How do I find a good senior move manager?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I live 300 miles from my mom who is moving into an assisted living at the end of next month. I've used up a lot of my PTO helping her find a place to move and I recently read about senior move managers and it seems they could be a point-person for the move, which would be great. She can't really do this on her own so I know extra help is needed and I'd like to throw some money at the problem versus flying down there every weekend until the move, but here's my worry -- since this person will be in my mom's house what I am wondering is how do I know find a good, trustworthy senior move manager? Is there some way to vet them? What questions should I ask? Any guidance would be great.

Expert Answer

Nan Hayes is founder of MoveSeniors.com, the national resource network of Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists for seniors, and President of RightSized Living, a senior home transition service in Illinois.

You ask a great question. Finding the right support for parents in another state is often challenging. But you are in luck. The MoveSeniors.com website supports the nation's largest professional network of move managers and other providers who assist with projects such as moving, downsizing, estate sale and more. 100% of the individuals in the MoveSeniors.com database are required to pass security screening, carry insurance and each must pass an industry Certification exam,CRTS,which evaluates competency in senior relocation services. Certified providers can also help you save on moving costs, packing materials and services such as junk removal. As you have correctly guessed,working with an expert also helps reduce family stress, allowing you more time to focus on mom.

The Assisted Living Community you are moving to may also provide a list of local resources. More and more communities are partnering with movers, Professional Organizers and Senior Real Estate Specialists to provide better support for incoming residents.