Your relative will be emotionally vested in the home they are leaving, and it is expected that there will be sadness and apprehension about the move. It can be a tough conversation to have with your aging parent, but give them time to grieve the change and talk about where they will be living and why they are moving, in order to help make the transition smoother. When an elderly person is asked to leave their longtime homes, a frequent cause of distress is their perceived loss of control, so give your loved one as much control as possible.
Before families begin the sorting and organising process, it will help to have a visual of the layout of the new accommodation that we are moving to. What rooms need to be furnished? How many square metres is the new home? Where are the windows and heating units? We suggest plotting the floor plan of your loved ones new home on graph paper, and cutting out pieces to represent furniture. The more quality time that is devoted to the planning stage will be repaid many times over when the new furniture is moved in.
Go through the house item by item. You can sort and categorise objects to make the process easier: items to be moved, keepsakes to be left with family, items to be sold or donated, and items to be thrown out. Dont allow yourself to become a packing robot lacking feelings. We honor the emotional attachment to your loved ones personal belongings and allow your parent to remember as we help sort out their possessions. We always remember that these are not just objects that we are moving; they are memories.
After the organising and packing is complete, there is work that still needs to be done. Whether the house is going to be sold, rented or passed on to another relative, the general requirements are the same. The house will be cleaned, and consideration should be given to making any required repairs now before any get worse. It is better to take care of maintenance issues all at once rather than dealing with them later while the house is for sale (or after the home has been rented).