Stress-Free Tips for Moving an Elderly Family Member

December 06, 2018


Moving is a part of life. In fact, the average American moves 12 times in their life, and a whole third of renters (33%) move every year. Children move with their parents, young adults move to college, and 30-somethings move to seek the next big advance in their career. However, we often forget that members of the elderly population also move frequently.

At any age, moving is tough. However, for seniors, moving poses unique age-related challenges. If you're a senior who wants to make a change, or if you're a family member helping an older relative relocate, here are a few tips for making the transition a bit easier:

Practice Good Communication

If you're helping an older parent or grandparent move, it can be tempting to rush the process by making all the decisions yourself. However, remember to slow down and talk with the individual, and ensure that they feel in control of their own move. Respect their wishes, and practice talking openly about what they want and do not want during the move. If you're an elderly person receiving help from younger family, don't be afraid to make your wishes known. After all, they want to help you! Good communication will make the move easier for everyone.

Consider Hiring Local Movers

If you have limited helpers, limited mobility, or limited time, consider hiring a professional moving service to pack and transport your belongings. Movers can make the entire process much simpler, and a moving company will be best equipped to protect your valuables. Inquire about pricing options, and see if the company offers senior discounts. With professional movers, much of the headache and hassle of the job is taken care of, so all you have to do is sign the check!

Organize and Downsize

Chances are, a senior's home is filled not only with a lifetime of memories, but a lifetime of belongings. Make the move swifter and simpler by taking the time to organize and downsize personal possessions. Throw away, donate, or sell unneeded items, and the new home will feel like a fresh start.

Prep Ahead of Time

Finally, don't forget to prep the new home before move-in day. If an elderly individual has specific medical needs, be sure that the home is equipped with the proper items in advance. Also make sure that the electricity, water, internet, and phone are all set up so that the person can be comfortable during the first night at their new home.

Moving is rarely an easy event. For older folks, moving can be especially tough. Use these tips to help make the move go smoother, so you or your loved one can start the next adventure!