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What should Dad take with him to his new assisted living apartment?

I'm lucky in that he is looking forward to it for the socialization and as he put it "yay - no cooking" aspects but I don't want to have to worry about things possibly getting taken but I want him to have as many of his things as possible. I'm not so worried about household goods, as long as he has his favorite coffee cup, recliner and bedspread he is happy. I am worried about things getting stolen, oddly enough his favorite posession/activity is the gameboy given to him by my 12 year old, I'm not sure he would remember to lock it up but don't want to take it away.
Status: Open    Feb 03, 2016 - 11:01 AM

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Feb 12, 2016 - 11:29 AM

I’ve had a couple of relatives that have lived in an independent/ assisted living facilities, where they had their own apartments. As long as they kept their apartments locked when they weren’t there, they did not have any problems. I believe that most of the apartments have a small safe to keep money and valuables.

The only problem that my cousin ran into was that an aide stole a couple of checks from the back of her check book, so she wouldn’t notice that they were gone. When the aide tried to use the check, the bank recognized that the signature was different so they caught her immediately. That taught my cousin to keep her checkbook locked in her safe. Otherwise, she lived there for 6 years, with many or her favorite possessions, and had no problems; even when she became more disabled and had several aides coming and going to assist her.

It would probably be a good idea to have a convenient out of sight area, like a box or cupboard, where your dad could put his gameboy, when not in use. You or your dad might also what to ask some of the other residents if they have had any problems and what precautions they have taken.

I wish your dad luck in his new adventure. All of my relatives that lived in these facilities enjoyed their stay and developed many friendships.
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