If you or someone you care for has a disability, it can make the already difficult process of moving even more complicated. This is particularly true if the disability is physical because there are many physical tasks throughout the process, from packing to loading to driving. As such, it is critical that you are prepared for moving day as best you can be so that everyone associated with the move is on the same page. Here are some suggestions to help you plan.
When you select your movers, make them aware of the disability and whether or not they are going to have to move special medical equipment. They will likely need to have their own special equipment to move these items and they will also probably need to see the layout of both your new and old home so they can move everything safely and as efficiently as possible. Moving special items like antiques, pianos You moving company will also need the above information to give you a better estimate of your moving costs. If you have additional equipment to move that requires special handling, the company might have to bring more men to help move it properly.
Always pack a suitcase yourself that includes at least one change of clothes, your toiletries, medications and special equipment that you need until your new home is set up.
When the moving company shows up, there will need to be someone there to oversee the actual loading process. This does not have to be the disabled person, but should be someone familiar with the equipment. Moreover, be sure that there is a clear path from the truck to the door for the movers to use.
If the layout of the furniture is vital to the disabled person, be sure to have a map of where each piece should go in the new house. Give this map to the movers so they don't have to move the furniture more than once.
Once the movers leave, be sure there are no cables or boxes in the walking paths so that the potential for accidents is minimized. You should also provide help for a disabled person with the transition to the new home and the process of unpacking, both of which can be daunting for people with disabilities.