The thought of helping parents relocate after retirement used to include images of nursing homes and room temperature mystery meal dinners served at 4:00 p.m. These stereotypes are far from reality for retirees these days. Posh retirement communities are popping up everywhere and the industry is only expected to increase over the next 20 years due to the 77 million Americans in the baby boomer generation.
How Can I Help My Parents Move into A Retirement Community?
As boomers continue to reinvent retirement, living a much more active lifestyle than previous generations, their children often wind up playing a big role in the transition. This is not a bad tax to pay for being given life, but there are some factors you’ll want to consider.
The first issue that many people face when helping parents move is dealing with the accumulation of treasures from over the decades. Many of their possessions hold a special place in their heart, but not in those of their children. You might be tempted to toss it all or put it all in a storage unit, but before relenting entirely, first, try sorting and separating.
Put all of the like belongings together so that the duplication is obvious and your parents can begin to see that they don’t actually need, nor have space for, 17 afghans in their new place. When you put all the tools and yard work equipment together, you can remind them of how their new yard-less home will also be maintenance-free.
Try to See the Task from A Different Perspective
When it comes to all the knickknacks, ask for the story behind each piece that holds value for your parents. This will help you see the job as a walk down memory lane and a chance to learn some history, rather than just a task to be completed.
If you are having trouble getting other family members involved, convincing your parents to sell or donate items, and reducing the number of belongings to take with them, there are other options. Think about hiring a senior move manager. Senior move managers often have backgrounds in working with senior citizens and can make the move easier for everyone involved.
Whether you are just moving your parents across town or to a whole new city, Capital Moving & Storage is here to help! Give us a call at (860) 415-4400 or use our online contact form and our team of professionals will give you peace of mind in getting your parents’ possessions to their new home.