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The Right Move: Working with a Senior Move Manager.

 Posted by Albert Dickson on June 20, 2016 at 11:52 AM
A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or aging in place. Senior move managers provide a multi-faceted approach to the move process: from space planning in the beginning to post-move support and advocacy. Watch Our Services Video.

Senior Move Manager Services

Although specific services vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

     
  • Developing an overall move or age in place plan
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  • Organizing, sorting and downsizing
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  • Customized floor plans
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  • Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation or a combination of the above
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  • Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
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  • Arranging shipments and storage
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  • Professional packing
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  • Unpacking and setting up the new home
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  • Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold

Some senior move managers provide these services directly; others function in more of an oversight or management role. Senior move managers have extensive, practical knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of various local community resources.

"One call to a senior move manager can connect you with services older adults and families need for a seamless, successful transition of all kinds."

Additionally, senior move managers frequently assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of aging in place concepts to help them achieve their goal of . . . not moving anywhere, just improving quality of life.

Senior move managers have significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results. Senior move management services are client-centered and personalized to meet the client’s needs and preferences. Families, particularly, should never doubt the power of an outside expert, especially when there are arguments over how to handle a move or simply who gets a favorite painting.

One call to a senior move manager can connect you with services older adults and families need for a seamless, successful transition of all kinds. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about this new type of service.
 

Who uses senior move managers?

Senior move managers can be hired by:

     
  • Older adults themselves
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  • Family members
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  • Bank and trust officers
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  • Geriatric Care Managers
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  • Attorneys
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  • Social service providers/social workers
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  • Senior living communities
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  • Physicians and allied health providers
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  • Realtors
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  • Staging professionals

 

Why is senior move management needed now?

The numbers tell the story. The US population aged 65 and over will jump nearly 80 percent when the Baby Boom generation retires (from 2010 to 2030). By 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the total US population. Americans age 85 and above comprise the fastest growing segment of the US population. Senior move services are needed now for a variety of reasons:

     
  • Today, many families are geographically dispersed and adult children are often not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career and family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers may be geographic.
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  • Many seniors have no surviving children, or increasingly, their children are older adults themselves. If an illness or death of a loved one precipitates the move, the family is likely already drained both emotionally and physically. They need help. Senior move management has emerged to fill these gaps and to facilitate the transition for everyone involved.
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  • Older adults making a transition have usually not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family. Seek the help of experienced, insured professionals and call a senior move manager.