Moving seniors—or anyone—in winter is a challenge. You have to combat unpredictable weather, likely freezing temperatures that cause ice and slippery conditions, and everyone just wants it done super quick so they can get back to the warmth of their own homes. And that doesn’t even touch how difficult it is on the seniors who may have arthritis or other complications making the weather harder on them than on anyone else. So, what to do?
The key to moving seniors during the winter is getting the right help. Having a bunch of neighbors show up and help is great, and no one in their right mind would turn that down. But what do you do before the neighbors and family arrive? That is the key, and that is where the help comes in.
If you have professionals involved—and not just professional movers but professionals at helping seniors relocate—then you can rest assured that the move will go as smoothly as nature allows.
Moving seniors is more about helping set up than it is about actually packing boxes and relocating furniture.
When a senior is getting ready for what may be a significant move, possibly downsizing and decluttering, they need someone to talk to. They need to know that what they have isn’t being devalued or simply trashed. They want to see someone treat their belongings and a lifetime of memories with respect.
And they likely need help visualizing themselves in a new space, seeing what will fit and what they no longer need. They will need reassurance that they will still have enough.
Once you get the sorting done and know what you actually need, professionals can help with labeling so the move is easier on the seniors and on all the volunteers as well.