It’s a big decision to have Mom or Dad move into a smaller living situation. Often more emotionally challenging, however, are the many little decisions your relative must make about what to keep and what to let go.
- Possessions, from furniture to garden tools, hold many dear memories.
- Giving them up forces recognition that one day your loved one's life will come to a close.
The first step to reduce emotional strain is to allow plenty of time. Senior move experts recommend a minimum of three months lead-time. Consider these steps:
- Talk with your family member. Approach the subject carefully: "While we have the luxury of time, Mom, let's begin to plan how things will fit in your new space. Only you know what's most important to have with you."