Seniors in Stride moves people and not just boxes!
Oh for the love o’ Lloyd…..a typical client’s story.
Lloyd of Toronto was widowed three years ago when his wife of 53 years took ill. It’s now summer and Lloyd stands in the yard of his family home overlooking a badly overgrown lawn and what was once his prized gardens. His arthritis makes any bending or kneeling difficult and painful. He misses the companionship of his wife, his children are dispersed across Canada and he is feeling lonely and overwhelmed. The large family home has become a burden and far too much to manage on his own; he decides it’s time to move to a smaller more manageable residence, but with a lifetime of belongings and memories he doesn’t know where to start.
This is a typical situation where the intervention of a professional specializing in move management can be a tremendous help and often sought out by the family as a whole. In this situation, to ensure a seamless transition, and to keep things from becoming too overwhelming for everyone, the family arrange for Seniors in Stride to manage the move of their father.
Seniors in Stride works with Lloyd and his family to review their objectives and create an action plan. Lloyd stresses his desire to live independently as long as possible. The family wishes for a smooth transition that is as stress-free as possible – almost completely removing themselves from the process. They have found a smaller home for their father, and have a two-month window to sell, fully downsize and move Lloyd to his new surroundings.
The process begins: with the guidance of Lloyd and his family, Seniors in Stride file through decades of treasured items determining what to keep, donate and sell applying its established system and business resources to successfully repurpose and donate items, while appreciating the emotional nature of such a move. The home is downsized, cleaned and prepared/staged for sale, which also includes painting, new carpeting, and the reconfiguration of furniture.
Meanwhile, Seniors in Stride visits the new living space for layout and appropriate safety and space planning. Observing Lloyd’s interest in gardening, during the visit it is discovered that the new property has a perfect spot for an elevated garden box on the back patio, thereby allowing Lloyd to garden without causing discomfort to his hips or knees due to bending.
The lovely and now downsized family home is sold, packing is arranged, and movers are secured. Remodelling activities are completed in the new home; the front stairs and walkway to Lloyd’s new property are corrected for safety, as well bathroom safety apparatuses are installed.
Seniors in Stride executes a seamless move, and Lloyd is comfortable knowing that his most cherished items will be moved to his new home. Furniture is configured according to the predetermined floor/space plan, the team fully unpacks and sets up each respective room – from family photographs, artwork and mirrors hung, technology set up and window coverings mounted to dishes and glasses put away, Lloyd’s bed made and a custom-designed elevated garden box built on his small, but perfectly manageable deck – all is in place! Lloyd spends a lovely day with his daughters and arrives to his new surroundings just after dinner. He opens the door quietly saying to himself, “for the love o’ Lloyd, it’s home away from home.” The home is purposefully set up to have a feeling of familiarity. Most important, Lloyd’s new living space is comfortable and safe, closer and more connected to family and he is able to enjoy his senior years.
Fact: According to NASMM, last year alone, 50,000 families and older adults chose to work with a Senior Move Manager® with their transition needs.
Benefits to hiring a Senior Move Manager®
- We guide clients through a journey that’s often as much about sorting through a lifetime’s worth of memories as it is about possessions.
- We facilitate the decision regarding what to take, what to leave and how to redirect it. They also set up and organize the new home.
- The growth in retirement communities and the scattering of adult children have created this niche service.
- Two-income households leave adult children little time to help aging parents pack and move.
- Other seniors, single or without children, don’t have much help of any kind, and are too overwhelmed to tackle the problem alone. You are not alone!
- Even when family help is available, emotions can run high, making the process difficult and upsetting for everyone involved.
Although specific services vary, most Senior Move
Managers® can help with some or all of the following:
- Developing an overall move or “age in place” plan
Organizing, sorting and downsizing
- Customized floor plans
- Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
- Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
- Arranging shipments and storage
- Professional packing
- Unpacking and setting up the new home
- Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.