Moving to a retirement home can be an exciting adventure for many older adults, but it may also carry a lot of sentimental weight. Seniors will be leaving residences that they have lived in for years, maybe even decades, and that means that it's important to have a straightforward plan to keep the process organized, Steamboat Today reports.
Karen Massey, a family and consumer extension agent, emphasized the need for seniors to have autonomy when it comes to their own packing decisions.
"If they control the process they feel much more powerful, and that makes it a meaningful process," she told the news source.
One should try to label what items should be given away and what should be taken with them.
David J. Ekerdt explained to The New York Times that some seniors may be hesitant to let go of their possessions. In this case, family caregivers should provide assistance when it comes to deciding what to dispose and what to keep for their new home.
If an older adult isn't cognitively or emotionally capable of the task, another family member may need to control the overall packing process.