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How to effortlessly change your services after moving

Effortlessly Change your Services when Moving

If you are moving to a new location, you are probably wondering how to change your services as quickly and effortlessly as possible to avoid interruption. Don’t worry, because the following tips will help you with the process.

Accept that it is Not Easy:

  • Moving is hard enough as it is without worrying about various appointments and medications, so accept that you have a lot on your plate and that you can handle this.
  • Know that moving while dealing with mental illness has been done by plenty of people before and that you are not alone! You are bound to make a few mistakes but don’t let that stop you.
  • If you are struggling with the thought of moving, don’t be afraid to reach out to other people who can support you. Strength of Us has multiple outlets for you to reach out to those who you can relate to. Visit Strength of Us to find or create a group focusing on moving. Or, you can even write a blog chronicling your questions, struggles, and successes with moving.

Plan Ahead and Save Time:

  • With all of the boxes and moving trucks, things can get pretty hectic! A useful tip is to write a list of all of the most important things you need to do and bring to your new location. Your list can include transferring prescriptions, finding a new doctor and even locating a new support group.
  • Don’t save things until the last minute! Your mental health is important and should be one of your top priorities.  Be sure to contact your current facilities and tell them you are moving so they can help you through the process.
  • Reach out to reliable friends and family and let them know that you are changing your location. Do not be afraid to ask for help with moving your belongings and setting up your new home. The sooner you let them know, the better!
  • Mark up a calendar outlining your time until you move. Don’t plan to transfer all of your information on your moving day. Instead, give yourself one or two things to accomplish per day. This will lessen your stress and give you time to organize and plan. You can download this online calendar or print it out to start off.

Find Resources at your New Location:

  • Contact your doctor and current healthcare provider to find the appropriate resources at your new location. Request information and recommendations on good providers, mental health care centers, hospitals and physicians.
  • Use the internet! If you need more resources and help go on Google and search for the type of service you want with your new zip code or city. Once you feel as though you have found what you are looking for, call the new facility or provider immediately.

Transferring Information:

  • When calling for a new provider, be sure to ask if they accept your type of insurance. This will potentially save you time and effort if you get set up and later find out that they do not accept your current insurance. 
  • After locating a mental health care center, feel free to visit and walk in or call to request an evaluation for their services. By about the third visit, they will be able to determine which of their services is best for you.
  • Find a pharmacy nearby your new home. Contact your previous pharmacy and give them your new pharmacy’s name and location; they will transfer your prescriptions with ease!
  • You can change your address by filling out a Change of Address Form for $1.00 with the post office.
  • As soon as possible, notify Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and your insurance company to change your information with Medicaid, Medicare, other health insurances, food stamps, and SSD or SSI.
  • Make sure to change your address through Social Security. Typically, you only have a certain amount of time, about 10 days or so, to change your information. The sooner, the better, because your benefits may be affected or ceased due to noncompliance.
  • Request a referral from your current doctor just in case your new doctor or specialist needs one or if it is required by your insurance, like Medicaid.
  • Locate a nearby moving company for help with your belongings.

Find the Best Fit for You:

  • Your life is currently moving at a rapid pace, but do not be afraid to take your time when finding what is best for you, because you and your mental health come first.
  • Finding the appropriate doctor or mental health center with exactly what you are looking for will take some trial and error. Make a few visits to potential doctors and ask them questions.

Support in your Area:

  • When you are finally settled in to your new living space, venture out and meet people in a similar situation to you. Find a local or online support group, or locate a nearby NAMI to receive help.   

Overall, ask for help and stay positive! Moving is scary, but you can do this!