By Brooke Chaplan
Moving your senior relative into an assisted living community is a huge decision, but it can help them to maintain their independence while receiving the care they need. However, your senior may need help choosing and moving into their new apartment. Use the following tips to help your senior loved one move into their assisted living community.
Research the Community
The first thing you want to do is research the community to ensure it is right for your senior. Use the website and reviews to learn everything you can about the community. You also want to schedule a tour of the entire community to get an idea of what it is like for residents.
Tour the Apartment
Most assisted living communities offer studio or bedroom apartments for seniors. Once you schedule a tour of the community, be sure to check out the vacant units to ensure they are safe and comfortable for your loved one. You may find it is a good decision to move your senior into this community, and your senior may be excited to move into their new place.
Hire A Moving Company
You also want to hire a moving company to help move your senior into their new apartment. There are plenty of companies that offer local and long distance movers. When you hire a moving company for your senior, you can rest assured that their items are insured. Their items are also in the hands of responsible movers who know the proper techniques for packing, loading and unloading boxes.
Help Your Senior Downsize
If your senior is moving from a home to an apartment, they may need help downsizing their items. Use this time to help your senior go through their items to determine what they are keeping, donating and discarding. If there are items they want to keep but do not have space for right now, you can always store them in your home or a storage unit.
Help Them Get Settled
Once your senior is moved into their new unit, make several visits to help them unpack their items. If you have moved in the past, you know that unpacking is just as tiring as packing. Your senior could use an extra set of hands to help them unpack, and you can spend more time with your loved one.
Your senior is going to need assistance from their family and movers when moving into an assisted living community. The best part is you can help them move on to a new chapter of their life.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan