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Conference Time

Last month I had the opportunity to head south, to the beautiful city of San Antonio, for a four day event sponsored by the national association that I belong to. NASMM, the National Association of Senior Move Managers, is the only nationally accredited association for Senior Move Managers and I am so fortunate to be a part of such a great organization. 

The four day event was the association's national conference, meaning that there were over 400 Senior Move Managers that were in attendance from all over the country and even a few from overseas. It was a long weekend packed with seminars and training classes, all specifically designed for the SMM. I was blown away by the vast amount of knowledge that I was able to gain as well as listening to seasoned SMM's and their advice and best business practices. There were breakout sessions on everything from packing techniques to how to give a presentation to how to handle the financials of the business. I came away with notebook pages full of insights, tips and strategies, all things that make this hard-working mompreneur very happy!

What I found even more exciting than the conference speakers and classes, was the chance to mix and mingle with hundreds of SMMs that have been doing this for years and listening to their stories of successes and failures. I met one SMM in particular who lives in Indy and was so gracious with his advice and encouragement. Not only did he take time to speak to me at the conference, but extended the offer to continue the conversation with emails and phone calls. That kind of mentorship is priceless!

When you are a small business owner, you wear many hats on a daily basis. You are the one running the day in and day out activities of your business and the idea of going away for any amount of time can be a little terrifying. However, I am so happy that I didn't let that stop me from attending this conference, because it was a great investment of both my time and finances. And I am already looking forward to next year's conference!  

No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the beautiful Riverwalk!

No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the beautiful Riverwalk!

Why Hire a Senior Move Manager

Wow, doesn't this look like an overwhelming and complicated mess?!? I have been asked, since starting this business, why someone would hire my company or a SMM to do something that they could easily do themselves. That's a good and fair question and one that I am sure many people are thinking.

When we talk about moving someone, most of us think "I've moved myself and my family before, I can do this move for my senior loved one myself too!" And you're right, you most certainly can, but there is more to the process when transitioning an older adult from their home of many decades and downsizing them to, most of the time, a much smaller residence. This isn't the same as moving your family from one certain square foot home to another of comparable size or larger, this is downsizing and with that comes some considerations that we usually haven't had to make before. 

The idea of even helping research and visit senior communities or nursing homes can be a daunting situation in and of itself. When you add to that the many other tasks involved, from floor planning the new residence to coordinating the move, to unpacking and then having an entire home to sort through, the hours of your time add up quickly. And then there is the actual personal property that is in the home. What do you do with it? Where can you take it? How do you even start sorting through your loved ones' lifetime of treasures that hold so many memories?

This is where reSettled Life can help. We have been trained in each aspect of the senior transition experience. We have contacts and referrals that can help make the process a smooth one, hopefully turning a move that might not be eagerly wanted to one that brings peace and comfort for everyone involved. And we can handle the personal property, not outsource it, with our abilities and knowledge as a licensed auctioneer, giving the family the added benefit of making money that can go toward the new care their senior loved one will be needing. 

Our motto "Getting You Back To What Really Matters" stems from the thought that your time is valuable and when the decision has been made that your loved one needs more care than you can offer, we want you to be spending your time with them, not on the tedious and time-consuming details of their stuff. Or if you have recently suffered the loss of your senior loved one and are left with their home and possessions, we can help make decisions and give you peace of mind that everything in their personal estate will be handled with professionalism and respect. Let us shoulder the responsibility and utilize our training and passion to serve, so you can focus on what really matters. 

Senior Move Manager?

I have to admit, when I was a little girl dreaming of my future career, Senior Move Manager (SMM) was not at the top of that list. However, there is a good reason for that, the career did not exist at that time (although I cannot tell you exactly when that was and give away my age!) The Senior Move industry is a fairly new one, only coming into existence in the late 1990s. Around that time, individuals from across the country, with a passion to help older adults and their transition from their homes of many years into apartments/condos, senior communities, assisted living, were realizing that there was an actual career to be had in what they had been doing. 

When I decided that this was an industry that I wanted to join and create a business in, I immediately began researching to find as much as I could about this fascinating job. I was fortunate to very quickly come across a non-profit organization called the National Association of Senior Move Manager (NASMM). This organization has been around since 2002 and was responsible for finding those individuals that were scattered all over the nation and bringing them together with a common goal in mind. I have been blessed to be able to start my business with the knowledge, training and community of so many SMMs across the globe, that work together to ensure that this industry continues to reach the needs of those seniors and their families that want and desire the services we provide. Those early SMMs, had no idea that the tasks they were already doing of sorting, packing, organizing, space planning, and many more, would be pivotal to the movement of the Senior Move industry.

So, there you have it. What once started with only 22 SMMs meeting in 2002 to discuss how they could formally establish a professional organization to now more than 900 SMMs across the world, the Senior Move industry is relevant and growing as well as meeting new demands of an aging generation never before seen to this magnitude. It is a profession that requires heart, passion, organizational skills and the willingness to get a little dirty and sweaty. It's a profession that I truly believe I was made to do and I am so excited for what the future holds!

**All stats courtesy of the National Association of Senior Move Managers