There's No Place Like Home
"Home is where we should feel secure and comfortable." - Catherine Pulsifer, motivational writer
No matter how grand or humble, our home is our most cherished personal space. From those in which we are born and raised, to the ones in which we live and raise a family of our own, home is a place strongly linked to feelings of security and affection. We all know that moving is one of the most stressful of life events. When you add the anxiety that comes with relocating an aging loved one, you have an instant recipe for head- and heartache.
In order to tackle an overwhelming job, it's best to take it in steps. Here are a few top tips to help ease and smooth this transition.
It's an unfortunate fact that senior care often involved relocating. Talk with your loved one as far in advance of the move as possible to develop a course of action together. This can greatly ease the stress for them when the time comes for this major change.
If your loved one has lived in the home for decades, planning can be a daunting task. Chances are, there is a lot of accumulated junk, and now it's time to decide what to do with it. First, measure the dimensions of the new space. This will give you a better idea of how much can be kept.
"First things first." Make a list of what needs to be done. Then, put the easiest tasks first. For instance, clearing out unused items and debris tucked away in the backs of closets and in dusty attics can be a simple matter of removing them for a fast cleanout. In this way, you can make quick progress, which will help everyone feel encouraged and more positive.
Here is where some professional help will be quite useful. A dumpster rental for household cleanouts is a great way to help with downsizing. Bin There Dump That takes pride in providing the best customer service in the business. Out Dumpster Consultants are experts at getting you exactly what you need for the job: a clean, residential friendly dumpster delivered and picked up on time, every time.
In times like these, we might have to ask for assistance. Enlist family and friends if you can. You may also want to consult with or hire a professional senior move manager. The right one can help to ease the anxiety and conflict these life events can create.
Lastly, it helps to remember that home
is more of a feeling than a plce. As Maya Angelou writes, "You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right." Whether it's a smaller apartment, assisted living, or a nursing home, helping your loved one into a residence suited to their needs is essential to ensure that their home continues to provide them security and comfort.
In New Castle, Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 5 residents is a senior citizen. Of those, approximately 1,600 live alone. Many in the aging population still own their own homes, and 15% of them have been living there 30 years or more. (source: The New Castle, PA Senior Guide