What to Bring to Assisted Living
Our suggestion is to bring in a little bit at first, if possible, and then allow them to ask for more. Rather than bringing in a lot and telling them they can’t have so much and having to take things away. This helps to feel like they still have a say, control in what’s going on. If too much “stuff” is brought in and some has to be removed because there is not enough space, this can help to increase the feeling of loss of control, of having no input and the general feeling of loss, even if it is things they haven’t seen in years. Going from an entire apartment or house to a room is a huge transition and often times are having a feeling of loss and out of control already, this will help to minimize that.
The room is going to be their home, it should feel like it. We need to make sure that everyone can move in and around the room without hindrance, especially in the event of an emergency.
Things that CANNOT be brought:
Razors – including disposables razors and razor blades
Anything with a heating element:
Other Prohibited Items:
Throw rugs, area rugs
Weapons of any kind
Pets – to be kept in building (visiting is fine, just follow the Pet Visitation Policy)
Any illegal substances for use, to sell or distribute
Any unmarked medications
Any unprescribed medications, including Over The Counter (OTC) medications
There cannot be an accumulation of combustible materials, or items stacked up against or over top of the central heating.
There is NO SMOKING ANYWHERE INSIDE the building.
Things that CAN be brought:
TV – We do not provide a TV – can be pedestal or wall mount, the mount device must be provided
Phone – We do not provide phones – you can use cell phones, landlines, and we do have free Wi-Fi
A small refrigerator (up to 3.3 cu ft)
A/C – 4,000-5,000 BTU
Medications – if coming from home they need to be in the original packaging from the pharmacy, not in pillbox reminder containers, and we cannot take packaging that has multiple pills within the same “blister”. Pills must be separated, so it 100% clear which medication is which and there is no guessing. This is a state regulation for us.
What the rooms come with:
A bed – a twin bed, including the sheets, comforter, a fleece blanket, pillow and pillow case
Dresser – a lockbox secured in a drawer
Laundry bag – for dirty laundry