Moving can be a stressful time, but it can be doubly so if you need to help move your elderly loved one into a foster home or care center. This is never an easy time. Rather, it is a sensitive matter that requires great consideration and care for a number of highly emotional reasons. The following tips and guidelines should help make your move better organized and easier to handle, since the process of moving a senior member of their family may take a lot more time than usual. Let’s start with the first one on our list:
Being kind during the process.
This may seem like a logical first step, but a lot of us fail to understand the stress our elderly loved ones go through during such a trying time. You will need to be as patient as you can be so you can work together to figure out their needs and to ensure things will work out well. Be a kind soul and help them with all they require, even if some items may seem unnecessary. They may have a strong emotional attachment to certain objects and possessions. They may take comfort in including some more familiar items in their new living space as they adjust to their new surroundings.
Help them out with sorting things.
Over time, we tend to collect a lot of items and personal belongings that are not always useful to us and may need to be reviewed before moving house. Try to be as helpful as you can be and suggest that some of the items that won’t be needed may be left behind at home or in storage somewhere for safe keeping.
Take your time during packing.
You don’t want to deal with the process by rushing off and trying to pack too quickly. The sudden changes will stress your seniors. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you came home and suddenly saw most of your belongings packed up? It can be very upsetting. By taking your time and including them in the process of packing, you can avoid this situation.
Make a layout.
Prior to moving, take photos of the old rooms and make a floor plan of the new rooms if you plan to or are allowed to move some larger furniture pieces. You should know how much space you have in your new place, especially when it comes to understanding whether you can fit something there or not. Having a floor plan will help greatly in the long run and allow you to better plan a comfortable, uncluttered living space for your loved one. A layout that’s unintuitive may make your loved one feel claustrophobic or pose hazards (tripping over objects, etc.) to them as they get used to their new space.
Go easy on them.
You can start small by packing a box or two per day, allowing them to take their time and get used to the process instead of stressing them. Once they help you out, you would do well to consider going with all the items of home they loved and helping them take them along. This will help them feel the connection to you and their family instead of feeling isolated and lonely, which happens to be one of the biggest issues faced in such situations.
Be patient and try to get them involved.
This is one very important step in the process: making sure they are as comfortable as they can be with the moving process. They will likely need a good bit of time to get adjusted to their new living situation, so you would do well to give them some space and time needed to do so. Hire a moving company to take care of the entire job once you have things packed and you will have no trouble at all.
Bio: Ella A. is blogger and freelance writer with years of experience in home maintenance and interior design. She likes to write about various home related matters and to share helpful tips with her readers worldwide. Read more moving tips here: wandsworthremovals.org.uk