Moving out of one’s home for reasons linked to a loss of autonomy is seldom voluntary… For a senior, leaving home is a critical step. How can you help your senior relative go through this radical change?
What kind of move?
Moving to a retirement home, an assisted living facility or simply more adapted housing? There are many scenarios and they all have a different impact on the way the senior will experience the move. But in any case, it means leaving a home filled with habits, familiar bearings and memories; there will always be apprehension, and sometimes even nostalgia and blues…
It is the most common situation: for health and safety reasons, your elderly relative is unable to remain home. Retirement homes welcome seniors who are experiencing a loss of autonomy; in this context, you can’t expect your relative to take the upcoming move with serenity… Take your time to prepare the transition, and get your relative involved in the process. They won’t be able to bring all of their belongings to the retirement home, only a few objects and small pieces of furniture: choose carefully, with the senior, those that they will keep. Also, make decisions about the rest of the furniture: in storage? Divided between the members of your family? Donated to charity?
In most cases, it is the senior who chooses this solution. They will then move to a more or less spacious home, with a broad range of care services to make their life easier: cleaning, grocery shopping, easy access to a doctor… This solution, however onerous, remains the safest and most reassuring for a senior who is still brisk but starting to see the consequences of aging!
A new house or apartment
Your senior relative lives alone in a large isolated house or an apartment that has become way too big. They are far away from their family and no longer able to manage the maintenance: it is time to move to a more suitable accommodation. It’s just like anybody moving homes! Lower the level of stress by helping your relative sort and pack as early as possible. You can also take over administrative paperwork: change of address, gas or electricity contracts, etc. Finally, take your parent for a drive or a walk around their new neighborhood. It can be an adequate time to start using a device like Weenect Senior: it’s guaranteed peace of mind for you and your relative!
Moving a senior out of their home: our tips
Did you know that you can get financial support when moving a senior to a new place for safety or family reunification reasons? To check if your relative is eligible for this allowance, refer to their pension fund and fill out the corresponding forms. Note that it can take a while to process your request, so make sure to plan ahead!
Moving is a stressful event for everybody, no matter how old you are. This uprooting can bring a lot of emotions and your relative may get the blues. If they still seem depressed after a few weeks in their new home, it may be useful to see a doctor!