Moving is a difficult procedure when you’re young, so imagine how challenging it is when you are a senior citizen and you can no longer move as agilely as you did in your youth. Not to mention, as you get older you develop a set routine and it becomes harder to adapt to change. If you are helping Seniors Move or elderly adult in their advanced years move in the Chicago area, check out some of these tips to make the transition an easier experience for everyone.
It’s important to explain to your senior citizen what is happening. It is imperative to tell them that they are moving several months ahead of time so they can become accustomed to the idea. It may be a new apartment, or a new house, or an assisted living facility. Whatever it is, it is most likely different from what their current living arrangement is. Walk them through what living in their new place is going to be like. Also explain to them what is going to happen on moving day. Once the movers come in everything will be happening quickly. This might be overwhelming for the elderly if they do not know what is going on. Also, it gives them a semblance of control over this change. They will be able bring up some ideas of specific needs that you can keep in mind.
It’s always smart to start packing early. It gives you more time to sort through your stuff and decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away. After living for so long, it is very likely that things pile up. It will take a while for your senior to get through all the clutter they have collected throughout the years. Starting early is especially vital if they are moving to a smaller location. A lot is going to have to be thrown out, donated, or stored away.
If your senior citizen is not on some sort of medication then he or she is very healthy and I applaud his/her health. Unfortunately, as the body ages the need for medication arises and it is more likely than not that your older adult has a cocktail of pills they need to take every day. Keep the medication with you. Pill bottles can be easily lost in mess that is moving and packing and you don’t want to be ripping open boxes if an emergency happens. Also, check out the new area before the move. Find out where the local drugstores and doctors are. Once your elderly person has properly moved in, you can show them where to fill out their prescriptions and the way to the doctor’s office for appointments.
Who Are Your Movers?
Who your movers are can be very important. Let them meet the workers and talk to them. It will help any anxiety they have about strangers handling their things. They can also help with reassuring your senior citizen by explain their procedures. Most importantly, do not let your older adult do any heavy lifting. They are at greater risk for serious injury, so avoid the possibilities of any broken bones or dislocated joints by letting the movers do their job.
It’ll Be Okay
Everyone needs reassurance sometimes and that goes for the elderly as well. The flurry of activity on moving day will most likely overwhelm them. Stay by their side and make sure they are okay. Comfort them when you need to and talk them through what is going on. Half the panic is usually a result of not knowing.
The Professionals Moving Specialists
Here at The Professionals Moving Specialists, customer service is our number one priority. We understand the stress of moving and it is our job to make it as minimal as possible. We will work with you and your senior citizen so that the experience will be as comfortable as possible. We can help pack and unpack your items and we will coordinate every step of the process with you. With multiple awards and great yelp reviews under our belt, you know we are the movers you want when you are moving in the Chicago area.