Amie Clark (co-founder of The Senior List) wrote a helpful post entitled “Downsizing To Community Living- what to bring and what to let go”. It contains some valuable tips on what to take when moving into assisted living (or any other community living facility). Here is a list of what to take into assisting living when you move-in. Click here for the full article, including a list of what to leave behind when you move into assisted living.
Moving Into Assisted Living
- Bed- Generally, beds are not furnished (the exception would be an adult care home), unless your insurance is paying for a hospital bed. Depending on the size of the bedroom, a twin, double, or full-sized mattress is best. You want to make sure there is plenty of room around the sides of the bed to maneuver safely, especially if other furniture is in the room. A foot-board and headboard may be desired, depending on the space.
- Chairs and Sofa
- Shower curtain and rings- Most communities supply the rod.
- Towels- Several (2-3)complete sets of towels. If housekeeping is done weekly, this should be plenty.
- Sheets- At least two sets, unless the bed is changed frequently, most housekeeping is weekly that includes laundering sheets.
- Bedspread, blankets, and pillows
- Laundry Basket
- Garbage cans- In a retirement or assisted living setting, a small garbage in the bathroom(s) and kitchen area are handy.
- Clothes Hangers
- Personal Items & Toiletries- toothpaste, toothbrush, denture products, comb/brush, soap, shampoo, shaving products, incontinence supplies*, glasses, hearing aids.
- Clock, personal photos, and decorative items- familiar items in your new home, like curtains, artwork, and houseplants can make a world of difference to make your new accommodations feel more like home.
- Telephone (optional)
- TV/ Radio
- Dresser/ Nightstand
- Clothing- Garments that are washable- commercial washing machines can be very harsh on clothing, I would limit dry clean items, and comfortable for everyday use. Perhaps a few dressy items for special events.
*Some assisted living communities will assist in ordering incontinence supplies as they may be able to purchase in bulk at reduced prices.
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