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After a lifetime of accumulation, some things hold special memories, others are keepsakes or have sentimental value.

These are things that are taken into consideration when planning a move. Smooth Move will manage the entire process from start to finish. Our team of professionals will make the process seem easy.

Moving and Downsizing

The Value of a Senior Move Manager

What is a Senior Move Manager and why should I use one?

A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or "aging in place." Though many senior move managers have backgrounds in gerontology, social work, health care, nursing and psychology, others come to this industry from the corporate world of project management, technology, accounting or marketing. What all senior move managers share, however, is a profound commitment to connecting with older adults and a desire to perform meaningful work.

Although specific services may, vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

  • Developing an overall move or "age in place" plan
  • Organizing, sorting and downsizing
  • Customized floor plans
  • Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
  • Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
  • Arranging shipments and storage
  • Professional packing
  • Unpacking and setting up a new home

Related services, like: cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assistance with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.

Some senior move managers provide these services directly; others function in more of an oversight or management role. Senior move managers have extensive, practical knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of various local community resources.

Additionally, senior move managers frequently assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but simply require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of "aging in place" concepts to help them achieve their goal of . . . not moving anywhere, but improving quality of life!

One call to a senior move manager can connect you with services older adults and families need for a seamless, successful transition of all kinds.

Who uses senior move managers?

Senior move managers are contacted by various sources:

  • Older adults
  • Family members
  • Bank and trust officers
  • Geriatric Care Managers
  • Attorneys
  • Social service providers/social workers
  • Senior living communities
  • Physicians and allied health providers
  • Realtors
  • Staging professionals

What are the real benefits of senior move management services?

Senior move managers have significant expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce the emotional and physical stress and produce  results.

Services are client-centered and personalized to meet the client's needs and preferences. Families, particularly, should never doubt the power of an outside expert!

Ongoing educational programs reflect the NASMM commitment to professionalism and to working with older adults.

Why is senior move management needed now and not twenty years ago?

The numbers tell the story. The U.S. population age 65 and over will jump nearly 80 percent when the Baby Boom generation retires (from 2010 to 2030). By 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the total U.S. population. Did you also know that Americans age 85 and above comprise the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population?

Today, many families are geographically dispersed and adult children are often not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career and family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers may be geographic.

Many seniors have no surviving children, or increasingly, their children are older adults themselves. If illness or death precipitates the move, the family is likely already drained both emotionally and physically. They need help. Senior move management has emerged to fill these gaps and to facilitate the transition for everyone involved.

Older adults making a transition have usually not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family. Seek the help of experienced, insured professionals and call

What questions should I ask when deciding to contract with a senior move manager?

  • How long have you been providing senior move management services?
  • What are your professional credentials?
  • Have you participated in any formal training programs?
  • Are you fully insured for liability and workers' compensation?
  • How do you charge? (Fees should be provided in writing to the consumer or responsible party prior to providing services.)
  • Will you provide a written contract?
  • Can you provide references?