For most of us, there comes a time in life where it is time to admit that our quality of life would improve monumentally if we made the move to a community where we no longer have to worry about the tedious and/or laborious tasks in our daily lives.
The tasks that I refer to include yard-work, house cleaning, cooking, etc.
We have nurtured our children, accomplished great feats, and have worked very hard in life to get to this point in life. It is important to try to view this move to assisted living as a positive one. You deserve this. You will be taken care of. It is a reward for taking care of so many people throughout your life.
Making the move to assisted living almost always involves downsizing from our current residence. And, many Seniors have lived in their current residence for many years. They may have even raised children in this residence. But, no matter what the case, the truth is that human nature dictates that by this time in life, we have collected a mountain of "things" or "stuff".
As we go through life, humans collect "stuff". As we experience and accomplish more in life, we collect more memorbilia symbolizing all of the benchmarks. It is similar to a snow-ball effect. As we go on in life, we are much like a snowball rolling downhill on a mild day. We collect more "stuff".
As we all know by now, when a loved one makes the decision to make this move, we are faced with a lengthy list of tasks to complete. Mail re-direction, financial decisions, packing, and endless paperwork.
This is NOT the time where one wants to even think about tackling their seemingly insurmountable mountain of "stuff". We are faced with a life-time worth of memories, and are forced to make many difficult decisions in a very short time-frame. Inevitably, emotions run wild, and threaten to insert large hurdles into the whole moving process.
I just started a Key-note speaking series for Christenson Communities here in Edmonton, Alberta. The first one took place this past Thursday at their Devonshire Village (beautiful place!).
Because my company offers unparalleled, extremely effective De-cluttering Services, I was invited to speak to potential residents of this community, in hopes of showing them that there is help out there to make this move a LOT easier on them.
I just wanted to write this post in hopes of reaching anyone who is currently Making the Move, or anyone who has a loved one doing just this. There is help. This process doesn't need to be daunting and frustrating.