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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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Supporting Seniors When They're Not Ready For Assisted Living, Part 1

Posted on Wed, May 16, 2018

Supporting Seniors When They're Not Ready For Assisted Living, Part 1

Senior woman and granddaughter organizing closet. Supporting Seniors concept

The good news is that senior Americans are living longer and better than ever. The bad news is that even with the explosion of senior living communities, many older adults are hesitant to make the move from independent living in their home. This reluctance weighs on adult children, who find themselves in the early stages of parenting their parents. If you're in that challenging spot, where your parents or maybe a spouse needs help with daily activities but isn't ready to give up their independence yet, here are some ways to cope now and prepare for future assisted living. 

Declutter and Tidy

The best way to keep an older person stable on their feet is to declutter the house so they can walk around without bumping into things. Take out small pieces of furniture--hall tables, side chairs, and benches--to ensure smooth passage. As you remove things, decide whether to store, donate, or throw out those items. 

Manage the Slippery Slope

With seniors, even a smooth flat surface can mean a bad fall. Try to make the floors of the house as Velcro  like as possible; putting rugs on slick hardwood or tile floors, and installing grab bars in the bathrooms. Keep ice melt handy in the winter, so steps and the driveway aren't a hazard. When stairs become difficult, a stair chair might be an option so they can stay home a bit longer.

Set Aside Time For Chores

You'll need to pitch in again with the chores you hated as a kid. If you can, hire a cleaning or yard service, If not, work out a schedule with your siblings and children to take care of the things that are beyond your parent's scope now. 

Get Involved With Health Care

Now is the time to get up to speed on your parents health and any medical issues they're dealing with. You'll need to be on HIPPAA forms as someone the doctors can speak with, and ensure their medical powers of attorney are up to date. 

It's never too early to start the conversation about assisted living, and the earlier you begin the less stressful it is for the seniors in your life. Having a plan years out takes the anxiety away for the entire family. 

If you need help getting started with the purging and packing or moving a family member into Assisted Living, give Pack-n-Send a call and we can help you with any and all aspects of packing, moving and shipping.


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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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Will You Be Moving into an Assisted Living Residence in 2014?

Posted on Tue, Dec 17, 2013

Moving into an assisted living residence is a big deal for most individuals. It can elicit a variety of emotions including joy, apprehension, excitement and anxiety. The good news is there are ways to reduce the anxiety and apprehension. Here’s how:

#1: Get Informed

Having multiple meetings with the assisted living residence’s staff is one way to reduce pre-move nervousness. During the meetings, determine which items from home may be brought into the facility and the dimensions of your new living space. You may also want to inquire whether or not you can have the wall painted, light fixtures or carpeting changed to suit your needs. Some facilities allow such personalization of the space. Others, however, have regulations in place that prevent certain elements from being altered.

#2: Pack-n-Send Early

Once you know what size space you’ll be given and a good understanding of the regulations involved, make plans to pack and send your belongs. It is typically best to start this process early to account for any items that you may want to give away, donate, sell or place into long term storage. During the process, you may also want to arrange for assistance from others. They can help you sort, pack and ship your belongings to other locations based on your own personal wishes.

#3: Say Fare-Forward

As the moving day draws near, consider holding a special dinner to say “fare-forward” instead of farewell to those individuals and pets that you may be leaving behind. When doing so, focus on the move being the beginning of a grand adventure and how they are all welcome to stay in touch with you after your departure.

#4: Celebrate the Arrival

Once you arrive at your assisted living residence and settle in, celebrate your arrival too. Bring old friends and new friends together for the occasion. Then mark the time you’ve spent together with a keepsake group photo, video or audio file.

#5: Keep Communication Flowing

Lastly, make keeping the lines of communication between all of the people in your life a priority. Establish a monthly phone chat, personal visit or social media page where everyone can easily exchange news with one another. That way, you’re less likely to mourn the passing of your old lifestyle and fully embrace the new one.

To learn more about making your move to an assisted living residence a happy experience for all involved, please contact us at (713) 266-1450. Our moving experts would love the opportunity to help you start the next chapter of your adult life.


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