When you’re ready to move, are you going to call your friends with pickup trucks to come over and help? When relocating from a large four bedroom home to a one or two bedroom apartment in a senior living community, how will you downsize? Are you going to spend weeks packing up a lifetime worth of treasures in newspaper and boxes from the liquor store? Where do you even start when faced with these tasks?
The Senior Move Management industry specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation.
This photo is of my father, Bob Hollinger Sr.. who served three years in the United States Marine Corps in Italy in 1945. He’s 87 now, and I spend a lot of time with him. It’s been six years since my mother passed, and I have been so proud of him, living independently and taking great care of himself. But recently I have been worried about him, because he’s falling, and though he can remember so many details about his life 70 years ago, he can’t remember who was in a movie he watched 20 minutes ago. He’s giving money he doesn’t have to mail and phone scams, is now vulnerable and too trusting, and he doesn’t know how $500 is disappearing from his bank account every month. He needs help.
One of the things that frightens most boomers and seniors is the prospect of becoming sick and saddling children with their care. The loss of independence is scary, but becoming a burden to a child is petrifying. Fortunately, there is peace of mind for this worry, and it is offered by one of the Lehigh Valley’s most respected organizations – Phoebe Ministries.
Got too much stuff, too much house, too many bills? Here are some quick tips for downsizing:
1. Access your needs
What do you really need? Walk around your home and see what you’ve used in the past year and how often. One tip is to take everything out of your closets, cabinets and shelves and only put back what you actually use. If you like to hang on to your stuff, you may want to ask your spouse or children to do this for you. Don’t throw away anything valuable. If something might be worth a good amount of money, sell it. If not, be sure to recycle or dispose of it properly. Do not flush or throw into the trash any expired/unwanted medicines. They will contaminate the water supply. Any drugstore will dispose of these items responsibly, free of charge. You can also see if your city has a hazardous waste disposal facility.
The Village at Palmerton, a personal care home in Palmerton, is converting an area of their existing senior living building into a secure memory care community called Evergreen. This is good news not only for Carbon County but also northern Lehigh County residents in Schnecksville, Slatington, Walnutport and other towns that trust the care of their loved ones to the Village at Palmerton.