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Memory Care Move-In Checklist

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Moving into a memory care community can be an anxiety-provoking and overwhelming experience, not only for the person living with dementia but also for their loved ones and caregivers. However, this major transition can go much more smoothly with careful thought and planning.

To help your loved one with the transition, you can:

  • Take the time to familiarize yourself with the amenities of the facility.
  • Prepare a moving checklist. 
  • Pack items for the move-in process.
  • Arrange for medications to be delivered.
  • Understand procedures for managing finances. 
  • Introduce them to residents and staff members. 
  • Ask questions about services offered in the area.
  • Take area tours of new parks and attractions near the residence. 
  • Set up a checklist of family members who should be informed of the move-in process and will visit regularly. 
  • Arrange for help with unpacking and setting up after arrival.

We will provide a comprehensive move-in checklist covering any eventuality so that you and your loved one feel relaxed when they arrive in their new home.

Familiarize Yourself with the Memory Care Facility

Familiarity is vital to providing good care. That’s why we encourage you to take the time to familiarize yourself with memory care communities and their amenities.

From the soothing colors on the walls to the comfortable furniture in common areas, look for a memory care community that strives to create a warm and inviting environment for residents.

Whether your loved one needs help with daily tasks or simply wants to enjoy a comfortable, peaceful setting, they should have everything they need to feel at home.

Prepare a Moving Checklist

Moving to a memory care community can be overwhelming, but with proper planning and preparation, it can also be manageable. It’s recommended that residents and their families prepare a moving checklist so that all essential items are taken care of before moving day.

Some things to consider:

  • Hiring a moving company
  • Downsizing possessions
  • Notifying important contacts of the new address
  • Packing essential medications
  • Bringing personal care items

By creating a comprehensive checklist, you can minimize stress and focus on settling your loved ones into their new home and community.

Pack a Bag with Items Needed for the Move-In Process

Moving to a memory care community can be difficult, but being prepared can make the process much smoother. When packing a bag for the move-in process, focusing on comfort is essential.

Soft, comfortable clothing and toiletries are necessary to help your loved one feel clean and refreshed. Remember to bring any medications or medical equipment that may be needed.

Additionally, packing familiar items such as family photos or a favorite blanket can help ease the transition. Taking the time to pack a bag with care can help your loved one feel more at home in their new surroundings.

Make Sure to Have Copies of Important Records

Moving to memory care can be a big transition, but one key aspect of preparation is making sure you have all the necessary paperwork. This includes copies of medical records, insurance information, and power of attorney documents. Having these readily available documents can help make a smooth transition and provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Arrange for Their Medications to Be Delivered

Find a team that works closely with your healthcare providers to make sure your loved one’s medications are delivered on time, every time. You should feel confident and secure knowing your loved one receives the care and attention they deserve. Let the memory care home handle the logistics so you can focus on spending quality time with your loved one.

Understand Procedures for Managing Finances

Managing finances when living in a memory care community can be challenging. The memory care community should provide the necessary procedures and support to make it as easy as possible. The team should guide you through the process and help so that your financial needs are taken care of.

From helping you form a budget to handling bills and managing your accounts, the memory care home should be there every step of the way. Financial management and security should never add to the stress of living in a memory care community.

Introduce Your Loved One to Other Residents and Staff Members

Introducing your loved one to new faces in the community can help them form relationships and feel a sense of belonging. The staff members should make the introduction process stress-free and enjoyable for you and your loved one. Family and friends are encouraged to participate in these introductions, as they provide an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who call the community home.

Ask Questions about Services Offered

Transportation, activities, and social events can play a significant role in your loved one’s well-being, which is why you should ask any questions you may have. From transportation to medical appointments to social outings and everything in between, your team should be dedicated to providing top-notch care and support for your loved one. So, feel free to ask if you have specific concerns or want to learn more about services.

Take Area Tours

A memory care community often has curated lists of area tours that cater specifically to the needs and interests of residents. Whether it’s a stroll through a new park, trying out a new restaurant, or visiting a popular local attraction, tours offer a safe and engaging way to experience all that our community has to offer.

Arrange for Help with Unpacking & Setting Up

Be sure to check out if the community offers a complete unpacking and set-up service to help make the transition as comfortable as possible. Skilled professionals are trained to handle all aspects of unpacking, furniture arrangement, and setting up personal items with the utmost care and attention to detail. They may take the burden of unpacking off your shoulders and allow you to focus on spending quality time with your family instead.

The Next Step

Relocating to a memory care community is an important decision that requires careful planning and preparations. Fox Trail Memory Care in New Jersey is dedicated to providing quality care in comfortable living communities where distinctive living experiences are incorporated into daily life routines. We support each resident’s needs and activities suited ideally for every lifestyle. Contact us today for more information and to book a tour!

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