A Complete Checklist for Moving Into a Dementia Assisted Living Community

Whether it’s for you or a loved one, moving into an assisted living community can be overwhelming. It not only means leaving a familiar place for an unfamiliar one but also involves lots of packing and preparation. 

That’s why we created the ultimate checklist for moving yourself, or a loved one into a dementia assisted living community. Follow these tips for moving someone with dementia into a new home, and you’ll set yourself up for success.

Top 4 Moving Checklists for Seniors

Here’s a complete checklist for what to pack and prepare before moving into dementia assisted living community.

Healthcare Checklist

  1. Visit your current PCP (primary care physician)
  2. Find a new PCP if your current one isn’t located near the dementia assisted living community
  3. List all your medications and categorize them by day of the week
  4. Take note of any additional healthcare needs or accommodations

Packing Checklist

Create a list of everything you want to take to the dementia assisted living community, so nothing gets left behind. Label boxes appropriately so you know where to find everything after the move. Here’s a list of eight essential items to get you started.

  • Clothing: Only take what will fit in the closet space provided. Be sure to bring hangers.
  • Toiletries: Include essentials such as a hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, lotion, and deodorant. Take additional items as needed.
  • Personal Care Products:  Briefs, disposable  wipes, poise pads for women
  • Medication: Take a medication list and any current medications that you or your loved one will need. 
  • Furniture: If the room isn’t already furnished, take enough furniture from home to fill the space and make it comfortable.
  • Bedding: Pack sheets, pillowcases, pillow shams, blankets, and either a comforter or duvet. Take items that will keep you or your loved one comfortable.
  • Snacks: Pack a staple of favorite snacks and beverages.
  • Decor: Take any framed photos, artwork, plants, and other decor items that will make the space feel more like home.
  • Memorable items: Include special mementos such as family photo albums, jewelry, and letters. Secure any valuable items in a safe, so they don’t get misplaced or lost.

Moving Company Checklist

  1. Find a licensed, local moving company that’s available on the day and at the time you plan to move. Consider asking family, friends, or neighbors for personal recommendations.
  2. Obtain a rental price estimate
  3. Take a look at reviews left by previous customers
  4. Choose a truck size that will fit all your belongings
  5. Book a reservation

Family & Property Matters Checklist

  1. Register a forwarding address with the USPS. You can do this online or in person. Also notify family, friends, neighbors, and all service providers of the new address.
  2. Cancel household utilities
  3. Get all end-of-life details in order, including an updated will, estate planning, DNR orders, and power of attorney designation. Provide the dementia assisted living community with this information so they have it on file.

Week Of Checklist

  1. Ensure all required paperwork has been completed for the dementia assisted living community
  2. Save your or your loved one’s new address and contact information, along with details regarding visiting hours and community guest access

The Leader in Compassionate Dementia Care

The Terra Vista team simplifies the moving process to ensure a smooth, stress-free transition for residents and their family members. Our premier resources and amenities give you peace of mind that you’ve chosen the best place for your loved one to thrive. If you need a trustworthy support system as you walk through this difficult season of life, the Terra Vista team is here to help every step of the way.

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