privilege of telling it again. Whether there is a move in the future or a need for modification of the home, downsizing of the possessions is inevitable. It is easy for the older adult to part with items if they feel their story has been told.
The #1 tip for helping a parent through the transition of a move is to ask for qualified help. A Senior Move Manager who is a member of NASMM will guide you through the process as you help as much or as little as you want. As a member of NASMM the Senior Move Manager will have insurance, recommendations, and the tools to help your family with an effortless move for Mom and Dad. One of the fascinating aspects of the NASMM Conference is meeting Senior Move Mangers from all over the United States and Canada. This network of people eases out of state transitions for families by giving peace of mind that help on both ends of the move will be of the same qualifications.
Whether you are moving your parents out of state, around the corner, or helping them to age in place find a member of NASMM to help you sort through the options and reduce YOUR stress.