As many aging seniors can attest, it can be a difficult and emotional time when making the transition from your home to an assisted living facility. Just packing up your life may seem daunting, but with a little help, it doesn’t have to be difficult or take forever.
Follow these tips to make the transition easier on yourself and the family members who will be helping you out:
1. Start by decluttering your home.
Get rid of any unnecessary items that could eventually get in the way at your assisted living facility or may just clutter up your room. Don’t forget about sentimental items (which you can decide whether or not to pack) like photographs, collectibles, and furniture that you don’t want to give away but might not need in your new home.
2. Plan the move.
Make sure to give yourself enough time to get everything done on moving day. If possible, move on a weekday and do it with some family members or friends—you’ll have a more hands-on deck to help out with all the heavy lifting and packing boxes that go along with moving.
3. Take note of medical conditions and medications (and don’t forget about medical equipment and supplies)
If you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or mobility issues, tell your doctor about them, so your physician can help you arrange a plan for continuing them at the assisted living facility. Furthermore, If you take medication, make sure to bring your prescriptions with you.
If you need equipment, such as a wheelchair or oxygen tank, on moving day, you’ll want to make sure they’re fully charged and ready to go. Many assisted living facilities provide medical equipment and supplies or you can stock up at medical-supermarket.com.
4. Make sure to notify everyone about your move.
You’ll need to give your assisted living facility as much advance notice about your move as possible, so make sure to get in touch with them as soon as possible when making arrangements for moving day. If you’re going from one assisted living facility to another in the same area, this will be a lot easier; if not, let people know that so they can assist however they can in getting the word out and arranging for transportation when necessary.
5. Decide what you want in your new assisted living facility.
Before you move, make a list of the conditions that are important to you, including individual rooms and amenities like a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. Having a list will help avoid possible confusion later on.
6. Take time to say goodbye to loved ones.
After you’ve packed everything up, take some time for a last look around your house and perhaps a last walk through the garden, if you have one. It’s okay to take a break for an hour or so after all the hard work is done, but don’t leave it too long, or you might risk getting emotional on moving day itself.
Moving home is stressful at the best of times. Moving into assisted living can feel like you are giving up some independence. However, for most people that isn’t the case. The support you get will free you from many of the daily chores and allow you to enjoy yourself.
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