It can be exciting for some to move. For the senior who has been living in the same place for many years, they may feel uncomfortable with the idea of moving into an assisted living facility. However, they may also realize they are facing numerous challenges that make it difficult and even impractical for them to remain where they are.
When a senior has acknowledged their own limitations and the benefits assisted living can offer, has a signed contract, they may be planning to move in a matter of weeks or a couple of months.
Below are three tips to keep in mind when planning a move into assisted living.
Tip #1: Know what you can bring.
Every facility is different, and you should have a clear understanding of what is acceptable at this particular facility. They may have a bed, mattress, and some basic furniture, or they may offer the opportunity for elderly residents to bring their own furniture.
They may also limit how many items or pictures can be hung on the wall, what types of appliances can be used there, and more. Get a list of things that are accepted and make sure the senior doesn’t bring anything that isn’t allowed.
Tip #2: Establish goals by day and a week.
If the senior is moving in two weeks, establish daily and two weekly goals. If the senior will be moving in a couple of months, it’s a good idea to have daily, weekly, and monthly goals for the packing process, getting rid of things, and figuring out exactly what he or she will be taking with them.
Tip #3: Get help early.
When it comes to that actual day to move, the senior should make sure he or she has reliable help on hand. Family members and friends may be more than willing to offer their assistance, but if something comes up and they are no longer able to help on that particular day, that can affect the move in a significant way.
Sometimes it’s better to hire professional movers for something like this. As long as whoever the senior chooses is reliable, it should help make this move smoother.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.