The APS Team during COVID 19
Projects during the pandemic: The APS Team takes Covid-19 seriously and is doing everything required to stay abreast of this situation. We continue to take on projects because we understand there are circumstances where you need to move or move someone you love. This is our area of expertise. Aging in Place is on the move and here to help you. We have professional protocols in place to ensure our clients will be safely moved from one location to another. Learn more.
We are working behind the scenes too. The APS Team works with many of the Senior communities in the middle Tennessee areas. To thank the staff of these facilities who have continued to provide care during these very challenging times, the APS team members assembled and delivered bags of cookies to show gratitude for their service.
We wanted to share a few photos and comments:
Thank you for the bag of goodies!! We appreciate you!!
Shannon Stephens, Somerby Franklin
Thank you and your TEAM for the sweet treats. Those bags were the ‘cutest’!!!
Angie Durr, Mary Queen of Angels Assisted Living
THANK YOU!! I hope we get to see you VERY SOON!!
Pam Barton, Rutledge Place Senior Living
During the long months of quarantine, Karen decided it was time to move. When the community she wanted to move to was finally accepting new residents, she was more than ready. The solitude was hard on her and it was time for luncheons with girlfriends and social gatherings again.
Her task was working through her closets and downsizing shoes and clothing. There were hundreds of shoes, scarves, hats etc from all her travels. She did a lot of homework before we arrived and began the process of sorting through her shoes and jewelry. Luckily she has a “girlie” daughter-in-law who likes the same colors and styles, so many items found a good home there. There will be a fabulous sale in June to clear the rest of her furniture and other great finds!
All the team members said she was “hilarious” and fun to work with and she said really enjoyed the camaraderie of the team too. The senior community allowed us some extra time to unload and unpack so we could make things perfect. She loves her customized closets and multiple shoe storage options. We even found places for her pink luggage and the Heritage helped create a secret hiding space for decorations, gifts and gift wrapping. We placed her furniture to maximize the views and openness of her new apartment. Her favorite wine glasses and tchotchkes are on display in the kitchen and her new “girlie” pillows and artwork make it a feminine fun space.
Ann was referred to the APS Team by Trish Woolwine, a realtor with Fridrich and Clark. Ann was downsizing from a very large home to a nearby smaller one level home and needed help in staging and decluttering her house for showings. In Phase 1 the team spent several days sorting and packing items for donation, consignment, and restaging some furniture. We packed some items and stored them onsite and arranged for removal of other items.
The house sold quickly and when the construction on her new home was complete, we were called back for Phase 2, to pack and coordinate the move. Ann was so relieved to have our team there to help again and it made her move much less stressful.
She has a great art collection and it was a challenge to pack some items, so we hand carried some of those. We worked with her designer on furniture placement and got her set up for move-in ready in just 2 days!
In Phase 3 we completed the job by assisting with more consignments and sales, donations and junk hauling to clear the old house, clean it and have it ready for the new owner. Ann has a wonderful new one level home that is sunny and open and adapted for her to age in place in her next phase of living.
The APS Team can help people of all ages transition from one place to the next. We’re on your move!
Mary N., a local artist, entrusted the APS Team to help her with downsizing from her home of over 40 years to a spacious new apartment in a Nashville senior community. It was the first time we have worked with an artist’s own collection and studio and gave our team new challenges. We were just beginning to get started on her sort and pack, when the pandemic began, and everything came to a halt. Mary was courageous and funny throughout the many delays and special conditions. Click here to watch the video and hear what she has to say about the experience.
Cheryl asked us to help her sort, downsize and move her from her current Dell Webb home to a new Senior Community that was nearer to her relatives. She is a very organized and has always enjoyed picking beautiful things for her home. She had some surprising, humorous trinkets that made us and all her visitors laugh! Henrietta the giraffe greets you in her new apartment as she did at Dell Webb, adorned with festive ribbons for each season. She has a plethora of seasonal décor that she loves to switch with the holidays as well. We had much to sort in the attic to downsize her huge Christmas displays along with enough beautiful furniture and accessories to have a separate estate sale after the move. Her new space showcases all her special treasures and collections, with her unusual art and accessories. In addition to her move we helped with set-up a new closet system and pull outs for cabinets, shopped for new furniture where needed, and had a great time sit testing her new “Relax the Back” lounger for the sunroom.
