What Not To Bring To Senior Living

August 21st, 2019

Knowing what not to bring to a senior living community when moving in is just as important (if not more) than knowing what items you need — and let’s be honest: The packing process can be a bit daunting.

Here are some of the items you won’t need in your new apartment.

  • Throw Rugs: Throw rugs can be a tripping hazard for residents.
  • Bulky Furniture: Furniture that fit in your previous space might not fit in your new apartment. Bulky chairs and thick coffee tables may also make living areas look small and crowded.
  • Candles: Open flames aren’t allowed in many senior living communities, so leave those behind. If it’s the fragrance you’re after, diffusing essential oils is a safe alternative.
  • Heat-Generating Items: While comfortable, items like space heaters and electric blankets are fire hazards. Instead, invest in a cozy comforter and some throw blankets.
  • Bird Feeders: Bird feeders can attract more than just birds — animals like rats and raccoons will also eat birdseed, and these animals can cause unwanted building concerns.
  • Storage Items: Downsizing means you won’t be able to bring everything with you. To maximize space, look into getting a storage unit to keep wanted items and/or sell things you no longer need.
  • Power Tools: Senior living communities have maintenance teams available to hang pictures or fix miscellaneous items around your apartment, so don’t worry about bringing your tools along with you.
  • Weapons: While knife collections and war memorabilia are meaningful, anything that could harm an individual won’t be permitted in your new home. Consider donating these to local museums or gifting to friends and loved ones.
  • A Bad Attitude: Moving into a new community can feel overwhelming. Try to be open minded about senior living and all the opportunities it offers to try new activities, meet people and enjoy your retirement.

RELATED: Independent Living: What to Bring With You

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Additional Packing Tips

Packing for your move to senior living doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some steps to ease packing woes:

  • Create a list prior to packing of the items you want to bring with you, put into storage and sell/donate.
  • Enlist the help of your family and friends in determining what to bring and what will fit in your new home.
  • Know the dimensions of your new apartment so that you can bring furniture that fits the space.
  • Speak to your community specialist and ask questions about what you can or cannot bring to your new space. This will help take any guesswork out of the packing process.

Independence Village Is Here To Help

Not sure if senior living is right for you? Our helpful survey can help guide you to the right fit for your lifestyle. For more tips on making the move to a senior living community, reach out to your local Independence Village community.

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