5 Tips To Prepare for Moving to a Nursing Home

Transitioning to a skilled nursing facility can be a stress-inducing time for seniors and their caregivers. However, having a plan in place can help reduce anxiety and make the process as smooth as possible.

1. Get Your Affairs in Order

You will want to make sure that should your physical or mental health take a sudden turn for the worse, you have a plan in place. Gather up your important documents and contact numbers, such as your primary care physician, your bills, your banking information and your will. Make sure you add your caregivers to the list of people who are authorized to make medical decisions for you or deal with your creditors. Consider adding a trusted relative or caregiver to your bank account. Speak with an attorney to decide if you should set up a power of attorney so that your caregivers can manage your affairs if needed.

2. Choose the Right Clothing

You probably do not need to bring your entire wardrobe with you. Focus on packing clothing that is easy to put on and take off and that can be washed and dried frequently. Be sure to pack sweaters, socks and other warm clothing items that can be put on in layers in case the temperature is too cold for you. Make sure you have enough changes of clothing for at least a week.

3. Bring Some Technology

Many rooms are equipped with televisions, but if yours is not, you may want to bring one from home. If you will be living with a roommate, consider purchasing a set of wireless headphones, so that you can listen without disturbing your neighbor. Many facilities offer residents wifi access, so tablets, laptops and smartphones can be good entertainment options and also provide a means to stay in contact with friends and loved ones.

Make sure to check with the facility for any restrictions on items you can bring and pack any cables and chargers you may need. It can also be a good idea to record the serial numbers of your devices.

4. Add a Touch of Home

Your room will feel more like a home if you fill it with some of your favorite things. Bring some family photos, favorite artwork or posters to decorate your room. If space is a concern, consider purchasing a digital picture frame that can display multiple photos. Other items to consider include sports memorabilia, dolls or stuffed toys and favorite books and music.

5. Do Not Forget Your Hobbies

Most facilities provide residents with activities, but it can be helpful to maintain existing hobbies. If you like to read, consider purchasing an e-reader and downloading your favorite books. If you are into crafting, be sure to bring your crafting supplies. Keeping busy will help you keep your mind sharp, so if you do not have a hobby, consider picking one up.

Having a plan in place can help you reduce the stress of moving into a nursing facility. Consider adding these five tips to your move-in plan.