Have a Checklist of Things to Do When Planning a Move to Assisted Living

Assisted Living in Fairhope AL

Some of the most experienced and successful business people in the world today got to where they are with a plan. They have planned, they set goals, and, when needed, they adjusted those goals. Part of making goals, including when you may be planning a move to assisted living, is to have a checklist of things to get done and that you need to consider.Assisted-Living-in-Fairhope-AL

Here is a simple checklist to consider having on hand if you or somebody you love is planning a move to assisted living.

What can you bring?

One of the most important things to do as soon as you decide assisted living is the thing for you is to find out what you can bring. Every facility is different, so make an appointment and sit down and speak to an administrator to discuss the room, what furnishings will already be in place, and what you are allowed to bring with you.

Most of these facilities will limit how much you can bring and how much you may alter the room, such as with wall hangings and other personal items.

Are you going to sell anything?

Most people, the longer they stay in the same place, will acquire a lot of items. Many of these items they haven’t looked at or seen in many years. There may be a lot of valuable items they simply don’t use.

Are you going to sell any of these items or give them away? If you are planning to give them away, you need to make sure the person you intend to take them actually wants them. You might assume somebody could use a certain cutlery item from the kitchen, but they may already have something or have no use for it.

If you wait until last minute to try and pass these things off, you could end up having to discard a lot.

Set dates for completed tasks.

Whether it’s completely going through a spare bedroom, cleaning out the attic, going through boxes in the basement, or packing up clothing, set dates that you target to have these particular tasks completed.

Stay on top of those dates. If you begin falling behind, it may be necessary to revise your goals and dates or get extra help to make this move to assisted living successful.

Find out who can help.

You might be counting on family members or friends, but you want to make sure people will be available on the date you plan to move into assisted living. When you have a checklist, the move is going to be smoother than if you try to wing it, so to speak.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Fairhope, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.


About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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