Minimizing Relocation Stress

Minimizing Relocation Stress

Moving is stressful for anyone. Planning, packing, coordinating and unpacking can be overwhelming. Add in downsizing from a long-time home and the loss of familiar routines and seniors moving into a Residential Care Community may experience a condition called Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS) or Transition Trauma.

RSS was recognized as an official diagnosis in 1992. Whether they have chosen to move or have been relocated involuntarily, many seniors experience the adverse effects of RSS. They can include sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression and confusion. This may lead to increased agitation, weight loss or falls. If the senior is frail, these conditions can be exacerbated by the stress of relocation.

Much of this stress can be minimized with thorough planning and support throughout the moving and subsequent adjustment process. The most important aspect is to treat the senior with respect and allow them to participate as much as possible in the planning and decision making. Remaining optimistic about the move and focusing on the benefits of relocation (increased social opportunities, no maintenance and more time to spend doing the activities they enjoy), can keep the mood positive. A detailed plan of action is definitely needed so that there are not too many surprises.

If you are unable to coordinate all of the details of your move, a Senior Move Manager is the answer. KARE Transitions will work with you to achieve a low-stress, positive outcome. We work at your pace and act as your advocate throughout the entire moving process. When you choose to use the services of KARE Transitions, seniors can control the process while spending quality time with their families and friends and they find it easier to adjust to their new home.


Spring Cleaning-What To Do And Who To Use


If you’re like most people, your home is one of, if not THE largest investment you’ll ever make and maintaining it is key to protecting its value. With Spring upon us, there’s no better time to put a little sweat equity into your home!

This list is a great start to getting your home in great shape, now, and when you’re ready to sell!

  • ·        Remove and donate unwanted items, reorganize and clean closets, attic, basement and garage
  • ·        Power wash exterior walls, porch floors, deck, patio, driveway and sidewalks
  • ·        Clean outdoor furniture, umbrellas and outdoor light fixtures
  • ·        Clean out gutters
  • ·        Clean out refrigerator and freezer, making sure to vacuum the grill and coil
  • ·        Remove lint from the hose attached to back of clothes dryer
  • ·        Vacuum baseboards, walls and ceilings, wipe down walls
  • ·        Steam clean carpets and area rugs and upholstery
  • ·        Reseal natural stone surfaces (travertine, etc)
  • ·        Reseal and repair grout in bathtubs and showers
  • ·        Clean window treatments, dust and clean blinds and shutters
  • ·        Remove items from all shelves, dust and clean
  • ·        Oil hinges

If you need help with any of these projects, give me a call and I’ll be happy to provide you with a great list of people to call!




Jon Calvin, President CPM. CMC.

Willamette Express LTD Moving & Storage