When working with our senior clients, the process of moving is COMPLETELY overwhelming. While we work with clients facing cognitive impairment, even clients who have no issues with it experience some memory loss due to the stress. There is actually a medical term identified as "Relocation Stress Syndrome". For seniors, making this transition from their homes to senior communities, they will experience both physical and emotional tolls including memory loss. We always let our clients know before the move starts that this is normal and that they shouldn't panic.
"Forewarned is forearmed."
Moving takes an emotional toll on clients who aren't seniors too and stress can cause memory loss for anyone.
Because of this, and because it's always helpful to have lots of pockets when packing and unpacking, we wear "mango" aprons so our clients can easily identify the Silver Linings Transitions team members.
Some of our team members will do some jobs like sorting on days when we aren't packing for the move. Our clients appreciate the consistency when having new people come into their home and the mango makes us easily identifiable.
The mango also represents "bright" and we try and help our clients focus on the "Silver Lining" or what positive things are coming with their move. Perhaps it's less cooking and cleaning. Perhaps it's organized activities.
Whatever the benefit and regardless of age, we'd love to wear our mango aprons and help you "MOVE TOWARD A BRIGHTER TOMORROW'.
Moving is stressful - Let us take away the worry and work
Getting a home ready to sell, properly marketed and successfully closed at a worthy price is certainly a big part of the process but so much more is involved and it can really make the move stressful.
In the time span of 10 years, I sold 3 of my personal homes, bought another one and lived in 2 rentals. I know first hand moving is not easy!!
The last move my family made was across the country from Florida. This was the only time movers did the packing. Every other time, I did it juggling work and small children.
This is why we offer FREE PACKING services for any home we sell. If moving is regarded as one of life's top five stressors, we want to do what we can to make it a bit easier.
Movers are typically hourly laborers who come in, pack by zone and utilize more packing paper then should be environmentally legal. There is no mindfulness involved like sorting and grouping. For my cross country move, the Wii remotes didn't make it but the garbage pale from my kitchen (packed with my garbage!!!) DID!!!
Prior to packing for our clients, we spend time sorting and getting organized. When we pack, like items are together and boxes are labeled/color coded so you'll know exactly where they belong. We'll also prioritize the boxes so you'll know which should be opened first..like the coffee pot!!
Most importantly, if you've worked with Jami Shapiro to sell your home, you won't have to pay any money for this service.
If you'd like to reduce the stress from your move, never have to look at box and focus on getting acclimated and settled as soon as possible, for an additional fee, we can unpack your home, get the pantry and linen closets organized, hang your pictures and take all the boxes and packing paper with us when we leave you.
One of the most difficult parts of the move is living in boxes and feeling unsettled. Let us take the "WORRY and WORK" out of your next move.
TA DA!! We created a comfy home in ONE DAY!!
It is estimated by 2025, 7.1 million American seniors over the age of 65 will have dementia. This will be a 40% increase in the next 10 years. Having a family connection to this disease allows me to see the toll in takes on caregivers. At some point, these seniors will require round the clock care which is why many senior communities are adding memory care residences.
We were approached by Brenda Martinson, owner of San Diego Personal Business Services, a Financial Organizing/Business Consulting company to implement a move for her senior client from Carlsbad by the Sea to a memory care residence. (Learn more about Brenda by clicking here to visit her website.)
Brenda's client, affected with dementia, was unable to make decisions so Brenda reached out to the family and hired us to handle the move provided we could do it in one day as it would be the least traumatic approach for the client.
Brenda treated her client like family and wanted what was in the her client's best interest so putting her reputation at stake to work with us was a BIG DEAL!!
Prior to the move, we worked with Brenda and identified what resources and strategic partners would be necessary to implement the move. On moving day, we were able to pack and unpack while the family kept our client at the beach enjoying San Diego. In addition to packing and unpacking, our team carefully put together pictures and displayed mementoes from her life so she would have familiarity with her new environment. By packing and unpacking, we were able to get to know the client and create a space close to the one she was leaving.
Here are a few pictures of what our team did to make her room feel like "home".
For the client, the day started like any other. Sleeping in her own bed, getting ready for the day and leaving everything just as it was. While she spent the day at the beach visiting family, we packed up her home, worked with the movers.
At the end of the day, she came home to a freshly made bed, toothbrush by the sink and her belongings put away and decorated. We even laid her blanket out the way she liked it and kept her bed in the same position. One of my favorite touches was a butterfly pin that we hung on her headboard to cover a stain.
The client was able to get ready for her day just as she would on a normal day out. We took pictures and did our best to keep the things out on the counter the way she was used to.
We organized all the clients toiletries and created a nice neat environment (although the new bathroom was MUCH smaller with significantly less space and the client went from two bathrooms down to one.
"Just so very pleased with what you and your team did for my client...you took a small drab room and turned it into a delightful home...well decorated with thoughtful touches.
Thank you for making the process so smooth."
San Diego Personal Business Services
We make it look easy...it isn't. It's crazy and chaotic but you'll never know because the moment you walk into your new home, all you'll see is calm.
Here's how it all works...
1. We come to your home and do a FREE CONSULTATION. You get a chance to meet us, we get a chance to meet you and then you'll decide whether we are the "right fit" for you and your move. We might be spending lots of time together and we'll be going through your intimate and valuable possessions. We want to make sure you feel comfortable.
During my yoga practice today, the instructor said something very profound as it relates to the senior move business. She told us to focus on the transition from one pose to the other. By focusing our energy on getting to the destination, we miss the journey. Moving through yoga poses can certainly be rushed but spending time, moving slowly helps us appreciate the experience and the way our body feels.
The same can be said for the transition of getting from one home to the next. Sure we can expedite the process and as move managers we can even do the entire thing without the client but SHOULD WE?
Moving and relocation is difficult under the best of circumstances. If you are 40 years old and moving to your dream home, it's stressful. If you are in your 70s, 80s or 90s and moving from the home you raised your family in, it's even more so. Compounding this stress is the reality that you are starting a new phase of your life. You may be unable to care for a large home or perhaps you've had to give up driving. A client we worked with this week is downsizing from a three bedroom condo and a spacious kitchen to a two bedroom condo with a kitchen that is about 1/4 of the size they had.