Helping Your Aging Parents with Storage

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Once your parents reach a certain age, it may become necessary for you to help them with things such as remembering appointments and ensuring they’re taking any medicines they’ve been prescribed. At EZ Storage® in Detroit, we know that it can be challenging to take care of all that your parents need. When it comes to storing some of their belongings, it can be difficult to know where to turn, but with our convenient self-storage locations, you can find a unit that’s right for you and your parents.

Your parents might need storage for a number of reasons, including moving to a smaller home, moving in with you, or relocating to a nursing home or assisted living facility. In this post, we’ll take a look at these three scenarios and how you can help your parents decide what to store and for how long.

Moving to a Smaller Home

After your parents retire, or if one of them has recently passed away, the time may be right for a move to a smaller house. Maintaining a large home can take quite a toll on an aging person, and it may not make sense for your living parent to stay in the house. There might be stairs they can no longer navigate, not to mention the cost of maintaining the property and the mortgage they may still be paying each month. A smaller home can allow your parent, or parents, to maintain their independence as they age. They can perhaps move closer to you or another family member, and you can rest easy knowing that they’re close by.

When it comes to storing items, renting a storage unit can make life much easier for you and your parents. Since they’re moving into a smaller residence, they’re going to be limited on space, and putting some things into storage can make the transition much smoother. Extra furniture, antiques, and things they don’t use on a regular basis can all be stored away as long as necessary.

Moving in With You

As your parents get older, they may not be able to live on their own any longer. It might be best for them to move in with you so that you can help take care of them and ensure that they enjoy the best quality of life possible. It’s important to figure out the details of this transition before it takes place so that there are no uncertainties with where your parents will stay and how much of their belongings they’ll be able to bring with them.

If you have a mother-in-law apartment or a spare bedroom, then this can provide a separate living space for your parents. You can encourage them to bring what they need for daily life, as well as a few special items that they want to keep with them. It’s important to remind them that there won’t be room for everything they own, but that the extra items will be safe and sound in a secure storage unit.

Moving to an Assisted Living Facility

This transition can be the toughest for many aging parents, as it’s a completely new environment. Unlike moving to a smaller home, where they still live on their own, or moving in with you, where they’re with family, relocating to an assisted living facility can be overwhelming for your parents. It’s important to talk with them about what to expect and how this living arrangement can be the best option for their health and happiness.

As for their belongings, there will only be a few things they can bring with them to the facility. The rest can be put into self-storage, and hopefully this will provide them with peace of mind knowing that their possessions are protected. You can always take some antiques or heirlooms and store them at your house, and whenever your parents come to visit, they can see that everything is being kept safe.

Visit Us Today

If you have aging parents who are facing a possible relocation, then let us help you find the right self-storage space for their belongings. We offer affordable options, and every unit is available on a month-to-month basis, so if things only need to be stored for a short period of time, you can rent a space for a few months. If you’re unsure how long your parents’ things will be in storage, then we’ll make sure you can find the appropriate unit that will fit everything that needs to be stored. You’ll be able to access the unit on any day of the year, making it easy to get something your parents want, or something they need in their new residence.

At EZ Storage®, we know the challenges that can come with helping your aging parents. If self-storage is a viable option, then please visit us today to see how we can help you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!