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Checklist for Moving Parents into Senior Living

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A woman helping her senior father move into senior living.

Moving your parents into a senior living community can provide them with the support and assistance they need while also giving you peace of mind knowing that they are well cared for. However, the process of moving isn’t always a walk in the park so it’s crucial to plan ahead for a smooth transition for both you and your parents. 

Here is a checklist of key points to consider when making the move: 

  • Assess their healthcare needs 
  • Finalize senior living community of choice
  • Choose a moving date
  • Discuss emotions
  • Notify relevant parties
  • Settle into the new home
  • Keep in touch
  • Monitor their well-being
  • Take care of yourself 
  • Celebrate milestones 

Let’s take a closer look at each point to help you prepare for this important step in your parents’ lives:

Assessing Your Parents’ Healthcare Needs 

Before making any decisions about moving, it is important to assess your parents’ healthcare needs. This may involve scheduling appointments with their primary care physician to discuss their current health status and what type of care they may need in the future. It’s also a good idea to obtain copies of their medical records to share with the senior living community and any other healthcare providers they may see in the future.

Finalize Senior Living Community of Choice

Once you have determined your parents’ healthcare needs, it’s time to choose a senior living community that meets their specific requirements. This may involve touring different communities, talking to staff and other residents, and considering factors such as location, services, and level of care provided. Once you have found the right home for them, be sure to send in any necessary deposits and check for any move-in restrictions or requirements.

Choose a Moving Date

Once the senior living community has been chosen and all necessary arrangements have been made, it’s time to choose a moving date. This may involve coordinating with the community, hiring a moving company, or enlisting the help of family and friends. Be sure to also pack essential items such as important documents, medications, and personal belongings that will make your parents feel comfortable in their new home.

Discuss Emotions & Consider Special Needs

Moving to a senior living community can be an emotional experience for both the parents and their adult children. It’s important to discuss any fears or concerns and provide reassurance and support during this transition. Be sure to also consider any special needs that your parents may have, such as mobility issues or dietary restrictions, and make necessary accommodations.

Notify Relevant Parties

Before the move, notify relevant parties such as doctors, banks, and insurance companies of the change in address. Be sure to also have your parents’ mail forwarded to their new residence and transfer utility services to avoid any disruptions in their daily life.

Settling into Their New Home

Once your parents have moved into their new home, it is important to help them settle in and adjust to their new surroundings. Encourage them to explore community activities and socialize with other residents, as this can help them feel more connected and involved in their new environment. It may also take some time for your parents to adapt to a new routine, so be patient and supportive during this transition. 

Keeping in Touch

Even though your parents have moved to a new home, it’s important to maintain regular communication and visits. This can help alleviate any feelings of loneliness or isolation that they may experience. It’s also beneficial to involve other family members in the process, especially if they live nearby, as this can help distribute the responsibility and provide additional support for your parents. 

Monitor Their Well-being

A happy young man having a lovely conversation with his excited father.

As your parents settle into their new home, regularly monitor their well-being and address any concerns that may arise. This could include changes in health, difficulty adjusting to the new environment, or any other issues they may be facing. Communicate openly with your parents and staff and make adjustments as needed so they can stay comfortable and happy in their new home. 

Take Care of Yourself 

Caring for aging parents can be emotionally and physically taxing, so it’s important to take care of yourself as well. Make sure to prioritize self-care and seek support from friends, family, or professional resources as needed. Remember that you do not have to do everything alone and it is okay to ask for help. Taking care of yourself will also allow you to be a better caregiver for your parents. 

Celebrate Milestones

Moving into senior living can mark a significant milestone in your parent’s life, but it’s important to also celebrate the small victories and achievements along the way. Whether it’s their first social event in the community or simply settling in and feeling more comfortable, take the time to acknowledge and celebrate these moments with your parents. This can help strengthen your bond and bring joy to both you and your parents. 

How The Parkdale Can Help with the Transition

Moving parents into senior living can be a difficult transition, but with the right preparation and support, it can be a smooth and successful process. The Parkdale is here to help make the transition easier for both you and your parents. Our experienced and compassionate staff can provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. 

Contact us today to learn more about our senior living community and how we can help your parents feel at home.

Written by The Parkdale

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