Moving is a big job for anyone. But if you’re older or you have some kind of physical limitation, the thought of taking on a big move can be incredibly intimidating. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help make this a little more manageable for yourself and ensure that you’re able to secure the help that you need to make this transition happen.
So whether you’re moving into a new home or an assisted living facility, here are three tips for moving when you have physical limitations.
Know What You Can And Can’t Do On Your Own
The first step to taking on your move is understanding what you can do on your own and what you can’t.
Depending on the extent of your physical limitations, you might only be able to do a few things for yourself, like packing light items into boxes. For others, they might just have a hard time on their actual moving day with loading and unloading everything. So before you look to secure the help that you need, really think about what you’re going to be physically able to do. Because if you try to take on more than you’re really able, you could wind up being in even worse physical shape than before, which can make your move even more of a challenge.
Reach Out To Your Family And Community
When you’re ready to get some assistance with parts of your move, there are plenty of people and organizations that you can reach out to. There people are ready and willing to help you; all you have to do is ask.
If you have family members or able-bodied friends that live near you, asking them to help should be easy enough. Additionally, if you’re part of some community group, reaching out to them about lending a hand is also a possibility. But if you don’t have access to things like this, you can also look up programs or organizations that help people with their move before you hire an expensive company to do the work for you.
Spend Some Time Downsizing Before Packing
Before you start packing, something you should seriously consider is downsizing the amount of things you’re going to be taking with you to your new home.
Packing and moving unnecessary things can make your move a lot harder on you. But by getting rid of things that you don’t need or use anymore, you can save yourself a lot of work and make the move easier on you and anyone that you have enlisted to help with the process.
If you’re moving to a new home in the near future and are worried about how you’ll physically be able to handle it, consider using the tips mentioned above to see how other people with physical limitations have managed their moves.