While some people may like the idea of moving to a new residence, most would just as soon do without it. It’s a hassle, to say the least. However, an entirely unique set of challenges is presented if the move is to a memory care community and it involves your loved one. First and foremost in your mind is safety, followed closely by comfort. This move and experience can be made less overwhelming for your loved one and family, and more manageable for the community care team, if you keep in mind the following checklist.
In case you’re wondering what to bring to memory care, here is some information.
The New Location
Keep in mind, though certainly roomy enough, your loved one’s new residence will likely be smaller than the full-size house they were living in. That is, unless they were renting something on the lines of a one bedroom or studio apartment. While bringing some personal, treasured items is encouraged – it makes the new residence feel more like Home Sweet Home – it’s probable that not everything can come along on the move.
Long before moving day rolls around, start going through this checklist. The following considerations will help you decide if items can be transferred from the old residence to the new residence, or if new things need to be acquired:
- Personal decorations and items – With framed pictures, photos, throw pillows, etc., a cozy atmosphere can be created.
- Floor and wall colors – To help your loved one recognize boundaries and shapes, and delineate furniture perimeters, high color contrast is recommended.
- Accessible shelving/storage – Nothing too high that someone would have to climb for… but keep in mind that falls can be caused by items also stored low to the ground.
- Sturdy armchair – Chairs that rock or swivel are discouraged. Recliners can prove troublesome for some individuals. For the best mobility, go with an appropriate height.
- Television (stand or table optional) – Whether the television should be secured or mounted to a wall is optional.
- Lamp – This should be easily turned off and on.
- Bedside table – To prevent corner-induced injuries, consider a cushioned ottoman or round table.
- Dresser – The number of drawers should be the amount that’s needed and nothing more.
- Bed size – Your loved one may prefer their own bed. The size of the room and the positioning of the bed will help determine whether or not this is doable.
Note: Constantly assess the above circumstances to see if anything has changed and/or if new arrangements need to be made.
Our Memory Care Residences Feel Just Like Home In No Time!
To get a better idea of what your loved one can or should bring with them to their new home, our website contains a floor plan for each of our residences. Keep in mind that some downsizing will probably be necessary. We encourage each resident, nonetheless, to decorate their new Home Sweet Home with some of their most favorite, treasured items.
Our Memory Care Community provides numerous on-site amenities and a caring team of professionals to make sure your loved one is as happy, healthy, and lives as independently as possible.
To discover more regarding our Memory Care Community, general inquiries can be directed to 219-764-2900. For sales and leasing inquiries regarding our residences, please call 219-207-7185. If you’d like, you can fill out and send in our convenient online form. We’ll get back to you ASAP.
To experience all we have to offer and speak to our team members one-on-one, schedule a tour today. We look forward to meeting you.