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Assisted Living Moves

Updated on October 24, 2014

What Makes It Different

Assisted living moves are similar but not the same as a regular residential move. Most of the time the person being moved is not very happy about the move. The move will also require some sort of downsize in amount of personal belongings. It can be very frustrating and intimidating to someone who does not have any experience with this type of move. Just because you moved your household a few times does not make it any easier to make the transition to an assisted living community any better. There are a couple pointers that I can give that can help you or your loved one's move contain as little stress as possible.


1. Do not over stuff a space!

It is very easy to over estimate how much stuff a space can comfortable house. Most people moving into an assisted living community are coming from a full house of things and transitioning to a one bedroom apartment or smaller. We have to remember that there is a reason this person is moving into this assisted living community. That reason is usually to try and make their lives a lot easier to live. By cramming too much stuff into a smaller space will not only make the space less desirable to live but also more physically difficult to get around in.

How can you be sure you are not over estimating?

If you are moving long distances it can be hard to try and get the right amount in one shot. It is also hard to part with a large amount of your personal belongings at once. It is highly recommended that if you are moving long distances to an assisted living community to make sure you also rent a storage unit near the community. This will allow you to over pack and allow the person to not have to be separated from their belongings all at once. It will also help in the staging of furniture and other things. You should start off with only a few pieces of furniture in your new space and add things as desired. Having a storage unit near buy will allow for you to add or remove things as you see fit.


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Hire a Company That Specializes

In most cases, when someone is moving into an assisted living community there is a moving company hired. Contrary to popular beliefs not all moving companies are the same. They do not only differ in rates and services but some companies are better at certain things. When looking to hire a moving company it is good to find one that has a lot of experience with assisted living moves. You can search the Internet for reviews or just call some assisted living communities and see who they recommend. Most communities have moving companies that they recommend because they are trustworthy and have experience with this type of moving. One thing you need to look out for is people who charge more for an assisted living move. There are companies out there that will tell you that this type of move is specialized and will cost more but that is not the case. If someone tells you this it would be in your best interest to try and find someone else.


If you have a move that is going to a dementia complex it can cause some more difficulties than normal. A little more special care is required when moving someone into a "lock-down" facility. This is an area of the assisted living complex that is under lock and key to help protect people who have dementia from leaving the area unassisted. There are a couple things that you must do differently with this tip of move. For one, when moving stuff in you need to have the door opened and closed for you by a staff member. Staging all the thing you are bringing into the ward in from of the entryway will make it easier for you by only needing a staff member to open the door once for you as you move all the stuff in. An other thing to take into consideration is moving can be very confusing for someone with dementia. It may be in their best interest to try and recreate as best as possible the way that their room was setup before the move. This will help with transitioning and also with confusion after you leave. Little things like keeping the same pictures on the wall or nightstand on the right side of the bed can make all the difference. Also make sure you have talked with management at the complex so you know what is allowed and what isn't allowed in the dementia unit. I have been to complexes that do not allow mirrors in the rooms because it can sometime trigger paranoia from people with dementia because they may see the reflection and think it is an other person.


In Summary

In all actuality an assisted living move can be treated like a regular move and be completed efficiently. This does not mean that the transition will be easy or comfortable for whoever is moving. It is not normal for people to be excited about moving into an assisted living complex and downsizing all of their personal belongings. By doing a little research and trying to take active measures to ensure the least amount of stress as possible can really help the person being moved. By accurately sizing a room or renting a storage unit can greatly increase your chances for not over stuffing a space. Also by hiring a moving company that is experienced in this type of move will also help to ensure the most comfortable move as possible. You do not have to like the situation but there are some ways to make dealing with it a lot easier.


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