Jo-Lynn Herbert MSW says “We must focus on seniors who are transitioning from their home to nursing care, assisted living care or other assisted housing.”
These groups of seniors need a professional who will prove excellent sorting, packing, unpacking and organizing of their personal items and space. These services must be flexible and available at the seniors convenience. Giving a hand when seniors do not have any one on hand to provide assistance or anyone they trust.
Seniors who live independently and for those seniors who have some physical impairment that limits their mobility and seniors who live alone and have no family or someone they feel they can’t trust also need the same kind of professional service.
Building trust and having a positive helpful attitude in providing services is imperative. Packing for the move is not an easy task and it can be overwhelming. To have someone to assist with the process usually decrease stress and maintains an organized packing experience.
One of the big misconceptions is that seniors do not need their belongings or their own space. Their belonging are part of their history and should be respected as much as the senior themselves need to be respected. Society learns by history so we need to be open and appreciate seniors and their belongings which tell their story. We must also respect and maintain their privacy.
Seniors tend to have as many items as a younger person and usually more. They want to keep and preserve as much as they can.
Helping organize seniors who are hoarders who recently had a big cleanup is a valuable service. If, after the cleanup, the families see disorganization they must recognize that that can trigger hoarder behavior. The family should consider a professional to provide assistance by organizing and reminding the senior how to use space effectively increasing their daily functionality and heading off a return to hoarding.
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