Moving Your Loved One: Downsizing


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We say that once you make the decision with your loved one that they’re going to be moving you want to do it fairly quickly. If they’re happy about it they’re eager to get started in their new place.

If they’re not happy about it they will become quickly depressed over the idea that they have to leave their home or your home and move into a place with strangers.

It would be nice to have time just sort through things and leave the most valuable things out while giving away all the other things so your loved one gets used to seeing just the most valuable things and not everything else they might be missing.

But this isn’t the case. You’ve made a decision and now you must act on it quickly.

Here is a guide to help you. It’s a wonderful comprehensive list of everything you need.

And don’t forget that it takes more then just physically moving a person . You’re moving their memories as well as their special photos and collectables that they have had all their lives. You’re also moving the items that were given to them by other folks who bring back the memories they want.

Feeling at home

Also to remember that your loved one has routines. Most of us do. So make sure but they can navigate through their home with the same habits that they’ve always had. Ask them to show you once they get moved in what their daily habits look like and make sure that they won’t trip or fall over any areas that are blocking where they will consistently walk to and from.

If they are accustomed to seeing certain photos around make sure they have those on their table tops or on their night stands. Again, make sure these are areas that they frequent often.

In a couple of weeks…

…they’ll get their routine down and then it is time to ask them again what their routine looks like and what furniture and items they would like you to move to make their place seem more comfortable.

We all change our minds once we are settled in and it will definitely help them settle in better.

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