13 Essential Tips For a Smooth Transition To Assisted Living

1: Assess and Plan

2: Declutter and Downsize

As you prepare for the move to a senior living community, you’ll need to tackle the task of decluttering and downsizing your current home. Go through your belongings methodically, room by room, making thoughtful decisions about what to keep, what to donate, what to sell, and what to discard.

3: Pack With Purpose

4: Hire Experienced Movers

Moving can be a stressful event, even without the complexities of a transition to an assisted living community. It’s smart to choose a moving company that specializes in senior moves to senior living communities. Do some research to find a reputable and experienced company that understands the unique needs and concerns of older adult

5: Coordinate With the Senior Living Community

6: Get the Apartment Layout and Measurements

Before you move, you will need the layout and precise measurements of your new assisted living apartment. This will allow you to plan how you will arrange your furniture and belongings efficiently. It will also give you a good idea of how much you will need to downsize your belongings.

8: Notify Others Of Your Change of Address

9: Cancel or Transfer Utilities and Services

10: Pack a Personal Bag

11: Seek Support if Necessary

For many, the emotional aspect of moving to an assisted living community can be as significant as the physical move itself. It’s perfectly normal to experience a range of emotions during a big transition like this.

To navigate these feelings, don’t hesitate to lean on your support network. Family, friends, and even fellow residents can offer invaluable emotional support and practical advice.

Related Content: The Ultimate Guide for How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

12: Ensure Safety and Accessibility

Home Safety Checklist

13: Get Engaged in the New Community

One of the most rewarding aspects of moving to an assisted living residence is the opportunity to become part of a vibrant, engaging community.

In assisted living facilities, actively engaging in social and recreational activities can significantly ease your transition. Attend community events, join clubs or groups that pique your interest, and take advantage of the various amenities and programs available.

Bonus Tip: Make Adjustments After the Move


Disclaimer: The content on this site is meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered professional advice. While we strive for accuracy, we recommend consulting experts for specific guidance. We are not responsible for any decisions made based on this information.


Liz Craven
Liz Craven

Liz Craven, co-publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide alongside her husband Wes, brings a blend of personal experience and heartfelt dedication to her work. Their path in eldercare started with a family story — caring for Wes' grandmother, Mabel, who faced Alzheimer's. This personal chapter not only highlighted the complexities of eldercare but also ignited their passion to support others in similar situations. Later, Liz and Wes filled the caregiver role three more times for their parents. Through the Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, Liz offers a mix of empathetic insight and practical advice, making eldercare more approachable and less daunting for families. Her commitment shines through in every piece of advice, aiming to ease the journey for others as they navigate the world of eldercare.

Articles: 79