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Moving Tips: Caring for elderly relatives during the move

It can be hard to move with elderly relatives.

It can be hard to move with elderly relatives.

When living with an elderly family member, it is important to keep in mind that a move is not just difficult for them when packing, but also when you arrive at your new destination.

If your elderly relative is has a strong memory, but cannot move large items to participate in the move, they still may be able to help you pack. However, there's no reason for them to over-exert themselves, as you can likely do the job with a little help from others. If they don't have the best memory, you may want to give them a helping hand packing everything in an organized manner. However, if they insist on doing it themselves, keep an eye on their progress.

Moving to a new address can be difficult, but having them involved with the planning process can make the elderly relative feel better about the move and take some of the stress out of the situation.

While moving in, be sure to give the relative a task that can keep them occupied and still help them be involved and productive. This can include getting rooms ready for boxes. If any of the rooms need to be swept, they may be able to help. However, if they are unable to do this, bringing in a chair before moving any other items may help them relax and get used to the surroundings while they read or take part in a preferred hobby.

When you are finally done moving, you may want to help your relative familiarize themselves with the area. Especially in those with memory problems, people can get confused when around new surroundings. By not keeping an eye on them or helping them get an idea of where they are, the relative could be at risk of getting lost or injured.