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Why Choose a Senior Move Management Team?
Many move managers have found move management as a post-retirement career. Some have backgrounds in nursing, social work, and psychology while others worked in marketing, project management, or even information technology. Often, the combination of their professional background, life experience, and desire to connect with seniors prepares them for this unique role.
Move managers help seniors downsize with dignity
When a senior lives in one home for their entire adult life, they fill it with reminders of the people and places they love.
It can be hard for younger generations to understand the emotional difficulties of downsizing. Members of Gen X moved have moved 40% more often than their parents’ generation, and millennials are increasingly choosing experiences over objects. This disconnect can leave adult children frustrated at their aging parent’s reluctance to let things go.
Senior move managers encounter this situation often, and they can empathize with elderly adults struggling to downsize. They’re able to provide creative solutions family members may not have thought to consider.
Move managers allow seniors to feel in charge of difficult transitions
It’s important to involve seniors in the moving process, so that they don’t see the transition as something happening “to” them. This may mean organizing clothing and books or sorting through a box of Christmas ornaments — it all depends on the senior’s physical and cognitive condition. If the aging relative is able to make some decisions, they will be more likely to accept the move, says Pickett.
Often, a change in health or the loss of a spouse prompts a move to a senior living community. Unfortunately, most of the time when seniors decide to move, something has happened, and they’re not necessarily in the position where they’re in total control. An impartial third party can bring order to the moving process, reducing stress for both the senior and their adult children. That way the family can focus on the physical and emotional needs of their loved one.