Transitional Trauma: Don’t Wait to Move Your Loved One
MARCH, 2018
Transition and relocation is always a difficult topic to discuss, and a sensitive concern for everyone who is involved. When is it appropriate to relocate a family member? Moving a family member comes with a lot of emotion.

Is it the right thing to do? Is it fair? Do they deserve it? Is it too soon? Is it cruel? These are questions that typically run through someone’s head when they maybe have to relocate a mother or a father that is a senior that may need additional care.  Relocating a senior or a loved one is an extremely stressful time for everyone.

According to experts, transitional trauma is real, and should be taken very seriously. Transitional trauma is also known as relocation stress syndrome, or RSS. Transitional trauma can be identified as stress, anxiety, confusion, and/or depression as a result of having to move. Moving in general is stressful. I hate moving. I hate it so much, I actually fear moving, the change, and the processes that go along with it. So imagine having to move your 80-year-old mother or father who may be ill and suffering already. Imagine the stress of that kind of displacement. Besides the actual act of moving, your loved one has collected decades of memories and securities and happy moments in their home, so the actual act of a transition can feel like they are letting go, giving up, and in some cases part of them is dying.

Some individuals, like myself, take a longer time to acclimate to a move and get settled. In some individuals it can take years, and some individuals never settle.  This kind of stress pushed upon an older or ill loved one could actually take even longer. The National Association of Senior Move Managers or NASMM recommends relocation services such as Monaco Moves to help manage not only the transition, but also the stress that goes along with it. Let us arrange the transition and relocation, and everything that goes along with it. We can minimize and manage stress and help to eliminate transitional trauma.

So, When is the Right Time To Move My Loved One?

DON’T WAIT! Once the decision has been made, start the transition immediately. The longer you wait to transition your loved ones; the transitional trauma could be a lot more severe. You may feel that you are allowing them more time in their home, but you may be contributing to transitional trauma down the road that will be more difficult to overcome, especially if they are already ill and suffering.

Downsizing is Positive, it is Freeing!

Downsizing should be thought of as a positive experience, not a negative, losing one. Downsizing should be expressed and thought of as a freeing experience allowing everyone involved enjoying life, instead of focus on additional responsibilities. Once you and your loved one have that weight lifted off of your shoulders, you can go back to living and enjoying precious time with one another. We take pride and care in custom floor planning. Floor planning is and important an essential step in creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for your loved one. We want to make sure your loved one feels comfortable, and as if they never went through any transition at all.

We here at Monaco Moves are sensitive to this transition, and understand the effects of a relocation. Contact us today for an in-home, free consultation. Let us take the burden off of you.

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