Do You Have Everything? Moving to Assisted Living Checklist

Over a million seniors live in assisted living facilities throughout the United States.

But moving your loved one to an assisted living facility can be difficult—for everyone involved. Packing might be the last thing on your mind.

Why we’ve put together this moving to assisted living checklist to help you through the process.

So let’s get started.

Tour and Talk to the Community

Before you start packing, make sure you visit the assisted living community. This will get you familiar with how much space your loved one will have after they move.

You should also talk to someone in charge at the community. Ask for the exact dimensions of the living area and if there are any items they don’t allow in the facility. (Some assisted living communities don’t want anyone to bring expensive jewelry collections.)

Getting this information will give you an idea of how much you can pack and what to leave behind.

Start Packing Early

The earlier you can start the packing process, the better.

Your loved one will most likely have to downsize, and getting rid of their things can be difficult for them. Start at least a month in advance so they have time to sort through everything. If you can, start even earlier than that.

Start with a small space, like a closet, to help ease them into the process. Keep track of the items you’ll donate, throw out, sell, and take during the move.

Assisted Living Packing Checklist

No matter how much time you spend planning or prepping, moving is still overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re trying to juggle taking care of a senior who can’t get by on their own anymore.

We’ve put together this assisted living checklist so you don’t forget anything important.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll need from each room.

Bedroom

You’ll need to bring all the basic bedroom furniture. This includes the following items:

  • A bed
  • A nightstand (or two)
  • A dresser
  • Lamps
  • etc.

Most assisted living facilities don’t have a lot of storage space, so it might be worth bringing two dressers. You can put one in the closet for extra storage.

You should also pack all the necessary bedding, such as pillows, sheets, comforters, and other blankets. Make sure you have at least two full sets so your loved one will have something to use while they’re doing laundry.

Don’t overlook clothing.

Pack comfortable, around-the-house clothes, formal wear for special occasions, PJs, seasonal clothes, a bathing suit (optional), and plenty of socks and undergarments. Your loved one should also have at least one pair of shoes and a pair of comfy slippers.

Kitchen

Some assisted living communities provide basic kitchen appliances. If they don’t you’ll need to bring everything yourself.

Keep the furniture small. Remember, your loved one probably won’t have a lot of space.

Make sure you stock the kitchen with these items:

  • Small table and chairs
  • Fridge or mini-fridge (depending on the space)
  • Microwave
  • Dishes (plates, bowls, cups, silverware, Tupperware, etc.)
  • Pots, pans, and cookie sheets
  • Kettle or coffee maker (or both)
  • Trash can
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Hand towels

You should also make sure your loved one has plenty of food when they move in. But it might be easier to make a shopping trip after the move.

Living Room

You want to make this space as comfortable and as homey for your loved one as possible. If you can, use the same furniture they had at home (you might have to buy something smaller).

Make sure you have these things when you move:

  • Couch(es), chair(es), rocker, etc.
  • Pictures and other decor
  • Coffee table (or end tables)
  • Lamps
  • Curtains
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Phone

If your loved one uses a computer, you might want to put this in the living room as well.

Bathroom

Pack plenty of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, and make sure you have all the toiletries your loved one needs, such as:

  • Toothpaste and a toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Makeup items
  • Other health items
  • Hairdryer
  • Trash can

Don’t forget any medication your loved one takes.

Laundry Room

Your loved one might not have a traditional laundry room in their assisted living home, but you should still bring laundry detergent and general rags for dusting or cleaning up spills. Make sure you also have supplies to clean the bathroom and other living areas.

Important Documents

Gather all your loved one’s important documents and make sure they go in a secure and organized spot. This will help you find the necessary financial, legal, or medical information when you need it.

Entertainment

Make sure you bring entertainment for your loved one. Bring supplies for any hobbies, such as knitting, painting, scrapbooking, cooking, etc. You should also pack things like games, a deck of cards, books, magazines, and more.

Things You Shouldn’t Pack

There are a few things you should leave behind during your loved one’s move. These items will just take up space, and some of them are safety hazards.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t pack:

  • Area rugs (tripping hazard)
  • Office chairs (or other furniture on wheels)
  • Large, bulky items
  • Repeat items (they will just take up space you don’t have)
  • Items your loved one never (or hardly) uses
  • Random, personal items

Remember, you won’t have a lot of space. If your loved one has a lot of collectibles, it’s a good idea to only take the most important items.

