How To Help Your Parents Move Into Assisted Living: A Full Checklist

October 9th, 2019

Moving your parents into assisted living can seem daunting. With so many new transitions and changes, it can be challenging to know where to start. Help your parents or loved one make their transition into an assisted living community with this helpful checklist.

Help Your Parents Choose A Community

It is important that you find the right assisted living community that fits your parents’ needs and personalities. Do some research on the senior living communities in your area. Determine which is the best for your parents by considering the following:

  • Community Cleanliness
  • Staff Friendliness
  • Community Living Options
  • Activities Calendars
  • Proximity To Family Members
  • Online Reviews

Before making a decision, schedule a few community tours. This will give your parents the opportunity to meet staff members and residents while you assess the community. Touring during an event or mealtime can help you get a “feel” of the community. Look for a few types of interactions to better gauge the community overall:

  • Resident-to-resident interactions: Pay attention to how residents are engaging with each other. Are they chatting and having fun or sitting alone?
  • Staff-to-resident interactions: How are employees interacting with residents? Are they friendly and inviting or cold and clinical?
  • Staff-to-staff interactions: These employees will be charged with potentially taking care of your parents. Do they seem like a strong team? Are they enjoying their position?

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Preparing For Your Parents’ Move

Be sure to check the dimensions of your parents’ new space. It’s likely that they will be downsizing when they move into an assisted living community. When packing, choose what’s most important to them. These items are going to make your parent’s new space feel like home, easing their transition into the community. Once you know what to move into their new place, then decide what to put into storage, sell/donate or pass down to family members.
It is recommended that your parents pack:

  • Important legal documents
  • Clothing for all weather types
  • Small sentimental items from home
  • Personal entertainment such as a television, books or board games.

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Get Your Parents’ Legal Matters In Order

Financial and legal matters should be discussed and sorted prior to your parents move into an assisted living community. While it may be uncomfortable to address, these matters will help ensure your parents’ wishes are met in the event they are unable to communicate for themselves. Determine which legal documents your parents already have and find any they may be missing, which may include:

  • Living Trusts: Living trusts discuss property and assets after death. Similar to a will, this document has no requirement that an estate go through probate first.
  • Advance Directives: These spell out wishes in the event that your parent is unable to communicate them.
  • Power of Attorney: Appoint someone to speak on behalf of your parent regarding financial, legal and health matters in the event that they are unable to communicate for themselves.
  • DNRs (Do-Not-Resuscitate Order): This document advises health care workers not to administer life-saving measures should something happen to your parent.

Set A Moving Date

Once you and your parents have set the best day to officially move, create a moving calendar. This will help keep everyone on the same schedule and assist with reducing stress during the process. Try designating different days for various tasks, such as selling, donating and storing items.

It is often cheaper and easier to move during the weekdays/middle of the month than on the weekends/end of the month. If utilizing a moving company, be sure to talk to them about their best rates and times.

Choose Independence Village Assisted Living Communities

We know moving your parents into an assisted living community is a difficult decision. That’s why we strive to do all we can to ease the transition and make your parents feel right at home. Stop by one of our assisted living communities today or give us a call at 1-844-40-ENJOY to learn more.

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