On the Move March: Moving to a Retirement or Seniors Home

On the Move March    

As a Senior, moving can be very difficult. Not only because of the downsizing that will probably occur, but because of dependence on other people. If the senior has lived in their previous residence for a very long time, and invested a lot of hard work into their home, this move can be devastating. On the flip side, if the senior is forced to move repeatedly, it can also take its toll. Asking an elder to move into an assisted care environment is not easy, but there are ways to make the move go smoothly. Full service moving companies in London Ontario can make this easier. By assisting with packing, moving, and unpacking, you can put your full attention to your senior.

One of the key points in moving elderly or senior residents in London Ontario is the acknowledge it’s not simply about moving their belongings under a new roof. They may be moving away from friends and long time neighbours.  Check into social events in the new community and go there with your elderly parent, friend, or relative! Chances are you’ll be visiting a lot, so it will be great to learn the names of other residents and especially staff. Being able to put a face to a name is helpful in making any phone calls later for additional assistance. Take a tour of other residents rooms to get some layout and design ideas. This will make packing easier, and reducing the number of belongings you bring when moving in London Ontario.

Before you start packing, make a list of the things your senior wants to keep, and belongings they’d like to give away. It can be fun to make a drawing of the room and layout of furniture and design.  It’s best to assure them that their things will be taken care of by family members and friends. Make a list of things that are being left behind, and the potential family members or friends that can use them. Sometimes elderly are uneasy about full service moving companies in their previous residence. Talk to your senior about having the moving company in London Ontario arrive while they’re out with another family member. Make sure a trusted family member is at the residence.

Some resources for  moving seniors in Ontario:

Independence, Activity, and Good Health Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors: https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/215/ontarioseniorsactionplan-en-20130204.pdf

Home, Community and Residential Care Services for Seniors (Forms): http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/forms.aspx

Home and Community Services Checklist: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/22_hcs_checklist.aspx

By Kate Veinot

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