Parents are, without a doubt, the most influential and impactful aspect of growing up. They provide and care for us, offer wisdom and discipline. Caregiving comes full circle. Mom may not be as agile and sharp as she used to be. Maybe dad has Alzheimer’s and has difficulty remembering loved ones and day to day life becomes more of a struggle. This day comes for nearly everyone, and it’s a natural part of life. The time may be now when they most need our help. Downsizing is not an easy topic to discuss, but a necessary one. There are three key things to remember when having this conversation
1. Let them know you care
An open and honest approach to expressing your concerns is the best option. You’re thoughts and advice will go a long way. If they are opposed to the idea, remind them that downsizing is a healthy choice in the long run. As their child, mom or dad needs to be assured that you have their best interest in mind.
2. Be their rock
This will undeniably be amongst the most difficult transition periods in an aging senior’s life. The most helpful way to make progress during the change is to offer encouragement and optimism. Sometimes all that’s needed is to say three simple words… “I love you.” They will not be alone during this emotional process.
3. Senior move manager services
As important as it is to have family support, a senior move manager will help ease the struggle. Downsizing services offer structure, organization and efficiency without forfeiting compassion, respect and dignity. Utilizing these available services will make the transition smooth for everyone involved.
It’s time to show your parents how much they are loved and that their lasting happiness is top of mind. Don’t hesitate to start the conversation. You and your loved one will be glad you did once the decluttering, downsizing and/or moving process is complete. For more information about having the talk, feel free to call me at 218-329-7442. Let’s make quality change together.