My parents had moved from a fairly large family home to a smaller house, and eventually to an apartment, before my mom and I looked at assisted living facilities for her. By then, Dad was in a nursing home. Those gradual moves forced my parents to part with furniture and other collected belongings, yet there was still a lot to jettison when the need for a final move became apparent. My heart goes out to elders and their families when they are leaving a house that has been home for decades to move into a small assisted living room. How can you help your parent or parents through this downsizing.