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Moving to Assisted Living Checklist

Moving to Assisted Living Checklist


After the apartment has been selected and a move date decided, there are many things you can do to help your loved one have a great experience when moving to Assisted Living.

Here are a few items to help you get started:


Healthcare Items

  • Make sure your loved one meets with their primary care physician to complete necessary paperwork.
  • Have a conversation as to whether your loved one will continue seeing their primary care physician or if you plan to use the community’s physician.
  • Help your loved one create a list of their current medications. Discuss with your senior living community options for how medications can be administered in the future.
  • Write down the schedule of when medication is administered. Give this to staff members to create consistency.
  • Create additional copies of your loved one’s Durable Power of Attorney and Healthcare and insurance cards for the community to have on file.


Moving To-Dos

  • Find a moving company.
  • Start downsizing.
  • Cancel utilities and other current services.
  • Forward mail through the post office.
  • Contact your loved one’s newspaper to update delivery address.
  • Notify friends and family of your loved one’s new address and other contact information.
  • Ask your senior living community if there are any items you should NOT bring.

If moving to a Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) Community, the LSS Move-In Resources Team is available to help with moving logistics, planning, and references!


Getting Comfortable

  • Ask your loved one’s senior living community for a copy of their lifestyle enrichment and dining calendars.
  • Encourage your loved one to think about new hobbies or activities they might want to participate in once they move in.
  • Consider creating a standing “date” with your loved one to check in at regular times. Community staff members may be able to assist.
  • Support your loved one throughout the transition.
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