Moving Tips

Planning a Move to Independent or Assisted Living?

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Here is a list of helpful tips to consider:

  • Ask your new community about trusted moving partners. They likely keep a list of packers, movers and others service providers that have good track records.
  • Schedule a physical. Most retirement communities require one within 30 days of your move-in date.
  • Prepare a medication list and make a copy of your insurance card to share with your site’s medical director before you move in. Your community can help if you want to transfer your medical records to a physician on staff.
  • Transfer your prescriptions to a local pharmacy. Consider finding one that delivers.
  • Use the move as an opportunity to downsize and de-clutter. Some of the easiest items to downsize are kitchen items, fine china, linens and large furniture. Ask whether your community offers additional storage for seasonal items that you might want to rotate in and out of your apartment.
  • Take advantage of communal living spaces. Instead of bringing your big dining table, consider using private dining areas to host special occasion meals. If your new community has a library, you might want to leave behind your book collection. If there is an onsite gym, your treadmill can go to a new home. Learn whether the community has public and private spaces that can be reserved for visiting with family and friends, instead of trying to squeeze extra couches or large chairs into your apartment.
  • Will your couch fit? Drop by and visit your new home with a measuring tape. Or ask for room dimensions to help with furniture dimensions.
  • Find out what you will need to provide yourself, such as shower curtains, microwaves, telephones, area rugs and/or preferred brand of paper towels/tissues/toilet paper.
  • Call the phone company at least 2 weeks before your move. You may want to cancel your old phone line and consider moving the number to your new location. Don’t forget to contact your other utilities, such as water, gas, electric and trash collection. Cable is often included in your rent; ask your facility before you cancel or transfer your account.
  • Unpacking is hard work, so be sure to take a break and explore your new surroundings. Check out activity schedules, dinner menus or take a peek at communal living spaces.

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