A lover of old homes and antiques, Mary S. needed the APS Team to help her pack and move. She is also a world traveler and had many fragile pieces of pottery and glassware. Because she knows the company well and has helped with marketing initiatives, she knew how organized and efficient we were. The move had been scheduled before the coronavirus had spread to the U.S. But, when it came time to pack, the pandemic in its early stages. Already having pandemic procedures in place, the APS Team was able to help Mary move her beloved treasures to her new home. She is also an avid gardener and they were able to help her move her plants, garden art and many things the large moving companies won’t take. Mary continues to tell everyone how much she loves her new home and without the APS Team help…. it possibly never would have happened.
Rudy and Florence
The APS Team just adored Florence & Rudy and were happy to help them as they brought their lives together. A late in life romance led them to move to a new home and blend their households. The task seemed overwhelming, so that is when they enlisted to assistance of the APS Team. Hear what they have to say about their experience.
Paul and Lynn A.
Paul and Lynn had downsized from their large home several years before into a quiet 55 plus condominium neighborhood. A new senior community was planned for Brentwood and they had been discussing moving again when they contacted Aging in Place Transition Services. We reviewed their selected plan and coordinated on what they wanted to take with them. Lynn was anxious to begin packing her collections of china and accessories, so we provided boxes and packing materials to get her started. The community opening was delayed several times so we kept in touch and ultimately finished their pack, supervised their move and assisted in placement of furniture. She was even able to use her pale blue paint colors to highlight her collections. The final photos show Lynn’s artistic arrangements of her china and artwork which were the final touches in making their new home.
Helen’s new assisted living apartment is elegant and cozy. She was able to use so many items that were beautiful and meaningful. Her window treatments and bedding were remade to use in the new apartment and we had so much fun arranging her travel collections and hanging her beautiful collection of artwork. She is always gracious and fun to work with. Thanks for asking us to help you in the next stage of your good life.
Tom’s home was a spacious contemporary on a beautiful hill with a wooded view of Nashville. He had chosen to downsize and move, and his children who lived elsewhere, asked us to assist in the process. He is an art collector and loved the clean contemporary lines in his home, so we worked to replicate that sense of place. We did a lot of sorting and planning for the new space and he worked diligently to organize his papers and books. Leaving behind this beautiful home was difficult, but he seemed ready for the challenge. After the move, our estate sale manager had a busy week organizing for the moving sale. The house was sold and the property cleared in a few weeks. Tom’s children were thankful for the onsite help and we stayed in regular touch thru emails to keep them abreast of ongoing work and decisions.
Sara Beth and the APS Team assisted Suzie, who had lived in her home 46 years, with downsizing and moving. The project was like a puzzle with many moving parts and in the end Susie was very pleased with how it all came together. She was working with Kathleen Evers, a Nashville interior designer and friend of the family, who was overseeing renovations to her new condo and coordinating her furniture plan. The APS Team has worked with Kathleen on other projects in the past and the teamwork has always led to success.
Watch this video to find out how the entire process worked from deciding what belongings would be moved, what be shipped to children, what would be sent to consignment shops and what would be donated to charity. The photo gallery below will give you an idea of the end result.
We love repeat clients at APS. We’re on your move! Recently we were asked by Sallie’s brother to help move her to a new community. Having downsized and moved Sallie several years ago, she was familiar with our team. Sallie said that we do a good job in getting things into their new places. But most of all she appreciates our patience as she processes and makes decisions. Sallie said the APS team was very supportive when things got emotional and yet we firmly continued to push her forward. Her brother, Tommy, was also pleased, as you can see from the testimonial he wrote for our comments page.
Photos from Sallie’s first move:
Photos from Sallie’s second move:
Mr. & Mrs. Rice
As often happens this couple continued to deal with change. Steve asked us to help his Mom after his Father’s death to downsize some items and reset her apartment to her current needs. A few years later we moved her to Memory Care and then assisted the family with the final disposal of her furniture and personal items at her death. We became part of their family story and lives. (watch video)
The clients were a delightful couple moving from their home of 40+ years to an Assisted Living community nearby. We spent time working with each of them to figure out what to take and how to fit in some of her treasures and his stereo and vast CD collection, and to be sure we had what they needed and wanted. We arranged for repairs on some family heirlooms and also helped purchase a new bed.
