Moving Your Parent into a Nursing Home
Moving a parent into a nursing home or assisted living facility is never an easy process, even if everyone involved is comfortable with and prepared for the transition. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we’ve helped many families find suitable self-storage solutions before, during, and after an elderly parent’s move to a nursing home. If you’re getting to ready to move your mom or dad, then please visit one of our locations today!
Taking Stock of Belongings
It can seem overwhelming to go through a lifetime’s worth of belongings, especially if your parent has lived in the same house for many years. With an attic, a basement, and a garage to store things in, it’s easy to feel bewildered about where to start with an inventory. Depending on how much time you have before your parent moves, you can spend a couple days in each area, sorting through things and deciding what can be tossed, what can be sold, and what you need to store or move with your parent to their new place.
Making Their New Home Feel Like Home
One of the best ways to make your parent’s transition from a house to a nursing home or assisted living facility is to make their new space feel like their old one. Obviously a nursing or healthcare facility isn’t going to have the same feel and memories as their home, but their space can feel more comfortable if it’s filled with familiar items. If they’re able to bring their family pictures, some furniture, and personal mementos, then they’ll likely feel more at home as they settle into their new residence.
For everything that doesn’t fit into their new room or apartment, putting some items in storage will allow you to hold onto cherished belongings and keep them close, should your parent decide that they want them. Self-storage is also good for those seasonal items such as clothes and shoes, since there may not be space in your parent’s new residence for belongings that aren’t being used on a regular basis.
Keeping Memories Safe
It can be difficult to face the changes that come with moving a parent out of a home that they’ve lived in for a long time, but they may be more ready for it than you are. Even if they’re having a hard time, one comfort that can be had can come from knowing that their belongings are safe and sound in a secure storage unit. The furniture and the mementos aren’t necessarily what’s special, but rather, it’s the memories that are tied to those items. It can be hard to let certain things go, either through sale or donation, and knowing that those memories are safe can make the transition from private residence to nursing facility much easier.
At EZ Storage®, we’re here to make self-storage as simple as possible for you and your family. If you and your parent are planning for a move in the near future, then visit one of our St. Louis-area facilities today and see how we can help you. We have a variety of storage sizes available, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you have about leases, security, and more.
We look forward to meeting you!