A home relocation is never really easy on anyone, but it is especially tough on young children and elderly people. If you’re planning a house moving process and you have elderly people in the family, it is undoubtedly a fact that is of some concern to you: after all, house moves are an incredibly tiring experience as is, but for an older person, they can be quite stressful. This article includes some great advice on how to make a home relocation easier for the elderly people in your family.
One of the most important things you can do to make the transition a little bit easier, a little less stressful, is to be kind and patient throughout. Remember, this move is going to affect older people very differently: as a younger person you will probably be able to deal with the emotional stress of the move much better because it is easier to adapt to change when you are younger, but for an older person, the sudden change in an established routine can be bewildering and frightening. You must be mindful of this fact throughout because it will really help you do better by them.
Even when you are making an effort to make the move easy on the elderly, don’t push them off to one side and make them feel unneeded. There is nothing quite as depressing as feeling useless and unproductive when everyone else is busy with some chore or the other. It is true that the elderly are not able to get as much done as younger people, but that doesn’t mean you should keep them out of the loop. In fact, with something as significant as a house move, every member of the family should be involved. If the older people can’t help with packing and moving, ask them to watch over the kids or help with meals or any other task that won’t strain them but will give them something to be occupied with too.
Start planning well in advance, and take necessary measures to ensure that the elderly person(s) will not be bothered by the move. Following a proper routine and having necessary plans and arrangements in place is important because while a young person might be able to adapt to tough situations and make do without certain comforts, an older person won’t be able to. Make sure you set up all the necessary comforts such as a bed, a chair, food, an accessible washroom, any medical prescriptions and so on before the move so that the older people can ease into the new place without experiencing any discomfort and stress.
Take some time out and help them sort through their things. Remember, they will have a different opinion about their belongings, and a lot of items that you may see to be useless might be of great sentimental value to them. Going through old things, packing them up and choosing to discard certain things is a difficult but necessary aspect of any house move, but for an elderly person, this activity is yet another reminder of how much has changed and gone by. Try to be sensitive of what this means to the person and help them pack their belongings and make decisions that they are comfortable with.
At all points in time, be respectful of the seniors and engage them in the experience as much as you can. Even if they can’t physically contribute to the move as much as they would like to, they will have valuable opinions and advice to share. Seek them out and discuss the move with them and make sure you spend enough time with them during the relocation. It may seem like an unnecessary exercise when there is so much else to take care of, but imagine how you’d feel in their shoes: you’d want someone to appreciate you and involve you as well!