Friday, March 13, 2020

Help Move Your Senior into a Retirement Community

woman standing next to woman riding wheelchair
Most senior citizens would choose to age in place and stay in their home as long as possible. When this is not possible, then moving into a retirement community may be the next best choice. Problems arise when Mom has 60 years of stuff that she wants to move into her new, small sized home. The question arises, how can you get her to pare down her things so that her new place isn't overrun?

Storage units near Maui are the answer. 5A Rent-A-Space has many different sizes to accommodate all your loved one's belongings. We sell packing supplies and will even move you with our free moving van when you rent from us. Moving Mom and Dad is much easier when storage space is available to de-clutter, sort, pack and organize properly.

6 Tips to Make Moving Your Senior into a Retirement Community Easier
Moving can be hard and stressful. Take steps to help your loved one make the transition easier. Start here:
  1. Talk with the retirement community about items that are not allowed: Find out if there are certain things your Dad will not need because they are supplied. For example, his new apartment may already have a microwave, so he will not need to bring one.
  2. As soon as possible, start sorting through stuff: Try not to wait until a few days before the move to start sorting and packing. Instead, begin immediately to help Mom sort through her belongings.
  3. Rent a storage unit: Give Dad more room by renting a storage space to house his seasonal clothing and sports gear like his beloved fishing poles. When he needs to head out on the water, his angling gear will be conveniently located for easy pick up on the way.
  4. Use offsite storage to rotate beloved decorations: If Mom will not give up all of her knick-knacks, negotiate a truce by having her keep some and store some. When she is ready to redecorate, "new" items are only a quick stop away.
  5. Give Dad time to process through his belongings: Downsizing can be very hard on the elderly. They have a lifetime of memories wrapped up in their stuff. Offer a helping hand but also try to give him some room to process some of those emotions.
  6. Encourage three piles – throw away, keep, and donate: Just as not everything your senior owns can go with them, they also cannot place all their belongings in storage. Work with your loved one to sort through items and get rid of things that are unusable where they’re moving to, keep the stuff they use and love, and donate gently used items they no longer need.
Ease Your Seniors’ Move with a 5A Rent-A-Space

Make the transition to senior retirement living much easier on everyone by utilizing storage units at 5A Rent-A-Space. Our spaces come in a wide range of sizes to fit the needs of your loved one. We will even move your parent's belongings with our free moving van. Give us a call today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

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