What to Consider When Moving Your Aging Parents Out of Their House
Posted on July 15, 2017 | Back to blogDallas Real Estate
20 Tips for Moving Your Aging Parents Out of Their Dallas Home
Moving your loved ones out of their Dallas home can be a difficult process. Sorting through so many years of family history, choosing what to keep and what to let go, and dealing with the transition to a new living situation can all be overwhelming. But with the right preparation, you can make sure the move goes smoothly. Here’s your moving checklist.
- Remember that any move is stressful, and this may be the most stressful move of all. To stay calm, break the process down into baby steps: organizing, packing, discarding, and then moving.
- Accentuate the positives. Instead of letting your parents dwell on what they’re losing, focus on what they are gaining from this move. That may include greater safety, better care, more free time, and the opportunity to meet new people and try new things.
- Acknowledge the negatives. Your first instinct may be to downplay the negatives of the move in hopes of heading off any confrontation. But by directly addressing the downsides of the move, you give your aging parents a chance to voice their objections and find ways to overcome them.
- Keep a separate notebook dedicated to the move. Write down important dates, contact information, to-do lists, notes about family heirlooms, and so on.
- Look through recent bills, letters and paperwork to find out who you should notify about the change of address: financial institutions, benefits providers (health insurance, Medicare, and Social Security), subscriptions, motor vehicle departments, church, social clubs, friends, and so on.
- Establish a firm date for the move, and plan out a moving schedule ahead of time.
- Get moving quotes from several competing companies.
- Go through the home one room at a time, deciding what to keep and what to donate or sell. Mark each category with different colored tags.
- When the sorting becomes difficult, look at this as an opportunity to simplify things. By lightening the load, your parents will have less maintenance and less upkeep to deal with.
- Allow your parents time to reminisce as you sort through belongings. This can be an opportunity to reconnect and learn more about your family history.
- Take photos of treasured items that can’t be taken along on the move. Later, you can create a photo album to help bring back smiles.
- Don’t worry about sorting through old photos now. Save them for later. Trying to go through them before the move can be too time-consuming and emotionally draining.
- Measure the floor plan of the new home, and then measure large furniture to make sure that everything will fit. That will help avoid any stressful surprises on moving day.
- Ask your moving company for specialty boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, that can help save time and energy.
- Label each box with the destination room or area.
- Refill all prescriptions before the move.
- Create an “Open First” box or bag that includes enough daily essentials to get through the first night and day at the new residence. This should include items such as toothbrushes, towels, bedding, a change of clothes, and so on.
- Put together a moving kit that contains absolute essentials, such as medications, checkbook, address book, legal documents, and your moving notebook. Label this kit and keep it safely with you during the actual move.
- Arrange for someone to meet the movers at the new residence, and make sure that they have a key. If you’re moving to a managed care facility, make sure the staff is expecting you.
- Remember that settling into the new home may take a long period of adjustment. Check in with your parents often to help ease the transition.
What Senior Services Are Available in Dallas?
The Office of Senior Affairs (OSA) provides information and referrals for senior services, education programs, and other resources to help Dallas seniors.
The state of Texas also provides assistance to seniors at the Department of Aging and Disability Services. They provide advocacy and help with understanding benefits and legal rights, qualifying for assisted living facility care, and assistance for family caregivers.
The Easiest Way to Sell Your Parents’ Dallas Home
No matter where your parents are moving, the expenses will add up. You can help defray the costs by selling their old home for cash. Contact HomeVestors for a free quote, and you can sell the house quickly and easily. That’s one less thing to worry about as you help your aging parents settle into their new home.