Most important, we found hiding places for lots of storage containers to allow for the small closet space. Then we hosted an estate sale and arranged for the donation and clean out of the remaining items. We have visited several times with the clients, and the best gift for our team is seeing how well they have both adapted to their new community and how much fun they are having there.
Ada was referred to us by a close friend whom we had previously moved to Park Manor. She had a lovely new apartment already reserved, but needed help managing all the moving decisions, planning and packing. The APS Team worked with her family members and other vendors to create an enjoyable new livable residence for her. Ada was so amazed on how we professionally coordinated the process 一 both the unpacking and setup. The APS Team really enjoyed sharing lunches and stories with her. Ada was delighted, because when we were through, it truly felt like her home. She was very pleased with the end results and stated “that everything was perfectly coordinated with her belongings as well as being functional and visually appealing.” Her daughters assisted with the final stages of the project, including the disbursement of family items and furniture, so it was a true team effort.
The APS team enjoyed working with Joyce and her son Steve. It was an interesting project because of Steve’s ebullient personality and enthusiasm for making his mom’s new home perfect, and for the careful placement of her art and treasures to make it seem familiar and be comfortable. Steve asked us to help him create that special environment and was beside us all the way. He had such fun making it beautiful and introducing her to her new community and home. When photographing her home, Joyce asked us to take her picture with her care partner, Ladonna, because she makes her life so much better every day. The photos tell the story…… Here is what her son Steve had to say about the experience: “I just want to say thank you to you and your team for doing a fantastic job handling my Mom’s move this year to Park Manor. As with any move, there is so much to do, but when you’re moving someone elderly from a place they’ve lived for over 30 years to a new environment and a new state, it can be a dramatic event. You made it so much easier for us all and I will always appreciate your hard work and that of your staff. From meeting with my Mom and being there throughout this entire ordeal, you and your staff made sure that my mother’s requests and questions were handled immediately and with such care. It was as if you were moving your own family. Since this was new for me as well, I do thank you for making both all of us feel at ease. As part of the project, Mom has some treasured pieces of art along with so many items from her travels throughout the world. It amazed me that not one item was damaged in any way; from all of her tchotchkes to her clothes and photos, your staff did fantastic! You told me from the start that you were hands on for each and every move and I can see that. You were truly a lifesaver! So the best way to describe our feelings for the move…you can’t fix excellence!”
Gordon and Reva J
We were contacted by Gordon and Reva J.’s daughter to help with a downsize and move from their dream retirement home to a local senior living community. The job was about an hour and a half from Nashville, so the schedule had to allow for travel time and working longer hours with each client to maximize our workdays. The clients were delightful to work with, but the amount of books papers and extra belongings was a challenge. We sorted through emails and photographs to assist their daughter with organizing important family archives. She only had weekends to spend on the project because of her full-time job and busy family schedule. The furniture plans and art and accessories were agreed upon and a few additional shelves were installed by the community for more storage for papers and books. The day of the move went smoothly and the finished product is very spacious and organized. They seem very happy in their new community making friends and enjoying the food and activities. The gallery below shows Gordon and Reva J. happily settled in their new home. Click here to see where we began and how the APS team was able to work their magic!
T. Family Porch
This screen porch is recent project for a multi-generational family. Incorporating outdoor spaces into your home is a good way to add living space and great entertaining space. APS worked with this client on her kitchen renovation several years ago to open up their home. The new porch was Phase 2 of the project expanding off the kitchen living area. The family was thrilled with new screen porch and has also enjoyed the much needed storage space underneath.
J and B
Our clients, J and B, have experienced some health issues that necessitated renovating of their home of 50+ years. Their daughter Beth was referred to to our company and wanted us to help plan for the future of her parent’s home. At our first meeting it was apparent they needed to upgrade their master bathroom to be wheelchair accessible. More important was accessing the bathroom and bedroom suite which was three steps down from the main floor. We proposed an interior ramp from the kitchen to the lower bedroom entry. These changes entailed replacing the existing door and reversing the swing, so there would be an adequate turn space at the bottom of the ramp with an accessible exit from the house. The bathroom and closet area, which was a very tight space, was now designed for an accessible shower with a bench seat and hand held shower. A new comfort height toilet was installed to allow for a wheelchair. LED fixtures were placed in the bathing, vanity and closet areas for better visibility and safety. Heat lamps and heated floors in the bathroom were added along with extra storage. Along with new paint and carpet in the bedroom, the door into the bath and closet widened for accessibility.
