For many people, moving into a memory care community is like stepping into unknown territory. In fact, it can be an entirely new stage of life. This means that while there are many benefits, there is also just as much stress and worry that comes with making the move.
One of the most challenging parts of making the move is having to decide what to pack, store away, give to family members, or even throwing it away. Many communities will provide complimentary moving and transportation services to help ease the transition and senior living coordinators are also on standby to answer any questions. However, this does not give a clear idea on what you should prioritize and ensure that you bring along with you.
Here’s a memory care packing checklist we would recommend and why.
Clothes are important. It is also crucial to take note that the weather fluctuates, and therefore there should be clothing options for different types of weather conditions. This means that while packing your favorite pair of lounging shorts is important, it is just as important to pack in swimming costumes, winter coats, and even furs.
Make sure that you bring along your medication and that it is clearly marked with its name, dosage instructions, as well as any side effects. This will not only facilitate medication management during your stay but also means that it will be easier to get a refill when the time comes.
Commonly Used Digital Devices and Their Respective Chargers
In the technological age, phones, tablets, and even computers can be an essential part of enjoyment in our daily lives. As such, it is important that you have the same options available to you while living in a memory care community so that you are able to stay connected with the world and access anything that you are interested in.
Before you start wrapping up your sofa and full-sized dining table, make sure that you are clear on what is already provided by the community and how much space you will have within your requirement. Some communities can accommodate and take away furniture pieces if you have something else you prefer, however, it is important that you check before you decide on bringing any big items of furniture.
Memorabilia and Decorations
This might not seem like the most important thing to remember packing, however, they can be crucial in turning a house into a home. This means bringing along any religious artifacts, photographs, or anything else that you frequently interact with or have associated with stepping into a space that feels like home.
While memory care communities are supposed to be safe environments, it should be noted that all options provide a high quality of care. This means that unless you are familiar with the amount of security and privacy you have in your living space, it is good to ensure that you do not bring anything irreplaceable. Going in with the mentality that anything is at risk of being damaged or lost is a good idea to help minimize losing anything that is of great value to you and your family