More Than Just a Move

It’s National Senior Move Managers Week this week (always beginning on Mother’s Day – not coincidentally). In attempting to capture why senior move managers should be recognized during this week, I find myself at a loss. Odd, you say, since our job – as association staff – is to support this profession. I’m at a loss because it’s just so obvious.  Jennifer and I are baffled and bewildered that so many older adults and families still do not use senior move managers. Oh sure, NASMM members conducted 50,000 senior moves last year, but that number simply scratches the surface. Families – who insist on doing it themselves – continue to be stressed to the breaking point when managing an older relative’s first move in 40 or 50 years. Why? Really . . . why?

Just to refresh your memory, here’s a short list of what a senior move manager can do:

  • Develop an overall move or “age in place” plan
  • Organize, sort and downsize current home
  • Create detailed & customized floor plans for new home
  • Arrange for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
  • Interview, schedule and supervise movers
  • Arrange for shipments and storage
  • Supervise professional packing
  • Unpack and settle the new home
  • Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.
Wow – whoa! That’s a ton of work. 

You already know we work for NASMM, so we get paid to say great things about senior move managers. What you don’t know is ~ every day, we receive handwritten letters from older adult clients praising the wonderful work of their specific senior move manager. These letters usually are quite long, and written in the prose of a time gone by.  The style and format are “textbook,” but the sentiment is clearly heartfelt. Often composed in the uneven hand of someone who suffers from arthritis, Parkinson’s, or another degenerative condition, these messages convey a profound relief and contentment that comes from outsourcing to experts. The letter writers are grateful for the genuine care and compassion taken with sorting through their lifelong possessions and mementos. They are in awe of the way the new apartment is set up, with everything in its customary place just hours after it was in a box on a truck.  These senior move clients recognize the project management professionalism required for a seamless move. Most of all, they are thrilled they did not require their adult children to leave their jobs and their own families to help move them.  Their fierce independence remains intact. 
Yep, all because of senior move managers. So . . . why not?
One other little  item of note:  Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of this blog! Thanks to everyone who has spent time reading it over the last 52 weeks. Onward and upward ~ and please continue to share your thoughts and concerns.

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  1. Interesting that we still wonder why people don’t use Senior Move Managers. Something that happened to me twice this year. After my lst
    assessment with client, and grown daughter, which I always bring up NASMM, the grown daughter called backed and said that they had everything they needed and would move forward with the plans. While chatting with her she explained how she went to our web site and clicked on several different SMM web site, and with all the “INFORMATION” on these web sites she put the plan in place herself. Should we put out so much information that we don’t get the business? Just something to think about.

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