Moving Into Your New Home: A Checklist For Families

Sorting through the logistics of a move into a care home can feel daunting. There are many details to consider, such as moving day arrangements and communicating important health information with care home staff. Stay organized and keep stress at bay with this checklist to guide you through the transition and ensure that both you and the team at the care home are ready for you or your loved one’s arrival:

Packing and Moving

You can help your loved one to…

  • Decide what items to bring to the care home. Decide what items should go to the homes of family members, and what, if anything, should go to a storage unit.
  • Arrange for help with the sorting and packing process?
  • Redirect his or her mail and cancel any utilities and services.
  • Arrange for assistance with moving on the appointed day. Will family be helping you, or do you have arrangements with a moving company or a service provided by the care home?
  • Choose a realtor and appointment a family member to manage the sale of the house, condo, or apartment, if applicable.

Helpful Hint:

The care home team members have a wealth of experience with this process and are eager to help make this transition smooth. They can be a valuable resource in sorting through the logistics of moving. They’ll be able to offer sound guidance, answer questions, and can provide contacts and recommendations for the moving resources you’ll need, with services ranging from realtors to moving companies.

Setting up The New Home

You can help your loved one to…

  • Talk with the staff at the care home about the decorating possibilities that will be available. Then, discuss with your loved one which sentimental items, pictures, and mementos he or she would like to bring.
  • Ask the staff at the care home about the options available for valuable items. For instance, is there lockable drawer or safe? You can also check with the care home about their insurance policy for valuables.
  • Decide with your loved one what kind of amenities he or she would like, such as cable or a private phone line. These small luxuries can provide a great sense of independence and ease the transition. You can help your loved one by coordinating with the care home team so that the desired amenities are installed soon after your loved one’s arrival.
  • Ask the care home about their pet policy. In some circumstances, pets can live with residents. Once you have decided together where the pet will live, make any special arrangements for its move and care.

Helpful Hint:

While the move to a care home may mean letting go of some furniture, be sure to pack the items that are most important to your loved one. It’s comforting to see familiar pictures and to relax in a favourite armchair – so feel free to bring them! The care home is your home- and it should feel that way.

Medical Factors

You can help your loved one to…

  • Ensure that the care home has an updated medical history of the new resident.
  • Decide whether your loved one will continue to get health services from his or her family physician or transfer to the care home’s physician.
  • Discuss any questions or concerns about medications with your pharmacist.
  • Inform the care home team about any special medical equipment your loved one will need.

Helpful Hints:

Use a journal to jot down your questions and concerns (or those of your loved one) as they come to mind. That way, you can keep track of your questions until you have an opportunity to talk with the doctor, pharmacist or care home team.

Lean On Your Team

It may seem like there are an overwhelming number of details to cover in your move – but you’re not alone. Use this checklist to plan ahead and don’t hesitate to ask questions and lean on the people who are here to support the transition, from family to care home staff to your physician.

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