It goes without saying that a move to assisted living is a big change. And while you’re undoubtedly navigating a range of emotions about the move, there’s also a whole other area you need to navigate as well: the logistics. For many, this is just as overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. These tips on downsizing to assisted living can make the move much easier.
Downsizing the house really involves two parts: preparing the home itself to sell and the process of downsizing your belongings. Whether you do one before the other or both simultaneously, these tips are important to consider.
Prepping to Sell
Downsizing Your Belongings
First, you want to check in with your assisted living community to see what items they may provide as well as recommended items to bring (or not). Then check out the floorplan for your new space – either ask for a copy or some communities have interactive planners on their website – to better understand what will fit and/or what else you may need. We encourage our residents to personalize their space as much as possible so they truly feel at home here. But in general, you should plan to bring linens, personal care items, comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes as well as favorites like photos and keepsakes.
Regardless of the many benefits of assisted living and how confident you feel in the decision; a change this big is bound to come with some highs and lows. Just give yourself time; the first 30 days after your move are really key and these tips can help new residents settle in: