Moving your elderly friends and family needs some planning and consideration, but it is relatively straight forward with some patience and preparation.
This week, we tell you everything you need to know about helping your elderly friend or relative move house.
When you are younger, moving house is usually an exciting time, either for a job or to move to a larger property to start a family.
For the elderly, it can be a sad time, especially if they are moving to a retirement home. However nice it might be, it's normal to feel upset at the thought of leaving your home. Try and acknowledge how they are feeling and help them stay positive
Helping elderly people move house will probably take longer; physically, they are not as quick and fit as they used to be, but moving is also a stressful and overwhelming process, so give them enough time to come to terms with it.
Moving house can be overwhelming no matter what your age, and if you are helping someone elderly, it can have more of an impact on them. To make things easier, follow our moving house checklist and break down each step, ticking them off one at a time at their own pace.
Although you might have to help with organising and packing, try to avoid seeming bossy and patronising by trying to take over and make all the decisions – it's their house move, after all! They will know exactly what to take with them, so follow their direction.
Your elderly friend or family might not be aware of how the moving process works. Make sure they are aware of all their options. For instance, they might want to hire a removal company; tell them about how many quotations to get and what additional services (dismantling, packing, reassembling) could be used.
If all their items won't fit into their new property but they don't want to get rid of them, ensure they are aware of storage facilities.
When in the middle of a house move, it's easy to forget everyone that needs to be notified. Help your friend or relative by informing their friends, acquaintances, GP, and change their delivery address, to name a few.
Before packing begins, help your elderly friend or relative declutter. They might have accumulated a lot of possessions, so make sure you tackle each room, one at a time. It's a good idea to sort items into a ‘keep', ‘donate' and ‘throw' pile. A good way of deciding what to keep would be to throw or donate anything you haven't used in over six months. Of course, many items hold sentimental value, so even if there is no room at the new house, they can always put them into storage.
Removal companies make the moving house process so much easier, especially if it is an elderly person moving. They can do all the hard work for you, dismantle the furniture, pack everything up, move the boxes to the new house and then reassemble the furniture. Removal companies take most of the stress out of the equation and make moving day much more manageable – enjoyable, even!
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