What Does a Senior Move Manager Do?  

If you, a parent, or a senior loved one has made the decision to move to a senior living community or assisted living facility, one of the toughest parts of the process is the move itself. If you are the caregiver for a loved one, you likely already have a full plate. And for seniors who are making the move on their own, the prospect of moving homes can feel like a serious uphill battle. 

You’re not the only one struggling with this process. Read this Dear Donna letter we received a few years ago:

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

Here’s what Donna had to say:

What is a Senior Move Manager?

Dear Patricia, 

A senior move manager is a professional who assists older adults when they relocate. You can hire a senior move manager to handle as much or as little of the moving process as you and your parents would like. Some families prefer their move manager to take care of the entire move, while others may just need them for specific activities. 

The main benefit of a senior move manager is their expertise. They have extensive knowledge of senior moves and have had a big hand in many of them. This means they’ll have information on everything, including the cost, quality, and availability of resources in the community where your parents are moving. As a result, employing them can save you time, money, and resources.

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



P.S. Since you’re not the only one to ask this question, Patricia, I’d like to include some more information about the role of a senior move manager, and what senior move managers can do to help seniors relocate.

What Does a Senior Move Manager Do?

While their title might sound fairly self-explanatory, many senior move managers provide a wide range of services that some families may not realize existed. 

01. Create a Simple, Centralized Moving Process

As a caregiver, you’re already busy managing daily care, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and more. 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.

Think of a senior move manager as a general contractor for a home project. A general contractor manages the schedules of the roofers, plumbers, and more. 

A senior move manager does the same thing for your loved ones’ move. They coordinate schedules of everyone from belonging appraisers to the assisted living or senior community where your parents or loved ones are moving. 

02. Develop a Plan For a Senior Move

This is likely your first time helping loved ones move to a senior living community. It’s understandable if 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 create a floor plan suited to their lifestyle.

From what you’re moving to where your family member’s belongings will go after the move, a senior move manager helps remove a lot of the stress and decision-making that comes with a senior move. This frees you up to focus on your loved ones and the care they’re receiving through this process.

03. 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, requiring them to decide what to keep, sell, and donate. A senior move manager can help your loved one prepare for moving to an assisted living or senior living community. 

Seniors move managers can help in the following ways:

  • Organize, sort, and pack belongings. They can help seniors decide what to keep and what to get rid of. For items that are to be kept, the senior move manager will help pack and label, so everything arrives safely at the new destination. 
  • Coordinate item removal. Once your loved ones and their senior move manager have identified what to keep, and what to get rid of, senior move managers can help seniors downsize. They’ll arrange the removal of all of those extra items, and not just by donation. A senior move manager can arrange auctions, estate sales, buy-outs, consignment, donations, or any combination of these. 
  • Arrange shipments and storage. Senior move managers can also help with the logistics of your loved ones’ move. If there are things they want to keep, but won’t fit in their new home, a senior move manager can find the right storage facility. And for anything they are taking to their new home, a senior move manager can coordinate how those items get there. 

04. 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. Once your loved ones’ belongings arrive at their new home, they’ll also help with the unpacking and settling-in process. Senior move managers also provide the following services:

  • 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. Since most senior move managers are in charge of determining the floor plan for your loved ones’ new home, they know exactly where all of those boxes are supposed to go. They’ll also make sure furniture is in place according to the plan you’ve established with them. 
  • Assisting seniors to set up their technology. Getting used to a new phone, computer, or internet can be tricky to do, especially when moving into a brand new place. A senior move manager will also make sure the internet, phone, and computer are ready to use before they leave. 

05. Help Prepare The Home For Sale

If you or your loved ones are moving on from a home and would like to put the house up for sale, many senior move managers can help here as well. 

Once your loved ones are settled in their new space, the senior move manager can continue to coordinate the home cleaning, disposal of any unwanted items, and more. This way, that home will be perfectly prepared to sell, and you have to do minimal work to get it there. 

How is a Senior Move Manager Different From a Moving Company?

If you’re planning a senior move, you may wonder why a specialized service like a senior move manager might be necessary. In many ways, it seems like they provide very similar services to a moving company. The truth is that: 

A senior move manager coordinates every aspect of a senior’s move from one home to the next. This includes everything from selling or donating unwanted belongings to developing a safe, accessible floorplan for the senior’s next residence, and everything in between. A senior move manager goes above and beyond with coordination, support, packing and unpacking, and of course, moving services as well. 

A moving company is responsible for getting boxes from point A to point B. While some moving companies may box up belongings for an additional fee, they typically won’t help unpack, and they don’t provide any other services beyond relocating belongings. 

When is a Senior Move Manager The Right Option For My Family?

With that information in mind, you can imagine that a senior move manager is great for situations where you or your loved ones might require a bit of additional assistance. A senior move manager is ideal for the following situations: 

    • Seniors moving from a large home. A senior move manager can help with the downsizing process and make sure that you or your loved ones get the very most from their belongings. 
    • Seniors with extra care requirements. If you or your loved one requires extra care due to a health or mobility issue, a senior move manager can provide the extra helping hand you need to make sure the move is as seamless as possible.
    • Seniors who live far from family. If you or your loved one is far away, a senior move manager can provide the help that distant family isn’t able to.
    • Families who could use a little extra help. Any move is a big project, senior moves included. If you’re looking for a way to minimize stress and make the process as straightforward as possible, a senior move manager can help. 

How Much Do Senior Move Management Services Cost?

Senior move management services range significantly based on the services you are looking for to the area where you or your loved one is moving. In general, senior move managers take an hourly rate, though some may charge a flat rate for certain services. 

If you’re considering a senior move manager, it’s always best to contact a few local options, and then get estimates or bids from each. Then, you can compare which services you might need, and select the best senior move manager based on your budget. 

Senior Move Managers Understand Seniors

Senior move managers have a deep understanding of the emotional and physical aspects unique to a senior move. Moving can be difficult, especially for seniors who are moving because they are no longer able to live on their own. Senior move managers know this and can 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.