Introducing our first research paper on Relocation Stress Syndrome

Moves for Seniors is the premier moving services provider for seniors, caregivers, and senior living communities. We know how difficult moving can be for older adults, so we work hard to provide moving solutions that are simple, stress-free, comforting, and pleasant.

Over the past 10 years, Moves for Seniors has been a pioneer in providing moving services designed specifically for seniors across the US. As we continue to evolve and lead this market segment, we are really excited to announce that we have published our first ever research paper about Relocation Stress Syndrome.

While we may have started out as a simple moving company, the services that we have continued to add have helped us to become much more than just a moving company. Along with this growth, we have begun to focus on research and thought leadership around all things related to senior relocation. This is something that we deal with every day in the world of senior logistics and wanted to share this knowledge.

You can click here to download a free copy of our paper on Relocation Stress Syndrome.

 

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Summer Newsletter

Our Newsletter is in!!!

We are so excited to be able to update you on what we have been up to, our services, and some helpful tips to make your community safer. Keep an eye out for the next one coming this fall!

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Summer’s Heating Up!

As we get into the summer months and the temperatures are rising there are a few things to keep in mind!

 

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The summertime is a time of fun and relaxation for most people. But for seniors, the heat and sun can be dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are 12 great tips that older adults can use to make sure they have a fun, safe summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated
    Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for those long summer drives.
  2. Talk to Your Doctor
    Check with your medical team to make sure any medications you are on won’t be affected by higher temperatures — especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than room temperature (approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit), and the last thing anyone wants is for a preventable medical condition to become aggravated due to high temperatures.
  3. Stay in Touch
    High temperatures can be life-threatening, so communication plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the elderly. For seniors, you should let friends
  4. Wear the right clothes 
    Everyone, including seniors, should dress for the weather. When it’s warm out, some people find natural fabrics (such as cotton) to be cooler than synthetic fibers. Stock your summer wardrobe with light-colored and loose-fitting clothes to help feel cooler and more comfortable.
  5. Protect Your Eyes
    Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.
  6. Know the Risks of Hyperthermia
    During the summer, be particularly cautious about abnormally high body temperatures — a condition known as hyperthermia. Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia that can be life-threatening. Make sure to know the warning signs and get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:

    • Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
    • A change in behaviour, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
    • Dry, flushed skin
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Headache
    • Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
    • Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
    • Fainting
  7. Rub on Sunscreen and Wear Hats
    Everyone, young and old, should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The elderly especially need the extra sun protection to help keep them healthy. Caregivers, family and friends can help by gently reminding loved ones about applying sunscreen and helping to put it on when necessary. Hats are also a great idea to keep the sun out of your face and protect your head from sunburn.
  8. Apply Bug Spray
    The elderly is particularly prone to West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and other diseases. If you live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes and where West Nile Virus is present, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors (particularly at night), use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit by a mosquito carrying this virus.
  9. Exercise Smart
    If you enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or gardening, make sure to wear the proper clothing and protective gear. It is also important to keep track of time. Do not stay out for long periods and make sure to drink even more water than usual when exercising. Also consider getting outdoor exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its peak.
  10. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours                                                                                                                                                                      During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler
  11. Watch the Heat Index
    When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on all popular weather websites, and is also usually announced on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.
  12. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
    Seniors whose houses aren’t air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or movie theater are all popular options. During heat waves, many cities also set up “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Seniors without convenient access to any air-conditioned place might consider a cool bath or shower.

Happy Summer !!

Senior Moving Checklist!

 

Are you moving into a community and you’re not sure where to start. No worries we have just the checklist for you. Moves for Seniors wants to make sure you have a stress free and organized move from start to finish. Our dedicated Moves Specialist always put the clients first and will make sure that they will help in any way they can!

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Here is a checklist to help you stay organized:

  1. Call Moves For Seniors for your free moving consultation. One of our Senior Moves Specialist would love to speak with you and help you start and streamline the process. Our Senior Moves Specialist number is 800-227-0515:
    • When you call our team have a list of your inventory, including furniture, boxes, tentative move dates and any special needs that you may have ready.
  2. Determine what furniture and belongings you will be moving or donating/discarding:
    • Moves for Seniors can arrange a Senior Moves Manager to come and help with this. The Senior Moves Manager can help with sorting, labeling, packing, and rightsizing
  3. Get ready for your move by sorting into 4 groups:
    • Keep
    • Family
    • Donate
    • Throw away
  4. Call Moves for Seniors to confirm you moving date and services!
  5. Make arrangements for all your utilities including:
    • Phone
    • Internet
    • Cable
    • Water
    • Garbage
    • Gas
    • Electric
  6. Notify these services to change your address:
    • Bank insurance
    • Credit card companies
    • Social security
    • State vehicle registration
    • State/federal tax bureau
    • Pharmacy/prescription delivery program
  7. Obtain all needed records including Medical, Dental, and Vet.
  8. If you are moving into a Pet friendly community make sure you have any documentation that the community needs about your pet.
  9. Keep all daily necessities near by for quick access at all times.

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Don’t forget to call a Moves Specialist at Moves for Seniors and they can go through everything that you will need for your move.

800-227-0515