Years ago, I attended a talk on healthy aging given by a physician on staff at Alexian Brothers Hospital. He was a lovely, caring man who reassuringly told his audience of seniors that aging is not a disease. One of the things he said that I wouldn’t ever forget is this: “Decide now who you will depend on.” He said independence during advanced age was the quickest way to the nursing home. He believed that inter-dependence is very important.
Whenever I am moving seniors I remember that doctor’s words. As a move manager I become a trusted source for seniors to rely on. I work within their circle of loved ones and trusted professionals. Together, we make the move as easy as possible. Moving seniors with tender care is a priority for me.
Stepping In To Help
Often, I step in to help when family members are not nearby or unable to help with the move. Sometimes the need to move comes quicker than anyone expected. Both emotional and physical support may be needed when sorting through closets, basements and bedrooms.
This is a process where some people want to rush things along and others want to be thorough. One elderly woman had only three days to move from the house she had lived in for 35 years. An impossible task she believed at first, but working together we accomplished our mission. I told her: “I move someone nearly every week so I have it down to a science.” This reassured her. We worked at a pace that was comfortable for her.
A couple I worked with needed to pare down because they were moving out of their big house and into a townhouse. The grown children were there to help but the whole thing became so emotional. The eldest daughter called me to act as an objective authority to keep the process on track.
Another life lesson I learned at the healthy aging talk was the importance of helping others. The physician told the audience that one of his aging patient’s was blind with multiple health problems. Still, that woman took pride in making phone calls to remind volunteers at her church of when their help was needed. He said, “She had so little ability, but what ability she had was being used to help others.” Helping others was a part of his formula for aging well. While there is a fee for my professional services I never forget the helping part. I give my clients the respect they deserve, the attention they need, and happily share my organizing expertise to accomplish what needs to get done. In that respect, moving seniors with tender care is helping me to age well.