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5 Tips for Moving Seniors to a New Residence

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Seniors may reach a point in their lives where they are unable to live independently. It can be very trying and stressful for both the senior and family members at this point. There are many emotional and financial hardships that may go along with making decisions regarding senior living and care. Whether moving the elderly individual in with family, into a care home or an assisted living community, this decision is not easy and must not be taken lightly. There are many factors to be considered. Below are some tips on moving seniors to a new residence.

  • Consider the Wants and Needs of the Senior

While it is important to ensure the needs of the senior are met, it is also important to consider what he/she wants when faced with the possibility of a move. This individual will be leaving a home that he/she may have been in for most of his/her life. The new residence may be where he/she will spend the remainder of his/her life. It can be easy for family members to focus more on the cost and other aspects of the move, but the senior’s wants and needs also need to be given consideration.

  • Research Options

There are many options today for senior living. Before a move is finalized, research should be done to ensure the best option is chosen for the senior. Communities may differ from state to state, as well as financing available. Families should research all options with the senior to ensure the right decision is made. It is also important to know the laws. Depending on the funding source for care and housing, the senior may need to downsize their assets in order to receive funding. For example, if they receive assistance from Medicaid, their income needs to remain under a certain amount in order to be eligible. This means certain assets, such as their home and bank accounts, may put them over the poverty line and make them ineligible for assistance.

  • Plan Every Aspect of the Move

From the moment the decision is made for the senior to move to a new residence, planning should begin. Where will the senior be moving? What is the monthly cost? How will that cost be paid? Who will assist with the move? When will the move take place? How will the family ensure the move is as comfortable as possible for their loved one?

  • Enlist the Help of Others

Moving a senior relative can be a very stressful and emotional time. One person should not feel as if they have to handle it alone. They should seek assistance from other relatives, friends and/or neighbors.

  • Downsize
Downsizing may be one of the most difficult aspects of moving a senior to a new residence. This can be both time-consuming and emotional. What is important is to make sure that the senior is involved in this process so that he/she can still feel as if they are in control of the situation. Moving may be necessary for health and/or safety reasons, but the senior may be very resistant to leaving his/her home. This part of the process requires patience and caring. This is a stressful time in the senior’s life and he/she needs as much help and support as possible.