What’s The Timeline for Moving to a Private Assisted Living?
Helping a senior who is moving to a helpful private assisted living community can feel overwhelming. There are many details to handle, from cleaning the home they are leaving to hiring a moving company. Here is a schedule describing important tips to prepare better for the move in order to make the process smoother.
Timeline 8 Weeks prior to the move:
Get an estimation from moving companies. Communicate with the staff at the assisted living community with your suggestion and recommendation list.
Get a floor plan and measurement of the new space. You can use it to determine suitable furniture and their placement in the room.
Create an inventory sheet to monitor all belongings including furniture.
Start searching for local doctors and pharmacies if your family member is moving to a new town or city.
Start stocking supplies for packing like boxes, tape and bubble wrap.
Six to Seven Weeks before the Move
Start with cleaning and decluttering unwanted items from the home.
Investigate non-profit organizations to collect unwanted household items from your home and to donate.
Hire an estate sale company if your family member needs it.
Finalize the moving company you want to hire and fix the moving date.
Ask your friends around for real estate agent recommendations.
Make arrangements for canceling utility services including electric, gas, cable, and phone.
Pack valuable items that your family member needs at the private assisted living.
Start the address change process with any creditors, health insurance and other services.
Follow up and confirm the date with realtor, moving company and storage facility.
Hire your real estate agent and meet them to plan your listing and marketing.
Relocate all items that won’t be needed anymore.
Decide on the moving date and arrival time at the community.
The senior should have a supply of medicines for at least ten days.
Plan all the meals for the moving date. Make sure to include other family members in this plan to assist you.
Bring your senior family member to the private assisted living community for sharing a meal to take part in activities for adjusting with the new environment.
One Week Prior:
Finish packing and if possible, make the senior to stay with family and friends the night before moving.
Keep a separate box with all the essential items that he will immediately need after reaching the community.
Keep a suitcase for personal care items for the family member.
Ask your friends to take your senior loved one for a lunch or movie date on the moving day; it will be easier for them to avoid seeing trucks are being loaded.
Two Days Prior:
Clean out the refrigerator and freezer. Clean refrigerator.
Check all cabinets, cupboards, closets and make sure there is nothing left behind.
Make sure to confirm moving arrangements and the new address with the movers.
Strip beds and pack linens.
Finish the suitcase and other packing.
Keep all valuables in the car.
Remove trash from the house.
Turn off all appliances.
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