Moving Guide


Advice from a Professional

Crime Statistics


Moving Timeline Guidance

Depending upon how much time you have before you move yourself or your loved one into a senior housing community, you will have different timelines to follow.

A Few Months:

Immediately narrow down the geographic area(s) where you want to live.  Use Lucille’s List to match yourself with communities in the areas you are interested in living. Visit many locations repeatedly at different times of the day. Create a short list of properties quickly, and concentrate on evaluating those. Start the move-out process for your current home.

Immediate Need:

Use Lucille’s List to match your preferences and needs with communities, and connect with them to see if they are a match and if they have availability. Visit them as soon as you can. Begin the move-out process of your current home.

About 6 Months:

Quickly narrow down the geographic area(s) you want to live in.  You still have time to visit many locations repeatedly in different seasons and at different times of the day. Create a short list of properties and concentrate on evaluating those. Find a real estate agent for selling your current home. Begin to sort through your possessions in preparation for a move.

Greater Than a Year:

If you are looking for senior housing for yourself or a loved one and you have more than a year, start by narrowing down the geographic parameters of where you might want to live. You have the luxury of time, so use it to visit different states, towns and communities at different times of the year, to see how you like them in different seasons.

Moving Advice From A Professional:  Donna Robbins Of “Ultimate Moves”

Moving! The word alone strikes terror in the hearts of most people. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard these now infamous words, "I really know I need to move but I can't seem to get it together" or  "My good friend Sally just moved to a community and wants me to join her.  She’s a year older that I am but I’m just not ready."

Whatever the reasons that are keeping you from moving, they can seem insurmountable. I know, as I have moved over 4,500 people and have heard every excuse in the book. I’m not trying to say that everyone should move, nor that moving is an easy task. I would certainly lose credibility if I did, as we all know that moving ranks number 2 on the list of top stress producers. What I will say is that learning tips on how  to go about a move, things you should know about moving, and dealing with the emotional issues will make any move easier and more stress free. A move can be done with ease if you know what you are doing, plan ahead and have a plan to follow.

In my business, Ultimate Moves, I have learned a lot over the last 24 years from all the people I have moved. I would like to share with you some of the incredible short cuts, innovative ideas and tips I have compiled. The one quote I continue to use in my talks is from a 97 year old woman who had no family and made the move alone. She said “please tell your clients not to worry. Worrying only makes it worse because the perception of the move as overwhelming is worse than the move itself.” Words of wisdom for sure!

Over the past 24 years I have had the opportunity to move many wonderful people. I have seen family dynamics that range from Leave it to Beaver to the Simpson's.  The most prevalent question I hear from the children of seniors is “How much help should I give my parents”.  That question usually can be answered very simply: what is the health status of your parents and how independent are they?” The issues moving into an independent, assisted living, an Alzheimer’s community or skilled nursing are not the same and require a different approach. Depending upon the relationship between parent and child, it’s a make it or break it situation when kids try and control their parent’s move, when the parents are able to make decisions for themselves.

Getting started, no matter what the type of move, is the hardest part.  There are always roadblocks to beginning;“ it won’t take long, I don’t have much stuff and we have plenty of time.” In reality, time flies, you have more than you think you do and it will take twice as long as you think it will. The most important component to any move is the planning. As Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Here is a list of important tips so you can start your journey.

  • Create a plan. Take the move in stages and don’t look at it as a whole. Divide it up and take a room a week, a drawer a day. That’s doable and realistic. If you continue to panic about the move you will become paralyzed and by the time the move is approaching you won’t have done a thing.  That’s when the panic really sets in.
  • Set goals for yourself. Make dates with yourself during the week that you can’t or won’t break. When you set the time aside, you won’t plan something else in its place.
  • Be organized and try not to be scattered. If you start in on one room, finish it before moving to another, otherwise, the whole house will be a mess.
  • Get someone to help you. If you can’t, be ruthless with yourself about disposing of your possessions.
  • Set your move date far enough in advance. Don’t put off setting a date for the move. Having a goal to work toward helps in accomplishing the tasks. Leaving the move date open-ended is courting disaster.
  • Have someone help you unpack and get organized. If this portion of the move is dragged out it can cause nothing but problems. You want to settle in as soon as possible.


To make this transition easier, it’s imperative to understand the type of community you have selected and it's rules. All communities have differences; know them. Do you have to use a specific mover? Are you required to use professional movers only? Will they pay for any part of the move? Moving is definitely stress producing but if you follow the tips above you'll be in control of the move instead of having the move control you. One last thought, and not the least important, is to see as much humor in the process as you can.

By Donna Robbins,,

Crime Statistics For California Cities              

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