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Moving made easy! A collaboration that benefits Appleton seniors

Moving can be an overwhelming process for anyone, at any stage in life. We’ve found that to be particularly true with the seniors and their families that we work with. The same for Sara Fawcett at Appleton Retirement Community. Seeing first-hand how difficult it can be for seniors to find moving helpers during the pandemic, she put together a group to assist seniors with moves through April.

Moving made easy!She enlisted the help of community partners Amy Froehlich of By Nature Home Styling, LLC, Cindy Hoffman of Extra Hands, LLC and Leah Helms of Patriot Partners Removal. Together they are offering a bundle of free services to assist seniors and their families with their move to Appleton Retirement Community. This team approach allows for more time and attention to seniors during the process, and it allows them to feel they have a voice in the decision making. The compassionate, professional assistance also provides stress relief for the families and seniors.

Due to COVID, availability has increased nationwide for independent and assisted living apartments over the last year. There has been a learning curve for everyone during this period, and many safeguards are in place to help keep seniors healthy in these settings. At Appleton Retirement Community specifically, they do weekly COVID testing of residents and staff and they just held their first COVID vaccine clinic. Most of their activities are continuing with appropriate COVID precautions in place. They are offering both virtual and in-person tours for prospective residents.

Appleton Retirement Community has over 100 units that are licensed for assisted living. Seniors can move there independently, and as their needs change they can convert to assisted living with the comfort of knowing they can stay in the same apartment. Their independent apartments start in the low $2000s per month and the largest assisted living apartment is under $5000 per month. They are trained to ask helpful questions and help guide potential residents to financial assistance from organizations like the VA. Many seniors aren’t aware of the benefits and assistance out there to help with the cost of assisted living care.

After a senior enters into an agreement with Appleton Retirement Community, Amy Froehlich steps in to help them determine what items they will take to their new home. She takes measurements and uses floorplans of units to help seniors visualize what their new home will be like. Amy has a background in occupational therapy and does all of this with safety in mind. To make the move efficient and save time on moving day she tapes the blueprint to the wall to assist the movers with furniture placement. She is offering 4 free hours of service through April. “I’m happy to be able to help. I know how daunting the process can be,” said Amy “and, I’ve been through it with my parents”.

Cindy Hoffman of Extra Hands, LLC helps with 4 free hours of packing or unpacking. “I started helping seniors with packing and unpacking about a year and a half ago at the request of a local mover,” said Cindy “and now, that accounts for about 20% of my business.” She added, “If possible, I try to break the process into manageable pieces. Maybe 2 to 3 hours at a time over 2 to 3 weeks. That helps to prevent the senior from feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the family helps with the packing, and sometimes I just do the unpacking with the senior in their new home.” She brings plenty of personal experience to the process. She and her husband did 15 military moves over a 20-year period. She has experience helping new residents move into Appleton Retirement Community and helping seniors there with intra-building moves.

When moving day comes Leah Helms and Patriot Partners Removal are there to offer 2 free hours of moving assistance. “Leah is very patient, and she understands the time and care necessary to work with seniors” said Sara. Leah and her team are equipped to handle both emergent and planned moves. They work with seniors in transition and their auction services can help seniors and their families remove the remaining items from the home they are leaving. They have been helping with moves to the Appleton Retirement Community for about 2 years. “This collaboration group has experience working together and working with seniors,” said Leah “that makes a real difference on the impact the move has on seniors and their families. We strive to make it as effortless as possible for them.”

“I wish I had done this sooner!” is the most common comment Sara hears from new residents.

Our real estate team has experience with and is proud to recommend this group of helpers! They are part of the resources we have in the community to assist our buyers and sellers.

This may be the perfect time to consider a move. The real estate market currently has extremely low inventory, and sellers are getting top dollar for their homes. We have so many buyer families that have not been able to purchase their first home, or make a move-up as their family grows, because there are just not enough homes available. You may have been in your home for many years and raised your family there. Does the pitter patter of little feet and the memories of squeals and giggles bring a smile to your face? This may be the perfect time to sell your home and bring that joy to a young family!

Our team has experience working with seniors and understands what it takes for a successful outcome. We have Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) certifications which attests to the education, experience, and commitment we have to seniors and their families.

If you’d like to find out more about moving to the Appleton Retirement Community with their group of helpers you can contact Sara at 920-954-9990 x1303 or email

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