Moving is a stressful time at any point in life. However, making the move from the home you’ve lived in for years to a retirement or assisted living home can be even more taxing. Remington Movers understands this and is here to help you through this transition. If you are scheduling this type of move for yourself or a loved one, please let your Move Coordinator know. Your move will be categorized as a “Gentle Transitions” move, a label used to notify the Remington staff and moving crew of the nature of the move.
REMINGTON MOVERS – YOUR SENIOR CITIZEN MOVING COMPANY
Remington Senior Moving and Storage is your safest choice when it comes to picking a senior citizen mover. We do all of the work so you don’t have to. We can help you plan every aspect of your move. We help plan time tables for your move. Let Remington Senior Citizen Moving and Storage move you today and you can rest assure your in good hands. We have been moving senior citizens for years and we take special precautions to ensure the safety and care of our senior citizen clients.
Remington Senior Citizen Moving and Storage can assist you or your beloved senior citizen in arranging furniture and hanging clothes or setting things up that you or your senior citizen may not be able to do. We do all the labor so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your move.
We take special precautions to ensure all of your personal belongings are packed away safely and neatly and treated with the utmost care during its move and unpacking.
We have a vast array of companies that we have worked with to help keep senior citizens moving. We can make sure you have sufficient transportation setup at your new residence so you don’t have to.
RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RELOCATION
For most senior citizens moving to a retirement community or an assisted living apartment that fits their needs will be the first move in quite a while. After living in a certain home for many years, a new environment can be overwhelming. Our promise is to make the transition as smooth as possible to ensure a feeling of “Home Sweet Home”.
Retirement Community Mover
We provide a one-stop comprehensive relocation program for those who can not manage a move on their own or for those busy professionals who don’t have the time to spend with the tedious details of relocating a family member.
Our relocation specialist will work closely with you and your family throughout the entire process and assist you in determining which furnishings will fit nicely in your new residence. Our experts will take measurements, complete a floor plan and work with you to provide professional guidance in the placement of furnishings. This gives our clients the confidence of knowing definitely what will fit and which furniture will move to storage, consigned, donated or delivered to family member’s homes.
Upon request, we will retain the services of a professional handyman and/or cleaning service to get the residence ready for optimal showing to potential buyers or renters. Please note this service is provided to our clients at an additional cost, and is not included in the moving fees you are quoted.
We supply the moving boxes and packing supplies, pack-up the household, load our moving truck and move your belongings to your new residence, then unpack everything. Your clothes will be placed in your closets, chests and dresser drawers, your kitchen will be put away and bathroom items will be placed in the bathroom where they belong. We dust the furniture with furniture polish for a fresh clean start, plug in all the lamps, connect your television, set the clocks, arrange the furniture in a useable and practical manner and even make your bed. This means you never have to lift or move heavy boxes. You can rest assured your new home will be set-up and comfortable right away. All you need to do is turn down the sheets and have a good nights sleep!
MOVING THE ELDERLY
Whether your elderly friend or relative is moving into a smaller space, or moving as part of an inter-generational family move, there are special considerations and ways to help older adults experience a better, easier moving day.
Here are moving tips to help prepare seniors before and during moving day:
Before Moving Day
- Speak frankly about the move. It is important to have clear, frank conversations about all aspects of the move and the new living situation. Particularly if it is to a smaller living space or an assisted living facility where daily life and responsibilities (such as cooking) will be dramatically altered.
- Scout out new resources ahead of time. Changing doctors, drug stores, grocery stores and even hair dressers can be particularly stressful for the elderly. Doing your homework ahead of time and finding new social outlets, such as nearby senior centers, can help smooth their transition.
- Start early. The sooner you start preparing an older person for their move the better. This is particularly true if they are downsizing into a smaller home. There are many emotional decisions for them to make. They probably don’t move as quickly (physically or mentally) as they used to. Giving them plenty of time will save frustration for everyone.
- Look at the layout of their new home. This gives them a chance to start mentally preparing, as well as helping them figure out what will fit and what will not.
- Take it one room at a time. Some rooms, such as bedrooms and those laden with family heirlooms and photos will be more emotional to pack than others. Start with the easier rooms and work your way up.
- Help them sort. Deciding what to take and what not to take is often the hardest part of moving a senior. As much as possible, let them make their own decisions. You can help them with the difficult decisions, by suggesting alternatives, such as giving items to relatives or donating them to charity.
- Set aside some sentimental items. When setting aside items to take along instead of packing for the movers (like a change of clothes and toiletries), think about adding a few small, precious items (a framed photo, a sentimental curio) to the list. That way, they will have the comfort of those items right away when they arrive at their new home.
- Consider hiring a Senior Move Manager. These are professionals who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocating. You can find more information about this option from the National Association of Senior Moving Managers www.nasmm.com.
- Choose your mover carefully. Make sure you choose a moving company you are comfortable with and that understands the special needs of older family members. Remington Movers staff, drivers and crews have received high marks on customer satisfaction surveys from our senior customers and their family members.
- Talk to your mover ahead of time. It’s a good idea to have a conversation about special needs ahead of time with your moving agent. If the move involves any medical equipment, be sure and ask what can and cannot be shipped. For example, for safety and legal reasons, oxygen tanks cannot be shipped, unless the valve has been removed by a professional. At Remington Moving & Storage, careful planning and experience combine to provide seniors with stress-free relocation.
On Moving Day
A hectic day for everyone, moving day can be especially stressful for older people. Here are some tips:
- Explain how the day will go. A difficult part of growing old is that often we have less and less control over the events going on around us. The better you can prepare the older mover by explaining how the day will go, what time the movers will arrive, etc., the easier it will be for them to prepare themselves for all the activity of moving day. Your moving counselor will assist you in scheduling pack, load and delivery days.
- Keep medications with you. The last thing you want to do is to search through moving boxes to find critical medications. Make sure these are left aside with the overnight bag or other things you’ll be taking with you. Make certain you allow for contingencies as you pack your medications. Make certain to refill any prescriptions that are running low, prior to the move.
- Start the day rested. Moving day can take a lot of emotional energy. If at all possible, have the pre-move work done early the day before the move, so everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
- Be reassuring about the safety of their goods. It’s hard to watch your life’s possessions drive away. As the movers are loading boxes, reassure the older adult about their safety and when they can expect to see them again. You can contact our Customer Service Department to find the status of a shipment at any time.
- Introduce them to their movers. Show them information you have about your moving company. When the movers arrive, introduce them by name.
- Talk about where you’re going, not what you’re leaving. It’s a good idea to remind the older mover about some of the advantages of their new home and what they have to look forward to.
- Alert your mover to special, sentimental items. Your mover will take care to move all your items safely. Nevertheless, it might be reassuring to the older mover to point out their prize possessions.
- Let the movers do the lifting. There is a natural desire to pitch-in, moving a box or an item from one room to another. Older adults are at greater risk of injury. The movers are there to move you. They know how to move everything in your home safely. Let them.