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The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges. We need to adjust the way we live our lives. And help those that need to be extra careful. One such challenge is helping your elderly parent move. Without making them feel helpless. And most importantly, without endangering their health. It doesn’t matter if you are helping them move to your home, assisted living, or to a new home in general. They need your help more than ever, as they can’t risk exposing themselves to too many contacts. 

Helping your elderly parent move starts with a good plan

There’s nothing that can’t be done with a good plan. But, when helping your elderly parent move during the pandemic you need to be extra careful. You need to properly plan the entire relocation, to the last detail. From finding Manhattan moving and storage to precautions that you need to take when you are in contact with them. You can’t leave anything to chance. So, start by making a moving checklist. It will be very helpful when having to deal with multiple issues at once.

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Talk with your parent and help them keep a positive attitude

Have a talk with your parent

We all know that our elderly parents can sometimes behave not much unlike children. And that we sometimes need to put in extra effort into making them comfortable and feeling secure. Especially during these challenging times. So, having a talk with them about the move is very important. Talk about reasons for moving. Explain to them all the benefits. And ensure them that, even though they will be moving, they won’t lose any of their belongings. You can always put them in Manhattan storage for safe-keeping. So when the pandemic passes, if they want to return to living on their own, they can. If you are moving them to your home, talk about all the benefits of being together. And make sure that they are on-board with the relocation.

Set some ground rules both for you and your parent

Moving during the pandemic is not very different than moving was a year ago. With good movers and a good plan, everything will run smoothly. But, the outbreak did change a few things. Mostly for your elderly parent. They can’t risk getting exposed. So they should minimize the contact that they have with other people. That’s why it’s important to set some rules for the relocation. And they should cover everything, from how you interact. To what to do if the movers are late. It’s also important to talk with your parent. And explain to them the importance and purpose of them. 

  • Minimize the contact with other people
  • Wear a face mask when in contact with your parents
  • Keep the distance when movers arrive
  • Disinfect the surfaces and the items regularly
  • Disinfect hands regularly

Declutter before helping your elderly parent move

Decluttering is an important process in any relocation. It allows you to pack more efficiently. And to save money on both packing materials and transport costs. So, even before you call movers, make sure you declutter as much as possible. Especially if your parent is moving in with you. Even if you maximize space in your apartment there probably won’t be enough room for all of their belongings. So, place everything that isn’t necessary for a storage unit. From furniture to their TV and kitchenware. 

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Help your parents declutter their home

Throw away anything that isn’t usable anymore

Your paren has probably lived in the same home for quite some time. And some of their items might be nearing their life-span. While it might be difficult to just throw away items you are so used to seeing, it’s sometimes necessary. Call furniture removal NYC for all bulky items that need to go. And take care of the smaller items by yourself. Make sure to keep call professional removal service. As they will know how to handle the special situation that we are in right not. And will not endanger your parent.

Helping your elderly parents pack  for the move

Packing is probably the most difficult and time-consuming tasks when moving. And even in the best of times, your parents will probably need your help. That’s why it’s important that you be there for them. So, after you are done decluttering, it’s time to start packing. The first thing that you need to handle is shopping for packing supplies in NYC. As your parent shouldn’t go out, you will be the one doing most of the work. Take a good look at the items that you need to pack and buy the supplies accordingly.

Once you come to their home to pack, make sure you wear a mask. Even though you might feel fine, you’ve probably had contact with a lot of other people. And you need to keep your parent safe.

Consider hiring professional packers

As packing can take a lot of your time, you might want to consider asking for some help yourself. You might not be able to get off work. Or you simply might not have enough time for it. You might be afraid to call others to help. But, when hiring quality packing service in NYC you need not worry. They are professionals who know how to behave once they arrive. The will be wearing protective gear and won’t endanger your parent. 

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You can hire professionals to help you pack everything

Follow the guidelines for COVID-19 when helping your elderly parent move

The most important thing that you need to worry about is the health of your parent. Take your time, don’t rush. And make sure that you follow the CDC guidelines on disinfecting your home. They need to come into a completely disinfected home. Regardless of whether it’s your home, assisted living, or something else. 

What to do after helping your elderly parent move?

After you are done moving, make sure you stay in frequent contact. Check up on your parent if he or she is not with you. And if they came to live with you, you need to change some of your habits. You need to pay even more attention to hygiene. And regularly disinfect your home. It’s also important to avoid close contact with them. And provide them with everything they need in a safe manner. 

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011