Soft Landings, Solutions for Seniors offers specialized, compassionate move services for seniors and their families. We are a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.
Senior Move managers have extensive, practical knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of various local community resources. We also assist individuals who choose to stay in their homes. You may simply require expert organizational skills and solid knowledge of “aging in place” concepts to help achieve your goal of not moving anywhere, but improving your quality of life.
Whether you’re a senior moving to another state to retire or to be closer to your family, or you’re looking to downsize with a local move, Soft Landings can assist you with every aspect of the move. Soft Landings is currently licensed in Oregon, insured and bonded.
If you need help with your elderly parents, we can assist you every step of the way no matter where you live. We want the transition for the entire family to be as stress-free as possible.
We handle the details without the emotional and physical distress that can follow. Which in turn, can avoid costly mistakes and remorse that often accompany life changes.
The founder of Soft Landings, Solutions for Seniors (Theresa Giddings, pictured left) has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial planning. After helping many people achieve their retirement goals, she saw a need to help them with their next transition.
She is currently a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). With that background comes a profound commitment to connecting with older adults and a desire to perform meaningful, trustworthy work.
Our founder has been a member of the Portland Estate Planning Council since 1995. Through that experience, we have established a trusted network of professionals including attorneys, trust officers, and charitable directors to assist with your estate planning.
- Our Founder has summited the top of Mt. St. Helens with her dog. Children want to spend more time with their grandparents than they do with their parents.
- You’re never too old or too young to start something new.
- Our staff are avid football fans.
- We start each day with a grateful heart, which leads to a happy self.
- Our founder still has teenagers at home, that’s the reason she loves working with Seniors…
- Soft Landings, Solutions for Seniors was put in motion over a glass of wine with a good friend.
Relocating and Downsizing
Time to get moving?
We can help you figure out what you can afford. If you need help with deciding what fits best with your financial situation, we can prepare a cash flow model for you that will show you what your new retirement projection may look like.
Have you considered what your wants and needs are? Soft Landings can help you find a new home. We will listen to what those wants and needs are to determine where is a good fit for you once you are ready to make the move.
Do you have your estate documents in order? We can help. We have established a trusted network of professionals including attorneys, trust officers, and charitable directors to assist you with your estate planning.
Many things go into the decision to move from the family home. With our expertise, you make the key decisions, we simply guide you.
If you are ready to move, we can provide you with practical alternatives including assisted living concepts and a move in timetable. If needed, we can map out and organize a senior care home tour schedule for you.
Summary of housing options:
There are many available housing choices for you depending on the level of care you or your loved one may need. See the link below for an introduction to the types of living arrangements that may be available to you. We can help you choose.
Download: Understanding Levels of Care
Age in place
If you’re not ready to move, we can assist you in developing an “age in place” plan, You can stay in your home if that is your desire. We can help you make it safe and functional. Have you discussed your emergency plans with close family and friends? Do they know what to do in an emergency? Do you?
Download: NASMM at HOME Press Release
Download: Guide to Rightsizing and Relocating
How do we decide what to move?
Much more than a moving company, Soft Landings offers solutions for all of your transition needs. We understand the needs of seniors and assist with all the details of of planning and making the move. You can spend quality time with your loved ones during this stressful time, let us handle the work.
We will plan out your move with your input and provide you with a detailed timeline. It is our goal for you to use us as your contact for all phases of your move. No need for you to call all the people involved to make this move possible for you, just call us.
What you can expect during “The Move”
Phase 1 – Sorting and Packing
After everything is sorted, Soft Landings will come to your home 1 – 2 days before the move to pack. We bring all the necessary supplies including boxes, tape, paper and markers. Soft Landings professionals will work rapidly but carefully to pack all your treasures. Unlike traditional movers, we do not pack trash and unwanted items. We label each box with a description and the destination room to aid in the unpacking process.
Your contracted movers will move all of the boxes, furnitures and pack all valuable and breakable items the day of the move.
Soft Landings will pack to the point where things are ready but you can still live in your house. Last minute items in the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen are left for move day. You will have adequate lighting and we will keep everything out of walking paths to ensure your safety.
Phase 2 – Move Day
Our caring professionals will arrive before the movers. While the movers are busy loading the truck, we quickly finish the last minute packing.
At your new residence, Soft Landings will rapidly work to unpack the basics of the kitchen and bath. We will make your bed, and ensure a safe environment to complete your Soft Landing.
- Identifying your new home
- Developing an overall plan
- Organizing and sorting
- Customizing your floor plan
- Coordinating new utilities
- Address change updates
- Arranging the estate sale
- Archiving family photos
- Scheduling and overseeing movers
- Arranging shipments and storage
- Unpacking, arranging the new home
- Realtor selections
- Document gathering
- Cash flow analysis
- Donating items, gifting to loved ones
- Making sure the new home is ready
Download: downsizing tips
What do we do with everything else?
Soft Landings is here to help you sort, organize and pack. In general, what doesn’t move with you is either:
- Gifted to loved ones
- Sold through estate sale, auction or consignment
- Donated or disposed
We can save you time, money and stress. Soft Landings has the expertise to help you answer the tough questions. Is an estate liquidation a good option for the “stuff” that won’t fit? Would an online auction be more efficient? How do we clear out the remaining items? With our full solution professional service, Soft Landings can help. We network with proven professionals in their respective fields to assist you.
Soft Landings can handle the details without the emotional and physical distress that can follow. Which, in turn, can avoid costly mistakes and remorse that often accompany life changes.
Who can help?
Soft Landings, Solutions for Seniors wants to make sure you settle in to your new home with a smile on your face. We truly want to take care of the details for you.
You don’t want to set up the new utilities? Send out address change cards? Notify your doctors? We can help! Additional services include document gathering, archiving family photo’s and videos and electronic storage of important papers.
When your moving day arrives, Soft Landings will be on site to be sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
After you have moved, we will help arrange for dispersal of unneeded items. This can include arranging for items to be picked up and shipped to family members, moved into storage, donated, recycled, or sold through our professional network of antique dealers, consignment shops, estate liquidators and internet sales specialists. When everything of value is removed, we arrange for the disposal of remaining items, cleaning or other services to prepare the residence for sale or rent.
Don’t know who to use for a real estate agent? We can help. We have experience working with Senior Real Estate Specialists and can set up appointments for you before or after you move.
One of the driving forces of Soft Landings is to make sure you or your loved one is doing well after our job is complete. We sincerely want to maintain our relationship with you well past your move. You will hear from us at regular intervals to see how things are going and to listen to your concerns and joys. Our compassionate professionals will support you and be your advocate. We want your Soft Landing to last.