June 30, 2020
Preparing your loved one, who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, for the transition into a memory care community can be challenging. Even if you’ve researched communities, taken tours or talked to the staff, there’s still that one final step – moving in. You only want the best for your loved one and moving them into a memory care community is an important step in improving their quality of life.
You know how important it is for your loved one to feel at home. But from moving furniture to buying new items, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the moving process. While the pressure of setting your loved one up for success is real, you don’t have to go through it alone.
We’re here to bring some clarity and organization to the memory care move-in process with a helpful checklist. That way, you can have peace of mind during this process and know that your loved one is starting off their new life on the right foot.
Your loved one’s move to a memory care community can be much smoother, if you and your family do some work up front. The first step is making sure you and your family visit the community and apartment your loved one will call home. Memory care communities like the ones at Franciscan Ministries, will work with you to find the best predetermined apartment layout for your loved one.
Treat this transition, at the start, like any other time you’ve helped someone move. You’ll also want to make sure that you have a moving process in place. Whether you use professional movers or handle it on your own with your family, having this set beforehand can save you from some major headaches.
When it comes to memory care, your loved one has items that help them stay connected to their unique past. Whether it’s a family heirloom or an item they’ve had for decades, you want to make sure possessions like this are brought with them to their new home.
Take a look at the senior apartment your loved one will be staying in. Then compare it to their current furniture and identify any gaps. That will make it easy to buy any urgent furniture needs. It’s important for your loved one to have their own furniture since it helps build the homelike environment you’re looking for.
The next step is looking at how you want your loved one’s new home to be laid out. For example, if your loved one has experienced falls in the past, you’ll want to talk to communities about which of their layouts would be best suited to help.
Take the time to sort your loved one’s belongings. An easy way to streamline this process is to sort them by where they are going. Create move, charity, family and throw out piles. As you walk through your loved one’s current home, place any items you find into one of those categories.
It’s important for you to create a moving plan for your loved one. Work with the memory care community to find a date that gives you the most convenience during this process. Keep in mind that the most popular time to move is on weekends and at the end of the month. Once you have a firm date, create a timeline to help everything stay on schedule.
To make this transition easier on your loved one, put together a day one move-in box. It should include anything that your loved needs right away. From medications, to snacks, important documents, a change of clothes, it should be the first box you unpack. It will help your loved one feel more at home and add a level of comfort during this transition.
At Franciscan Ministries, we believe that everyone has a story to tell. Your loved one has their own unique experiences and past that makes them who they are. Our memory care communities focus on providing specialized support for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Our memory support mission is to give your loved one more opportunities to improve their quality of life. Every service and amenity has the set intention to help give residents a sense of purpose in their life. Plus, our memory care communities have a variety of floor plans to choose from.