Many niche businesses have emerged over the past decade which are focused on meeting the growing demands of the senior population. Relocation and Transition companies are one example of services that have emerged as the result of an unmet need of a large group of consumers.
Years ago, my aging grandfather decided he no longer wished to spend winters at his rural property in the interior of BC. He felt it was too much work to plow out the driveway and too much bother to have to crawl around in the crawlspace when the pipes froze. He liked to play bridge and spent many hours at the local senior’s centre in his community. He decided to rent an apartment in town, just for winters, and continue to spend the long lazy days of summer at his lakefront home just as he had done for the past 40 years. While our family wholeheartedly supported his decision to winter in town, the challenge became the transition itself.
Grandpa’s relocation was a worry for all of us. No one lived nearby. None of us were able to help him navigate the various rental options available or take him around to find an apartment that suited his needs. Worse, no one was able to go and help him pack up and move his belongings or settle into his new place.
What our family did not know is that there are companies that provide moving support to seniors. Relocation and Transition Specialists help seniors with all aspects of the downsizing, moving and resettling process. Many seniors move at some point, either to a smaller home, a condo or a senior’s residence. But many don’t know there are people out there who can help make the transition a satisfying and exciting experience.
Whether you’re 55 or 85, the process of downsizing, moving and resettling your belongings is an onerous task. The support of a move specialist can be invaluable. Sons and Daughters who might otherwise have to take weeks off work or fly across the country to move a parent can rest assured knowing that their parent is being well supported through the process. For the senior, having someone to manage the details, do the heavy lifting and ensure the move progresses smoothly is spared much of the stress and fatigue associated with moving.
As in any business, not all transition specialists are created equal so be sure to check references and do your homework before hiring a company. Companies should carry liability insurance, be bondable and have a proven track record of successful moves.
While many of us have a goal of staying in our family home as long as possible, the size or layout of the home combined with the maintenance demands of the home and garden can become burdensome. When the physical move itself becomes the barrier between you and a more carefree lifestyle, consider consulting a transition specialist and find out how transition specialists can help seniors get “from here to there” with their grace and good humour intact.
Jill Phipps is a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist and the owner of Home Again Seniors Transition Services.
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