Moving seniors, not as hard as it would seem
There comes a time when the location where the eldest member of your family lives is no longer suitable for his or her lifestyle and so a change is needed. As we al know moving seniors isn’t always an easy task. They are in some ways like children and have to be handled with care and patience. Keep in mind that although they have moved your involvement in their wellbeing has not been erased completely, it just took another form. Even if you have moved them in a retirement home that does not mean your work is done, you have to help them adjust to the new surrounding, the staff and with the idea itself. However the task of moving an elder person might seem there are a couple of tips and tricks that will help you and the elder person adapt better to the new location and smooth the transition process.
One important item which most adults overlook when they are helping the seniors move is that instead of giving advice regarding what to pack or not, they could actually help them pack the items. This will not only make the entire process more easy for the seniors but will also give them the feeling that you care and want to help them and that matters more than you realize for them.
Another aspect of the moving process that hasn’t been given enough attention is the sorting of the items. As you can imagine when you reach a certain age you end up having lots of experience and memories. Most of these memories are being kept alive with the help of various objects and that is why it is very important to not rush the seniors to through away things that might seem useless to you. These items also play an important role once you have moved the seniors. They help by creating a familiar atmosphere and by helping the seniors adapt better and faster to the new surroundings. It has been proven that seniors who decorate their new homes much like the old one adapt more easily and respond much better to the moving process.
Seniors usually develop strong bonds with their homes, not necessarily with the house itself but with the neighbors and the surrounding environment. This is why they should be encouraged to say their goodbyes to whom they desire and to keep in touch with them. This will not only give them a sense of continuity but will also help put things in perspective.
In case you are moving your senior in a retirement home be sure to know all there is to know about the place before you move your family member. This will save you from many potentially embarrassing situations and it will help you integrate your relative or friend to the new community.
There are no two families alike and that is why while some tips and tricks mentioned above may work for some, for others may seem useless. The important thing is that you have to prove to your elder family member that you car about them and that you want to offer them the best living conditions without changing their habbits and lifestyle too much.