January 27, 2020
If the idea of downsizing is keeping you or a loved one from moving to assisted living, a senior move manager might be the solution.
Moving to a new residence can be overwhelmingly hard work. The task may be even more difficult if you are assisting a senior who has lived in their home for many years. The older adult likely has acquired many belongings that you will need to sort through.
The prospect of downsizing and packing can leave families feeling daunted about how and where to begin. If this sounds like your family’s situation, the support of an experienced, professional senior move manager may be helpful.
What Is a Senior Move Manager?
While you can easily hire professional movers to do the heavy lifting, most aren’t experts at managing the unique needs of older adults. A senior move manager has experience with those issues, from the emotions of leaving the family home behind to understanding how to dispose of unneeded items.
Senior move managers are trained to support older adults throughout the process of downsizing and moving. They also know how to help a senior and their family navigate the emotional highs and lows that accompany a move.
A senior move manager typically begins by sitting down with a family to create a relocation plan. It will include all the tasks that must be completed prior to moving to a senior living community.
A few additional ways a senior move manager can help during this process include:
Develop a timeline for the move from start to finish
Create a floor plan for furniture in the new apartment or villa
Sort, pack, donate or dispose of household treasures and belongings
Set up an online auction to sell unneeded items
Make arrangements for an estate sale or auction
Schedule local charities to pick up unneeded items
Interview and supervise a moving company
Oversee a cleaning service after the old house is vacated
Unpack and settle the new apartment or villa
To find a certified senior move manager near you, search the online database for the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Senior Move Manager
When you are hiring any professional, including a senior move manager, asking the right questions is essential. Here are a few to help you identify a move manager who is the best fit for your family:
- How much experience do you have as a move manager?
- How many seniors have you assisted with this process?
- Are you NASSM certified, or have you completed another formal training program?
- How do you charge for your services—hourly or by the job?
- Will you provide a written quote and a contract?
- Are you bonded and insured for theft or damage that may occur during the packing process or move?
- Are you fully insured for liability and workers’ compensation for yourself and any employees you have?
- Can you provide references, including phone numbers of past clients?
The bottom line is that finding a partner who can guide your family through this process can make the transition to a senior living community easier for everyone.
Legacy Senior Living Serves Seniors in the Southeast
If you are beginning the search for independent or assisted living, we encourage you to visit a Legacy Senior Living community. With communities in six southern states, you’ll find a variety of services and amenities designed to help older adults enjoy their best quality of life. Call us today to set up a time for your private tour!