Seniors, Leave Out These Essential Items During Your Move

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Blog provided by: Jim Vogel jim@elderaction.org | http://elderaction.org/

Approximately 90% of seniors say they want to age in place, which means they don’t want to relocate to a nursing home or retirement community as they grow older. If you’re part of that statistic, you may feel sadness, apprehension, or even anger when it’s time to leave your current home. These emotions are usually normal, and a compassionate medical provider can help you cope with them if they become severe. You may also find that you can reduce your risk of having a negative experience during the transition by leaving the following items out and available for use during your move. If you’re working with professional movers, be sure to let them know that these items should not be packed.

Vitamins and Prescription Drugs

Approximately 1 out of 2 Americans take at least one prescription drug a month, and more than 10% of them take at least 5 prescriptions on a monthly basis. Many men and women also choose to supplement with vitamins on a regular basis.

If you take vitamins or prescription medications, you may experience unpleasant side effects if you fail to take them during your usual dosage schedule. Depending on your condition, you may even put your life in danger. Each year, around 45,000 uninsured individuals pass away due to a lack of medical care, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations for prescription medications and vitamins.

Carry your prescriptions in a purse, backpack, or small suitcase so that they do not get lost in a pile of moving boxes. You may also want to keep the following essential items in your bag:

  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Over-the-counter medications for headaches or allergies
  • Thermometer
  • Bandages, gauze, and ointment
  • Syringes for insulin or similar medications

Not sure what to pack? Divide a sheet of paper into 3 categories so that you can track the items you use daily, weekly, and monthly. Make sure all of the items on your list remain unpacked so that you have easy access to them after your move.

Medical Mobility Equipment

As you navigate your new home, you may find it difficult to get around. There may be uneven flooring or a cracked patio, or you may notice your kitchen tiles are more slick than those from your previous home. Falls are the primary cause of serious and fatal injuries for senior citizens, so it’s vital that you take steps to protect yourself in your new home. Leave out items that can help you get around safely, such as a walker, wheelchair, or cane.

You may also want to ask a trusted friend or family member to visit your new home before you get there. Your loved one can check for potential safety hazards and install any necessary safety equipment, such as a wall bar or temporary ramp. Some moving companies also help with tasks of this nature, so talk to the specialists who are transporting your housewares to see if they have any suggestions.

Toilet Paper

The average person uses the bathroom 6 to 7 times a day. If you take diuretics or consume a lot of water, you may visit the bathroom more often than that. Think about how often you usually use the restroom, and leave out enough toilet paper to get you through the first week or two at your new home. You will probably need several rolls.

You may also want to bring some hand soap and a towel for your bathroom. If you place these in the same bag as your prescription medications, make sure you carefully seal the soap so that it doesn’t spill. You may find it helpful to place the soap in a separate bag that’s sealed at the top, and then stick that bag inside of another bag. This helps prevent leaks from damaging your other items.

Small Mementos

What are some special items that remind you of happy moments from your life? Looking at these items may help feel more comfortable in your new home. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Photos of friends, family, or other loved ones
  • Small items from anniversaries or birthday parties
  • Awards or certificates
  • Collectible trinkets

Arrange these items on shelves or counters right away so that you don’t feel like a stranger in your new home.

Moving to a new home can be stressful, especially if you didn’t want to relocate. Keep the essential items above in a special place rather than loading them in the moving truck so that you can access them immediately.

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Blog provided by: Jim Vogel

jim@elderaction.org | http://elderaction.org/