Moving to Aged Care
Moving can be an overwhelming experience for any one at any life stage, but when making a significant life change such as downsizing and moving to an aged care residence, it can also be physically and emotionally challenging for the person moving and everyone involved, especially if exiting and farewelling the family home after many decades.
One of the biggest hurdles for many is dealing with everything they own.
As well as deciding on a new home that provides additional support to meet your current needs, lots of decisions and choices will be required to plan your move and deal with the lifetime of possessions accumulated within your home –
- Can you do it all or do you need 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 is left behind (farewell)? Realistically what are the options (sell, donate, toss)?
- How to farewell years of possessions yet retain memories?
- How to involve your family & loved ones?
- How to come to terms with it all with understanding, care and respect
- How to minimise the stress & pain where possible
- Where to maximise your time for greatest return
- What if you physically can’t do it?
It is not easy to farewell a loved family home and the lifetime of possessions within and the associated memories. Do not under-estimate how physically and mentally challenging this 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 and maybe challenged by what to do with what we can’t take with us when we downsize. It may not be any easy task to come to terms with. For most of our lives we have upsized, so we are not necessarily experienced at downsizing …
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