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Moving is a big deal for anyone, but seniors can sometimes face particularly difficult challenges when relocating. They often require some additional assistance when it comes to packing, moving, and even unpacking. Copperstate Moving offers many services, and our movers have experience in helping seniors move that we can share with our readers.
Our professionals understand that as we age, we tend to accumulate more belongings and other items that can take up space. When it comes to moving, we always recommend trying to comb through all of your belongings and possibly having a pre-move garage sale to help clear up some clutter. On top of that, our team has put together some tips to consider when helping seniors move.
There are a few things to keep in mind, like planning, packing, the distance, and more, for moving seniors. Check out the tips from our Arizona Moving Company below.
Having a moving checklist and a plan will help keep you and your family members organized. It will also help keep the move on an efficient timeline for the seniors and for those helping. The earlier you plan, the better. Here is a rundown of how far out from the move you should plan:
As we mentioned before, downsizing is a great way to make packing and moving easier. Get the rest of the family involved in the downsizing process to see if there are any antiques or other vintage items another member might want to hold on to. It can be a challenging process for seniors, so having the family involved and having them possibly keep some of the items that can’t make the move is nice.
Seeing the floor plan and knowing the exact measurements is very beneficial when helping seniors move. It will allow them, and you, to see how much of their stuff can fit, if the furniture is going to work, and if they will have enough space to move around without any hazards in the way. If you are hiring residential movers, then having the floor plan will have the movers understand where certain boxes and furniture will go in the new home.
Some packing help for seniors would be to pack one room at a time. It will keep the items needed for each room together and more organized. Start with the larger items in the room, like sofas, chairs, beds, dressers, and tables. Once that is done, then it is time to bring in the boxes and pack up everything else. Make sure each box is properly labeled, so those helping or the movers know where to put the boxes.
Moving can take a toll on people both mentally and physically. It is important to know how much you and the seniors can handle in a day without being too exhausted or overworked. Starting earlier on a moving day can help get a head start, and if you work a little bit each day, then it will still be efficient work without it being too much. Some seniors can experience Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS) during a move which can lead to depression, anxiety, and confusion. This condition is especially common if it is a senior citizen moving out of state. Make sure everyone gets plenty of rest and is aware of their feelings and stress levels throughout the process.
Unpacking can take some time, so it will be beneficial to pack an essential bag of the things you will need right away. This should include some clothes, daily medications, and toiletries.
If you have any further questions about our moving tips or services, contact us today. Our team is here to help.
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