Maybe you’ve had an inclination for a while that you your parents needed to be closer to you. Perhaps they have a chronic disease like diabetes and you wonder and worry about how they’re maintaining their health. Or maybe it’s something simpler like a bad snow storm where they live and you’re concerned about them maneuvering in the snow. Whatever the impetus may be, when the time actually does come to move your older loved ones closer to you, it can be an intimidating prospect. In order to make moving your parents a little bit easier, consider a few helpful moving tips for seniors that can make the process easier on everyone.
Discuss Moving With Loved Ones & Making a Plan to Downsize
First talk to your seniors about the move. Remember they are still adults and have spent their lives taking care of you so this switch in dynamic may require some adjustment. Tailor the conversation around explaining the benefits of their living closer to you.
Downsizing your home at any age takes a lot of work and downsizing for seniors can be even more difficult as they consider the idea of a “last” move. Assure them that the relocation will be handled thoughtfully and that both the memories and material things they are leaving behind will be honored.
If you need a little help organizing, consider the services of senior move managers who specialize in helping seniors downsize. Professionals in this quickly expanding industry offer assistance to your parents at every stage of the move, from packing, to scheduling movers, to gameday execution. When it comes to seniors moving, these are the experts! If you’re far away, you’ll probably find comfort knowing the day to day preparation for the move isn’t all on the shoulders of your parents.
Tips for Making a Smooth Transition
Second try to ease the transition from the old living space to the new. Make the home sale as seamless as possible. For the closing for instance consider a lawyer with limited power of attorney that can facilitate a remote closing process and prevent your parents having to travel back and forth.
On the other end of the move, if your parents aren’t going to be physically living with you, be sure to research granny pods, senior living communities and apartments to figure out what will be the right fit for your loved one.
Arrangements for Health Benefits in a New State
Third be sure to figure out the requirements of moving to another state, especially in regards to healthcare benefits like Medicare. More than just registering a change of address with the government, you should ensure your parents will remain in a coverage area and be eligible for benefits. During a move is also a great time to explore Medicare’s special election period (if eligible) and ensure the new costs will be the same as the old costs. Keep in mind all other relevant paperwork, as well.
Finally, if at all possible start conversations around each of these topics as early as you can, so that the idea can sink in before it becomes a necessity. Moving seniors doesn’t have to be traumatic, especially with preemptive planning.