September 28, 2021
You’ve taken a big step in helping your loved one get the care they need by choosing assisted living. But now, it’s time to get ready for the move. No matter the situation, moving to a new home can seem overwhelming. This is especially true when downsizing and trying to figure out what to bring to assisted living.
However, with a little preparation, you can make the move as stress-free as possible. In the weeks before their move-in date, start a moving checklist and make a plan. Then, when the day comes, you’ll be ready to help your loved one get settled in.
It’s best to start planning for your loved one’s move several weeks in advance. Depending on your loved one’s current home, there may be many steps you need to take before moving day. In order to make it feel less daunting, break these steps up into small tasks each day.
As you plan out a schedule, consider these factors:
To begin with, get a copy of your loved one’s new floor plan. This can help you decide ahead of time where furniture will go and what pieces may no longer fit. You can also look at ways to arrange your loved one’s new place in a similar way to their current home.
From there, make a checklist of essentials, as well as special or sentimental items, that you know your loved one will want to bring to assisted living. Many families then sort or label items into groups. For example, the AARP suggests using six labels—move, sell, toss, donate, up for grabs, and pass along.
Linens and household
Sentimental or decorative items
You don’t want to bring expensive or large collections of items to assisted living. However, a few well-planned items can go a long way in helping your loved one feel at home. As you pack, start a single box with these meaningful items, such as books, pictures, or small decorative pieces. On your loved one’s first day at their new place, unpack this box so they have familiar items from the start.
Still have questions about what your loved one needs for assisted living in Dallas, TX? Our team at Autumn Leaves is here for you. We’ve helped hundreds of residents settle in and feel at home. Contact us today to learn more about our floor plans and amenities or get answers to your questions.