Moving to Aged Care
Moving can be an overwhelming experience for any one at any age or life stage …. but when making a significant life change such as downsizing and moving to an aged care residence, it can be physically and emotionally challenging for the person moving as well as for family and loved ones, especially if farewelling the family home after many years
For most of us change is not easy, nor is it easy to farewell your home, the lifetime of possessions within and the memories involved, but as we get older our needs change, life happens and the home may now be too large and take too much effort to look after, so reality steps in. This can be a challenging move and family dynamics can get stretched and strained. Do not under-estimate how physically and mentally challenging it can be. Add to this the fact that we currently live in an “age of abundance of stuff”, where most of us can buy what we want when we need it, thus we have lots of stuff which can make downsizing extra challenging.
As well as deciding on a new home that provides the level of support now needed, lots of decisions and choices will be required to plan the move and deal with the lifetime of possessions accumulated within the home –
- Can you do it all or do you need help?
- Availability of family or loved ones to help?
- Who to trust? Where to start? How to plan it all, get it done and achieve deadlines?
- What to take with you (functional & favourites)?
- What to do with what your must leave behind (sell, donate, farewell)?
- Where to maximise your time for greatest return
- What if you physically can’t do it?
For most of our lives we have upsized, so we are not experienced at downsizing. One of the biggest reasons people say they can’t face downsizing, is dealing with everything they own. So, realistically, where do you start?
The first step is clarifying goals, planning, keeping on track and coming to terms with the transition –
- Understanding priorities
- Identifying what to take & what must go –
- Favourites (must haves, what you love)
- Functional items (what you use now & what supports you in your new lifestyle)
- Farewelling what must go
- Setting out a timeline – the move, sale of house, settlement
- Clarifying what friends or family may want
- If selling the family home, how to make it sparkle for sale (maximising the sale price, whilst minimising costs)
- Getting it all done –
- Packing, moving, unpacking
- Sorting what’s left – items to be sold, recycled, donated or disposed of
- Refreshing and presenting the property for sale to maximise its sale price
It’s a huge job sorting an entire home, so it can be overwhelming & physically & mentally tiring. With our service, you can concentrate on yourself or your loved one, while knowing we are doing what needs to be done to achieve your best interests. Alternatively if you need just a little assistance & guidance, ask about our consultation package ($295 +GST)
allsorters specialise in assisting clients in their third age & their families – sometimes our clients have no family to assist them, sometimes our clients just need a little guidance to get on the right track, sometimes their family maybe remote or time poor. Sadly often families find it hard to focus on settling their loved one into their new home because they are too busy sorting out what’s left behind in the home
For carers on this journey with a loved one, it is also a challenging time to ensure your loved one’s safety, health, welfare and emotional needs, while also helping them to settle in & embrace their new lifestyle
To discuss your needs & how we can help, contact Mary to discuss your situation
Mary specialises exclusively in working with clients and the families of those in their third age