Over the 21 years we’ve been in business, we’ve seen Nashville transition into becoming a hot spot for seniors to settle into their retirement. Every year, the number of seniors we move increases! So we want to share some of the knowledge we’ve picked up about how to make the stress, and sometimes the trauma, of senior moving easier to handle.
First, while you prepare for the big relocation, lighten your to-do list by making a meaningful donation. Donating unneeded furniture and belongings will be especially helpful if your senior friend or family member is downsizing significantly. He can feel good about contributing to a cause close to his heart, while simultaneously saving time and money to move everything out of his old home. Depending on the type of charity the senior wishes to support, he may even be able to have these belongings picked up for free. Here’s a partial list of some of the local Nashville non-profits that are willing to provide free pick-up of large donations:
- Safe Haven Family Shelter — One of our favorite non-profit partners, and the only homeless shelter in Middle Tennessee that is able to accept whole families, without splitting them up among Men’s and Women’s & Children’s shelters.
- ThriftSmart — Another one of our partners, ThriftSmart is a local thrift store that donates all of its profits to local non-profit organizations serving the Nashville area.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore — The ReStore is also a thrift store, exclusively selling furniture and decor items, and all of its profits benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
If the senior being moved has extreme physical limitations, consider hiring a company to pack her belongings instead of having her pack everything herself. Even though most seniors can take care of themselves without issue during a normal day, packing everything she owns into boxes during a limited period of time can be tiring or even painful. Think about how much bending, stretching, kneeling, and lifting can be involved in such a job. Most professional moving companies will also offer packing services. In fact, if you schedule our company to complete the packing for your friend or family member, our packing rates are all-inclusive of the supplies our movers need to pack everything.
When planning the move, consider the option of appointing an on-site representative for Moving Day, instead of having your senior friend or family member take charge. This is especially important when a senior is making a major transition away from the home he’s been living in for decades, is being forced to move due to new health limitations, or is undergoing a dramatic downsizing. Having his adult child or another representative coordinate the activities of Moving Day can allow him some time to process and accept the life change taking place.
And while you’re making all the move arrangements, be sure to coordinate with the new community the senior is moving into. She may not be moving into an assisted living community, hospice care, or any other sort of “retirement community,” but even Nashville’s condo and high-rise apartment complexes appreciate your communication while scheduling moving plans. In our experience, assisted living communities prefer that move-ins only take place outside of meal times, so movers won’t block the elevators from transporting residents to the dining area. Many complexes have a cut-off time in the afternoon/evening, after which the rest of the move must be delayed until the next day. Some communities located in more congested areas of town have certain places they need moving trucks to be parked, and certain high-rise buildings require you to schedule the block of time you wish to use their elevator for the move.
Finally, when it’s time to schedule the movers, be sure to communicate all of the senior’s needs and preferences. If there are any special arrangements that he’ll need made, it’s best to let the moving company know as you book the move so the movers can be prepared when they show up on Moving Day. During your scheduling phone call, you should also ask if the moving company is qualified to move seniors and if they have any special accommodations they provide for such moves. For example, our company requires every mover to go through a Senior Sensitivity Training program before beginning to work in the field, all movers are background-checked and drug-tested, and we offer a senior pricing discount.
If you have any other questions regarding your senior friend or family member’s move, please give us a call at (615) 248-6288, or check out our website.