Self-Storage and How to Move Seniors to a Retirement Community Painlessly

It is a difficult task when the time comes for your parents to move out of their home that they have lived in for so long. As old age sets in, the elderly need more and more assistance with their daily lives, and, when your parents reach that stage, the best option is often a retirement community; but it is also often difficult for your parents to admit to their reliance on others and need to move.

We can’t really blame them either. Your parents have lived in their house for probably some time, and are used to their current living conditions. A move to a retirement home is a large change that can be a traumatic experience for them.

It is likely also a necessary change.

The change is not an easy one. We at Real Storage have compiled tips on how to make such a move as smooth as possible for your parents. Take a look below at how to move seniors to a retirement community as easily as possible.

Discuss the move with your parents

Discussing a move to a retirement home with your parents is of course the first step. This is not going to be an easy conversation, nor will it likely be a one-and-done discussion. You will probably need to discuss this with them for some time, as they slowly realize the sense that the move makes.

Be as understanding of their position as possible, and let them make the decisions. Provide a number of options for them to look into, and take any concerns or fears that they have into account.

Focus less on their needs and more on the benefits to them for moving. When they move into a retirement home, they can avoid having to worry about things like lawn maintenance, home repairs, and the like. Such a move will lower their expenses, giving them more finances to do the things they would like to do. A retirement home is staffed with medical professionals and aid workers who are there whenever your parents might need help.

The move can make their lives safer and more comfortable.

Have fun imagining the move plan

Take your time to look at brochures and online platforms that allow you to see living spaces and conditions. Get excited with them about how good the change can be for them, and how amazing some of the amenities are.

They will of course be concerned with downsizing and having to lose items from their home, so provide the most effort into conserving as many of those personal items, attempting to fit as many of them into their new space, while arranging self-storage for the excess. It will be difficult for them to let go of particular items, and finding a way for them to still keep many of those will be important to them.

Take your time with them to go through all of their items while grouping them into categories: items to move with them; items to store; items to sell/donate; items to throw away. Try to let them have the lead on all of these decisions, reasoning with them about certain things that, for example, will take up too much space in their new home.

Be willing to inherit certain items as well: your parents will feel better about getting rid of an item from their belongings if it can be kept in the family. Storing items in a self-storage unit is one thing, but keeping the item in use in the family is something they may be happier with.

Always, always try to have fun with all of this, rather than making it a painful task. Make efforts to be excited for them, and they will hopefully follow suit.

Take your time with this as well. If you try to rush them through it, their response will likely be unfavourable. Taking more time will allow them to say goodbye to certain things easier, and lengthening the process will be easier for them to digest.

Create maps and lists

Once you’ve made decisions on where they will move, have fun with them mapping out the space on a sheet of paper.

Take notes on how they have things arranged in their current set up, and then try to emulate that on the map in their new space. Emulating their current arrangement in their new home will allow the transition to be smoother, as the space will be more familiar to them.

Furniture is one thing, but pay attention to artworks, family photos, and other personal items, attempting to arrange those in the same way as well. The more you can emulate, the more comfortable your parents will be in their new home.

Comfort in self-storage

As said above, the new, smaller space will come with a lot of benefits for your parents, and a focus on this needs to be your approach. That said, it will be a smaller space, and many items will not be able to come along for the move. This may be your parents’ biggest concern with the move – having to lose precious items.

Reason with them about a lot of those, but be willing to keep the most important ones. This is where a self-storage unit becomes a huge benefit to the process. Those items your parents will be worried to lose can in fact be kept for them if you rent a self-storage unit.

An additional advantage is the ability to sort through items after the move. The items you still have not decided on can be moved to the self-storage unit, and then sorted after the fact, buying you some added time if need be.

With the planning and lists you’ve already created, you should be able to determine the size of the unit suitable for your parents’ needs. Take a look at this article here for how to choose your size, and also spend some time with our size calculator to know what will work for your parents’ belongings.

This type of transition is a difficult one, but we at Real Storage are here to help as much as we can. Speak with your Real Storage agent today for additional advice on how to move to a retirement community, or for any other information on self-storage you may require.