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Preparing for the Move to Assisted Living
After you’ve toured several places, asked questions, and gained the knowledge needed to make a confident decision, your next step is to prepare for moving day. Where do you start? How can you make the transition seamless for your family?
If you feel emotional about moving from home to a new place, that’s okay. Similarly, if you mourn the loss of your childhood home when your parents move, that’s normal, too. It’s in your best interest to acknowledge that the move will feel overwhelming so that you can be hopeful for the next chapter.
Some ways to start the moving process include:
- Visiting your apartment or another available unit to understand its size better. Doing so can ensure your furniture fits and help you envision your new life. You can also greet the residents and staff you met during your in-person tour.
- Coordinating with the community director to gather medical history and prepare a routine services plan. The community will prepare for your arrival and welcome you with open arms.
For Adult Children & Caregivers
Moving to a senior living community is challenging for all parties. As an adult child or caregiver, you may wonder whether encouraging your parent or parents to move was the right choice.
You’re not alone – try reaching out to trusted friends and family members for support. Additionally, remember that you’re coming from a place of love and truly want what’s best for your family.
Feeling lost or sad during the process is okay – it shows that you care. Ensure you have a trusted support network to guide and help you stay positive for your parents.
Additionally, consider working with a moving company that helps your parents downsize. Doing so can help ensure a smooth transition and clear the remaining items.
Moving to Assisted Living: What to Expect
Moving day can be chaotic, with checklists, boxes, coordination, and last-minute issues. Although there will likely be hiccups, you can do some things in advance to make the big day less stressful:
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Although you’ll likely have a lot on your mind, try to get plenty of sleep. Being well-rested and energetic can improve your mood and help you handle whatever the day brings.
- Set out comfortable clothes. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable as you move around. At the same time, you don’t want to ruin nice clothes accidentally. Ensure you set out older clothes and comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Put a box of essentials together. Depending on how many boxes you bring, you may not have enough time in a single day to settle in completely. Instead of attempting to locate and unpack toiletries, medications, phone chargers, and other “must-haves,” assemble a box with those items for your first night.
For Adult Children & Caregivers
As someone helping older adults move into assisted living, it’s important to acknowledge that the day will be stressful. Give yourself and your family grace in the process – moving from one place to another is a significant adjustment.
Help your loved ones unpack and arrange their new apartment. If possible, stick around for your parents’ first community meal – having a familiar face in an intimidating situation can help ease their nerves.