Here is a great interview on how Senior Move Managers can help elders age in place safely or prepare for a move: http://www.wcnc.com/entertainment/television/charlotte-today/what-is-a-senior-move-manager-and-how-can-one-help-your-family/149568747
Marilyn Leek NASMM@HOME Specialist Designation
In conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers aging in place initiative, NASMM@HOME, Marilyn Leek earned the NASMM@HOME Specialist designation at NASMMs recent 2016 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
“Extensive research indicates future generations of older adults, including the population we currently serve, are less inclined to move to senior living communities in later life than the World War II/Depression era generation,” said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM’s Executive Director. “NASMM members who earn the NASMM@HOME Specialist designation can now effectively assist clients who need to move, as well as those who prefer to remain in their homes.”
According to Marilyn Leek at Chesapeake Transitions, “Moving may not be the best decision for an older adult or aging family member right now — due to personal choice, financial considerations, etc. But they may still desire a change. Later in life, our homes can often become cluttered with our ‘stuff,’ and it’s natural to be overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of downsizing, de-cluttering, organizing, and discarding. As a NASMM@HOME Specialist, I can help older adults adapt their home for who they are now!”
As a NASMM@HOME specialist, Marilyn assists older adults and their families with numerous downsizing and simplifying tasks in a current home. Marilyn applies the same coordinated, compassionate downsizing and home safety techniques to help clients STAY in their home as we do to help them move.
“Senior Move Managers provide guidance, encouragement, and hands-on help,” said Buysse. “We understand the physical and emotional stresses associated with later lifestyle changes, as well as the ethical, safety, legal and communication issues that accompany working with older adults. Our focused services accomplish a great deal in very little time, so you save both time and money. The end result: You are happier with how your existing home looks and feels!”
As a NASMM@HOME Specialist, Marilyn Leek can help with some or all of these tasks:
• Define your vision: “Where do we begin?” We can help you prioritize what areas need work.
• Create a floor plan and repurposing your existing space so it works better for you NOW.
• Decide what will be donated, sold or discarded and execute your wishes.
• Determine your future needs by simplifying your lifestyle ~ gaining the freedom to live the life you want. (For example, the things you use daily must be in easy-to-access places.)
• Recommend and oversee home modifications.
• Provide guidance with assistive technologies.
• Explore home care maintenance concerns.
• Reduce home safety concerns and eliminate common in-home hazards.
From National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM):
What Senior Move Managers Do
Senior move managers help plan and manage a move of any distance, such as from a longtime home to a communal living situation. They hire and supervise movers, help sort and pack belongings, and unpack at the new home.
How Senior Move Managers Help
Senior move managers don’t just handle the time-consuming (and often backbreaking) logistics; they have expertise in navigating the tricky emotional terrain that’s involved with someone who has accumulated a lifetime of possessions. Caregivers who work or whose older loved ones live far away find such services especially useful. You can also hire a senior move manager to help downsize possessions if a loved one is moving in with you (or vice versa) to accommodate multiple generations under one roof.
They’re especially useful for those who have decades’ worth of accumulated belongings, whose health is frail, or who don’t have adult children nearby.
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared May 11-18, 2014 National Senior Move Managers Week. The theme of this annual celebration is “Beyond the Move: Ethics, Safety & More.” During this recognition week, NASMM and NASMM members around the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia are promoting the value of Senior Move Management and Senior Move Managers’ commitment to assisting older adults and their families with later lifestyle transitions.
Senior Move Managers assist adults and their families with both downsizing to remain in their current home, as well as the entire process of moving to a new residence. Senior Move Managers specialize in helping their clients with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through a lifetime of memories in the transition process. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Beyond the Move: Ethics, Safety & More,” underscores the magnitude of these types of moves and highlights the importance of understanding the myriad of safety, ethical, and communication issues involved with working with older adults in transition.
Recognizing and managing the stress of downsizing and relocating older adults is the hallmark of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. “Most older adults making a transition have been in their homes for 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably,” said Marilyn Leek, Owner of Annapolis-based senior move management company, Chesapeake Transitions. “The organizational and physical tasks – whether you are moving or downsizing to stay in the home – can be overwhelming. We work to reduce the stress that can accompany these transitions.”
Adults aged 85 and above are the fastest growing segment of the US population. At the same time, social changes – such as more women working full time – have made it increasingly difficult for family caregivers to provide all of the support needed for these transitions. Senior Move Managers assist older-adults and their families in all aspects of downsizing and relocation.
According to Mary Kay Buysse, Executive Director of NASMM, “Family and friends often want to help, but there may be barriers. Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers, and their own family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers are often geographic. Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are seniors themselves. If illness or death precipitates the transition, the family may already be drained both emotionally and physically. Senior Move Management has emerged to fill the gaps and to make downsizing easier for everyone involved.”
Chesapeake Transitions was founded by Marilyn Leek in 2009. The company manages every aspect of a move from packing, unpacking, facilitating the move, organizing everything, downsizing, etc. Chesapeake Transitions has been a member of NASMM since 2007. For more information please visit our website – www.ChesapeakeTransitions.com, contact us at 410.897.0050 or Katie@chesapeaketransitions.com.
Founded in 2002, The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and their families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association of it’s type devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later lifestyle issues, NASMM’s 800-plus members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.
NASMM is internationally recognized for its innovative programs, leadership and expertise on issues related to Senior Move Management, aging in place, and transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. Before achieving full general membership, all NASMM members are vetted for experience and insurance and must pass certificate classes in Senior Move Management Ethics and Accountability and Senior Move Management Safety. Additionally, all NASMM members sign and adhere to the NASMM Code of Ethics, and agree to the guidance and oversight of NASMM’s Ethics Compliance Commission.
For more information on Senior Move Management or NASMM, visit www.nasmm.org or contact NASMM directly at 877.606.2766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.