Studies show that six out of ten people consider moving to be one of the most stress-inducing life events. For older adults and their caregivers, this stress can often feel intensified.
However, there are simple ways to make our loved ones and feel at ease with the move. Properly assessing the assisted living apartments, planning, and making sure we have enough time to tie all loose ends are good ways to ensure a more relaxed and laid-back move.
Let this article serve as your very own moving to an assisted living checklist so that you have a general idea of what you and your loved ones need to plan for before the big move!
1. Arranging for Health and Medical Necessities
Seniors who have pre-existing ailments or other special needs must ensure that these necessities are available in their new home.
You can list out essential medications and medical equipment that needs to be arranged for in the new place for starters.
Depending on the type of assisted living arrangements you have made, you may already have access to medical support at the facility.
However, in the absence of such support, it is important to find medical facilities around the new area, who will be willing to attend to your loved ones during an emergency.
2. Hiring a Moving Service
Hiring a moving service can be extremely helpful for the moving process.
Be sure to get cost estimates from a few reputed moving companies well in advance and make an appointment for your chosen moving day.
This will help ease the last-minute stress that comes with looking for moving services at the last minute.
Do check for whether the moving company is properly insured and licensed to do their job.
If you have any unusual items that have to be moved, do talk to your company to ensure they have the right equipment to transfer these items to the assisted living apartment.
3. Getting Rid Of Unnecessary Items
Decluttering is a great idea for someone who’s moving to a new place. Take the opportunity to separate the essentials from the junk, and only take along what’s necessary.
Some seniors can be a bit attached to old items with sentimental value, so make sure you communicate with your loved ones before you get rid of anything you deem unnecessary.
In general, you’ll want to make sure you’re carrying along the following items:
- Kitchenware or crockery
- Lamps and another lighting
- Framed photographs and other items of sentimental value
- Electric appliances
- Cloth hangers
- Assistive devices like hearing aid, walkers, or glasses
- Adult diapers (if necessary)
- Entertainment options like books, televisions, or radios
- First-aid kits
- Comfortable clothing
If your living facility is already furnished, you’ll have a lot less to carry along with you.
4. Logistics and Utilities
Moving involves taking care of the finer details.
You need to inform the right people about the move and find you when they need you.
- Communicating with the current utility providers to terminate access after the move
- Using the US Postal Service’s online tool to set up mail forwarding to your new address
- Settle all old bills associated with the old home, and return library books and other rentals
- Informing friends, relatives, and loved ones of the new address
- Notify all relevant subscriptions from magazines, newsletters, or even pharmacies about the change in address
Talk to your loved ones about any other subscriptions they may have to ensure you’ve tied up all loose ends. Do reassure them that if they remember something at a future time, you will be sure to address it then.
5. Sorting and Filing Important Paperwork
Ensure that your communication with assisted living apartments is ongoing and clear. Double-check all contracts and documents, and keep copies for yourself.
It is worth sorting all important documents into a separate folder to ensure your loved ones’ easy access.
If the papers contain any important information your loved ones should know about, do talk to them about these clauses to make sure they’re well-aware of what to expect at the facility.
The right information can help them advocate for their rights. However, if they are unable to do so, they always have the option of informing you of any funny business at the facility.
While you are attending to older adults, do make sure to take care of yourself too. Keep communication lines open with your loved ones and the assisted living facility to ensure your own peace of mind.
6. Separating Moving Day Essentials
While some items like furniture and electric appliances may be moved a few weeks before, you must also make a list of items that must be transferred on moving day itself.
These could include toiletries, plants, identification cards, food, paperwork, and other similar items.
7. Financial Arrangements
Your loved ones could have a job, could be living on a pension plan, or you could be supporting them entirely.
Whatever the arrangement is, you’ll want to ensure consistency and ease.
Do take the time to create a thorough and well-thought-out financial plan that allows your loved ones to feel safe and secure in their finances.
Keep a Moving to Assisted Living Checklist on Hand
Moving to a new place can be an anxiety-inducing situation.
However, with a bit of due diligence, the right planning, and this moving to an assisted living checklist, you and your loved ones can be at ease.
At Cape Albeon Lakeside Retirement Living, we help make the transition to our assisted living facility a seamless, spiritual, and enjoyable one.
Our spiritual services are open to everyone, giving you the time and space to explore your faith within the community.
To learn more about our personalized assisted living plans and spiritual services, schedule a tour with us today!