Below are images of the finished project:
How in the world do you help someone who really doesn’t want your help? Here’s an example. Over a year and a half ago, the APS Team was asked by Joy’s son to declutter and downsize his mother’s home in preparation for her move to Traditions at Spring Hill. Joy was not joyful! To say the least, she was very resistant at the start of the project. She did not want us to come in and organize at all. But, over time she warmed up to the team and enjoyed the company and the process of putting her home in order. She really did not want to move either, and refused to let us pack her belongings. So, we worked with her for several weeks donating clothing, cleaning out old files, tossing old food and lots of mail and old papers. We recommended to her son that perhaps it was better not to push her to move right away. And, we suggested that maybe he could get her to agree to have a home health company come in for three or four days a week to help with meals, shopping and to keep the clutter down. After meeting the crew from Preferred Care in Hendersonville, Joy did agree to home healthcare, which allowed her to stay in her home until recently. Now she needs more medical oversight and has agreed to move to be near her son and family. The APS Team was also asked to help with this transition. After moving Joy in to her new home, we were leaving with with our supplies just as she and her son were walking in. They were very pleased and he sent us a photo of Joy enjoying her new home. Over the next month, continue to work on this project as we distribute items to family, sort items and have a moving sale and help to assist with getting the house ready to sale. Stay tuned for updates!
A lovelier Southern lady has never been met than Ms. Ann. She was bubbly, funny, kind and a wonderful hostess for the whole APS Team as we worked to downsize her for her move to a new apartment in a nearby Nashville senior community. She always had chocolates in a bowl in the foyer for guests, served the team peach tea and goodies each day with their lunch, and moved gracefully from sorting and decision making to whatever task was at hand. We often felt like we were her guests rather than her working team! Her daughter had worked diligently to create furniture plans and placement for her art and accessories, but it was still a challenging task for the team. We had a lot of fragile things to pack and beautiful artwork to carefully move. Her kitchen was full of dishes and serving pieces for entertaining, all those had to be culled through and downsized to fit her new home. Clothing was organized and many items donated to the local This N That shop. She was trouper through the whole process. We especially enjoyed working side beside her daughter on arranging the new space to make it just like Ms. Ann would love. Her new home is a reflection of her genteel style and heritage because she chose to bring the beloved items that she uses every day. Ms. Ann hosts tea parties and bridge gatherings in her new residence and continues to do it in style. She has moved to be near old friends and even referred some those friends to Aging in Place Transition Services.
Miss P’s Bathroom
Our client, Miss P, is in her early eighties and expressed her desire to stay in her current home, but none of the bathrooms were accessible. Using a walker, sometimes a wheelchair, she was unable to enter the existing shower because of the narrow door and high curb. The bathroom was also subdivided into small rooms which made it very difficult to negotiate corners and turns. Our team was able to create a beautiful new bathroom with lots of additional storage to meet her needs. The gallery below shows the final results. Click here to see photographs showing the existing bathroom with all its problems. Click here to follow the progress each week as we posted videos from various stages of the project.
Donna and William F.
Our job was to assist Donna with sorting and packing for the home for staging the home she and her husband were selling. We had multiple facets to this job including separating items for the daughter who lives nearby and the daughter who lives out of state. We packed china and family heirlooms for shipping. We also coordinated the shipping of those items and of a piano. The remaining items that were not moving with Donna and William had to be packed and moved to the garage to “clean up” for the real estate agent to list and sell the house. In the middle of our first week working on the project, they got the call informing them that the apartment they wanted was available. So, they decided to move before the sale of the house. Donna did a great job of handling much of the packing, while we worked around her getting things donated, delivered to trash or packed and put away for the estate sale. The move went smoothly, the agent was very happy with the “cleaned up” and “ready for sale” house, which sold quickly. The end results of the project are in the gallery below. Click here to see the project before the move.
Mary was making her second downsizing move and wanted the process to be smooth and stress free. She and her dog, Coco, were fun to work with and visit. Mary made her decisions quickly and we worked with her design team to coordinate her furniture plan and installations. She has beautiful artwork and we were able to include most in her new home. Her children received most of the remaining furniture and that made the downsizing process much simpler. She was very organized and worked well with our team conveying her choices. Move day would have been hectic, with so many locations, so we broke it into two days. The senior community was easy to work with and we had her unpacked and set up in two days. Her finished apartment is relaxed and comfortable, but elegant just like Mary.
