Moving elderly parents into assisted living can have its fair share of challenges, but there are ways to keep the moving process on track while minimizing stress for everyone involved.
Learn how you can streamline and help simplify your loved one’s move by handling practical arrangements early, planning for their new space, and using this moving to assisted living checklist to stay organized.
If you’ve ever moved, you know there are practical arrangements that must be tended to before moving day, and moving elderly parents into assisted living is no different.
By taking care of the following details, you can set yourself and your loved one up for a smooth move.
Once living arrangements have been settled on and the details are in place, it’s time to start making some phone calls.
Not only does having the exact dimensions of the new space help identify which of your loved one’s furniture pieces will fit, but planning the layout may be helpful in easing some of their anxieties.
Downsizing is the key to streamlining your loved one’s move, but knowing where to start is understandably challenging. There’s often a fine line between wanting to keep something simply because it’s been around for a long time and because it adds value to one’s life. These tips to downsizing may make identifying the difference simple, but a few items you can start with are:
Finding reliable, trustworthy movers is important. If you’re unsure where to start, the community your loved one is moving to may have a list of recommendations that they can share with you.
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Now that you’ve gone through the process of downsizing and have a good idea of what your loved one would like to take with them, you should be in good shape to begin packing.
Generally speaking, it’s wise to pack items according to their frequency of use. This allows your loved one to continue living comfortably in their home while still making progress as you approach the move-in date.
Items to pack early:
Items to pack the week of move-in:
Download our comprehensive Moving to Assisted Living Checklist to stay organized.
Moving elderly parents into assisted living is an emotional experience for everyone involved, but there are ways you can continue to help them adjust and even embrace the change long after the move.