3 Keys to Staying Prepared when Moving to Assisted Living
Senior Housing in Hollywood Park, TX
Moving into assisted living can be a significant life change for an elderly individual. Whether or not this was something they looked forward to for many years or it is a product of necessity because of physical challenges, limitations, or health issues, being prepared for the move is important in ensuring a positive and comfortable transition.
September is National Preparedness Month and in light of this, here are three keys to focus on when preparing for this move to assisted living.
Key #1: Limit the items you take with you.
If the senior has been living in the same house for a long time he or she will most likely have acquired a significant number of items through the years. As a result, there is no way they will be able to take everything they might want to with them into an assisted living room. Most assisted living facilities only provide a small efficiency style apartment or single bedroom apartment for the residents. Many of these will basically be a room with a bed, dressers, maybe an efficiency kitchenette area, and a bathroom.
That means the senior is going to have to limit how much they take with them from their former home.
Key #2: Enlist assistance on the move in date.
Getting help is essential when planning to move into assisted living. If family members or friends are not able to assist with this, there are professional movers who can be hired to do the job for the elderly individual.
Plan these moves well ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute and hope there are going to be people available to help out.
If certain family members have volunteered to help in this move, but they are not generally reliable, it may be best to book professional assistance instead. There’s nothing worse than getting to the move in date and having people not show up to help.
Key #3: Understand the requirements of the facility.
Every assisted living facility is different so it’s important to have a clear understanding about what to expect on that move in date. They will generally allow various individuals into the facility to help move furniture, but they may need to check in every time at the front desk before going up the elevator to the room.
As long as you are prepared for this move, it should be a smooth one and, ultimately, a beneficial situation for the senior.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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