How to plan and move during golden years

Take stock of the place you or your loved one is moving.

At some point, everyone will deal with the idea of downsizing their stuff and their space.

That's especially true for seniors and their adult children, who take on those responsibilities many times.

It's not easy to talk about and even harder to do. But it's essential when moving from a home to an assisted living or nursing home facility.

Golden Bridges is a business that comes in and helps aid the decision-making process as an impartial third party.

Certified Senior Move Managers like Nancy Waters with senior transition company Golden Bridges say the first step is communication. Click here to learn more about the early steps needed to make decisions about senior living from Golden Bridges.

"It's never too early to begin talking with your family," Waters said. "If it's important to you, you need to decide where it's going to end up." Click here to learn more about how to sort through and itemize possible heirlooms.

Many times, adult children won't want the things you have to pass down. Talk to them about what each would like to take as an heirloom, and then sort through what you can take, sell or give away. It's a highly sensitive issue for most people, because we all put different values on our belongings. Click here to watch more about sorting and packing from KHQA This Morning.

From there take stock of the place you or your loved one is moving. Take accurate measurements of the room and your furniture to see what will fit. Then map it out. Professionals like Susan Scholz can use computer programs to give seniors a 3-D look at what to expect in their new space. Click here to watch Scholz talk about planning for the space on KHQA This Morning.

"A lot of times people forget to remember where the TV and phone jacks are in the room when they lay everything out," Scholz said. "Also make sure to remember to allow a clear space for the pull cord that is located in most rooms in case of falls."

Once you have the conversations and a plan, it's time to be honest. Ask yourself, "What do you really need at your new place?"

Sometimes conversations can become very emotionally charged. That's when it's time to bring in an impartial third party who can lead those discussions along and help preserve relationships during what's a trying and stressful time for most seniors.

John Wood Community College is offering a Community Education Course on this very topic coming up March 17. Click here to learn more about the class.