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Conversation Starter: Moving & Downsizing

Posted on: Jan 07, 2016

Moving tips from Karen Votel, PPh Move-In Coordinator karen headshot

For the past year, I’ve helped many residents move into their new home at PPh. Here are some tips to ease the transition:


1. Map out your new home
Get a blue print of the living space and draw a diagram of where your furniture will be. You can take it a step further by cutting out full size templates of furniture you plan to bring using wrapping paper or brown paper. Then tape the templates to the floor of your new space. This will give you the opportunity to see how you can maneuver around your furniture, especially if you use assistive devices.

2. Move in slowly
If possible, start moving in non-essential belongings prior to move-in day. At PPh, residents sometimes have time between their apartment-ready-date and move-in day. This allows them to move in fragile items without risking damage by movers, set up cable/internet service, and coordinate new furniture deliveries. This is also a good time to complete your change of address request through your local post office. You can even meet your new neighbors!

3. Make a few visits
Depending on the size, a few visits may be necessary to familiarize yourself with the layout of your new community. Though much of this is usually done after you move in, I am available to help orient you to your new environment (getting to know security, exits, dining areas, etc.)

4. Hire out
There are senior relocation companies, like Senior Transition Services, that will come to your home, pack, move, unpack, and set up your new home. With your guidance, they will sort through your items, ensuring that you bring just what you need to feel at home.

Extra tip: Even if you plan on buying all new furniture, it’s a good idea to bring a sentimental item with you. It’ll make you feel more at home.

Join us on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1pm for our open house: Rightsizing and Moving Made Easy. Call me at 215-697-8086 to RSVP.

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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