EXPERTISE, SECURITY AND EMPATHY
Anytime I am invited to help an elderly person make a transition, my goal isn’t limited to ensuring a smooth moving day, even though that is an important part of my job. No, my ultimate goal is to secure the person’s best opportunity for continued happiness.
To do that, I do more than ensure the safe handling of a person’s possessions. I strive to ensure that the place they are moving to is right for them. Then I do my best to lighten their load before, during and after the move.
Are you feeling listless? Headachy? Not yourself? Maybe the temperature is getting to you.
It’s especially easy for seniors, who are more susceptible to heat stroke, to overdo it on long, sunny days.
You nip out for a walk around the block but, feeling marvelous, turn the 10-minute leg warmer into an hour-long trek. Or you pause to pull a single weed, then find yourself immersed in a serious gardening session. And I bet you’re caught without a hat. Or sunscreen.
Estate dispersal can be a real worry. Or, worse, it can provoke long-lasting rifts within families. The good news? It doesn’t have to.
Moving late in life is a golden opportunity to take stock of precious possessions and decide who will inherit them when the time comes.
DO AN INVENTORY
You’ve pulled a lifetime of possessions out of furniture, cupboards, and drawers in preparation for moving. It’s the ideal time to do an inventory: as you proceed, jot down a list of all valuables, or snap pictures of them.
In the last blog, I talked about how confidence and whether or not you feel lonely are important to know when deciding where to move when your home becomes too much. In this blog, I tackle three other key factors when deciding where to live: your health, needs, and finances.
3. Health. Your state of health today and in the foreseeable future can greatly affect your choice. Perhaps you have a degenerative disease, or anticipate requiring more and more help with day-to-day tasks as you age.
Be realistic. To stay independent, at some point you will have to accept outside help. For a residence, the services provided must meet your needs.
What’s most important for the elderly? Security, whether staying in the home, or downsizing to an apartment or residence. Security is number one with me. The person has to be safe — and to feel safe — in their environment.
People between 75 and 95 years old often ask me this question: I am so comfortable at home, do I have to move? What should I do? Where should I go?
It’s important for me to share with readers of this blog the fruit of my six years of experience handling 300 home transitions so far. Seniors and their loved ones want and need more information on different aspects of these transitions, and I want to help smooth the way. Read more