American Senior Communities
Moving can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, especially for seniors who are downsizing and possibly making some tough decisions about the belongings coming with them into an assisted living facility.
However, moving to assisted living actually promotes independence among the elderly and provides the freedom they may have been missing. Life is simply easier in an assisted living community, and your loved one will have more time to do all the things he or she finds important.
Assisted living checklist: what to pack.
If you can get a floor plan or the dimensions of the assisted living apartment before moving in, you’ll find it much easier to begin the packing process. It’s important that your loved one is able to bring treasured belongings into their new living space, including favorite pieces of furniture and some cherished personal items.
In general, these are many of the furnishings you should plan on bringing with your loved one to the assisted living community:
• Sofa, chairs, end tables/nightstand and folding chairs for guests.
• Kitchenware, bedding, lamps, keepsakes, knickknacks, framed photos and artwork.
It’s important to make the environment as homelike as possible, but don’t overpack these belongings. The new living space will likely be smaller than what they’re accustomed to, so make sure to identify which items are the most important.
• TV, radio, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, alarm clock, clothes hangers, cleaning wipes for quick cleanups, books and magazines.
Some necessities can be provided by the assisted living facility, so check first to see what might already be available.
• Sweats, jeans, sweaters, pajamas, robe, socks, slippers, shoes, jackets, warm coat and formal outfits for special occasions.
• List of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, razor and make-up.
Help create a familiar setting for your loved one in the assisted living facility by placing items in the room where your loved one is used to seeing them. For example, set up the nightstand with the same clock and framed photos that were in the home. Bring a favorite recliner or beloved quilt and display favorite knickknacks around the room.
Remember, the staff is there to help your loved one settle in.