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Top Tips for Moving Older Relatives and Parents

Top Tips for Moving Older Relatives and Parents

Moving house is stressful, but for older adults or elderly parents it can be even more challenging.

Upheaval can disrupt routines, sever social connections and stir up anxieties about the future.

If you're facing the task of helping an older relative relocate here are some tips from Britannia Bennetts of Malvern to make the process as smooth a transition as possible.

1) Communication is Key

Begin by having an open conversation with your relative about their needs and preferences for the move. Would they like to stay near to where they currently live? Do they want to be closer to family? Are they downsizing? Do they need more supportive living accommodation? Listen to their concerns and involve them in the decision making process as much as possible.

2) Addressing Apprehensions

Moving often comes with a sense of loss. This can be particularly difficult if they are moving from a home which has held lots of family memories. Acknowledge their worries and validate their feelings. Focus on the positive aspects of the move, such as the opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives or a chance to be closer to loved ones.

3) Planning and Preparation

If your relative is downsizing, sorting through their belongings can be a highly emotional task. They are likely to need support, so be patient with them while they go through their things. Once they have decided what they want to take, our specially trained staff can pack their whole home carefully and quickly. We understand that items are precious and sentimental so will take great care to protect them.

4) Finding the Right Fit

When considering a move it is important to research different living options. These might include retirement communities, assisted living facilities or even multi generational living in a new home together. It is important to consider the location for any move carefully and think about access to local amenities to allow a continued sense of independence. You could also look into clubs or groups that take place locally which could help them to find friends and make connections within their new community.

5) Making the Move Smoother

Our professional team are briefed before every move and are sensitive to the emotions involved in this important life event. We appreciate it can be difficult when people are moving out of a home full of a lifetime of memories and will go the extra mile to ensure that the experience is as stress free as possible.

Moving can be a positive experience for older adults, offering a chance for a fresh start. By planning carefully, communicating openly and allowing Britannia Bennetts to provide support and expertise throughout the process, you can help your relative adjust to their new home with confidence.

To find out more about how we can help you, contact us to discuss your individual moving and packing requirements.

- Britannia Bennetts of Malvern -

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