Moving your parents out of their current home and transitioning them into a new home can be a fantastic way to set them up for a healthier, safer, and more enjoyable quality of life. It’s also a chance to streamline their lifestyle, and downsize their belongings. Not only will this make the move smoother and easier, but it will also help to make your parents life easier, keep their home cleaner and neater, and begin the process of clearing out their belongings well in advance.
Use these tips to help you streamline and downsize while moving your aging parent:
- Talk to your parents about your plan to downsize their belongings before you get started. Remember that these are your parents possessions, and you should not simply take over and start eliminating things. Talking to them about this ahead of time will prepare them, but can also invigorate them to help you with the process
- Stay organized when going through the home so you can quickly and easily identify the destination of each item. clearly delineate where you will place items to be kept and moved to the new home, those to be distributed through the family, those to be donated, and those to be thrown away
- Discourage your aging parent from taking too much time with each item. This can make it much more difficult to make decisions about the items, and takes up a tremendous amount of time. This also applies to discouraging them from going back through items that have been set aside to be discarded or donated, as it might result in your parent attempting to keep everything
- If you’re aging loved one is suffering from cognitive functioning decline, determine whether discussing this streamlining and downsizing with them will truly have a benefit. Remember they are unlikely to recall most items they don’t see on a daily basis, but can get upset and agitated if they are told their belongings are being removed. Avoid lying to your parent or getting rid of items you know are important to them, but consider whether you need to discuss each item you are throwing away
- Remove discarded items from the home as soon as possible. As soon as trash bags are filled, or you identify larger items to be thrown away, bring them out to the trash can outside, to the dump, or to a disposal container. Likewise, donate items frequently rather than letting them sit around the house for too long
- Discuss with your aging parent if they would like to give a living legacy to members of the family rather than having those people wait to inherit items after your parents life. This can have the dual benefit of removing the item from your parents home, and allowing them to see the happiness from the recipient
If your aging parent has developed new challenges or you simply feel they would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly care provider can step in to fill care gaps, support an independent and fulfilling lifestyle, and help your senior stay as safe and healthy as possible throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has an elderly home care services provider in the home with them can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind, and confidence. With this type of care, you know your parent is in good hands both when you are with them, and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.