Helping parents move from a home they have lived in for years is a very challenging task – a task that most of us will have to go through at some point in our lives. Amy Goyer, of AARP, describes the difficulties and mistakes she made while helping to move her parents out of a home they lived in for 28 years, which I wanted to share with you.
For Amy, it was very difficult to determine where to place her parents, as they wanted to move into an assisted-living facility. She was unsure of what their needs would be in the future and did not want to risk picking the wrong place. A helpful tool she used to get her parents involved in the decision making process was a flip chart. On the flip chart they would list things in different categories that were important to them such as having a washer and dryer in the apartment and having a safe place to walk the dog.
With these logistical challenges come emotional challenges as well. When a family goes through a big change like a move, sometimes not all members can take part in the process as it takes away time from jobs and families. In the end, it is important to take your time and weigh all possible options before deciding on the best living situation for your parents.