A Compassionate Relocation Service for Seniors


A COVID UPDATE: September 2021

It has been a tough 12 months for all of us.
Ready Steady Relax staff are all still adapting to the COVID restrictions, remembering our masks, ensuring we are all vaccinated, doing our part to keep ourselves, each other and our clients safe!
We have continued to work with some work place modifications. Some of our contractors are having a tough time maintaining enough work while others have been creative and flexible and can shift their work practices. There is always something new to learn and try.
Our clients have had to make more adjustments than most. Often, there timetables and plans have had to change. They have had to make adjustments due to contractors being based in the areas of concern or our clients being based in these areas as well.
During COVID I have realised that the most common concern for our clients is the isolation that the lockdown has imposed. Some cant visit their elderly relatives in aged care while others can't have their children come and visit. For others it is as simple as having the TV connected so that the background noise provides some "company"... not always considered a priority in some retirement villages!
While all this crazy COVID is going on our work continues to be so stimulating. We have had some fascinating items to contend with in the past 12 months including a 10ft billiard table, a vintage car, collections of beautiful clocks, cameras and art. All while working in some of the most beautiful parts of Sydney.
Thankfully the staff are a happy and positive bunch who readily engage with the clients and ensure that there are a few good laughs.
And the clients, the core of our business, have been the most positive and enthusiastic bunch. We have been very lucky!
What a great job!

 'Your very moving experience'

Mosman Daily article June 2012

By Kate Crawford

For older people, moving house can be fraught with both exhausting detail and emotional turmoil. There can be a huge list of practical jobs to deal with, plus the wrench of leaving a home full of memories and precious belongings.

Former social worker Carmel Bradstreet, who lives in Clontarf, has set up a new service which takes the worry out of relocation for seniors, whether moving house, downsizing or moving into a retirement home or aged care facility.

“It can be a very stressful time for seniors when it is finally time to leave the family home,” she said.

“The long list of the big and small jobs, the details and the practicalities can be enormous.”

“My job is to take all that worry and stress away and provide support for both seniors and family through the process.”

Ms Bradstreet has more than 30 years’ experience as a social worker, plus personal experience of moving her own older relatives.

Her new service, aptly titled Ready Steady Relax, does everything from finding a real estate agent and organising and packing, to the smaller things such as changing address details at the post office.

The service can also prepare the home for sale and liaise, if needed, with the next location, such as a retirement or nursing home.

“Moving can represent a huge change in your life – a change that needs both practical help and compassionate support.” Mrs Bradstreet said.

Original article can be viewed at http://digitaledition.mosmandaily.com.au/?iid=63874#folio=23

Have a look at Ready Steady Relax's YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsCgeA7RBTU&feature=results_video