What to Bring When Moving to An Assisted Living Community
As you begin the process of transitioning to an assisted living community, you may experience an influx of emotions, especially when it comes time to decide what to take with you.
The process of moving from your previous home to your new one may require that some items are stored, given away, or kept with a loved one (this process is known as "right-sizing"). One of the benefits of moving to an assisted living community is that you can shift your focus from worrying about materials items to living a thriving life.
To give you a hand, we've compiled a list of items to consider bringing when moving to an assisted living community.
What Should You Bring to an Assisted Living Community?
When moving to an assisted living community, you'll be asked to produce essential documents, such as medical authorization forms, prescription formulas, copies of power of attorney paperwork, and insurance cards. These documents are added to your resident profile to ensure that everyone on staff is aware of your background so they can serve you accordingly.
Photographs and Memorabilia
It's important to remember that you aren't moving to an assisted living apartment temporarily, you're moving into a new home. An essential piece of making a new home are personal mementos, such as photographs. Since you may not have as much space as you did previously, think about which photographs or memorabilia you would like to keep or which items can stay with a loved one.
Your apartment may not be fully furnished when you transition to an assisted living community, so you’ll want to discuss with a care provider what you may need to bring with you. For example, at Provision Living, we provide kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator and microwave, but you will need to bring a few standard items, such as a bed, sofa, and chairs. You can even bring a kitchenette set or a small desk. To ensure that your furniture is a perfect fit, measure the furniture and apartment. You don't want to make the mistake of bringing furniture that is too big.
You are highly encouraged to decorate your apartment. You may want to replicate the décor of your previous home or start completely fresh. Check with the executive director of your community about the decorating policy. Some communities advise against residents painting the interior of their apartments or hanging items on the wall with nails. Instead, they may recommend using items that won't damage the walls, such as Command Strips.
One of the benefits of moving to an assisted living community is not having to cook. At Provision Living, we provide three restaurant-style meals per day, or our residents may choose open dining, which gives you or your loved one the option to eat at a different time. However, for those moments where you may want to enjoy a snack in the comfort of your apartment, you may want to bring a set of kitchenware, including a few glasses, plates, and silverware.
Personal Care Items
Remember to bring essential hygienic items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, lotions, and more. In our communities, if you ever get low on supplies, our staff is happy to transport you to a local store to purchase additional items.
If you think moving to an assisted living community means reducing your closet space, think again. In the senior apartments at Provision Living, each unit is designed with spacious closet space to house your clothing items. We also recommend bringing a couple of storage bins or a drawer to keep in your closet in case you need more storage.
Pets are often a big part of the lives of elders. If you wish to have your pet live with you, talk to your executive director. They will provide you with a copy of the pet policy.
What Shouldn't You Bring to an Assisted Living Community?
When moving to an assisted living community, there should be medical professionals that manage the medication process. In our communities, clinical professionals oversee and administer the medications of all of our residents. In our experience, this allows us to serve residents better and manage situations that may arise.
Credit Cards, Large Sums of Cash, Valuable Jewelry, or Collectibles
Be mindful of bringing credit cards, large amounts of cash, jewelry, or valuables (of more than nominal value) because they may become lost.
Heating Pads, Electric Blankets, Coffee Makers
The safety and wellbeing of residents is the top priority for all assisted living communities. At Provision Living, we ask that members of our community refrain from bringing heating pads, electric blankets, and coffee makers because they are prone to cause burns and fires.
Extension Cords and Throw Rugs
What do extension cords and throw rugs have in common? They're both trip hazards. It's essential to make sure that your new home is free from these obstructions to prevent falls and other accidents.
We hope this list provides you some great insights on the types of items you should bring to an assisted living community. If you have any questions about the transition process, we encourage you to connect with one of our care consultants or join our monthly newsletter.
About the Author
Aleshia currently serves as the digital and social media manager for Provision Living Senior Communities. Her strength is in developing digital marketing strategies, streamlining content, and enhancing digital engagement. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and a master's degree in communication arts from Webster University.