Tom and Anne M.
Tom, who was living with Parkinson’s disease, wanted to get back some of his independence, and access to more of his normal world. In addition, this project was important to give his wife Anne some respite from worry about his safety and it provided space for him to maneuver in their home. This video shows how we adapted their home to better fit their needs. Click here for video about the project. Learn more about the project prior to the renovations and after the project was completed by clicking here.
Mrs. P’s daughter had this to say after we helped her mother. “I was blown away by the sensitivity and professional standards of Sara Beth and her team. I had to move my mother from an apartment to a studio with much less space. Sara Beth ascertained which pieces of furniture were the most important to mom and where everything would fit most practically. She hung all the pictures and mirrors expertly. My mother loves her new space. The move was seamless for me. The APS team took out all the trash and loaded the donations for me. They are true, caring pros.”
Mr. Lynn was leaving his home of 49 years as well as a lovely neighborhood full of friends and memories. His three sons contacted us to help with downsizing and with the move. We also managed the estate sale for the remaining items. After much work, sorting through family history, photos, and mementos of years of travel, and working with the sons to divide family heirlooms that he did not want to take with him; we set about settling him into his new “nest.” We moved him into the Blakeford, a lovely senior community near his home, and down the hall from his brother. He has a beautiful and comfortable apartment with a garden view and room for all his favorite things. Every time we visit him we meet someone who knows him and loves to share news of his family, church and a myriad of interesting stories. He is a true Southern gentleman, who is always ready for any task and will be a real asset to his new community.
Mac needed to downsize and also move to another state. This required coordination with the onsite project manager. Photos and measurements were taken by him onsite and his feedback was very helpful while sorting and planning. When the final furniture plans were completed, we tagged and photographed everything to make the unpack and setup process go smoothly.
Our inventory system also helped him to know where boxes should be unloaded, and how each room was to be accessorized. The client was very happy with the process and the results. Here are a few photos taken at his new apartment.
As one of our favorite clients this year, Miss Dorothy had such a great attitude. She really enjoyed working with the Aging in Place team, even though we may have worn her out some days.
We did her initial move and downsize from her apartment of several years into independent living, but a few weeks later we were called to move her again to assisted living. She was cheerful and upbeat through the whole process and kept telling us she didn’t know how we did all of that! “ They helped me keep everything I wanted and found a place for everything – no stone unturned!” That is high praise indeed and it was joy.
This was a major downsizing project. The client’s health was holding her back from doing what needed to be done, which was frustrating for a normally active and involved person. She was itching to get into everything, so that made the decision tasks so much easier for our team. It was a large house, full of memories and lots of stuff! The easy part was space planning the new condo with the main furniture and rugs she wanted to take. The hard part was the many choices of art and accessories and giving up so much of her gardening equipment, and hobby supplies. We made family gift choices fairly early and arranged for those to be either stored or picked up by family members. The final move went very smooth and the client seems very happy in her new home. It is a reflection of her and her family’s history and comfortable and safe. Click here to see a video about the project.
T and H
This was a true aging in place renovation project. The 55+ clients were recently married and had bought their first home, and the one in which they could age together. The combining of two households to include hundreds of books, an extensive art collection, and furniture and accessories collected around the world was one of the biggest challenges. But the actual renovation of the main floor of the house included all the bathrooms, the kitchen and reconfiguring closets and storage. Our focus was to make the house work for them now and as they age and to make it uniquely theirs in character and design. Inevitably both had to comprise and give up a few pieces of furniture or accessories as the design developed. T is an avid shopper and did a great job of locating that “find” that fit the budget and added their personalities to the space. It was a team effort and included a lot of conference calls with H (who as out of state during the construction) and weekly meetings with the contractor to coordinate schedules. It was a great experience for all of us and the final product is just what we were all aiming for — a home that fits their needs now and as they age and is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. As the designer and the Aging in Place team manager, we were involved from the demolition to the unpack and setup of their new home. I have included links to the house before and during construction, as well as interviews with the clients and a montage of the finished spaces for those of you who would like to learn more about this project. Click here for video about the project. Learn more about the project prior to the renovations and during the construction process by clicking here.