A lot of older people will eventually find themselves having no choice but to move, whether to somewhere smaller, to live with a relative, or to move into a retirement home. Such a move can be a very emotional experience, but there is a simple method to ensure that this transition goes as smoothly and easily as possible.
For a senior citizen who has spent decades of their life in the one home, relocation can seem to be a very daunting prospect indeed. For most of us our homes are the place in which we create our fondest memories, and having to say goodbye can often be overwhelming; however, a little planning can actually mean that the move itself can be turned into a positive memory.
One good tip is to take an inventory. Go around your home and take a good look at all of your possessions. Make a list of all the belongings that you need to take with you to your new abode for reasons both practical and sentimental. You need to take into account the size of your new residence and make your ‘must take’ list realistic. If some items have to be removed, prioritize the ones of greatest importance and value to you.
It is possible to capitalize on downsizing. Older people often accumulate possessions that may be of more value now than they were when they were acquired; some items may be worth selling, or at least passing on to loved ones.