For older people, a move is most likely to involve downsizing—and that means parting with lots of possessions. The move may be from a home with memories of raising a family, which triggers powerful emotions. And it frequently evokes a strong sense of loss.
When it comes time to move a loved one to a new residence a senior move manager can make it easier and less stressful. The quality of their service really stands out. Senior moving companies and senior move managers can help individuals and families save time and money by organizing and implementing a large move or residential downsize.
Senior Moving Companies and Services
Nearly 52% of all moves are for people over the age of 50. Moving can be stressful to seniors. That’s why we understand how important it is for their move to be simple while offering any assistance they need.
When your senior family members have decided that the time has come to downsize from their home to a smaller house or specialized care facility, they are not overwhelmed or stressed. This is not because senior moving is something to be taken lightly.
Senior moving companies provides a multi-faceted approach to the move process with a focus on compassion and respect to their clients.Seniors may move for many of the same reasons as younger adults such as moving for employment but many older adults have unique reasons to transition to a new home or city.
About 40% of seniors move to be closer to loved ones but an improved quality of life in retirement, health reasons, and downsizing are also common reasons to hire senior movers. Many seniors make a conscious decision to downsize or consider future needs when they relocate. In addition to relocating to a smaller but independent home, many choose dedicated senior living such as a 55+ community with a maintenance-free lifestyle and scheduled activities.
Those who are unable to continue living alone may be preparing to move into an assisted living facility or with family and need a senior moving company. One of the major things to work on is finding storage for furniture and other personal items that cannot be taken with you, but you don’t want to necessary get rid of and need a self storage unit. For seniors, moving to a new home – perhaps downsizing to a 55+ apartment, retirement community, or assisted living facility – carries unique challenges.
A senior move can be particularly stressful and emotional if someone is leaving behind a family home with decades of memories. That’s where a relatively new profession – senior moving services – can help.
What is a Senior Move Manager®?
A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place.
The term Senior Move Manager® is a service mark owned by NASMM. Only NASMM members are Senior Move Managers®. All NASMM General Members have completed required courses in safety and ethics, and are screened for insurance and experience.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers and, as such, is the best place for you to find one. NASMM is recognized for its innovative programs and expertise related to senior move management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults.
- NASMM members specialize in helping older adults and their families with the daunting process of downsizing and moving to a new residence.
- NASMM members are experienced professionals, bound by a pledge of integrity, committed to safety and ethics, and dedicated to continuing professional development.
- NASMM members will move you expertly, compassionately, and affordably.
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
- 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
- Supervise and oversight of 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.
Some Senior Move Managers® provide these services directly; others function in more of an oversight or management role. Senior Move Managers® have extensive, practical knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of various local community resources.
Additionally, Senior Move Managers® frequently assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but simply require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of “aging in place” concepts to help them achieve their goal of … not moving anywhere, but improving quality of life!
One call to a Senior Move Manager® can connect you with services older adults and families need for a seamless, successful transition of all kinds.
A senior move manager’s mission is to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, to increase industry awareness, to establish a national referral network, to enhance the professional competence of members, and to promote the delivery of our services with compassion and integrity.