Your Complete Moving to Assisted Living Checklist

If you follow this moving to assisted living checklist, your loved one should have everything they need in their new home.

Still looking for the right assisted living community for your loved one?

We can help! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information!

You’re a Danger to Yourself: 5 Signs It’s Time for Memory Care

When our loved ones begin to get older it can become impossible to take care of them.

It’s an unfortunate truth, but in the US alone around 5 million people struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s not the only condition that requires memory care.

It’s hard to commit our loved ones, but at times it becomes necessary simply to make sure that they’re healthy.

Let’s get to the bottom of it. If you’re still questioning what to do then look for these signs it’s time for memory care.

1. A Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The most obvious sign that your loved one needs some form of memory care is simple… if their diagnosis includes dementia or Alzheimer’s. These crippling conditions can be painful for the whole family.

When the diagnosis comes in many families will strive to take care of their loved ones but the truth is that sooner or later someone with these issues will need full-time care.

It’s a horrible situation and not one that anyone expects or looks forward to. You should begin to make plans for care before the condition progresses too far.

2. Declining Health

When someone begins to suffer from a condition that requires memory care they’ll often have accompanying health problems.

This cascade begins and will often spiral out of control in short order even when full-time care is given. A well-meaning family can only help for so long before it all becomes too much for them.

Compassion is great, but it can’t prepare someone without a professional background for the enormous amount of problems that may emerge in short order.

The cycle can be intense as physical and memory problems lead to injuries and missed medication doses. A care facility may be the only option for many families since staff on hand will are trained to react to these situations as they occur.

3. Consistent Disorientation and Confusion

If your loved one is still living on their own then they may become disoriented on a regular basis as their mental condition deteriorates.

Depending on the exact circumstances this can lead to them becoming lost, injuring themselves, or even causing incidents that require emergency service intervention.

Because the symptoms of dementia can vary so much and increase in intensity without warning it’s important to make sure that you pay attention to your elderly family members. The onset can seem sudden and all it takes is one badly managed incident to cause serious problems.

It’s doubly important if the family member still has their driver’s license intact. Or thinks they do, many people will continue to drive long after they should be and a minor accident can be disastrous for a frail and elderly person.

These symptoms are often the first signs that it’s time to move to a high level of assisted living, even if they are hesitant to follow through.

4. A Lacking Social Life

Many elderly patients begin to see a stark decline in their social life. This isn’t just sad, it can spell a worsening of symptoms. Studies show that maintaining social connections improve prognosis in patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Memory care facilities can help with this. Since it seems to counteract memory loss it often means that a person will be coherent for much longer than they would be if they were socially isolated.

In many elderly patients, it’s just a matter of outliving their friends, but a general decline in social relationships is also common as a person ages.

While it may just seem sad from the outside, a lacking social life is actually a serious environmental hazard for the elderly.

5. Aggressive Moods and Behaviors

In some cases, a dementia patient can begin to become aggressive as cognitive decline increases.

This is hard on family members and caregivers. Most people aren’t trained to handle these situations and the conflict will affect the whole family. Trained professionals and around-the-clock care is for the best when this happens.

In most cases the person doesn’t truly realize what they’re doing either, making it even harder.

6. Caregiver Burnout

The truth is that not everyone is cut out to take care of a patient going through physical and mental decline. As time goes on even the most loving and well-meaning caregiver may begin to burn out.

When that happens it’s hard on the family and it can lead to decreasing quality of care. It’s one of the most common reasons for a person to be placed in some sort of assisted living situation after all.

There’s a reason that professional facilities exist: it takes too much time, patience, and training to deal with a dementia patient for most to be able to do it alone.

In the end, dedicated facilities and services, trained staff, and a safe environment usually end up being the best options. It can be sad to see our loved ones needing care, but when the primary caregiver begins to burn out it may be time to look into other options.

Seeing These Signs It’s Time for Memory Care?

Your loved ones deserve the best care possible and with the complications of modern life, it’s not always possible to do it alone. If your family member is displaying these signs it’s time for memory care then you need a trusted facility to ensure their safety.

It’s not always easy, memory care can feel hard on the family and you might not know who to trust with such a vital task.

We offer several levels of care for the elderly and disabled, if you’re looking then we suggest you check out our memory care facilities to see if they’re the right fit.

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