If you help your parents to pack and move, always remember the following tips:
1. Plan ahead
The elderly needs time to get used to changes. Give time to adjust to the idea of moving. Don't rush and give enough time to sort and package their personal things. This is difficult and emotional. Be patient.
2. Start slow.
Talk to your parents about moving. Don't let them feel in a hurry. After all agreed, ask them to start slowly. One room at once. Usually start setting up the basement or attic – a place with items that are not often used, or start setting items with sentimental values. This will help to get used to the idea of moving and giving away things.
3. Rent a moving service.
If you are too emotionally involved or just lack patience, it's better sometimes to hire services of a professional moving company. There are moving companies who specialize in seniors moving and packing. You can search for professional senior moving through https://crabtreefamilymoving.com/senior-moving-services/
4. Get floor plans and pictures of a new place.
After so many years living in one place, it's hard to get used to a new one. Try to place furniture and personal items in the same order they were before, so the new place feels more familiar. This helps make the new place feel like home.
5. Be patient.
Sorting through things and packing might take more time than you planned. Especially if you try to fit 3 bedrooms content into one bedroom. It's easier to give things away to family members that just get rid of things. If it's a treasure but the new space can't accommodate it, suggest giving it to a grandchild or another sibling.