A move often means that your elderly family member is going to a smaller home or to a location that restricts some of her belongings. And that means that you’ll need to help her sort through her belongings to figure out what she keeps and what has to go elsewhere.
You Can’t Do it All at Once
You might think that with the help of a few friends or family members, you can whip through sorting your senior’s belongings in just an afternoon. You might be really surprised to find out that this rarely works out how you think it might. Depending on how much stuff your senior has, you are far better served to break this up into several sessions so that you can deal with unexpected events as they crop up. This means you need to leave plenty of time in the overall timeline to get this done.
Considering a “Maybe” Pile?
To save time and to keep everyone happy, you might be considering several piles, one of which might be a “maybe” pile. This is usually a pile made up of items your senior hasn’t decided whether to keep, donate, or dispose of in another way. The big problem with a “maybe” pile is that it becomes a catch-all pile. Before you know it, everything is in the maybe pile and then where do you go from there? Nix the maybe pile completely.
Keep Your Loved One Involved
Keep in the forefront of your brain that these are your elderly family member’s belongings, many of which she’s collected over her entire lifetime. These are important decisions for her and if you start to make decisions without her, it’s going to cause her a considerable amount of pain. Do what you can to keep her as involved in the process as possible.
Consider Extra Help, if Necessary
You may find that your senior isn’t able to keep up with what you’re asking of her. Hiring homecare providers allows you to have someone with her who can focus on her needs while you handle the sorting and the packing. This is especially helpful if your senior has special needs that require time and attention that you don’t have to give while tackling her belongings for her.
If your elderly family member has lived in her current home for a long time, downsizing can be extremely difficult. It’s even more difficult if she has an emotional attachment to most of her things. Try to remember to be gentle with the entire situation.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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