When it comes time to move a parent into an assisted living facility, someone must be deputized to handle the house and belongings. Often it is the person who lives the closest. Unfortunately, this person has become the de facto caretaker already, and the pain of loss and transition can make the moving experience emotionally challenging.
It is frustrating how little stuff a person gets to move with them into assisted living.
Even a cherished bed is going to be left behind for a safer, lower bed in the residences. Often people can keep their familiar dresser or a few small individual furniture pieces.
The scale of the work to clean the house out can become overwhelming.
There is furniture, clothing, old memories. Some of it you will keep and sort through, of course, but a lot of it needs to be thrown out.
The realtor won’t be any help. She will provide a tight timeline, and probably telling you that the only thing that sells slower than an empty house is one with outdated furniture and that “lived in” feel.
You might even need to take out carpets too. This could prove to be a huge job.
The right sized dumpster for the job
First, analyze which things might be useful at a thrift store, and how you could get it there. Your local St. Vincent DePaul will likely be helpful, agreeing to come pick up some items for a minimal fee. They might even sent over a couple of workers big enough to do most of the work themselves.
But you might still be left with a lot of stuff.
This is where renting a dumpster from Big Daddy Dumpsters come in handy.
You may have never rented one yourself, but the concept makes sense.
Go to their site to get some guidance on what size dumpster you needed.
For residential purposes they offer a 10 yard and 15 yard option. The 15 yarder might be large, but you don’t want to run the risk that the slightly smaller (10 yard) version won’t hold it all.
You will be amazed at how simple it is. The employee who answers the phone will be very accommodating, and help you work out a time to drop off and pick up the dumpster.
Now you have a timeline for your work that makes the realtor, your parent, and your siblings happy.
A Family Reunion of Sorts
Transitioning a loved one into a smaller, more supportive place is a hard time emotionally. But the whole process doesn’t have to be hard.
Spend a day with family sharing memories, tearing up carpets, and putting old furniture and useless items in a dumpster. It’s therapeutic.
Big Daddy Dumpsters can make their part easy. One phone call to set it up, and you can concentrate on everything else.