According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its older population. In 2050, the population aged 65 and older is expected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012. Baby boomers are largely responsible for this increase in the older population, as they began turning 65 in 2011 and by 2050, surviving baby boomers will be over the age of 85.
Children and families of the Baby Boomer generation — people born between 1946 and 1960 — will soon find themselves helping elderly loved ones move.
Moving a senior family member is challenging. No one wants to upset that person, and everyone wants the move to go as smoothly as possible. This can sometimes seem like an impossible task.
The important thing to remember when moving a senior is to stay organized and calm throughout the move, say the experts at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brentwood-Franklin. When moving a senior into a living facility, consider contacting management to find out what can be brought onto the campus, what are appropriate moving hours, and do they have any best practices for the move.
* Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early and no one becomes overwhelmed as moving day draws near.
* Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items like knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.
* Label boxes on top and sides. Mark the top and sides of boxes as they’re packed. Make sure to label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with “fragile.”
* Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap when packing these items
* Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint can bleed.
* Sealing all boxes with packing tape. This makes it easier to stack and protect belongings.
* Use boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing.
* Always tape boxes. Interlocking the tops makes opening the box difficult.
* Pack important and sentimental documents separately. These items are easy to access if packed separate from other belongings.
“There are so many more variables to a senior move compared to a traditional move,” Says Sally Mink, Marketing Director for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brentwood- Franklin, “ We always keep in mind the preferred moving hours and do our best to not upset the atmosphere of the Senior Facility. It is also very important to remain empathetic with that customer. Moving from a home to assisted living is a major change in one’s life.”
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 319 national locations and 2,300 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates 340 locations and 2,600 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than five million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 53 consecutive months of record growth. Each location is independently owned and operated. For franchising opportunities, visit www.twomenandatruckfranchising.com.
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