D.C Metro-based Moving Company Offers Six Methods for Reducing the Stress of Moving with a Senior

Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan-based moving company, United Moving Services, says that, moving with a senior can be difficult.

Online PR News – 04-December-2015 – Hyattsville,MD – According to Gary Stone, president of Unified Moving Services (http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com), a Maryland-based full-service moving company that specializes in both residential and commercial moves in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, whether moving with a parent, grandparent, or other elderly family member, moving with a senior is a big responsibility.

“Let’s face it, moving can be incredibly stressful, perhaps the most stressful home-related chore out there,” Stone says. “Now imagine that you are a senior or have to move with your senior parents. Your stress level is likely going to be multiplied.”

In either case, Stone says that there are lots of things that seniors need to think about when moving that younger folks do not have to think about. If you’re getting ready to move with a senior, or if you’re a senior yourself, there are six factors that should be thought about before loading the truck or gassing up the car.

1. Always Plan Ahead
“When moving with a senior, it is never too soon to start planning,” Stone says. “Before you start packing, start downsizing.”

Stone notes that, in most cases, when seniors are moving someplace new, it’s usually a place that is smaller than where they’ve been.

“Donating, selling or throwing away unnecessary items will help to reduce stress,” Stone says. “There’s something to be said for not being held captive by all of your stuff.”

2. Get a Head Start

Once you’ve de-cluttered and started planning the move, the next step is to start packing, according to Stone. By packing early, he says that anxiety will be minimized as the big day approaches.

“It is important to think about how things are packed,” he says. “Consider wrapping dainty items in colored tissue or pieces of wrapping paper; this will help to eliminate any confusion about where the valuables are packed amongst all the mundane stuff you’ve boxed up.”

3. Plan the Trip

According to Stone, it is important to consider your senior’s travel arrangements. If you’re going a short distance, this might not be a big deal. However, if you’re going somewhere far away, Stone says to consider whether they’ll be comfortable driving for a long distance or able to fly.

4. Think about Healthcare

“When moving to a new area, it is incredibly important that you think about continued health care for you or your senior relative,” Stone says. “Getting medical records transferred is always an arduous process, so the sooner you can get the jump on this issue, the better. And if your senior needs to find new medical providers, it’s best to get them lined up early as well.”

5. Find and Secure All Legal Documents

Stone says that it is important to make sure that all legal documents are up to date and in order. If new powers of attorney are needed or if living wills need to be drafted, Stone suggests getting those done in advance of the move.

6. Consider a Moving Manager

“There are many wonderful folks out there who specialize in helping seniors prepare for and make moves,” Stone says. “Senior moving consultants can facilitate everything, so the pressure on your senior can be eliminated.”

Unified Moving Services is a full service moving company, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, that specializes in commercial, residential, local, interstate and international moves. Through an organized team of office staff, movers and a well established name and reputation Unified Moving Services has provided services to thousands of satisfied customers across the country and around the world. 2015 marks ten years of Better Business Bureau accreditation for the company. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-406-1649 or visit them on the web at http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com/.

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