As I walked into my father’s new apartment in a Memory Care facility, I was struck again at how quickly human situations change and how critical it is to be able to adapt rapidly. And how fearful it can be to accomplish that change.
I got an unbelievable break on a Saturday when the [residence] marketing manager gave me the brochure from Trading Places, LLC, a company providing Senior Move Management. Because of his aggressiveness, we had only Dad’s out-of-apartment lunch hour to do a fast inventory of what would be moved to the new studio. I gave them an almost impossible move date - Thursday of that week.
Trading Places, LLC, made it happen. I called them my SEAL Team Six Extraction team as this mission required “quickly in, quickly out, quickly in again”. I needed the move to happen in one day, with Dad sleeping in his old place one night, new place the next night. Every surface and cubby hole was filled with magazines and papers and collectibles and dust. We picked him up at 7:30 a.m. on move day. Tara and Brion were there at 8:00 to clean and segregate everything the movers would box and move. I don’t know how they did it. I can only imagine the logistics involved. But at 3:40 that same day, the new space was ready for my inspection. And at 5:00 Dad was sitting with fellow Memory Care residents enjoying supper.
The appearance of the new studio is extraordinary. For a few seconds I was speechless. Tara and Brion compressed over 1100 sq. ft. of space into a homey, well lighted, appealing new residence of 360 sq. ft. They meticulously recreated wall groupings and pictures that reflected his childhood, adulthood, marriage and military memories. They creatively removed a sliding closet door to allow his dresser to fit in the alcove. His underwear and pajamas and socks are in the same place they’ve always been. Two familiar matching chairs create a conversation area with his battered recliner. They even found the TV remote and a medication I had misplaced. And on the outside of his door, both to honor his military service and also to help him recognize his door, Tara and Brion hung an American flag.
What an extraordinary move experience. Quality. I know it when I see it.