Senior Move Managers Assist in Care Transitions

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 14 July 2011

Though a major life decision and intense process on its own, choosing a senior care community is just the beginning: a lifetime and household’s worth of stuff must now be transitioned into a much smaller space, and usually in a short period of time.

Even if the home will not be sold, or if a spouse/partner is staying behind while the other moves to assisted living, there is still much work to be done to transition that individual into their new home.

Enter senior move managers (SMMs), a somewhat new yet growing group of professionals at the ready for these very situations. As defined by the National Association of Senior Move Managers, a SMM is “a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or ‘aging in place’.”

Although the term “senior move managers” is trademarked by NASMM, there are a number of other professionals and organizations in the marketplace who do similar work. Check out MoveSeniors.com for a national directory of senior moving, downsizing, relocation, home transition, and move management services.

Consult our comprehensive Transition Resource Guide for a guide to all things related to a senior care move.

There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Finding the right senior move manager can really help out. Just make sure you check them out beforehand. the last thing you want is to spend the money and hire someone who is either incapable or untrustworthy. Look for:
    -years experience
    -bonded and insured
    Anyway, thanks–good read!


    on 04 October 2011 / 5:29 PM

  2. Great advice! Thanks for the compliment but especially for your helpful comment. If you’re on Twitter, check out tomorrow’s #ElderCareChat at 1pm ET: we’re talking about senior move managers, downsizing, and dealing with clutter/hoarding. Appreciate you stopping by the blog!


    on 04 October 2011 / 7:13 PM


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