Managing the responsibilities of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you have other commitments such as work and family.
Transitioning your parents to a more supportive environment, like an assisted living facility or your home can help alleviate some of the caregiving burden and ensure they receive the care they need.
In this episode, we get down to how to handle such a major shift in both you and your parents' life.
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Welcome back to The Caregiver Cafe. I am Roz Jones, your host, and in today's episode, we're going to talk about some of the considerations that are involved when you are moving your loved one from a home either into your home or into a facility. This requires this requires preparation and management. It requires preparation and management, when you are thinking about moving your loved one from their home, either to a facility or into your home.
So one of the most one of the first things that we need to bla bla bla , I'm gonna keep going. So what's one of the first things that we need to consider when we are moving our loved one, logistics, logistics, logistics? So number one, you know, we have to look at the packing? Who's going to pack the house? Are you all going to take it room by room?
Are you trying to meet a deadline? Are you trying to move within six months a year? 18 months? What is the goal? If you begin packing, and you find that the packing is overwhelming, then you look at movers, there are movers out there that help specifically move seniors into a facility or into your home. And so you want to make a list of everything in the house that you want to take care to take with you. And then other things that you know, you may want to create some type of timeline and say, Hey, we have a garage sale? Or, you know, at a garage sale? Do we donate to Goodwill? Do we donate to dress for success? Do we donate to the city. So there's different places where you can donate to clothes in order to help with that part.
And then there's different ways that you can manage the rest of the house. And once again, if you can't do it, and logistically it's just overwhelming, then that's when you need to look at movers. Okay? Another important consideration when you are downsizing is that the living space, the new living space, of course, is not going to be what the old living space was, you may be coming from a three or 4000 square foot house down to something that's maybe 1200 square feet.
So we know that 80 to 90% of those belongings cannot go. And as I mentioned earlier, you may have to donate or have a garage sale to sell it. Or you know, you may have to store it. So those are the three things we have to you have to look at all those costs. And then once the move is complete, and they're in their new situation or their new location. So this includes setting up the, the new place. So what you want to try to do is you want to try to make sure that those rooms are as close to what it looked like when they were living in their own home. That's gonna take away a lot of the anxiety, a lot of the stress and give them some comfort.
And then also to while you're setting up it is important to meet with neighbors, your family, I mean new neighbors, new connections, new outsources what's available in a neighborhood that I can participate in. So these are some of the things that you need to look at also to other local activities such as tours, or getaways, little short getaways, mini vacations, what are some of the activities that are involved in the new location where you are. And then finally, when you are planning for the move is important to have a plan in place for ongoing care, it's important to have your care plan just because the person is moving into a facility or with you.
The care plan continues, you don't stop being a caregiver, if the person moves into an assisted living facility or in a elderly community. The caregiving does not stop the care plan has to continue, no matter where they are, if they are in your home, or if they are in a facility. So moving your aging loved one requires all of this. So if you think is stressful for them, it's also stressful for you as well. So that's why planning is so important.
And when you plan is going to make honey is going to make a huge, huge difference in the transition from a home that they've been in for years and to a new home. So once again, I want to thank you all for listening. I'm Ross Jones. At the caregiver cafe in today's episode, we were talking about moving, managing and preparing to move your aging loved one. Until next time, take care. I'm Roz Jones.
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