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Whether moving a senior loved one across the country into a new home, or moving both parents into a senior community, the process can be challenging. Many scenarios require the need to move a senior parent from their own home, and their adult children will want to ensure the transition goes smoothly, tending to their health, finances and logistics. Relocating elderly loved ones can bring them closer to family, ensure a safer home environment, and lead to a happier life. Whether the location involves moving in with family, downsizing to a senior apartment, or transitioning to an assisted living community or medical care facility, these six tips can help you plan.

1. Delegate moving responsibilities

Many seniors have spent their lives collecting meaningful possessions. If your loved one is downsizing, they’ll have to leave things behind.

Start small

Suggest your loved one start with a room with low sentimental value, like a bathroom or guest suite. This will help them ease into the moving process with a clear sense of accomplishment.

Help make tough decisions

If your loved one has been in their house for years, even unimportant things can seem essential. Offer to help sort items into “give away” and “keep” piles, and gently suggest changes.

Gift to family and friends

It’s easier to give away items when they’re going to a good home. If a prized possession just can’t fit in their new space, see if a family member or friend will accept it.

2. Explore senior relocation services

There are many senior relocation management companies available that specialize in relocating, downsizing and organizing the move for aging individuals. An outside expert can simplify the emotional aspect of moving. Even if you’re available to help with a loved one’s transition, having a third party to help make tough decisions can reduce tension and fighting among family.

Find a company that focuses on seniors

The National Association of Senior Move Managers hires professionals with backgrounds in gerontology, social work, health care, psychology, and project management to provide all the resources for a seamless move.

Get help for after the move

Many senior relocation services also partner with companies who can help with after-move processes like cleaning, staging, estate sales, and donations.

3. Arrange transportation around your loved one’s needs

Ensure a safe and secure journey with professional medical transit

If your loved needs extra assistance or has a medical condition, look into senior-focused transportation companies that offer non-emergency medical transit designed to move people with extra needs like oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, mobile beds and professional medical attendants.

TransMedCare is here to help

At TransMedCare, we provide non-emergency medical transportation for distances of 300+ miles with nationwide service. We are committed to providing the ultimate in patient comfort with highly skilled technicians and state-of-the-art vans equipped with all the comforts of home, including a memory foam mattress, on-board bathroom and TV/DVD.  Medications and O2 are administrated as directed and we adhere strictly to CDC guidelines All meals are provided and family is updated regularly on patient status and time of arrival. A caregiver is assigned for the entire journey and we welcome family members and pets to ride along.

4. Handle health care ahead of the move

Your parent or senior loved one will need new health care providers. Do your research; get referrals from their current doctors, and try to set appointments soon after their arrival to avoid long waiting lists.

Work with a care manager

A geriatric care manager is familiar with local healthcare providers, in-home care agencies, and volunteer resources in the destination city. They can also arrange advanced medical transport for the move.

Transfer prescriptions

Conduct a medication review before the move, and have important prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy in advance.

Contact insurance providers

Make sure the doctors and specialists your loved one needs in the new location are in-network and covered by their health insurance plan. Call the number on the back of their insurance card, or go online for a list of in-network providers to avoid hefty fees.

5. Make the new location feel like home

Familiar possessions and arrangements can be comforting during times of transition. Give your loved one’s new space personal touches to make it feel like home.

Organize thoughtfully

If the photos on the living room wall have been in the same order for as long as you can remember, replicate it in the new home. Display trinkets in the same order, and bring accents like throw pillows, even if new furniture has to be purchased. If the kitchen is smaller, put mom’s pots and pans where you know she’ll be able to find them.

Get the new layout

Have dimensions available so you know exactly what will fit where and you won’t have to make tough decisions once you arrive. If your loved one likes design projects, encourage them to plan out the home in advance for a smoother transition.

Enjoy new opportunities

Has Mom always wanted a bright accent wall? Would dad love a new desk? Some positive updates can make a new space exciting.

6. Talk about the benefits of your loved one’s new home

When someone has lived in one place for 30 or more years, it’s easy for them to dwell on the things they’ll leave behind. To help loved ones move forward, remind them of the new opportunities that will come from their transition.

Focus on positives in the new location

If your mom loves art, see if there are painting classes at local senior centers, or if a museum is looking for volunteer docents.

Re-create routines

If your parents are weekly churchgoers, suggest that they call around the new town in advance to select a congregation to welcome them.

Find things that make them happy

If your loved one is moving into an assisted living community, go online to find activity calendars and point out amenities they’ll enjoy.

We’re here to make the transition as easy as possible

When it comes to the long-distance transport of your loved one, TransMedCare is committed making the transition as easy as possible. We’ll treat your loved one like family and deliver them safely and securely to their destination with special care and attention along every mile. Let us know how we can help.  Call 888-984-3722, or go to https://trans-medcare.com/contact-us/.

Source: A Place For Mom

Trans-MedCare

From your initial contact, we start the process of coordinating your loved one’s transport bedside to bedside.

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