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By: Elizabeth Bemis on December 10th, 2012

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Assisted Living Moving Preparation in CT

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assisted-living-moving-tipsOnce a senior decides to move into an assisted living community, the next step is for them to start preparations to move. It is completely normal for both seniors and their loved ones to feel some apprehension and a sense of loss, which is common during all of life's transitions. With some preparation, as well as guidance from the staff at your assisted living of choice in CT, it is possible to make this move smoothly and without a significant degree of emotional distress. 

Tips for Preparing to Move to an Assisted Living Community

* Once the decision has been made about which assisted living community a senior is moving into, make sure to get a floor plan of their new apartment. This allows the senior to get an idea of what furniture and other items to take with them.

* If handled well, sorting through a senior's belongings can be a chance for the family to get together and hear the stories that go along with certain items. While letting go of some things can be difficult, it often helps if family or friends hold onto special pieces.

* After the decision has been made about what items are not going to be kept, the senior and their loved ones can decide what items are going to be donated or sold. If it is suspected that a certain item might be valuable, it is wise to get it appraised so a reasonable price can be set for the item. Objects of particularly high monetary value can be sold at a consignment store, antique shop, or through an online auction site. Some families opt to have a yard sale to sell items, while others arrange to have an estate sale or auction.

*Ask the staff at the assisted living community to recommend people who can help with the packing and cleaning involved with the move. Additionally, he or she might be able to provide a referral to a mover who specializes in moving seniors. Often these movers will take extra time so the senior does not feel rushed and overwhelmed.

While the transition to assisted living in CT can be a bittersweet experience, most seniors find their quality of life improves once they have settled into their new community.

Key Takeaways

* With careful planning, the time preparing for a move into an assisted living community can be a time for families to reminisce and re-connect as well as make practical preparations

* Taking time to process emotions will make things easier for everyone during the moving process

* Involving professionals can take some of the stress out of the preparation and moving activities

About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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