How to Organize a Senior Move

Your parents might have planned to stay in the house forever, but it often comes to pass that a senior move becomes necessary for safety or health reasons. Moving from the family homestead will be traumatic, and you will want to reduce the trauma of senior moving day as much as you can.

Planning a Successful Senior Move

The most successful senior move came about because there is a good advance planning. Senior family members help them to make a lot of decisions that may be good in advance, and they are prepared for strong tremors throughout the process as well as on moving day.


1. Know everything you can about where seniors are going. Whether it's home or a senior residence, take a tape measure and draw a detailed floor plan of the room or apartment. Use a good-sized piece of graph paper and include cabinets, doors, and windows. You will use this floor plan to "place" furniture before you move, so you'll know in advance what would be suitable (and what will not) and where things are going.

2. Start sorting as early as you can, but do not be surprised if your parents do not seem to make progress as quickly as you want. Sorting through a lifetime of treasures can be heartwrenching. Tempting as it may be to take over, ask permission before putting anything in the discard pile. As much as time allows, let your parents talk about each item that will evoke memories.

3. Consider renting a storage unit if your parents are not ready to let the property go, and they will not fit in the new location. You may find that the monthly rent is worth it when an alternative is a devastated parent. You can sort through the items.

4. Be sure to set the phone and cable service to start one or two days before the planned move. That way, if the utility installation date slips, your parents will still have a working phone and television on move-in days.