Moving an elderly parent can be an emotionally and physically taxing experience. The stress of a normal move is still there, but this time, different opinions and physical weaknesses could slow things down even more. No matter how unpleasant the move may seem at times, this is a big step for the entire family and you do not need to let the stress outweigh the memories.
You want to plan ahead with any move, but with aging parents, you need to plan ahead about planning ahead. There will be countless things that you will discover and experience for the first time, and the more time and preparation you have on your side, the better.
Dad won’t let his wrinkled pack of baseball cards from 1958 go? Mom moves a little slower than you remember? It’s all good, just consider every outcome before the move and give yourself plenty of time to deal with it. Be informed about the movers, the size of your parent’s new home, which boxes go in which room, and every other aspect of the journey.
Involve the Entire Family
Like it or not, this is an emotional time. Your parents will most likely feel some emotions about leaving the family home. Siblings could feel the same way while also dealing with extra stress of trying to get things moving. Make sure the entire family is involved. You do not want siblings feeling guilty about not helping. Even if someone cannot be there, let them help over the phone. Talking to parents, scheduling, and arranging times with movers are all very helpful things that can be done across the country.
Take It Easy
The move is going to happen, whether you are stressed to the max or cool as a cucumber. Be productive, but do not let the move consume you. Don’t worry if your parents are keeping way more stuff than you believe they should; let them decide. You can always go back through possessions after the move. Start months before you think you should so your parents can move at their own pace and still move out on schedule.
Hire Professionals to Help
One of the biggest things you can do to help the whole family is hire professional. Besides the physical lifting and moving, we can help pack and give the family a breather. Contact us today for more information.