Tips for When Your Parents Move

Parents getting ready to move

Moving parents can be a complex and emotionally charged process. There are many things that you can do to help make the process better for you and for them.

Here are some tips to help make the transition smoother for both you and your parents:

  1. Open Communication: Discuss the move openly and involve your parents in the decision-making process as much as possible. Understand their concerns, preferences, and any special needs they may have.
  2. Plan Ahead: Start planning your move well in advance. Create a detailed timeline and checklist to help organize the move, including tasks like sorting belongings, hiring movers, and notifying necessary parties.
  3. Downsizing: Before you start packing, you can work with your parents to declutter and downsize their belongings. This can be an emotional process, so approach it with sensitivity. Focus on keeping sentimental items and things that will fit comfortably in their new space.
  4. Choose the Right Place: Whether it’s a new home, a retirement community, or an assisted living facility, make sure it meets their needs and preferences. Consider factors like location, amenities, medical facilities, and social opportunities.
  5. Professional Help: If the move is complex or long-distance, consider hiring professional movers who have experience with senior relocations. They can handle the logistics and heavy lifting, reducing stress on both you and your parents.
  6. Medical Considerations: If your parents have ongoing medical needs, ensure that their new location provides access to the necessary healthcare providers and facilities.
  7. Packing and Labeling: Organize belongings systematically and label boxes clearly. This will make unpacking and settling into the new place easier.
  8. Accessibility and Safety: Set up the new living space with their safety and comfort in mind. Install grab bars, non-slip mats, and ensure that the layout is conducive to their mobility.
  9. Preserve Familiarity: Try to recreate elements of their old home in the new space. Familiar furniture, decorations, and personal items can help ease the transition.
  10. Visit Their New Home: Spend time with your parents in their new environment to help them feel more comfortable and to address any concerns they may have.
  11. Stay Organized: Keep important documents, medications, and emergency contacts easily accessible during the move and in the new home.  If you hire movers, you might want to put these items aside and move them yourself.
  12. Take Care of Yourself: Moving is stressful, and caring for elderly parents can be emotionally taxing. Remember to take care of your own physical and mental well-being.

Moving elderly parents is a significant life transition, and each family’s situation is unique. Tailor these tips to your specific circumstances and consider seeking guidance from moving professionals who specialize in senior relocations or caregiving.