18 Feb 5 Tips for Downsizing before Moving to an Assisted Living Facility
Making the switch to an assisted living facility can be difficult for the individual making the move, as well as for their family members. Whether you’re moving from your home into a care facility or you’re helping your loved one to make the switch, Best for My Parents is here to help you with each step along the way. We want to make the transition as smooth as possible for you.
One of the obstacles that many of our clients encounter is downsizing their possessions and deciding what to bring along with them to their new home. Here are 5 tips that might help you to overcome this obstacle.
Know What Is Allowed
Different care facilities permit different amounts and different types of possessions. It’s important that you contact the assisted living facility that you will be moving to and get as many details as you can regarding what they will allow residents to bring with them. If you have specific possessions you want to bring to a care facility with you, or you’d prefer to furnish and decorate your own room while in assisted living, we can help to match you with a facility that suits your needs.
You’ll also want to be aware of what the facility or retirement community provides to its residents. Does your room have its own television? If not, can you bring one if you wish? Know what is being provided so that you can ensure you’re not missing any essentials when you arrive.
Prioritize Personal Items
At most assisted living facilities, your accommodations will contain everything you need to live comfortably. Of course, you’ll need to bring your own clothing, medications, and toiletries, but aside from that, anything you bring with you will be keepsakes and personal items that offer some comfort and a sense of hominess.
So, when choosing what to bring with you, prioritize personal items that have the deepest meaning. Don’t worry about bringing more functional items, as these are typically provided for you. Bring along things that help you to feel at home, and will offer some familiarity while adjusting to a new living space.
Give Things to Family Members
Often, the hardest part of downsizing is parting with items that have sentimental value. While you can bring many possessions that have personal meaning along with you, a lot of things will have to be left behind. This can be difficult to accept, but it can be made much easier by giving some of those items to family members that you know will love and cherish them.
Rather than trying to haul your grandmother’s antique keepsake chest to the assisted living facility and find space for it there, give it to your daughter so that she can use it to store her children’s baby blankets. Knowing that your beloved, invaluable possessions are being well cared for by those you love can make it much easier to leave them behind when you move to an assisted living facility or retirement community.
Consider Your Current Environment
What items are in your current living environment that help you to feel safe and at home? Look around the rooms where you spend most of your time, and take note of what items you’re drawn to. Does the photo of you and your spouse on your nightstand make it easier for you to sleep at night? Is the gentle ticking of your father’s old mantle clock a sound you can’t live without?
By taking the time to pay special attention to your current environment, you’ll be able to take notice of those things that make your home truly feel like a home. Bringing these items with you (if permitted by the facility) can make this transition much easier and more comfortable.
Ask for Help
Trying to downsize all on your own is extremely difficult. So, be sure to ask for some outside help. Have one or a few of your children, or another friend or family member, come by to help you sort through your things. The extra hands can help to cut down on the tiring work of boxing up possessions. But, just as importantly, they can help you to make difficult decisions about what to take with you, and offer comfort as you take the next step on this journey.
For assistance with finding a care facility that meets your needs, and expert help in making the transition, contact Best for My Parents today.