by Rita Woll
An Indianapolis native, Wendy and her husband and children lived in Colorado while her elder parents - both in their mid 80's - had remained in their longtime family home over the years. Due to work, family obligations and distance, Wendy rarely visited her parents, typically only making it back to Indy once a year for one of the major holidays.
In her next-to-last visit she had noticed some troubling trends; obviously Mom and Dad were getting older and having much more difficulty getting around and maintaining the home. But Wendy's concerns jumped a notch this past Christmas when her annual visit left her shocked and deeply troubled.
The holiday visit clearly showed that a problem was at hand. The outside of the Indianapolis house displayed clear signs of disrepair.
Far more troublesome was the interior and yes, even the physical state of her parents. Wendy's mother - always fastidious in her housekeeping - clearly had become unable to keep up with the task. Newspapers and other junk littered the floors, dishes sat dirty in the sink, and - even worse - very little food was stored in the pantry or refrigerator. It was obvious that her Mom and Dad were either having difficulty in remembering to go to the grocery store or in getting there.
And frankly, Wendy wasn't sure that she wanted either one of them driving or even venturing out too much on their own. She could tell that the memories of both her parents had waned, and she feared for their safety in the busy neighborhood in which they lived.
It was apparent that Mom and Dad needed help. But what was Wendy to do? She lived so far away. How in the world was she going to face the heart-wrenching challenge of encouraging her parents to consider a move to an asisted living facility in Indianapolis? How could she possibly organize the move, sell the family house, and ensure that all of the estate matters of her parents were cleared up?
And that's when Wendy came to me at Complete Relocation Solutions. (Formerly Yellow Tag Household Sales.) Wendy had no idea that professionals like me existed until she shared her problem with one of her friends in Carmel, and that friend pointed Wendy in my direction.
As a Senior Move Manager and a professional organizer, in addition to helping seniors and others sell their estate belongings, I quickly explained my services to Wendy and - in all honesty - we were a perfect match. Wendy needed to trust a local individual in the Indianapolis area who would be there for her parents everyday of the moving and estate sale process.
She also needed someone like me with whom she could communicate on a daily process. Wendy had to know that her parents were in good hands and that I could guide both her and her parents through the process step-by-step.
And that's what we did. I started by helping Wendy understand the assisted living options that were available to her parents. Then we began to organize the home, sell the items that had to go, find a great real estate agent to sell the house, and then help her parents adapt to this new phase of their lives.
Obviously, I'm glad that Wendy found me. And it makes me so happy to be able to help allay the fears and concerns of both adult children and their elder parents.
Wendy did, and I'm proud to say that it made all the difference for her and her parents. And I love that!