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Supporting Seniors When They're Not Ready For Assisted Living, Part 2

Posted on Sat, May 19, 2018

Supporting Seniors When They're Not Ready For Assisted Living, Part 2

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To see part one of this two-part series, click here.

Why are Seniors Scared to Move?

For many seniors, their ambivalence about downsizing is the sheer anxiety they feel when they think about compressing a lifetime into a small apartment. The first wave of Baby Boomers are retired now, and they were the last generation to stay put and raise families in one house. So when they're looking at moving, it's something that they haven't done for fifty years and is understandably overwhelming. 

You can ease a lot of their worry with some simple planning ahead. Even with senior communities popping up like mushrooms, waiting lists range from six weeks to a few years. This waiting period not only gives seniors time to accept their new community, but also allows them to figure out what to do with all their stuff at their own pace. 

Easing the Anxiety Over Assisted Living

Here's the trick to no-anxiety downsizing--take your time and share the fun. 

Work out with other family members how you're going to split packing and moving duties. This is the time to discuss which pieces will be handed down and to whom, and when the recipient will take possession. Don't get greedy and ask to have the china right away - be respectful of your parents and assume they will be enjoying the good stuff for years to come. If you've got siblings or family who can't come and pick up the items they want, coordinate packing and shipping those things with your movers or contact a shipping company. 

This is also the time to figure out what you'll wind up donating, or if an estate sale is in order. You really won't know about the estate sale until you're closer to the move, but go ahead and interview a few companies and tentatively get on their schedules. Online estate sales are a huge part of that industry these days; if you're not in a large city it might be a good option. For the rest of the stuff, there's good news--most major non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donations. They'll need a list of goods and a date for pickup, and you don't have to make lots of trips yourself. It's a win-win!

Get Help Moving Seniors From Pack n Send

If all goes well, you've got several months to clear out the house and prepare for the move. So, consider using a full-service company! Pack-n-send has been packing and moving Houston for decades; if you need to start downsizing for your parents or yourself, we would welcome the chance to help you navigate this next step. 

 

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Tips to Make Moving into Assisted Living Exciting and Successful

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2018

Tips to Make Moving into Assisted Living Exciting and Successful

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Packing up almost a lifetime of memories and relocating to an assisted living home is a big step. As with any move, comes the second-guessing as to whether the right decision is being made and what to take and what to leave behind. So, the least of your concerns should be the actual packing and moving your treasured belongings. Those tasks should be the responsibility of the highly-skilled and trained moving professionals. Here are a few tips to help you plan a successful and stress-free move to your new assisted living home.

Be Enthused about Your Fresh Start

Visit your new home frequently and get excited about decorating and becoming part of a new community. During these trips take time to visualize where your treasured belongings will go and socialize with your soon to be new neighbors. Take note of the amount of assisted living space available to you, this is a clear indicator of what to bring to fill your home.

Create a Priority Checklist

Create a list of tasks to complete before your move out date. Be sure to prioritize the list with most important tasks first. The list should include, notifying the utility companies about the need to discontinue service with them, getting family members on-board with the move, deciding on what to do with items that will be left behind. You can always ship your unneeded belongings to relatives throughout the country. Contact professional movers to establish a definite moving date.

Stay Motivated/Get Organized/Downsize

Stay motivated and positive, when it is all over you will be able to sit back with friends and family and relax. Get organized and prepared to let go of some of your belongings. This will probably be the most time consuming and difficult task of the moving process. Start downsizing by first letting things go you never use.  Check with family and friends to find out if they are interested in some of your belongings. Consider donating other items you can't give away. Being able to help others in need, somehow makes giving away possessions a bit easier. Some donation centers do offer pick up services. Be sure to contact the nearest location to you to find out if service is available.

Keep What Matters Most

Do plan to take sentimental items that have personal meaning to you. Some of these items might include photos, knick-knacks, awards, trophies, etc. Put important documents, jewelry, chinaware, and other valuables in containers which are easily identifiable to you. 

Call in the Professional Packers and Movers

After the big decisions about what to take and let go have been made, call in the pros to handle the packing and moving. No need to worry about finding boxes, packing breakables, or labeling them. The professionals have that all under control. They will safely pack and move everything you plan to take with you. You won't have to lift a finger, all your energy can be saved to socialize with your new neighbors and decorate your space.

Remember to arrange a moving date well-in-advance with the packing company. To find out more about making your next move stress-free and a success visit us.

 

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Tags: Senior Moving, Assisted Living Moving, Houston Moving Company, Moving into Assisted Living

Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings

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Making the decision to move a parent or grandparent to a smaller space or perhaps assisted living home can be a difficult one. At Pack n Send, we see a fair share of downsizing that comes with age, and so we wanted to provide you with 3 tips on moving a senior into an apartment, senior living center, or nursing home that will help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

1) Determine the Size of the New Space

Depending on where you are moving your loved one, you will have varying square footage to work with. When dealing with a nursing home move in Houston, consider that a nursing home can place several residents in the same room. If this is the case for you, you may have very little space to work with and have to find other homes for most of your loved one's belongings. To learn more about the best nursing homes in Houston, check out this ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

If you are simply moving your loved one out of their home to a smaller apartment so they have less space to care for, you may be working with a little less than 1000 square feet for a one bedroom apartment or a little over 1000 square feet for a two bedroom apartment. Again, this is likely much less space than your loved one had before, so not all of their furntiture will be able to make the transition!

