If you have gone through every step of deciding to move your loved ones in a retirement community, you may have experienced the challenging task of finding the ideal neighborhood for them. The process may not have been smooth sailing. But at least now, the search is over. However, you will still find yourself in a situation where you have to make choices. This time, the choice of what to bring and what to leave behind. Careful planning and a whole lot of patience are the key to make this endeavor easier for all involved. So, what is it exactly that your loved ones need to bring in their new homes?
Senior living centers in Glenpool, OK come fully furnished. Therefore, you may no longer need to bring your family members’ furniture when they move to the retirement community. If the neighborhood would allow you to add some more fixtures and pieces of furniture, then think of which ones you can bring. Maybe take into consideration the items that your loved ones are emotionally attached to. This is especially helpful if they are in need of memory care. These objects may spark a memory, so they can be of help.
There may be home decors that your loved ones are fond of. Don’t bring everything, especially because most homes in retirement communities are smaller than the usual family houses. Choose the ones that they love the most and add them to the existing furnishings. You may also want to bring multifunctional decors so that there could be added storage, as well.
Moving into a retirement community is life changing. Your loved ones might feel a bit nervous and even hesitant. Therefore, if they want to bring personal mementos with them, like gifts given by their grandchildren, allow them. Always make sure that you get them involved in deciding which to bring and not. Of course, you need to be the voice of reason to properly curate the number of things that they can bring to the community, in which case, help them realize which among the personal mementos are the most impactful or important ones.
One of Each Kind, More of Each Kind
There are certain items that might take up a lot of space. This is the time where you ask your loved ones to streamline their choices. This is especially true for housewares. They will not need a lot of dishes so kindly ask them to choose only their favorite ones. Same is true with their wardrobe. Talk with them and let them understand that they don’t need their entire pieces of clothing when moving. This is especially true if they have loads and loads of clothes. However, there are also essentials that you may need to bring more of like towels and bedsheets and pillowcases.
This can be decided once you know if your loved ones would be dining or eating food prepared by the retirement community. If they would, there is no need for you to bring cooking utensils. If they will be cooking in the kitchenettes, then you may start choosing the kitchen items they will need.