Making a move from her own home to yours is an extremely emotional time for your loved one. As her family caregiver, it falls to you to help make this process as easy as possible for your elderly family member.
Here’s what you need to know in order to keep the experience positive.
Talk to Her before the Move
Often family members and seniors avoid having deep talks before the move about how everyone is feeling because it might seem inevitable anyway. But you really need to open that dialogue with your elderly family member and find out what she’s feeling. You might be feeling similar emotions, which would be easier to work through together.
Develop a Time Line for Packing and Moving
Work with your elderly family member to figure out a time table for the move. Some people prefer making big changes like this quickly while others want to have time during the change to process at each tiny stage. Determine which your elderly family member prefers and then use the moving date as the end date. Work backward from that date, leaving as much time as necessary for each stage in the move.
Get Extra Help with the Emotional End of Things
It’s not unusual to have unexpected emotions pop up during a big move. If that’s the case for you or for your elderly family member, get some professional help managing those feelings before they get out of control. Talking to a counselor or therapist can give both of you the tools that you need to keep from hurting each other inadvertently.
Give Your Senior Time to Adjust
As a caregiver, you’re going to need time to adjust, of course. Your elderly family member is also going to need time to adjust, however. This isn’t something that is going to be seamless, even if your aging adult suggested the move initially. Things like this need to move at their own pace as much as possible.
Keep in mind that your elderly family member might work through some of the emotions regarding this move for quite some time to come.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elderly Care Services in Huntington NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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