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Welcome Home! What to Expect When Moving Into Senior Living

December 1, 2023
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You’ve balanced the budget, you’ve compared the competition, you’ve reached out, researched and reviewed all aspects of the process. You’ve made the decision to move into a senior living community. Congratulations! It’s time for the fun to begin!

Preparing for Your New Home: What to Bring

The community may provide you a list, but just in case plan for these items:

  • COMFORT ITEMS: Bring your favorite blanket, throw or pillows along with sheets, a bedspread and a clock.
  • PERSONAL CARE: Make sure you have a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush and comb as well as a shaving kit for men or cosmetics for women. Include any other personal grooming items in addition to several bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths.
  • CLOTHING: Bring clothes that are comfortable to wear and easy to get on and off. Also bring rubber-soled shoes to help prevent falls. Don’t forget undergarments, pajamas, socks, robe and slippers as well as a light sweater or jacket.
  • FURNISHINGS: Most independent living, assisted living and memory care communities allow you to provide your own furniture such as a bed and couch which will make your new home truly feel like home.
  • FAVORITES: Don’t forget favorite snacks, books and/or music to make it feel even more like home.

Moving Day

To help the day go smoothly make sure to:


All new resident paperwork should be complete and you’ve oriented yourself to the community and its policies.


It’s one of the first things you should do; you’ll feel more at home and will be ready to welcome all those new neighbors and friends.


Senior living communities typically have new resident ambassadors (or some type of buddy system) to help you feel welcome. They’ll pair you with a person or persons who share similar interests or backgrounds to show you the ropes.


Keep in mind, the residents have been where you are and may have some tips from when they first moved. And it’s a great conversation starter!


Even if you’ve visited prior, that first meal as a resident can be stressful. Have a family member join you, sit with your resident ambassador or both to take the edge off as you meet and talk with new friends and neighbors.


Check out the activity calendar, find things that interest you, and jump right in!

When asked what they would do differently, many senior living residents respond, “I wish I’d done this sooner.” We hope that is your experience as well!

I wish I’d done this sooner!

Did you miss all the steps leading up to the move-in? Click below to view the full guide on choosing a senior living community.