Your Checklist for a Better Move to Senior Living

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Moving to a new home can be a stressful venture at any age, but relocating to a senior living community brings its own set of challenges and questions. Rest assured, you are not alone. And since we’ve helped thousands of seniors make this move as happy as possible, we know the best place to start is with a good plan.

Knowing what lies ahead will not only make you or your loved one feel less anxious about the change, but it will also ensure a smoother transition for this next chapter. By sticking to a checklist, you’ll also prevent over-packing and make for a cleaner, more open and inviting living space.

Pre-Move Prep

A really smooth move starts well before moving day. See how you can begin planning a happier, healthier home by starting these tasks early:


Prepare for a Smaller Space 

-       Know your new floor plan and have basic layout ideas for each room

-       Measure your large furniture and know where it will fit best

-       Start thinking of favorite “must-come” items and where they will go

Make a plan for the things that don’t go

-       Donate items beforehand to help discourage last-minute impulse packing

-       Clear any clutter in your current home, so moving large items is easier

-       Include relatives early in the process to keep special items in the family


Your Perfect Packing Checklist

Getting organized will help you keep on top of things when the big day comes. Plan ahead with this essential checklist:


Stick to the Checklist

Saying goodbye to items you’ve grown to love is never easy, but keeping your packing list short and sweet will make it easier for you to enjoy the things you love the most. And plan for visitors — the more room, the merrier!



  • Bed
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Sofa
  • Chairs
  • End Tables
  • Coffee Table
  • Lamps


  • Wall Art / Family Photos
  • Clock
  • Flower Vases
  • Keepsakes


  • Casual / Comfortable for Each Season
  • Pajamas
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets / Coats
  • Formal Clothing for Social Events


  • TV / Radio
  • Bedding / Pillows
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Curtains
  • Hangers
  • Small Garbage Cans

While this is just a basic list, it’s a great starting point for you or your loved one’s new home. Once you’re organized, moving can be a fun and exciting time in seniors’ lives. And being surrounded by friends and helpful staff members can help liven up your everyday and provide the perfect new living environment for the next step in life.

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