If you are visiting my website, chances are you may be facing a very challenging time of transition in dealing with the downsizing of your home or the home of a loved one. Several years ago, I was blessed with the task of caring for two elderly relatives in California (I live in Oregon). The first two years involved flying down and checking on them, becoming their advocate and dealing with their financial affairs, including becoming their Representative Payee for Social Security. The third year presented the biggest challenge in moving both of them into Assisted Living and downsizing two houses, one which contained 50+ years of “possessions” and the other, the home of a hoarder and a victim of Alzheimer’s.
I spent a total of five weeks in California sorting through both houses, dealing with what to keep, what to sell, sorting through a hoarder’s house, in addition to selling a 20 acre farm. So many other issues came up during this time; including identity theft, theft from their homes, dishonest caregivers and so much more. After following through with their successful transition, I came home feeling very satisfied with the job I had done and realized how much I enjoyed it. At the time, I didn’t know what this type of work was actually called, but I knew it was my calling.
I began researching and created my company, Senior Solutions of Oregon, LLC, where I am a Senior Move Manager and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). My experience and organizational skills provide me with the ability to see the situation and determine the best plan of action for my client.
Recognizing that not everyone is able to deal with this type of situation, I approach each job with the intent of helping my client and their family and I will do what is needed to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone.