Although moving from home to home isn’t that different from moving into an assisted living facility, there are still significant considerations.   Preparing to move into assisted living begins as a collaborative process in which you and your loved ones make decisions together and go through each stage of the process together.  Going through personal items and preparing to sell, store, or give away assets can be emotionally difficult therefore the support of loved ones is crucial.  Downsizing loved possessions and letting go of treasured items is the largest step in a relatively simple process.


When the discussion to move into an assisted care facility begins and accommodations are being organized, it’s finally time to discuss possessions.  Family members or friends can help elders decide what belongs with the family, what goes with them, and what can be donated to charity long before the necessity arises.  Often people use a sticker system to note where items go, ensuring seniors have everything they want as they go into residential care.  Assisted living can sometimes be temporary yet this process can also help seniors decide what is esential and what to put in storage.


Deciding the inheritance of items and property can be a difficult discussion. However, selling property (houses, vehicles, etc.) can help offset the cost of assisted care.  Selling property and reducing assets may also help expand Medicare assistance as well as open up seniors to other programs that help provide senior care assistance. Donating vehicles and other items to charity can also bring tax credits and deductions that can help offset cost.


Different facilities allow seniors to bring different items, therefore asking for a list of allowed and prohibited items at each facility tour is very important.  Making sure they have all of their favorite items helps ensure happiness and creates a sense of being at home and some even prefer to bring their own bed or furniture.  Also, make sure they bring all necessary day to day items. This includes personal care items, personal memory items, and clothing for all temperatures and occasions.  Most of all, make sure to check in with your loved one about how they are feeling about this transition and don’t let emotions or reactions go unnoticed or undiscussed!


Learn more about assisted living and other healthcare options at the main Assisted Living page or the main Caregiving page.

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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.