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How to Handle a Move to Independent Living

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - March 13, 2013

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Making the decision to move to an independent living facility is one you have thought long and hard about, but now the day is almost here. It can be physically and emotionally draining when you realize how much there is to do before the move and the senior moving can deal with a lot of emotional issues. They might have spent their entire life or several decades in their home, which they are now selling or renting out and choosing to live somewhere else. Seniors moving to independent living need people close by to offer support in any way they can.

Preparing for the Move

Before the day of the move comes, there are a lot of preparations that need to be done. This includes large things like selling or renting the senior’s home and paying the deposit on the independent living facility, as well as small things such as scheduling the moving truck, calling utility companies to cancel electricity or cable, and packing boxes. Be sure the preparation are done early and offer to help the senior with most of these errands so they don’t have the added worry.

The Day of the Move

Among the many types of support seniors moving to senior housing will need, physical support is included. When the day of the move comes, offer your help to your loved one by hauling their heavy furniture and boxes, cleaning their apartment once everything is moved, and helping packing or unpacking. With the emotional stress of moving, they shouldn’t have to worry about the physical labor as well. Get more than one person to help so the move goes quickly and easily.

Financial Support

Your relative may also need some financial support before, during or after the move to an independent living facility. It can help to get him or her started by helping with the deposit or first month’s rent, paying the movers, or helping to cover the deposit and fees for the moving truck. Relieving financial stress can be a big help to someone making such a big transition in their life.

Emotional Support

Finally, there is the emotional stress aspect of moving to an independent living facility. While they have decided it is the best option overall, it can still be hard making a big change and leaving a home they may have lived in for a long time. This is especially true if it was a house they lived in with a spouse, children or grandchildren.