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Is there a list of what to take into a memory care studio?

Mom will be moving from assisted living in the same complex. Behavior issues related to her alzheimer's are escalating. We go into the neurologist next week and I suspect she is approaching the moderate severe stage. I have asked for a list of what to bring (or not) but just get told she will need her bed, recliner, dresser, some clothes and toiletries (which will be locked up). We may decorate the walls. She may have her tv and some snack or refrigerated foods.

Please advise so I do not overload her room. I know this will be my biggest "fight" with her as she often accuses me of stealing/taking items.
Status: Open    Sep 19, 2016 - 07:46 AM

Dementia, Senior Living Communities

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Sep 25, 2016 - 12:37 AM

If she is moving into a studio apartment, ask to see the room so you can get an idea of the size of the room and what if any storage is built it. The size of the room will limit how much furniture you can move. If she enjoys doing puzzles or cards and if there is room, you might consider a small table and 2 straight chairs. Otherwise, probably the bed, recliner and, dresser are all that will fit in the room. you might consider a pole lamp or a combo side table/lamp to put next to the recliner. As for decorations, if she has a favorite painting or framed needlework that she did or that mean a lot to her, bring those. Also you should bring family photos, either in small albums that she can easily handle or consider one or more collages, rather than multiple individually framed pictures. Certainly a wedding picture if her marriage was a happy one or any "family reunion" type photo could be individually hung, but photo boards are very easy to make from corrugated carboard covered with fabric and they are light-weight and can be hung with removeable tape clips if the facility doesn't like a lot of nail holes in the walls. Each board can feature one of her children and their families or can be themed around favorite places or different vacations if the family is small.
I hope this helps. Good luck with the move and God bless you and your mom.
P.S. She doesn't need an exyensive wardrobe and the clothes should be both comfortable t wear and easy t get on and off. If the facility is air-conditioned and she tends to feel chilled, long or 3/4 length sleeves and sweaters are a must!
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