Moving an elderly family member into a care home or other form of assisted living is a challenging time for everyone involved. If they‚Äôve lived in the same home for a long time, it can be particularly distressing for the person moving. Our Kelowna storage container experts understand this, and have a number of practical tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Whether it‚Äôs your parent(s), friend or other relative, it‚Äôs important to sit down and have an open discussion with them before you put a plan in motion. Sometimes, they might accept that this has to happen inevitably, and are agreeable with it. Other times, they might take some convincing.
Discussing their needs and finding a home where they‚Äôll be comfortable should be central to the discussion. Presenting them with a range of options will help them feel like they‚Äôre a part of the process and it gives them a say in what‚Äôs going on.
Developing a Plan of Action
Your family member will likely have more belongings than what they can reasonably fit in their new home. Before you decide what you‚Äôll do with the excess‚Äîsuch as renting a Kelowna storage container or visiting a self storage centre‚Äîit‚Äôs a good idea to determine what‚Äôs actually there. Some of the questions you‚Äôll want to answer include:
- What furnishings will be needed at the new place?
- What is the square footage?
- What items hold special sentimental value?
- Which items do they no longer want or need?
Downsizing can be extremely emotional for some people. Certain possessions represent a lifetime of memories, so this needs to be handled with the utmost care. They won‚Äôt be able to take everything with them, so it‚Äôs important that you support them throughout this process and try to be as sensitive as possible.
Renting a Kelowna Storage Container
Rather than relinquishing all of their cherished belongings, one option is to rent a storage container for your family member. This works in a number of ways:
- Their possessions remain in their control
- Contents will remain safe and secure
- It will keep their new home from being overly cluttered
- It‚Äôs useful for heirlooms, photographs, collections and sentimental items
Storage Container or Self Storage?
Choosing a storage method usually comes down to convenience. Sometimes, a self storage centre is a practical choice, especially if it‚Äôs close to the care home where your family member will be living. That way, they have easy access to it.
On the other hand, if you have the space on your property to place storage containers, that could also become a viable option. Every time your parents come over for Sunday dinner, they‚Äôll have a chance to check up on things.
Anyone who‚Äôs thinking of moving into a smaller home should read: 3 Benefits of Storage Containers for People Who Are Downsizing.
Do you need extra space for your excess belongings? The Kelowna storage container experts at the Space Centre have a variety of short- and long-term storage options to suit a range of needs. Call us to discuss your requirements.