Senior Move Manager – Not your ordinary movers
Moving isn’t exactly fun. Whether you do it yourself or hire movers, it almost always takes more time and work than you bargained for. This comes as no surprise to most adults who have moved on more than one occasion – for a new job, company transfer or change of scenery. There’s another kind of move, though, known as the senior move, which may not be as familiar. It’s much more involved than moving from Point A to Point B.
Imagine being older with adult children who live far away or no children at all. Suddenly, because of a change in health for you or a spouse, it becomes necessary to downsize considerably after decades in one place. Such a move can mean going from a 2,500-square-foot home with a lifetime of belongings to a 400-square-foot apartment with room only for necessities and the most meaningful items. An extraordinary transition like this can be hard to manage for anyone.
Enter the “senior move manager”
The role of a move manager
According to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), there are professionals who assist retirees and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation or “aging in place” in order to remain at home as long as possible. While senior move managers come from diverse backgrounds (nursing, healthcare, social work and marketing, to name a few), they share a genuine commitment to older adults, deep compassion and expertise, as well as the desire to perform meaningful work. Depending on your needs, they can assist with a variety of tasks as you or a loved one makes the transition to a new home.
Where are they? What’s the cost?
With more than 850 senior move management companies throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad, there’s likely someone near you with the experience, compassion and expertise to help with a senior move. A great place to start is nasmm.org, where you can easily search for accredited providers.
Because of variables like geographic region and services requested, fees can vary substantially. Also, some managers charge hourly, while others charge a flat rate. Always ask for a thorough outline and written estimate in advance. And be sure to talk with your financial and tax advisors when planning for the expenses and possible tax deductions.
There’s no place like your new, smaller home
Even the most unexpected and drastic downsize can be made easier and less stressful with someone by your side to answer questions and help with logistics. With the proper plan and a caring professional on your team, having fewer square feet might actually make life simpler and cozier than ever before.
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