Preparing for a senior loved one to make the move to an assisted living community can be an exciting time, but downsizing for the move can often be overwhelming for families.
Are you wondering which items to bring, or debating what things would be better left behind? Learn more from our checklist on the top 5 things to bring to assisted living.
Downsizing to an Assisted Living Community
Most families who have helped their loved ones make the move to assisted living have been confronted with the challenges of downsizing. Assisted living communities have many benefits, but often have limited space. Deciding which things to bring to an assisted living apartment after a parent has spent years living in the same home can be difficult for all.
Unfortunately, downsizing is often essential, so it is important to keep a smaller scale in mind when preparing a parent for the move. After confirming the exact measurements of an apartment with your assisted living community, it is necessary to focus on which items to bring to assisted living – and which things to leave behind.
Top 5 Things to Bring to Assisted Living
Read this checklist, which features the top 5 items to bring to an assisted living community:
1. Cleaning Supplies
Most assisted living communities include housekeeping, but you may want to consider bringing a few cleaning supplies like a broom, soap, surface wipes and towels to take care of any unexpected messes.
Personal decor like paintings, photographs, plants or a vase can really make a new apartment feel like home.
Limit furniture to a bed, chairs and sofa to fit an assisted living apartment space, and then add any additional pieces of furniture from home as necessary.
Since meals will be provided, only a miniature refrigerator, microwave and a few sets of dishes, pots and pans will do. Also consider a mini trash can.
5. Personal Items
Clothes (clothing sets, sweaters, pajamas, socks and underwear) and shoes, glasses, medications and toiletries are the first personal items to pack. Consider all other items as space permits.
What Not to Bring to Assisted Living
As space will be limited, there are many items that you will not want to pack for a parent to bring to assisted living, like:
- Kitchen items
- Large furniture sets
- Multiples of items
These things will not only be difficult to move, but will take up a large amount of space in an assisted living apartment.
If you and your loved ones are still having difficulty downsizing for assisted living, consider using a move manager who can help you get through the process in a painless way.
To discuss assisted living community options for your family, call an experienced Senior Living Advisor: (866) 333-8391.
Has your parent recently made the move to an assisted living community? What tips do you have about the top things to bring to assisted living? Share your suggestions with us in the comments below.