September 28, 2021
Now that your loved one is making the move to assisted living, you’re probably starting to think about the details of the move itself. Any time you move, it comes with both excitement and stress. From figuring out what to bring to assisted living to creating a moving schedule, you can help your loved one have a smooth transition by taking care of the details for them.
Before you start packing, make sure you have a moving plan in place. Some preparation ahead of time goes a long way in helping ease both of your concerns. Then, you’ll be ready to get your loved one settled in faster when moving day arrives.
Ideally, you’ll want to start planning for your loved one’s move and what to bring to assisted living several weeks in advance. Before you start organizing and packing, involve your loved one in creating a moving plan. This not only helps your loved one feel in control of the process. It also helps you as a caregiver to break the move down into more manageable pieces.
For instance, consider these items when creating your packing plan:
As you start to pack, you’ll want to have a checklist of essentials to bring to assisted living on hand. This list will make it much easier to say what moves and what you may need to let go of. Many people create distinct piles or labels as they pack. For instance, you might use labels like move, donate, sell, pass along, toss, and up for grabs, says the AARP.
Household items and linens
Keepsakes or sentimental items
While you don’t want to include expensive or irreplaceable items in what you bring to assisted living, a few sentimental items are good. Carefully choose items that have special meaning to your loved one. These might include family pictures, books, a few favorite decorations, quilts, or items for hobbies. Many families like to unpack these on the first day so that their loved one immediately has something familiar in their new home.
You’re not alone as you start planning and packing for your loved one’s move. Monticello West is here to help you with questions, provide guidance, and give you more details on amenities and services. We’ve helped hundreds of families have a smooth transition as their loved one settles into their new assisted living home. To ask a question or learn more, contact us today.
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