Dear Donna,

My parents recently decided to move to a senior living community, and they asked me to assist them with the transition. I’d love to help them as much as possible, but I have no idea where to start.

A friend of mine told me I should hire a senior move manager. Can you explain what a senior move manager does and how they can help us make this transition go more smoothly?


Patricia in Saline, MI


Understanding the Role of a Senior Move Manager


Dear Patricia,

A senior move manager is a professional that assists older adults when they relocate. One of the best things about move managers is that you can hire them to help you manage the entire move or with specific activities.

The main benefit of a senior move manager is their expertise. They have extensive knowledge of senior moves, including cost, quality, and the availability of resources in the community. As a result, employing them can save you time, money, and resources.

Here are a few things senior move managers can do to help seniors relocate.


What Does a Senior Move Manager Do?


  1. Create a Centralized Process

As a caregiver, you already have a lot on your plate. Tackling the logistics of a senior move can be overwhelming, especially if your loved ones have a lot of belongings.

Move managers can help create an easier transition to assisted living by establishing a centralized moving process for you and your parents. They can handle every aspect of the move and prevent you from having to call a different company for each service.

  1. Develop a Plan

This is likely your first time helping older loved ones move to a senior living community. So it’s understandable that you don’t know what to expect or what services you should consider. Move managers can help seniors and families develop a plan of action based on your senior loved one’s needs.

Senior move managers can help you with the following:

  • Develop a timeline. Senior move managers specialize in moving seniors. They can help you develop a realistic timeline and come up with a checklist of everything that needs to be done for a successful move.
  • Measure your space. By measuring how much space your parents will have in their new community, senior move managers can help identify exactly how much they can bring with them.
  • Come up with a floor plan. Because they specialize in moving older adults, senior move managers understand their needs. They can help your parents come up with a floor plan suited to their lifestyle.
  1. Make Decisions About Belongings

Making decisions about what to keep is one of the most demanding challenges when it comes to senior moves. Their new home is likely smaller, which will require them to make decisions about what to keep, sell, and donate.

Seniors move managers can help in the following ways:

  • Organizing and sorting. They can help seniors decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • Move managers can help seniors downsize by arranging the removal of items they decide to get rid of. This includes auctions, estate sales, buy-outs, consignment, donation, or a combination of these.
  • Arrange shipments and storage. A time-consuming job, senior move managers can help with logistics.
  • They can help you pack, label, and find a way to track your items.
  1. Help seniors move, unpack and settle in their new home

Senior move managers know that the hard work of a move doesn’t end with packing. They can also help seniors get their belongings to their new home by doing the following:

  • Moving belongings to the new place. Many senior move managers are also movers. If they are not, they can assist by interviewing, scheduling, and overseeing the movers.
  • Helping seniors unpack on moving day. Senior move managers will make sure all the furniture is in place according to the plan.
  • Assisting seniors set up their technology. Before they leave, senior move managers can make sure the internet, phone, and computer are ready to use.


Senior Move Managers Understand Seniors


One factor that differentiates senior move managers from traditional moving companies is their deep understanding of the emotional and physical aspects that are unique to a senior move. Moving can be hard, especially for seniors who are moving because they are no longer able to live on their own. Senior move managers know this and do their best to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Heritage Senior Communities, including our Linden Square Assisted Living location, provides support to make the transition to assisted living easier for seniors and their families. Contact us for more information.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of senior move managers, Patricia. Best of luck with the move