As a New Year kicks off, we hope it is one planned with joy, goals and the making of memories. While each passing year is a blessing, it can also present challenges to those who are aging and whose current living situations are no longer suited to their needs. In response to consumer need and national aging trends, the concept of senior move management is a growing initiative, and one that we are honored to be a part of. As members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASSM), we are one proud team among 900 companies in the United States and Canada who are committed to the compelling needs of transitioning adults. Here are 4 things to know about Senior Move Managers®…that are also reasons are clients enjoy working with us.
What is ‘Senior Move Management’?
According to NASSM, ‘ Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.” ‘ Senior Move Managers® typically have backgrounds in diverse fields such as project management, psychology, marketing, sales and technology. Julie and I also bring personal relocation experience, plus some serious organizational passions (at least that is what we are told!).
What Types Of Help Do Senior Move Managers Provide?
This is truly an area where your options are limited only to your imagination. We can coordinate the traditional aspects of moving such as interviewing and scheduling movers, coordinating deliveries, organizing, packing and unpacking. We also specialize in downsizing, creating floor plans, arranging estate sales, auctions, donations, consignments and waste disposal. In other words, we also do the dirty work!
What Are The Benefits Of A Senior Move Manager?
Can’t my mover do it all?! The main advantage of senior move management services is the client-centered, personalized approach. A moving company is going to focus on your possessions only; a move management team delivers a comprehensive set of services that coordinate all aspects of your move, your lifestyle and your individual needs. We do more than simply leave your boxes in the door; we stick around long after the movers and even friends and family have gone.
Why Is Senior Move Management A Growing Trend?
Americans aged 85 and older compromise the fastest growing segment of the population. Between 2010 and 2030, as Baby Boomers reach the retirement age of 65, seniors will account for one-fifth of the U.S. population. Family and friends may do their best, but geographical distance, work, family and the juggle of life can make it hard to provide the full range of support needed in a senior transition. In addition, loved ones are often very close to the situation, and it can be a highly emotional process to watch the physical decline of a loved one during the aging process. Move managers play a dramatic role in increasing familial support and decreasing overall stress. This is also where we feel our greatest rewards.
We hope that this has been a helpful start in understanding the Senior Move Management movement and importance in today’s aging society. Did we also mention that seniors are some of our all-time favorite clients?! Ask us about our annual visits and why we get so many hugs; we have many fun stories we can’t wait to tell!
All the best,
Helen & Julie