A ‘First-Class’ History: Moving to Assisted Living

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Lois Leyda was an integral part of the Washington D.C. social scene (listed in Carolyn Hagner Shaw’s The Social List of Washington, D.C. 1957 twice) during her career in the White House, working for five U.S. Presidents. In her first stint, she served as part of the “personal staff” of the Eisenhower administration, during which she had very little time for hobbies. She said she was paid a very small salary since “they didn’t use women much back in those days!”

When asked what her secret was to such a long and healthy life.she summed it all up in one word, “Exercise!”

At 104, Lois had been living on her own and was taking good care of herself and her personal affairs. But she was starting to consider moving from her River Park Condominium in Washington D.C., her home for 40 years, to someplace where she could get additional support and care. She contacted her longtime ‘money man,’ Bob Kass, in order to discuss it further. It was decided that it would be best for her to move into an assisted care community, which would provide her with the support that she was looking for. Bob then contacted A First-Class Move (AFCM) in order to set up a meeting with Lois so that she could make her transition.

The AFCM representatives assessed the contents of her home and determined what items were going to be moved to the new apartment, as well as which items were to be classified donations or to be hauled off as debris.

Many times senior move managers have to deal with an attachment to materialistic things that many “clutterholics” suffer from, but Lois was very comfortable with letting go of what she no longer needed. With Lois’s healthy “team player” attitude, the sorting process was relatively easy, which allowed the downsizing and decluttering phase and the pack and move phase to be done in one day.

After having a moving company pack the items, everything was transported to her new apartment where the senior move managers placed her furnishings and belongings much the same way it had been in her previous home. The placement was also done in one day so that Lois could sleep in her own bed with all of her belongings in place.

Once she was settled in, A First-Class Move was able to proceed with the clean-out, sale and/or donation of the remaining items in order to get the condo ready for sale. Subcontractors were able to come in and successfully finish their part of the contract in the time frame promised so that the realtor could do a walk-through before putting the condo on the market

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