Change #1: You visit your parents during the summer and all is well. You visit them again at the holidays and the house is a mess. Why? Because your mother always took care of the housekeeping and now she’s no longer able to do it on her own.
The solution: Do a home inventory. Things can easily go missing and if there’s no official record of them, there’s no recourse.
- Take a video of the entire room and verbally identify which room it is.
- Take photos of each object.
- Use a spreadsheet or one of the secure online home inventory sites to record each item.
Change #2: Your parent repeatedly calls you to say someone’s broken in and stolen something – only to find the “stolen” item hours or days later. You realize your parent may be in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Change #3: Your parent’s doctors have made it clear it’s time they were moved to a care facility. How do you move them when they can’t help you – and you live far away, you both work and/or have your own kids to worry about?
- recommending and coordinating the movers
- creating a floor plan for where your parent is moving to
- doing a complete home inventory
- sorting and downsizing your parent’s treasures
- dispersing any items from the downsizing through selling, shipping, donating and discarding
- packing and unpacking
- resettling their new place so all they have to do is turn the key and start living in their new place