Monday, August 03, 2009

Moving Grandma

Transitioning your older family member to a new home is a stressful time. They likely do not want to move. You want them to move for their safety and peace of mind. Then when moving day arrives, chaos can breakout at any moment. Everyone is working toward the good of their loved one.

Melonie, Affinity Merchant Solutions, send me this heartbreaking story about moving a grandmother:

Your services are so VERY important to ease tension and stress which may avoid life altering accidents!

First hand experience at this:
One day "Bill's" family was moving his 93 year old--- YES NINETY THREE year old Grandmother to an assisted living facility/retirement home. She decided that she needed some extra assistance after living alone for the last 10 or so years, so she was putting her house up for sale and downsizing.

They were doing great, Grandma was moving slower, but still getting around on her own. Certainly someone for us all to look up to and admire her strength! Finally she arrived at the assisted living facility and the family and her were unpacking boxes and it was all a little chaotic when BOOM went Grandma and fell down!! SHE BROKE HER HIP, just like that!

After being in the hospital, receiving a hip replacement, going through rehab, etc...Grandma is finally ready to settle in back home...HOWEVER she is no longer in an assisted living place, she had to be moved to skilled nursing facility. Totally different. She never got to spend one night even in her assisted living/retirement place, which I heard was VERY nice. Her new "home" is in a totally different facility across town. Sad that this had to happen. If only they would have hired you for your services.

If you find yourself in the midst of moving a loved one, please take care of their safety. When moving seniors, the best case scenario is to have someone spend the day with them away from the move. Take them out to breakfast/lunch, a movie, the zoo or a friend's home. Anything to keep them away from the moving activity. If this is not possible, most assisted living facilities will occupy the new resident while the moving takes place.

Thank you Melonie for allowing me to share this story.

What is your plan to move your grandma?

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