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Preparing for Downsizing

For seniors and baby boomers planning a move, downsizing does not have to be overwhelming. A Changing Season would like to help you get started by offering these simple suggestions:

  • Start small by purging a few drawers or cabinets. The rule of thumb when cleaning out possessions is that if you haven’t used an item in the past six months, chances are you don’t need it lying around.
  • Set things aside for an estate sale or for charity pick up. Designate boxes for sale and donation items. By doing a little at a time you don’t realize how much you can accomplish.
  • Be generous by giving some of your treasures to the special people in your life. If things are discussed and decided on ahead of time, hard feelings can be avoided in the future.
  • Books are heavy to move. They can be donated to local libraries, senior centers and charities or sold to local book dealers.
  • Create a memory book using old photos. Remember to label the back of the photo with the time, place and people pictured. By doing this future generations will feel connected to you always.
  • Recycle your toxins such as medications, cleaners and paint. Most communities recycle hazardous waste a couple of times a year.
  • If moving day is drawing near, use up as many of your pantry items as possible to avoid having to move a full pantry. Consider donating unwanted items to a local food bank.
  • Keep your address book handy so you can notify your friends of your new address. Notify the utilities about your move as well.
Tips for Families

As you step into the role of caregiver, Senior Moving Care, LLC wants you to be prepared for the challenges ahead. Things to take into consideration before moving day include:

  • Living arrangements- where does your loved one want to spend his/her days
  • Social Security and Medicare- make sure you know these important numbers
  • Doctors names and phone numbers- post a list of doctors names and phone numbers in a visible location in your loved one's new residence
  • Medical history- know your loved one's medical history in case of an emergency and store records in a safe place
  • Pharmacy and medications- know what medications they are taking and where they go to get them
  • Safety deposit box- ask your loved one for the location and key for their safety deposit box
  • Insurance policies- find out if your loved one has any insurance policies such as life or health
  • Hidden treasures- money and valuables may be hidden in very strange places
  • Will- make sure to locate the will and determine who has power of attorney
  • Funeral Plans- discuss burial options and wishes with your loved one