You’ve decided to relocate to an Assisted Living or Memory Care apartment at The Club at Boynton Beach – now what? It’s true that transitioning to any new home, no matter one’s life stage, is quite the task. On the one hand, there are items to sell, utilities to cancel, and arrangements to be made for the possessions you’ll be bringing along. On the other hand, there’s an element of great excitement for what’s coming. In this case, a vibrant community, upscale amenities, and a paradisiacal locale, to name a few. To keep your stress level low and your excitement level high, we’ve identified the best strategies and resources to help make moving to The Club a breeze.
The First Step to Moving: Make a Plan
First thing’s first – make a plan. No journey should be attempted without knowing where you are going, how you are getting there, and what you need to bring. The move to The Club is no exception. Regardless of whether you have family or dear friends to help, a key strategy when moving is to know your steps. The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) recommends giving yourself a minimum of six weeks to get things in order. Bearing that in mind, try to work backward from your scheduled move-in date and list the tasks that need to be completed by that time.
Assemble Your Movers
Once you have a list, tackle the biggest priority items first. For example, a move takes many hands, and you’ll want to consider who is able to help. Do you have family members who are available? Can they only help with a portion of the process, or can they walk you through it from start to finish? If your friends are unavailable and your family lives far away, consider hiring professional movers. NASMM has a national database of licensed, certified Senior Move Managers® who do it all, from planning to unpacking. (More on this later!)
Sell Your Home or End Your Lease
If you are relocating from home, prepare to put your house on the market. To make the process easier, hire a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® certified by the National Association of Realtors. If you’re downsizing to The Club from an apartment, make sure you know the parameters of your lease agreement so you don’t breach any contracts and incur additional fees.
Choose What to Pack
Next, decide which items you want to bring to The Club and which possessions you need to sell or donate. When selecting what items to move, SeniorLiving.org lists a few key questions to ask yourself. These include, “Is it necessary?”, “Is there sentimental value to the item?”, and, “Would a family member or friend appreciate the item or use it?” Don’t put pressure on yourself to get through everything in one day. This part of the relocation process is often the lengthiest. If you aren’t sure if furniture or larger items will fit in your new senior living residence at The Club, let us know. We would be happy to provide a floor plan with measurements so you can plan appropriately.
Professional Moving Resources
Did you know there are senior move management companies that will help you with every task we’ve already listed, and then some? Of the multitude of organizations available to you, consider your specific needs. Perhaps you want to limit your search to include movers who strictly take packed boxes from one location to another. Or, you may determine you need more comprehensive assistance and choose to seek out an organization that will take care of the whole nine yards.
Whatever your needs, the searchable directory of Senior Move Managers on NASMM’s site is your best bet. This is an organization devoted to reducing your stress while expertly navigating each step of the relocation process. Every member has been thoroughly vetted and possesses backgrounds that include “gerontology, social work, health care, nursing, and psychology.”
Very much aware that moving is an emotional process, NASMM members are highly skilled in navigating sensitive topics and their services cover everything you can think of. Areas of assistance include selecting a realtor, unpacking and setting up your apartment, and arranging for the “profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above.”
Your Senior Living Apartment Is Waiting for You
Whatever shape your plan takes, we can’t wait until you are here! Your move to The Club at Boynton Beach is the first step in what we believe will be one of your greatest adventures. Your beautifully appointed apartment, active peer group, and health and wellness-oriented amenities are waiting for you. Just getting started? Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more.