New Residents


A Guide For New Residents and Families

You have made the decision to move into an assisted living residence. Yet you still have many questions. Do I really need the help? Will I make new friends? Will I receive help when I need it? Will I continue to see my family and friends?

While all these questions are common, the answer to all of them is the same— Yes! You can make new friends, you can receive the personal assistance you need, and you can continue to see your family and friends.

Change can be challenging. The time it takes to transition is different for everyone. The keys to success are preparation, a positive attitude, a supportive network of family and friends, along with patience and understanding—all will prepare you for a smooth transition.

What to Bring to Your New Home

Soon after selecting a facility, residents say to begin planning for your move, including deciding which personal items such as furniture, keepsakes, and photographs to move.

Based upon their personal experiences, many residents suggest you see the actual apartment or unit that you will move into and take measurements. Ask the administrator or director what furniture, if any, the residence will provide. Some residences may provide minimal furniture, such as a bed or chair upon request; other residences encourage you to bring whatever furnishings will make you feel comfortable in your new home. Experience indicates that making choices about personal possessions is difficult at the time; however, one resident said, “It’s not as bad as you think . . . Try to remain positive and have family and friends help you.”

Residents suggest that you might want to leave large pieces of furniture at home, since your apartment will probably be smaller than your current home. They also suggest that you bring smaller prized possessions to create that “at-home” feeling in your new assisted living apartment. And, for those possessions that you can’t part with but aren’t sure that you want to bring with you, consider putting those items in a storage unit or asking family to temporarily store the items for you. This way you will have time to determine which items are important to have with you at your new home.

You should start packing well in advance of the actual move. Sort through your clothes and decide what you will need and how much your new closets will hold. Residents advise to be sure to look at available closet and storage space to avoid bringing more than the closets can hold. Avoid bringing too many of one thing such as coats.

Moving Day Helpers

When moving day arrives and you are ready to set up your new home, ask family and friends to help arrange and organize your apartment. Many assisted living residences have staff members who can help move your furniture and other heavy pieces into your new apartment. You will want to find out what assistance the residence offers before you arrive on moving day. Although staff, family members, and friends are there to help you, it is important that you decide how your apartment is arranged. Remember, arranging your apartment to suit your preferences will make your adjustment easier.

Other Things to Consider:

    1. It is the policy of Parkview Village to grant requests to move apartments after you have lived here for one year. Special requests will be considered on a case by case basis, but only for reasons like problems with building maintenance.
    2. Parkview Village recommends that all residents have a living will, plans in place for a power of attorney and a health care representative.
    3. Your essential medical information will be kept in your freezer. In the event of an emergency, emergency medical personnel will know where to look for your medical information. Please keep it safely stored in the freezer.
    4. Please allow our maintenance staff to hang pictures in your apartment. For safety reasons, residents are discouraged from hanging pictures themselves.
    5. Trash will be collected weekly, when your apartment is cleaned. If you need to remove trash other times during the week, please take it to the trash bins located in the laundry rooms.
    6. Parkview Village is a non smoking campus. This applies to residents and staff.

Advice for Friends and Family Members

Current residents advise friends and family members to be involved before, during, and after the move. Your loved one does not want to be seen or treated differently now that they live in an assisted living residence. Remember, your family member or friend hasn’t changed; it’s only their home address that has changed.

Be aware. Family members and close friends often experience the same emotions as a new resident. These emotions are natural and to be expected.

Suggested Do’s For Friends and Relatives

    • If requested, help with the sorting, packing, and moving.
    • Listen as your loved one talks about what they left behind.
    • Be helpful even if you do not agree with the decision to move.
    • Recognize that moving to a new home represents a major change.
    • Call and visit often during the first few weeks.
    • Be positive. A smile, support, patience, and understanding are required.

Suggested Don’ts For Friends and Relatives

    • Make all the decisions or take over the sorting, packing, and moving process.
    • Focus only on yourselves. This is about the resident moving, not you!
    • Criticize the decision to move into assisted living.
    • Make light of the transition.
    • Immediately talk about selling the resident’s house.
    • Make promises that you cannot keep.
    • Be negative.

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