Moving to an Assisted Living Residence
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Get tips on how to prepare to move into assisted living

Once you have made the decision and located the right assisted living residence for you there are several things you can do to make your move easier. Remember that with any move, getting settled takes time.

Before you move

  • Notify any important people or organizations of your new address. (Examples: your family doctor, BC Medical Services Plan, bank, insurance companies, etc.)
  • Arrange for telephone and cable hook up.
  • Arrange for a mover to move your furnishings such as your bed, linens, couch, table, television, telephone, etc. Make sure you have arranged the moving time and date with the assisted living residence manager.
  • Inform the assisted living residence staff of any special dietary requirements.
  • Plan for your home contents insurance.


Quite often, moving into assisted living means that you need to downsize. Think of this as a great opportunity to de-clutter your life and to give tokens of your appreciation to the people you care about.

Once you know what your new home looks like, take an inventory of your furniture and belongings. What do you want to take with you? What would you like to give to family and friends?

Many people hold garage sales these days. If you are moving in late spring, summer or early fall, you might enlist friends or family to help you hold a garage sale. Not only are you recycling but you can make some money at it, too!

You can also donate your extra furniture and household items to a local charity such as the Salvation Army or any local second-hand or thrift store.

Moving day

Pack a “first night box” for your first few nights in your new home. It will make the transition to your new home a lot easier. These are key things you will need before you have a chance to unpack all of your belongings.

In a well-marked box, consider packing:

  • Sheets, pillows and other bedding
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Coffee maker or tea kettle (plus tea and coffee) 
  • Toiletry kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other essentials
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • Cheque book
  • Pajamas and a change of clothes for the next day
  • Alarm clock
  • A book
  • An address book or a list of key phone numbers
  • A framed photo or other memento to help make your new place feel like home right away!


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