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Shall I Stay or Shall I Go

As we age, most of us will come face to face later in our life with the dilemma of either finding a way to stay in our home or having to downsize and move into an assisted living complex or skilled nursing facility to accommodate the level of care we will need. Sometimes it falls to family to make that decision for us, if necessary.


Moving can be very stressful, especially if you've lived in your home a long time, accumulated a lifetime of precious memories there, and are surrounded by many things you cherish and don't want to part with. Our identity, who we are, is often tied to our home and belongings - who are we without them? The saying "parting is such sweet sorrow" extends beyond those we love to those things we love too. How do you choose, prioritize the most important things to take with you if a move in imminent in your future.


Sit down in advance with your loved one(s) and have a conversation about what your wishes are when that time comes. Take out a sheet of paper and make a list of all the pros and cons of staying in your home or moving elsewhere. If you decide to move, the next step is to customize a generic Moving Check List/Timeline to suit your particular moving situation and post it in a place where you and your family and caregiver(s) can refer to it as you move forward with your plan.



Moving your mom or dad? Click here for ways to help to minimize the stress.


At 5 Star Concierge, we take great care to help our clients smoothly transition into a new residence. Some of our services include assisting our clients with downsizing and/or moving: organizing, sorting, packing, transporting, unpacking, and staging your next residence with all you need to move in and make your new place feel like home. We also do estate sales for clients who find in necessary to leave some of their things behind. We can also prepare your current residence to be shown by realtors, if you plan to sell, by cleaning and empty out what is left and seeing that the rest is donated to an organization of your choosing.


We recently helped a client move for the third time in a year and a half. Our team works quickly and professionally to take great care packing up and moving all of your treasured possessions. Please let us know how we can best serve you!

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