2) Sort Through Belongings and Furniture

To downsize requires getting rid of a lot of possessions and furniture. As seniors age, they may be relieved to have less things to care for, but it can still be emotional and painful to let go and move on. If your loved one is having a hard time letting things go, you may want to consider having them read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book helps readers discard, declutter, or downsize by focusing on what to keep instead of what to get rid of and only keeping items that spark joy.

3) Send or Store Belongings and Furniture

After your loved one has decided what they want to keep, the rest needs to find a new home! You can pack and ship items to other family members, including shipping small amounts of furniture. You can also place things in storage, which will allow you to go through them at a later time, perhaps when more family can be present. The right shipping company will carefully help you redistribute possessions to other family members or even take items to storage for you if needed.

Pack n Send is Here to Help Make the Transition Easier

At Pack n Send, we frequently help families navigate nursing home moves in Houston and senior downsizing. Please contact us today to see how we can help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones!

 

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Professional Packers and Movers Make Senior Moving Easy

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

 

Moving can be a hassle, especially if you are a senior trying to get it done on your own. You must pack up everything, load it, move it, and then unpack it at your new location. Wouldn't
you prefer your move to be smooth, easy and hassle free? It can be when you
hire packers and movers with experience in senior moving  and elderly moving. 

Professional packers and movers offer a range of convenient services for a cost that's probably more economical than you might think. 

All the boxes and bubble wrap you need

You could spend days gathering boxes, bubble wrap, tape, paper, and other packing supplies. But why would you when your mover can supply them at a reasonable price.

With the right supplies you can do your own packing, or you can choose to have professional packers do it for you. A team will carefully wrap, pack and cushion every precious item --just as
carefully as you would-- while you sit back and relax.

Caring the way you do

You've spent decades collecting the perfect household furnishings and accessories. You take good care of them because they hold a lifetime of memories. When you move, you want them handled with tender loving care.

Professional packers and movers can do that for you. They will make certain that each item is packed securely and protectively cushioned. They will care for your belongings the way you do,
because it’s their job.

Equipment and manpower

Moving requires a lot of resources: a big truck, able-bodied movers, dollies, hand trucks, straps, moving blankets and more. And when the hard loading, lifting and unloading is done, someone will have to clean out the truck, gas it up and drive it back across town. Professional movers can supply all of the manpower you need, and they'll bring the equipment to get your move done right.  

Saving your valuable time

Whether you're downsizing to a smaller home or settling into a new senior community, moving is a necessary task. You could probably get it done all by yourself, but wouldn't you prefer
to spend your valuable time having fun with friends and family?

For more information about making moves easier for senior citizens, please fell free to  Contact us  at pack n send in houston.

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Senior Moving- Assisted Living-Moving Small Amounts of Furniture

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013

 

5 reasons to hire a professional mover (even for a small move)

 So you're going to make a small move in Houston or in the rest of the world. Perhaps from a temporary apartment to a new home, or maybe moving from a sibling's home (where you've camped out a couple of months) to a place of your own. You don't have a huge amount of
stuff, and you figure you could move it all yourself and save a little money.

But think for a moment about the advantages of hiring a professional mover, even for a small move. Here are five to consider:

1. Efficiency - Professional movers have the benefit of experience behind
them. This means they have a proven system--from packing to loading, unloading
and installing your items--that will help you get your belongings to their new
destination in the most organized and systematic manner.

2. Safety - Your glassware, furniture, artwork and other valuable
items will have the best chance of arriving safely at your new home if you get
professional help. Heavy items can be difficult and risky to move if you don't
have the experience. Professionals will know how to handle such items safely,
and you keep your back and limbs safe from possible injury. 

3. Accountability - Yes, your friends may be willing to lend you a hand, but
if they break your mother's crystal, who's going to be accountable? Working
with a mover, you have the option of getting valuation coverage for your property,
so you can feel secure during the moving process.

4. Fast - If you've ever undertaken a "small move"
before, you know how a deceptively small pile of items can take many hours if
not days to move yourself. With a professional mover, you schedule the time and
day, and an experienced crew can get you out of your old place and into your
new home in a short period of time. So you can move on with your life.

5. Cost-effective - With a professional mover, you ensure the safety of your
items, you save time and energy, and you avoid the possibility of personal
injury. Most movers will be happy to offer you a free estimate--it won't cost
you anything to get one for your small move, and you may be pleasantly
surprised how cost-effective it can be.

For seniors who are downsizing when they move, we recommend choosing a company that can also freight furniture to family members who live in other cities.

For more information about both small moves and senior moving, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.

 

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