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Senior Relocation? Follow These Tips to Make it a Smooth Process

The moving process is difficult for individuals of all ages but relocation for seniors is especially tough. Making a transition from the familiar to the unknown can present certain challenges and it bodes well for you to be as prepared as possible.  Although the decision to relocate is never an easy one, these tips may help ease the process, both for you and your senior loved.


Be sure to plan ahead. Take the time to map out exactly what needs to be done and by what dates. Make a to-do list that you can constantly refer back to, updating and revising as needed. An organized list helps you stay on task so you don’t leave everything until the last minute. The better the plan, the smoother the process and you’ll likely find that your senior loved one responds better to direction and schedule as opposed to unorganized chaos, since it helps them stay on track during this already emotionally taxing time.


Avoid ambiguity in a seniors’ move. If geographically and physically possible, go to the new location ahead of time. Give your senior loved one time to socialize with neighbors to help them feel comfortable in their new space before they even get there. If you’re moving into an assisted living facility, retirement home or long term care building, speak with the admissions staff to be sure you’ve done everything you can to make it as smooth a transition as possible.

Make It Home

The emotional toll on a senior during relocation can be difficult to endure, both for the senior themselves and for the family around them. The home they once knew is gone and they’re forced to start over again in a new place.  Imagine how hard that must be.  You can make it easier for them by doing your best to set up their new home or apartment similar to the place they left behind. Take pictures of their past dwelling and try to position items in the same way. For example, match how appliances are positioned in the kitchen, hang pictures on the walls, or bring along the old bedspread and pillows. These gestures can offer a sense of comfort, helping them become familiar with their new place a little faster.

Hire Someone

Rather than taking on the task of a complete seniors’ relocation all on your own, consider hiring a reputable relocation service for seniors. There are wide range of moving and relocation companies that can assist you through every step of the process. They can help you find a home for your senior loved one, make moving arrangements, and facilitate the transfer of items from one place to another on the day of. Their expertise and knowledge can be a vital addition to the seniors’ relocation process.

Be Patient

Do your best to stay calm, be patient and take an empathetic approach to the situation.  There’s no doubt that this time is going to be a difficult one for everyone, but remember that there are certain things you can do to make it easier.  Keep an understanding attitude and try to foresee potential delays and hiccups.  Make sure you leave time for the grieving process and be there for your elderly loved one and the rest of your family.  Ask for help and hire professionals if need be.  During times of emotional distress, be forgiving of yourself and others. Be ready to adapt and adjust on the fly so you can keep a positive outlook that will benefit not only yourself, but everyone involved.
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