- Lisa Haynes
3 Keys to a Successful Senior Move
At A Bridge Forward, we help clients during a highly stressful time in their lives. As a full-service senior move management company, we help our clients downsize, pack, move and unpack, typically to a smaller apartment or senior community. In many cases, the move accompanies a change in health adding to the anxiety. With each move, our goal is to lessen the worry and ensure a smooth transition.
Each client has unique emotions about his or her move. Some approach the change with a positive outlook on the next chapter. Many are worried about giving up their family home, personal possessions and moving into a smaller space. Whatever the circumstances, every senior needs these three support tools:
1. Patience: Sorting and making decisions about a lifetime of belongings requires time and patience. When we work with clients, we go through the house one room at a time, one cupboard or drawer at a time, and help guide their decisions about what to take. Many are worried about giving up something they may need after the move so we use our experience to support them in the process. Most importantly, we adjust our pace based on the client’s energy and space out the process as we can.
2. Support: No matter how independent, every client needs emotional and physical support throughout the process. That might include reinforcing that they are making the right decision about their move or that they are taking the right belongings. The physical aspects of a move are challenging as well and those moving need helping packing, taking items to donation, packing for move day and clearing out everything else that remains
3 Compassion: Moving is an intensely emotional experience and leaving a home of many years can be frightening. With almost every client, we see the anxiety build as move day approaches. Compassion and understanding go a long way in helping clients get through this change. The Bridge Forward team understands that these emotions are a part of the process, and we pay extra attention to our clients when they are feeling stress. For most, a giant weight comes off their shoulders once they are in their new home with their belongings unpacked and organized.
Call or email A Bridge Forward if you are interested in learning more about how a Senior Move Manager can help. A Bridge Forward is bonded, insured and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM.org).