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May 04, 2011 10:52 ET

Moving Senior Citizens: How to Make the Transition Easier

BROADVIEW, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - When moving senior citizens, there are special considerations and ways to simplify the experience. It is important to have clear, frank conversations about all aspects of the move and the new living situation. This is particularly important when you're moving elderly parents or other loved ones to a smaller living space or an assisted living facility.

The better you can prepare the easier it will be when moving senior citizens. If you're about to embark upon moving senior citizens, the following tips on elderly moving will help prepare seniors and you before and during moving day.

Moving Senior Citizens: Before Moving Day

  1. Take it one room at a time. Moving senior citizens can be emotional. Some rooms, such as bedrooms and those laden with family heirlooms and photos, will be more emotional to pack than others. Start with the easier rooms and work your way up.

  2. Help them sort. Deciding what to take and what not to take is often the hardest part of moving senior citizens. You can help them with the difficult decisions by suggesting alternatives, such as giving items to relatives or donating them to charity. This is a very valuable tip to remember when moving senior citizens.

  3. Set aside some sentimental items. When setting aside items to take along instead of packing for the movers (like a change of clothes and toiletries), adding a few small, precious items to the list can be highly beneficial when moving senior citizens. That way, they will have the comfort of those items right away when they arrive at their new home.

  4. Choose your mover carefully. When moving senior citizens, make sure you choose a moving company you are comfortable with and that understands the special needs of older family members. At National Van Lines, careful planning and experience along with high marks on customer satisfaction combine to make moving senior citizens a stress-free experience.

Moving Senior Citizens: On Moving Day

  1. Keep medications with you. Frequently, moving senior citizens required that you make sure medications are left aside with the overnight bag or other things you'll be taking with you. Additionally, allow for contingencies as you pack your medications.

  2. Be reassuring about the safety of their goods. As the movers are loading boxes, reassure the older adult about their safety and when they can expect to see them again. You can contact National Van Lines Customer Service Department to find the status of a shipment at any time.

  3. Alert your mover to special, sentimental items. Your mover will take care to move all your items safely. Nevertheless, when moving senior citizens, it might be reassuring to the older mover to point out their prize possessions.

  4. Let the movers do the lifting. When you're moving senior citizens, oftentimes they have a natural desire to pitch-in, moving a box or an item from one room to another. But older adults are at greater risk of injury, it's best to leave everything to your movers.

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