How to Help an Elderly Family Member Move

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will be a senior in the next 10 years? This demographic shift is creating big waves within families. Is your family member aging?

Aging loved ones often need to move to receive the care they need. If so, you’ll probably have thought about how to best move them to live out their old age in safety and comfort.

But how do you make the move easy on yourself and your family member? Senior moving isn’t the same as other moving processes.

Keep reading for all the things to consider when relocating elderly relatives.

Communicate With Your Family Member

Moving can be emotional for your elderly family member. Don’t assume it’s obvious to them that they may need to move. If they’re struggling with falls, medical issues, they may need help.

But even if they have trouble caring for themselves, they may not want to move. Try to involve your family member in conversations about the move.

Discuss their preferred housing options. Explain why you think the move is necessary.

Moving elderly relatives can include downsizing. But it could also mean they need 24/7 assisted living facilities. Discuss finances and preferences with your loved one before the moving process.

Research Location Options

When you help with a move, weigh options. Perhaps your family member would like to live with you. Or perhaps they want to live with other elderly folks.

If they’re social, they may benefit from a place like this retirement community. You can choose from options ranging from memory care to assisted living. Many retirement communities also offer community living that is still independent.

When scouting a free-standing location, look for minimal stairs and ground floor locations. If your family member will move in with you, make sure the house is accessible for your loved one.

Do they have access to public transportation, food, and their social life from your home? If not, are there ways you can set up care visits and activities for them?

Don’t Forget the Practical Details

When planning senior moving, don’t assume it will go quickly. Give them time to downsize. You may want to help with organizing or hire someone to help them.

They’ll need time to decide what to take with them to their new place. When it comes to moving, make sure the movers are experienced with elderly folks.

They may need more time and patience for the process. If your family member uses a wheelchair or walker, make sure the movers can accommodate them.

Keep It Stress-Free With These Moving Tips

Now you’re better prepared to move your elderly family member. It can be a challenge for them, emotionally and physically. But with some forethought and planning, you’ll be prepared for the move.

You can rest easy knowing this move will keep them safe and happy. If you enjoyed this article, you can find more helpful content in our family section.

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