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.
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:
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:
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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:
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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:
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.
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.