When the Stuff Blocks the Move

box-24402_640Your caree wants to move. You want your caree to move. But, he has so much stuff that the two of you dread the idea of a move. So, your caree stays put.

How do you tackle the stuff so the move can happen?

Turn to professionals who know just how to move your carees from a 10-room house to a two-room apartment. Senior move managers specialize in helping older adults downsize, which means they have expertise in de-cluttering a home filled with forty years of knick-knacks and newspaper clippings. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) represents these professionals whose business makes your caree’s move easier.

According to the association, senior move managers:

  • Develop an overall move or “age in place” plan;
  • Organize, sort and downsize;
  • Customize floor plans;
  • Arrange for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above;
  • Interview, schedule and oversee movers;
  • Arrange shipments and storage;
  • Supervise and oversee professional packing;
  • Unpack and set up the new home;
  • Help with related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.

You can hire a senior move manager to orchestrate the entire move, from organizing, packing, moving and unpacking. Or, you can use a senior move manager to simply pack up your caree’s home. When interviewing a senior move manager for hire, NASMM suggests asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been providing Senior Move Management services?
  • Have you participated in any formal training programs?
  • Are you fully insured for liability and workers’ compensation?
  • How do you charge? (Fees should be provided in writing to the consumer or responsible party prior to providing services).
  • Will you provide a written contract?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Are you a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM)?

To learn more and search for a senior move manager in your caree’s community, visit www.nasmm.org.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

3 thoughts on “When the Stuff Blocks the Move

  1. Avatar of MariaMaria

    I have a funny story to tell about when my Grandfather moved from his house of 33 years to a retirement community. When he moved he discovered stuff that he had not looked at in 33 years and had to have. We rented a large dumpster and would throw things out which he would go out & get. He was on dialysis 3 times a week. We started going over to his house when he went to dialysis and would go throw things and throw things out. He never knew the difference!


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