Q. What exactly is Senior Move Management?
A. The term refers to the growing profession of assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.”
Q. Who uses Senior Move Managers?
A. Senior Move Managers® are contacted by various sources including: older adults, family members, bank and trust officers, geriatric care managers, attorneys, social service providers/workers, senior living communities, physicians and allied health providers, realtors, and staging professionals.
Q. What are the benefits of using a Senior Move Manager?
A. These professionals have significant expertise in resources and approaches that will save a senior money, time, and stress while delivering quality results. They are client-centered and personalize each job to meet the senior’s needs and preferences. When dealing with family issues, they maintain an unemotional, unbiased viewpoint in achieving the stated objectives.
Q. How much do Senior Move Managers charge?
A. It is impossible to determine what a specific move might cost as the fee can vary significantly from geographic region and types of services needed. Additionally, some managers charge on an hourly basis while others will bill by the flat fee project rate.
At Smooth Transitions of St. Louis, we will come out and provide you with a complimentary evaluation and quote you an estimate of costs based upon the services you request. A written contract is provided prior to commencing any move activities.
Q. Why is this service needed now and it wasn’t needed or even thought of 20 years ago?
A. Americans age 85 and older currently comprise the fastest growing segment of our population. With the Baby Boomer generation retiring (2010-2030), the US population aged 65+ will jump 80%. By 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the US population.
Many families are geographically dispersed and often times, adult children are not available to help with the moving process due to distance, career, and family obligations. The elderly have no living children or their children are seniors themselves. Circumstances may have already drained them physically and emotionally.
Older adults making a transition may not have moved for 30 years or more, creating an overwhelming situation of downsizing, organizing, and implementing a complex moving process.
Q. Do you know any independent living facilities in the Saint Louis area?
A. Senior Advisor lists several options in our area. Visit their web site at: