Moving into a retirement home is a big adjustment, no matter which way you look at it. You are uprooting your current routine, moving away from a home that you’ve probably lived in for many years, and starting the next exciting chapter of your life. There are a lot of things to try and remember, as well as a lot of new steps to factor in as well now that you’re moving into a different type of home. So to help you out, your local elderly moving services provider have put together a checklist – just few things you will need to do before you move into a retirement home.
Change your Address with Care Providers
If you’re moving into a new area, you will need to speak to all of your local care providers and arrange for your care to be transferred to new providers. Medical records can take time to move across, so the sooner you can get that process moving, the better. The same goes for any subscriptions you want to continue once you’ve moved, any bills and any other healthcare or financial records you will need when you’ve moved.
Take the Opportunity to ‘Right-Size’
Over our lives, we tend to collect a lot of stuff. Moving into a retirement home space is likely to be limited so you probably won’t be able to take your lifetime of belongings with you. And depending on the type of retirement home you’re moving into, you might not need to. For example, if you know your retirement home comes furnished, then you know you don’t need to take the main furniture with you – just any pieces you are particularly attached to.
This makes now a perfect time to go through your belongings and downsize a bit. The best way to do this is to go through each room in your house one at a time, and work through what you want to take with you, what you want to keep, and what you can part with. We suggest trying to sort all of your belongings into 4 categories.
Essentials: These are the things you absolutely need to take with you when you move. Depending on your retirement home it could include furniture, decorations, personal keepsakes, books, clothes – even your toothbrush needs to be on this list! Anything you can’t bear to be without, it goes in the essentials box.
‘It Would be Nice To Have’: These are the things that aren’t quite essentials, but you would really like to keep them with you if you have the space. So that collection of classic teapots or that big ornamental sculpture your children brought you back from their trip to Australia. You might not know until you move in what you can keep with you, but anything you can’t manage can go into the next section.
Put it in Storage: Storage is a great solution for those things you really want to keep, either for sentimental reasons, because they are valuable or because you want to pass them on to your family one day. Storage units are a cost-effective way to keep your belongings safe and secure in a place you can visit as and when you need to.
Leave Behind: This is the category for everything else. The things you don’t want to keep, or have no need for anymore. These items can be given to family, donated to charity, auctioned off or sold, recycled or thrown away, depending on what they are.
Consider how to Handle Unwanted Items
Once you’ve made all of those tough decisions, you need to work out what to do with the things you don’t want to keep. You might want to pass on some of your belongings to your family members or friends, so you will need to ask them if they’re happy accepting the gifts. Some of the items you don’t want to keep might be in good condition and still perfectly usable – in which case they might be a good candidate for donation to charity. Some items might be better for recycling, like old electronics or battered furniture, while others still might be classed as waste. With so much going on in your life, it’s unlikely you will have the time to manage all of these steps yourself. But don’t worry. Many elderly moving services (including us) will happily help manage what happens to your unwanted items, handling all donations, recycling and waste, so all you need to worry about is packing what you want to keep with you.
Hire Elderly Moving Services
Moving is stressful. Even if you have family around you willing to help, sometimes having a professional on hand can make all the difference. Elderly moving services (like ours) can support you through the entire process of moving – including pretty much everything we’ve talked about so far. We can sit with you and help you downsize your possessions, handle the things you don’t want to keep and even help you pack properly. When the time comes to move, good elderly moving services will also move everything into your new home for you and unpack it all for you, so moving becomes as simple as closing the door on one home and opening another door into the next. Hiring specialist elderly moving services make the whole process of moving into a retirement home quick and painless, and lets you get on with the business of settling in.
At Home Care Removals, we do all of this and more. We are your local elderly moving services specialist, dedicated to providing a comprehensive moving service for seniors in the area. We can help support you through this next exciting step in your journey with guidance, advice and practical help, ensuring your move goes as smoothly as possible. If you would like to know more about our elderly moving services, just get in touch with us today.