Working with a professional organizer or senior move manager can often make the process of downsizing and moving much more manageable. A trained professional can keep things on track and lend a supportive hand without the emotional entanglement that can occur when family members or friends help seniors relocate.
Professional organizers often belong to national industry organizations. Although certification for professional organizers is still being developed, you can obtain a high level of reliability by going through one of these organizations.
Senior move managers are similar to professional organizers, but they focus on working specifically with seniors. There are a growing number of senior move managers in the United States, and many belong to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
If you are planning a move to a retirement community, check with the community’s relocation coordinator for a referral to a professional. Social workers or case managers at long-term care communities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers can also make referrals.
Excerpt from Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. Please visit http://www.organizationrules.com to purchase a copy today.