Warranties, Personal and rental property insurance, et al

What do you do if you're a member of the Sandwich Generation and you've moved to a new area to help an aging parent? Or what if your elderly parent, who doesn't live near you, needs to find a repair person, doctor, or other service provider?

I've wrestled with both of these problems and have three recommendations to help you:

  1. Ask people. If I'm the one who moved into a new area, I ask everyone I can, even total strangers. In this last move, we found a new hair stylist from a lady at church, a doctor from my landlord, and a dentist from my doctor. If it's my elderly parent's area I'm researching, I make sure I always have a list of their friends, neighbors, and pastor, giving me a pool of people to call for recommendations.
  2. The Better Business Bureau is one of my favorite resource sites for researching businesses. They don't always have a business listed but I consider that a good sign. Not great, but not bad either, since apparently no one has made any major complaints.
  3. After hearing great feedback and, of course, checking the Better Business Bureau, I have added as a great resource to my "Sandwich Generation Toolbox." Since I live in a small city, about 45 miles from the main area they cover, I haven't had as much success as I would living in a larger metropolitan area. Even so, it's proven itself useful several times and I will definitely be renewing my membership. This great service helped me research heater and air conditioner repair companies, a good locksmith, doctors, and more. I've gleaned information from them and added information to them and I definitely recommend

Well, there you have it. My three favorite ways to help my Sandwich Generation family by finding reliable and reputable assistance even though in an unfamiliar area.

P.S. If you have to move an elderly family member, I would recommend that you read the guest post by Katie Hustead at SandwichINK, The Sandwich Generation Issues of Moving Mom and Dad: Senior Moving Services Assistance, along with the comments. There, you'll find more useful information specific to researching senior moving services for that situation.

My senior mom and I are finally getting settled after moving two states over. It's definitely been a challenge but Kentucky is beautiful, our new neighbors are great, and I'm finally starting to get through some of my piles. I have even survived my first experience watching "Bambi" cross the road! For a city girl, that was a major shock and you can bet I'm watching extra carefully as I drive. 🙂

Country house buyers and renters should prepare to share the road with deer

I've set up my new health, auto, and rental property insurance. Did you know they probably all have to be changed if you move to another state, even if you stay with the same company! That was definitely a time-consuming shock to the system. And when you are taking care of aging parents' affairs, Medicare health insurance for seniors has its own requirements and needs! It's definitely vital to plan on some serious time spent working on all these projects when you move!

My senior mom handled the move like a trooper though even she admits it was a bit exhausting during the process. I was able to do all the house hunting and apartment hunting myself before we moved which saved her quite a bit of stress and strain. In addition, it really helped that we were able to move directly from one rental home to another without having to live in temporary housing for a month or so as many people do when they relocate. While that's often a necessity, if you can avoid it with aging parents it will usually make a smoother transition for each of you.

How about you? Have you had to live in temporary housing with a senior parent? How did they do? How did you do? 🙂