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To Move or Not to Move…If Only it Were That Simple of a Question (Part 3)

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 14, 2017 at 8:21 AM
In this last section of our three part series, we get to the underlying issue that complicates everything  – the emotions involved in these major decisions.EmotionsThis is really the piece that can make or break any possible plans. It can undo logical decisions in a single moment and have families who normally get along quite nicely looking at each other as if they have never met.You see we are not always talking about the emotions of just y...

Carnival Event

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 7, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Longest Day Alzheimer's Carnival REV.pdf

To Move or Not to Move….If Only it Was That Simple of a Question (Part 2)

 Posted by Rex Norris on June 5, 2017 at 10:14 AM
To Move or Not to Move….If Only it Was That Simple of a Question (Part 2)Last week I started out by saying that the decision of whether or not an aging parent should move out of the family home and into a senior community is often one of the most complicated aspects of helping plan for the future of an aging parent. In addition to the often extensive financial aspects (discussed last week) of the decision, the accumulation of “stuff” can put effo...

I Made Three People Cry the Other Day

 Posted by Rex Norris on May 25, 2017 at 4:40 PM
  One of the hardest parts of my work in helping families with aging parents downsize out of their family homes and into new “easier” apartments and condos is talking to them about the “stuff” they have accumulated over the years.There is a difficult dynamic that happens where people are very emotionally attached to their “stuff” and trying to decide what to keep and what to leave behind is extremely stressful.This stress is compounded ...

Caring Resources for Moving Mom and Dad

 Posted by Rex Norris on May 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing care for family members who suffer from illness or disability. Those caregivers must often seek additional support in the form of qualified third party providers. Caregivers who support aging parents may find the following information helpful when making those choices. Housing Resources: The U.S. Government provides...

Managing Your Move

 Posted by Rex Norris on April 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Once you’ve made a decision to take charge of your own health, safety or social needs by moving to a Senior Living Community,   1. Prepare in Advance Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start putting your home in order today. Begin by evaluating what you really need to keep and then start to downsize, clear out clutter, plan an Estate Sale or make major home repairs. It is a proven fact that homes will sell for a higher p...

Win a $100 Gift Card to the Container Store!

 Posted by Rex Norris on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Do you consider yourself clean and organized? Or are you one of those people that cleans AROUND your clutter?We want to hear from you. Answer our one question about what Spring Cleaning looks like in your house and you'll be entered to win! Share the contest and you'll receive even more entries!https://p.antavo.com/f/Ep8/

What To Do With It All

 Posted by Rex Norris on March 23, 2017 at 4:09 PM
Possessions can gather up in your life, especially when you have kids. You may look around and find yourself waist-deep in clutter. But while you dream about a clean and orderly home, the downsizing process can feel daunting when you have an entire house to go through. Where do you even start? How do you avoid the heartache of accidentally parting with some of your memories? If you take a look at these five tips below, you may find your dow...

Advice for Selling a Home this Spring

 Posted by Rex Norris on February 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Preparing to leave a home you’ve lived in for a while may take weeks, and in some cases, even months. Families should take great care when establishing closing and vacancy dates. Although not always possible, Caring Transitions usually recommends an 8-10 week window for the entire relocation process. This includes tasks like mover and realtor selection, downsizing, space planning for the new residence, packing, moving, unpacking, and finally, dis...

How to Downsize Someone with Memory Impairment

 Posted by Rex Norris on January 18, 2017 at 3:05 PM
Helping a loved one relocate to a senior facility is hard enough. But when complications such as dementia or other memory impairments are added to the mix, the task can feel nearly impossible. Many family members struggle with the added complexity of assuring their senior loved one that they are safe and secure, all while trying to figure out which possessions should go and which should stay. In the end, your senior loved one may know best the pr...
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