In conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers aging in place initiative, NASMM@HOME, CHRISTINE SMART earned the NASMM@HOME Specialist designation at NASMM’s recent 2016 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
“Extensive research indicates future generations of older adults, including the population we currently serve, are less inclined to move to senior living communities in later life than the World War II/Depression era generation,” said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM’s Executive Director. “NASMM members who earn the NASMM@HOME Specialist designation can now effectively assist clients who need to move, as well as those who prefer to remain in their homes.”
According to CHRISTINE SMART, DESIGNING MOVES LLC, “Moving may not be the best decision for an older adult or aging family member right now — due to personal choice, financial considerations, etc. But they may still desire a change. Later in life, our homes can often become cluttered with our ‘stuff,’ and it’s natural to be overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of downsizing, de-cluttering, organizing, and discarding. As a NASMM@HOME Specialist, I can help older adults adapt their home for who they are now!”
As a NASMM@HOME specialist, CHRISTINE SMART assists older adults and their families with numerous downsizing and simplifying tasks in a current home. CHRISTINE SMART applies the same coordinated, compassionate downsizing and home safety techniques to help clients STAY in their home as we do to help them move.
“Senior Move Managers provide guidance, encouragement, and hands-on help,” said Buysse. “We understand the physical and emotional stresses associated with later lifestyle changes, as well as the ethical, safety, legal and communication issues that accompany working with older adults. Our focused services accomplish a great deal in very little time, so you save both time and money. The end result: You are happier with how your existing home looks and feels!”
As a NASMM@HOME Specialist, CHRISTINE SMART can help with some or all of these tasks:
- Define your vision: “Where do we begin?” We can help you prioritize what areas need work.
- Create a floor plan and repurposing your existing space so it works better for you NOW.
- Decide what will be donated, sold or discarded and execute your wishes.
- Determine your future needs by simplifying your lifestyle ~ gaining the freedom to live the life you want. (For example, the things you use daily must be in easy-to-access places.)
- Recommend and oversee home modifications.
- Provide guidance with assistive technologies.
- Explore home care maintenance concerns.
- Reduce home safety concerns and eliminate common in-home hazards.
Designing Moves LLC, an accredited member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, serves Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Eastern Iowa. The company assists with downsizing, aging-in-place measures, move planning, interior design, estate dispersal, and much more. Whether the client is downsizing in preparation for aging at home or for moving into a smaller home, or is helping their loved ones with a move or to make aging in their home safer, Designing Moves LLC provides support before, during, and after the process. As part of the full service move management process, the team receives ongoing training to insure that all services provided are appropriate to the clients’ needs and desires. Designing Moves LLC is currently in its eighth year in business.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers in the United States, Canada and abroad. NASMM is recognized for its innovative programs and expertise related to Senior Move Management, downsizing, transition, relocation and aging in place issues affecting older adults. For more information on NASMM contact 877-606-2877 or visit www.nasmm.org.