Scottsdale and Phoenix are popular retirement destinations for people around the nation, Canada, and other countries. I offer carefully designed services specifically for senior moves, including for those preparing to move to assisted living facilities.
Senior Moves Require Special Preparation
Families turn to Professional Organizers to help elderly members prepare to move from a larger home to smaller ones or apartments, including those in senior or assisted living communities.
I’ve helped dozens of families in Phoenix and Scottsdale address this challenging, and often emotional, event.
Often these same families call on me again when their loved one is ready to move to a smaller accommodation in response to declining needs.
Senior Moves Often Require Substantial Downsizing
Seniors who are relocating to new homes are often concerned about disposing extra furniture and paper records. These are major focuses for such moves.
Over the years, I’ve identified several organizations in the Valley that accept gently-used items to distribute to people in need. I continue to be amazed and gratified by Phoenix-area seniors and families who readily agree to donate to them.
My approach to senior moves is to assess which items they love and want in their new residence. We focus on the positive change and select those things that they treasure. We organize the new space to ensure it is clutter-free and safe. For example, I arrange sitting rooms so that items they frequently use—such as phones, remote controls, tissues, and pen and pad—are within easy reach. I place photos, art, special pieces of art around them for their comfort and viewing pleasure.
Organizing Personal Papers Before a Senior Move
I remember how amazed I was to see how much paper my parents kept when I helped them move. Even though they moved several times after retirement, they still accumulated a lot of paper.
Much of it was actually useful, such as operating manuals to their TVs and computer. But a lot of it wasn’t needed, like old tax returns, bank statements, and utility bills that can be disposed.
- Social Security and Medicare records
- Medical records
- Financial information: retirement and investment accounts, trust funds, etc.
- Real estate and tax information
- Tax returns within the last three years
Take a look at what Suze Orman’s recommends on what to keep and for how long.