Posts Tagged ‘senior concerns’

Voting Tips for Seniors

I found this article with some great information on voting day, thank  you! http://exclusiveseniorcare.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/voting-tips-for-senior-citizens/

 

Here are quick tips for voters, including seniors, before heading to the polls:

1. Be sure you are registered to vote. Click here to contact your local election official to double check if you are registered to vote.

2. Know where and when to vote. To check your voting location and poll hours, click here. Most polls close between 6pm to 9pm so be sure to check the poll hours. Note, that the voting location might have changed from the last time you voted so it will be wise to check the location and poll hours before you vote.

3. Find out the ID requirements. Please note that it might vary per state. Click here to check the ID needed in your state to cast your ballot. Bringing your passport or your driver’s license should be okay, but checking ID requirements is recommended.

4. Allocate Time. Allocate plenty of time. You’ll never know if you’ll hit be bad traffic and if there will be long lines. Usually, mid-morning or early afternoon won’t be as crowded.

5. Bring your sample ballot. This will definitely help you complete the official ballot faster.

 

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NJ Senior Moves

I was called to help a customer that was moving from Toms River NJ to an assisted living facility.

When I met her, she was just getting back from the doctors. Her arthritis has gotten so bad that the simple things are sometimes just to hard to do. Cooking is impossible some days, and getting dressed can be an ordeal.

Moving day

We will help with all the packing. The packers will arrive the day before the move to make sure everything is ready to go. On moving  day we are scheduled to start at 8am at her house. We should be on the road by 1030 or so. By 2 in the afternoon, everything we have been moved and our unpacking team will be there to get everything organized by dinner time. If we had tried to do the packing, move and unpacking all in one day, it would run much longer than the average person has the patience for. This way, there is much less stress.

At our estimate I make a phone call to a great cleaning company to help our client with that last big clean.

The only reason you hire a mover is make your life easier!

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Senior Moving Specialist

I did an estimate yesterday for a senior moving to the Buffalo NY area. I have not been so charmed by anyone in quite awhile.

She met me at the door with a huge smile. We walked through the house and she pointed out what is going and what is staying.

He house in immaculate and she is almost all packed already. She is so positive about life and the new apartment. I was there way too long and had to call my next appointment to let them know I might be a few minutes late.

After another successful senior move, smiles and pictures

We will supply Mrs M with boxes for her to finish packing. We will pack the pictures for her. We will load and travel straight up there for unloading the next morning. We might drop a couple of pieces off at a nieces for her.

The conversation roamed into other things on her mind. We discussed a lawyer to update her will. We discussed a handyman to help fix some minor issues a the house.

When she calls with a firm moving date, I hope I’m on the job!

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NJ Senior Move Specialist

I did an estimate for moving yesterday for a couple moving to North Carolina. They are moving to be closer to their children. The daughter found me and asked us to go out and determine the needs and costs involved.

This couple is into their 90’s and very sharp. We went over what would go and the packing they required from us.

We came up with a plan that included them doing some of the packing and we would do the china and fragile pieces. We will deliver the boxes they need so they can get started soon.

Recent move to the Poconos with BD Movers

Some items will not fit in the new home and we supplied them with contacts that either bought furniture or auctioned it off. We suggested a handyman to help with some minor repairs the house needs before it can be sold.Some items will be delivered to the daughters house when we move mom and dad.

The daughter will be kept in the loop on all arrangements and suggestions.

We are discussing moving dates that will accommodate the parents and daughter, and making them firm. No vague “windows of time” for loading and delivery. We give a set time and date to load and a set time and date to deliver.

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Why do Seniors Move?

There are many reason why we decide to move, new job, better schools, bigger house. That fits the bill for 20-50 year olds but why do seniors move? You may be surprised by a couple of these.

  • Closer to family. Obvious, we all would have guessed this. In fact it is one of the top reasons why any of us move.
  • Yard work. They are just tired of it and are looking for a place that either provides this service or eliminates it, like assisted living.
  • Downsize. The house is just too large, too expensive and has too many stairs. Seniors are downsizing but not by much. In general they still have all that stuff and don’t want to get rid of it yet. Some of the senior developments near me offer homes that have over 4500 square feet of living space. It appears we downsize but it is relative to what we are moving out of. Rarely does anyone move to a one bedroom apartment from a 4 bedroom house.
  • Cost of living. They move to reduce taxes and cost of home ownership. New Jersey is seeing a huge movement of people moving south. The average tax we pay on a home in NJ is $7300.  I have friends in Florida that pay half that for more house.

Health plays a huge role also, it is often the driving force behind the other reasons.

The reason most mentioned to me on estimates? Yard work.  They do move into smaller places, they do move closer to kids and they do reduce their taxes but, the yard work and house upkeep is just too much now.

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National Association of Senior Move Managers

What is or who are the NASMM?

Senior Move managers, BD Movers and and a very happy client

Mrs Albanese, day of move, working with BD Movers, Senior move specialist

Well they describe themselves this way :
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in North America devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.

What do they do? Again, taken from their web site, they describe the job as:

Although specific services vary, most Senior Move Managers can help with some or all of the following:

  • Developing an overall move or “age in place” plan
  • Organizing, sorting and downsizing
  • Customized floor plans
  • Arranging for the profitable disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, buy-out, consignment, donation, or a combination of the above
  • Interviewing, scheduling and overseeing movers
  • Arranging shipments and storage
  • Supervise professional packing
  • Unpacking and setting up the new home
  • Related services, such as cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of a realtor and helping prepare the home to be sold.

I’m proud to say I am a member and I endorse the use of any member you see on the site. I have used a few myself and I have always found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable. The web site is http://www.nasmm.org

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Strangers on moving day

Pleased BD Movers client

Pleased BD Movers client

Consumer agency’s tell us that our seniors, as a group, are the most taken advantage of in our country. They tend to more trusting (a good thing) but that leads to bad decisions sometimes.

Can we stress enough the importance of knowing who is coming into the house ? The company hired should do background checks on all employees and have insurance for mistakes. You don’t want someone who subcontracts the work or hires day workers, (they may be great but who are they?)

Service people  have the greatest opportunity to be unethical.  We are usually in the house unsupervised and have access to more that we should.

Summary; Service companies or contractors that work in your house,  know what you have, they know where and how you live, and they know who is vulnerable.

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