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What is a Senior Move Manager?


Senior Move Managers are professionals who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or "aging in place." A Senior Move Manager (SMM) can help you develop an overall move or "age in place" plan. This might include helping you decide what modifications need to be made to your current home for you to remain there safely. If you conclude that a move is better for you, your senior move manager can help you determine the optimal community and unit that will best serve your needs. Whether you decide to move or age in place, your SMM will help you organize and sort through your belongings, arrange for the profitable disposal of unwanted items, and arrange shipments and storage where needed. If you decide to age in place, your SMM will have knowledge of vendors who can add safety items such as ramps or grab bars and can help you prepare your home for live-in help if that is indicated. If you decide to move, your SMM will create a floor plan for your new home, interview and oversee packers and movers, unpack and set up your new home, and coordinate related services such as cleaning, waste removal, selecting a realtor, or preparing a home for sale.

Senior move managers have expertise in resources and approaches that save money and reduce stress. Imagine how nice it would be to go away for a long weekend and return to your new home with everything unpacked and put away, your pictures hung, the bed made, and the refrigerator full! That sounds like the perfect cure for the exhaustion you fear.

Be sure to choose a senior move manager who is bonded and insured. Also, be sure the person you choose specializes in working with older adults and their families and is not simply a moving company employee. Household transitions are difficult for everyone, but even more so for older adults who have accumulated a lifetime of possessions that often won't fit in their new home. An expert, affordable, and compassionate senior move manager can help you to navigate this important life transition.

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