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By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
Tracy Smith, a relocation specialist at
Movingcompanies.us offers these 10 tips for
caregivers helping an elderly love one move.
- Plan ahead. It is essential to allow your
loved one time to acclimate to the move. It will
only add to stress for everyone if they are
- Be nice. Their point of view is completely
different than yours. Let them still have
control over the situation.
- Take pictures. Many times the person has
lived in the home for a long time, and pictures
will help them take memories with them to the
- Plan a layout. Change is hard, especially
for seniors. If they have a visual of how their
old belongings may fit nicely in a new space, it
can ease the transition.
- Hire movers. Caregivers may find it is
emotionally and physically challenging to take
on the entire packing/moving project them
selves. There is help for you!
- Go slow. Remember, their minds and bodies
are slower than they used to be.
- Communicate. They need to feel like it is
their choice, and you are not taking over. Make
sure you tell them what is happening during
every step of the moving process.
- Give them tasks. Donít do it all for them.
If even itís wrapping up items, or making small
decisions, these tasks will keep your loved one
busy and feeling important.
- Start small. Find a room or area with the
least sentimental value, such as a bathroom, to
begin packing. It goes faster and gives a sense
of accomplishment to your loved one.
- Give them space. Listen when they want to
revisit memories, even if it takes a while. Let
them deal with the emotions of loss and change.
Encourage your loved one, and let them know you
As a long-distance caregiver, moving a loved one
can be a rollercoaster. But, it doesnít have
to be one that makes the riders nauseous. Moving and
packing assistance is available, as are people
willing to take the time to listen, and help seniors
make this major transition with minimal stress for
them and their caregiver.