Moving can be a headache, and when you’re shifting gears into an assisted living facility, the experience throws a few extra curveballs. Downsizing from your family home into a smaller, more manageable space is a big change. There’s the emotional side of things, dealing with the reality of aging and saying goodbye to many items that have been part of your life for years. But don’t worry; we’ve got some tips to help make the packing part of this journey a little easier.

Before You Start Packing

Before diving into the world of boxes and bubble wrap, there are a few preliminary steps that will set you up for a smoother transition:

  1. Take a trip to your future home to get the lay of the land. Knowing the space you have to work with is key. Can’t visit in person? Try to get a virtual tour or at least a detailed floor plan.
  2. Chat with current residents about their experiences. What do they wish they had brought with them?
  3. Check in with the staff about the specifics of your new space, any no-no items, and if they’re pet-friendly.
  4. Have a family gathering to decide which sentimental items will stay in the family.

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Packing for Your New Home

Deciding what to take with you is tricky. You’ll have less space than before, so it’s crucial to think about what you really need and what can be stored or passed on. Here’s a checklist:

  1. Clothes for all seasons (but consider storage for bulky items). Pro Tip: Label your clothes! With communal laundry services, this will ensure everything finds its way back to you.
  2. Personal care items and grooming tools.
  3. Medications, glasses, hearing aids, and any personal assistive devices.
  4. Small treasures that make a place feel like home: photos, crafts, a few books, and so on.
  5. If space allows, a few pieces of furniture that you love.
  6. Bedding, pillows, and throws to cozy up your new space.
  7. Kitchen essentials, if you have a kitchenette.
  8. Appliances not provided by the facility (double-check what’s allowed).
  9. Are you bringing a pet? Don’t forget their bedding, food, and toys.

What to Leave Behind

Assisted living spaces are typically compact and might already come with certain furnishings. Before moving:

  1. Leave behind valuables that could be at risk of theft or damage.
  2. Skip the clothes you no longer wear.
  3. Cut down on large collections.
  4. Avoid large rugs and furniture, as well as appliances that are already provided or not allowed.

Wrapping It Up

Transitioning to assisted living is a significant move but preparing ahead can make all the difference:

  • Understand the size and layout of your new space.
  • Know what’s provided and what’s not allowed.
  • Choose wisely what to take, gift, donate, or sell.

Feeling a bit swamped? Get in touch for a free quote and make your move worry-free. Our pack move service is designed to take the weight off your shoulders, helping you navigate this new chapter easily.