Caring Resources for Moving Mom and Dad

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing care for family members who suffer from illness or disability. Those caregivers must often seek additional support in the form of qualified third party providers. Caregivers who support aging parents may find the following information helpful when making those choices.

Housing Resources:

The U.S. Government provides families with information on housing options and related information. Online resources such as and A Place for Mom, also have a great deal of housing information, as well as tips and advice for family caregivers. There are also many “hands on” services in your local market, such as Oasis Senior Advisors and Assisted Living Locators, who may help with housing placements.

Home Sales Resources:

The National Association of Realtors developed the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) Program in 2006. Realtors who carry the SRES® designation after their name have been trained to understand the needs of their senior clients including housing options, financing, and issues facing a late-life move from family home.

Move Management and Liquidations:

When it’s time to move, families often need help with downsizing, decluttering, packing, unpacking and selling items that are no longer needed. Caring Transitions®  has been leading this segment of the industry for over a decade, and is the nation’s largest, most trusted resource for relocations, estate sales and online auctions. All Caring Transitions® offices are fully insured and CRTS® certified.

Movers/Van Lines:

In conjunction with government agencies, the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) launched their Pro Mover program in 2009 to help the consumer identify and steer clear of moving imposters, known within the industry as “rogue operators,” by giving consumers an easy way to separate reputable, professional movers from con artists out to make a quick buck at their expense. Individuals can locate an interstate Pro Mover by looking for the Pro Mover logo, which is only issued to those companies that meet AMSA standards. Many state movers’ associations have their own local programs to help qualify local movers. For more information contact your local mover’s association.

Financial Advisors:

While not specific to senior adults, the Certified Financial Professional (CFP) designation is awarded to those individuals who meet the CFP Board’s experience and exam requirement for financial planning, risk management, insurance planning and more.

Legal Advisors:

The National Association for Elder Law attorneys maintains a list of both accredited (CELA-Certified Elder Law Attorneys) and experience qualified attorneys who specifically serve senior clients and their families.

Additional Support

Additional support for aging parents in the form of relatives, close friends, neighbors, religious leaders and other associates, are equally as important. These individuals often become the people caregivers rely on most for day to day updates and oversight.  The most important thing caregivers can keep in mind is that they are not alone and there are many qualified resources available to them.
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