by Rita Woll
As a Senior Move Manager and professional organizer in the Indianapolis area, I often enjoy the pleasure of working with adult children who are worried and frustrated at the prospect of how to help their elder parents move into a smaller home or assisted living. Please note that I am not being facetious when I say "enjoy the pleasure."
It is actually a pleasure because I find there to be few things more fulfilling than truly and genuinely being able to help facilitate and ease the stress and discomfort of those embroiled in a difficult time.
One of the most common situations I come across are adult children who live many miles from the family home and are unable to figure out how to help Mom or Dad while also dealing with their own busy personal and professional lives. After all, when you live several hours away from your hometown, constant travel back and forth and the inability to meet people face to face can be draining and frustrating.
This can be especially problematic if the parents are dealing with dementia or other health issues and the situation demands a quick resolution. That's where an Indiana Senior Move Manager and professional organizer like myself comes into play.
Adult children are typically assessing several troublesome questions like:
Am I doing the right thing?
How much do I push?
Are my parents able to make good decisions?
How do I guide without taking control?
Where is the best place for them to live?
It is my job and my honor to help guide the entire family - children, siblings, and parents - through the process, and also work with other, local professionals involved in the move, like physicians, real estate agents, lawyers, landlords, or assisted living facilities. Senior Move professionals like myself handle everything on a local basis, while the adult children and I communicate back and forth from a distance via email and telephone.
The most important thing for the adult children of a senior parent to understand is that you do NOT have to do everything by yourself! There are professionals like me who are specifically trained to address every troublesome scenario that may arise. And we get into this business because we care about helping elders and their families through this transitional time.
We take the time to not only help the senior adult make empowered choices, but also to appreciate and address the concerns of caregivers who are intricately involved in the move.
In short, my job in Indianapolis is to be an advocate for the senior while helping the family deal with the stress of moving their loved one into a new phase of their life.