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A Checklist of Items to Move to an Assisted Living Home

by Allyson Ash

As you age or as loved ones age, the choice to change living arrangements is not easy. Assisted living is a good step between independent living and longer-term nursing care. Assisted living facilities offer apartment-style living with assistance in meal preparation, medication delivery and personal services, such as bathing. Although what you can take may vary slightly from facility to facility, most offer a list of what is allowed and what is needed.

Furniture

Most assisted living facilities do not provide furniture; however, if the resident requires special items for health reasons, such as a hospital bed, Medicare or Medicaid will pay for them. When taking your own furniture, consider the size and layout of your apartment. Taking smaller items is best--such as a chest of drawers rather than a wide dresser. Basics should include a bed, something in which to store clothes and a comfortable chair or recliner. Take also a television that can fit well on a chest of drawers and an alarm clock.

Clothes

Closet space is provided, though it often is not a large space. When packing clothes, pack only those things you can store in a chest of drawers or small closet. Take clothes that fit the season and any situation that might arise, but store off-season clothes and then swap them out when it’s time. Make wise choices and do not pack everything, or you’ll feel overwhelmed and crowded.

Mementos

Changing homes doesn’t have to mean leaving behind memories. Take pictures of family, afghans or quilts that are comforting and books you enjoy reading.

Medical information

Because the assisted living facility can help with some health care, such as transportation and managing medications, it is important for your medical information to be readily available. This includes the names of physicians and dentists and a current list of medications and any medical conditions.

Other important records

You should take all legal documents, including living wills and DNR orders, financial documents, birth certificates, insurance information and passports. Also, take all checkbooks, credit cards, personal phone books, emergency contact names and numbers and identification.

Toiletries and other items

Take toiletries. Most assisted living facilities do not include items such as shampoo, conditioner and soap. Take also your keys, a flashlight, small tools and adhesive bandages.

About the Author

Allyson Ash has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, covering topics from food to health care to entertainment. She has been published in a variety of newspapers, including the "Dallas Morning News," and on various websites.

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