The Best Ways to Help Your Senior Parents Downsize to a Smaller Home

Published on 9/30/2020
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Article by Hazel Bridges (hazel.bridges@agingwellness.org)



Moving to a new home can be an overwhelming experience, especially for a senior who has lived in the same place for many years. If you have a loved one who needs to downsize, there are many ways you can help them feel safe and comfortable during this difficult time. Here are some of the best ways you can help your senior parents or loved one get through a move.

 

Prepare

Preparing to move is an emotional roller coaster, but letting your senior loved one know what to expect for each part of the journey can help ease some of the stress. Do your best to prepare timelines to make the process feel more predictable.

 

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Pare down possessions

Help your parents go through their items and make decisions about what to keep and what they can let go of. Offering to give other family members beloved belongings can ease the sting of throwing them away, or you can rent a storage unit to keep the things they don’t need but aren’t ready to part with.

 

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Help them navigate the financial side

 

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Hire professional help

Recruiting professionals to help relieve some of the burden your parents face is money worth spending. Hiring movers will be a big help, especially if there’s a lot of heavy or bulky furniture.

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Moving day

Even the most well-planned-for relocation will come with heavy emotions once moving day rolls around. Make the process easier with these tips.

 

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Moving can be exhausting for seniors. Let your loved one know you’re there to help them with their move however you can and to help them settle into their new home.