There comes a point in almost everyone’s life when the roles are reversed, and they have the assume the role of “care-taker” for their parents. Some of our aged parents are in better physical or mental states than others. Some may need help walking, while others may be grasping for their words and forgetting faces. Regardless, it may be difficult for them to care for themselves and their homes.
Moving parents out of their longtime home is an exhausting feat. Not only is the process of moving material objects an arduous task, but it can be one that is difficult for the elder to accept. Here are a few tips that will make that transition easier.
Ensure your parents feel they were a part of the decision making
Though moving your parents to a new home may seem like a no-brainer for their well-being and safety, it may not be as easy for your parents. The transition serves as the introduction to a new phase of your parents’ lives. Do your best not to force the move before your parents are ready. Learn what your parents truly want and need from their new home, and make them a part of the ultimate decision process.
Consider an estate sale company
A home that has been lived in and loved in for decades upon decades will no doubt have a great deal of furniture, knickknacks, and other items. It can take ages to sort through all the photographs, clothing, and any other number of items to decide what should and should not be kept. For your parents especially, it can be overwhelming. An estate sale company will assist seniors in sorting through their possessions and deciding what should and should not be kept — and the items sold at the estate sale can provide your parents with a little extra cash.
Make sure you can easily access important documents
In cases where illness or mental acuity is forcing your parents to move to a new location, it is essential that their medical documents and end-of-life planning documents are easily accessed and in place. This document gives you or another family member the power to make final legal and financial decisions on the behalf of your parents. Finalize these documents with the assistance of a qualified elder law attorney.