While you consider relocating, here’s how to make a senior’s move easy: 1) choose movers who specialize in senior moving and packing for a carefree move, 2) research the pros and cons of your location options with online resources, family, and friends, and 3) downsize more than you think you should.
90% of people older than 65 (ahem, senior citizens) don’t want to move from their homes, according to stated surveys. However, when the time to move from your current home draws closer, the biggest question is where to?
It is perfectly natural to want to find a small closet in which to hide and not think about your or that of a close friend or family member’s future.
1) We have parents too, plus our fearless leader is pretty much an old guy himself, maybe just like you. So we all understand that the decision to move from a home filled with a lifetime of memories, personal meanings, and special belongings can make you, well, overwhelmed.
You don’t have to put on a brave moving face for us; we’re here for you.
We’ll even do the packing and unpacking.
Speaking of old, read our article about our company’s history ‘A History of One of The Oldest Moving Companies of London Ontario’.
See all of A-Zip Moving & Cartage Inc’s client testimonials on our Home Page and scroll to the bottom. Here’s just a few of A-Zip’s 5-Star Senior Moving Reviews:
- My older parents used this company for packing/unpacking for their move recently. They were happy with the services. A professional, friendly and hard-working group of movers and packers. They would recommend them to others 🙂 Services: Senior Moving Services, and Packing & Unpacking Services
- To this day, we remain grateful to you and your employees for having made a rather stressful experience (e.g. leaving our home after 41 years and moving to a new city after 50 years in London) a relatively easy transition. I may add that all our possessions arrived in Ottawa in good condition with nothing broken, nothing damaged. – Felix and Marilyn Atance Services: Senior Moving Services
2) What are your location options and the immediate challenges you’ll need to consider?
What are a senior’s moving options?
- Will you move closer to a family member and live in a more manageable-sized home?
- Will you down-size to a more manageable-sized home with occasional care?
- Will you research assisted living/ retirement facilities?
- Will you choose a long-term care home/ nursing home?
Many of us, as we age, choose more vacations, family visits, and less house and yard work which means it may be time to consider moving. However, moving doesn’t have to feel like a chore or a negative option; the best time to decide to move is when you have lots of energy and look forward to a change.
To help you look forward to your change, read our article ‘6 Great Things About Moving to a New Place’.
Choosing where to move to, depends on your current state. If you are dealing with a chronic condition, mental health, or mobility concerns, you must put in place some safeguards for yourself or your family members. It may mean the difference between maintaining your independence at home with some occasional personal support or care or opting instead for the more varied services offered at an assisted living retirement facility. Many types of facilities exist with people just like you living there.
There are no regulations of services provided at assisted living retirement facilities, simply meaning that different facilities offer different services. Please do your research for your requirements and make sure you reach out to anyone who has found a retirement facility with which they are enormously happy.
In the same way, researching a long-term care facility can be a time-consuming and stressful process. Just put one foot in front of the other; the thorough legwork you do now will pay off for your and your family’s future.
Here is the Canadian government’s site for all things seniors. Below is a small sampling of the pages you’ll find very helpful.
- The Safe Living Guide– A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors is a Canadian government handbook that provides helpful information for anyone considering remaining in their home. Tips for preventing falls by readapting your home, tracking medications, staying healthy and active, checklists, and valuable aids will provide plenty of advice.
- Caregiving Support is a Canadian government benefit program that provides (Employment Insurance) EI while you’re away from work caring for a critically ill close friend or family member.
- Housekeeping, laundry assistance, group activities, wound dressing, overnight service, medication help, or even meal delivery.
It’s a great time to be ageing. Look a young person straight in the eye while holding some cookies and ask them to help navigate the incredible number of paid or government-funded services available to anyone wishing to remain at home. (Or pull up your laptop)
- The Little Black Book of Scams/ 2nd Edition is brought to us by the Canadian government and has numerous helpful ways you can help yourself or someone you love to keep from getting scammed. PDF format for downloading and printing is provided in several languages (alphabetically): Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog.
3) Downsize by using an online auction service that will sell and disperse your unwanted items for you.
You can certainly choose to sell your things on online platforms yourself; keep in mind to start early. Decide at least two months prior what you’ll take with you, donate, throw away, and sell. Allow at least two months to sell all of it; self-online selling is not for the impatient of you.
- Even though we should be environmentally conscious, try to be realistic about your stuff. It is never a wrong decision to park a large garbage rental bin in your driveway for oversized items. Dining room tables, extra bed sets, and large living room furniture pieces can find life elsewhere or be thrown away. More compact pieces of furniture will make your new digs feel bigger, and a refresh is always fun.
- Call an online auction service early. They can advise you regarding the saleability of your possessions. These companies will sell, organize, and disperse your unwanted items in place, and people will come to your home for pickup under their watch.
- Community auction houses are much less interested in generally old furniture than they once were. Even though we call it antique furniture, they won’t accept it if it is viewed as behind the times and not sellable to younger people.
- Take memorable photos of your special collections and disperse the actual displays. Unless someone has shown genuine interest, assume your children and grandchildren will not want your collections since life is moving toward minimalism.
- Give it to ‘em now. Don’t wait for the reading of the will, instead, tell your grandchildren you’re having a party that starts with a day of family packing and ends with a day of family memories and legacy stories. You’ll discover what things they may want to be left to them, and you can delight now in their enjoyment of these special things.
As we’ve learned, rolling with the changes life puts in front of us, is best handled with help from the people who care the most about us.
As busy as life is, help may be better distributed by leaving the packing and unpacking of your possessions to companies that do a pretty good job of filling in for, and sometimes better than, a trusted family member.
Call A-Zip Moving & Cartage Inc to get a head-start on your move at (519) 659 6672 or Request a Quote here.
We are moving specialists serving the London Ontario area, and we travel to (almost) wherever your new life takes you.