What to Pack When Moving Into an Assisted Living Community

Moving into an assisted living community like United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is a big transition for any senior. While the move is in everyone’s best interest and will give your loved one a much better quality of life, it’s important to remember that it can become overwhelming for your family member. Knowing what to pack for the move is a good way to prepare and keep this change a positive and enjoyable one.

Home furnishings 

Our assisted living communities are designed to be as spacious, safe and easy-to-navigate as they are comfortable, but nothing will settle your loved one as quickly as their familiar home comforts. After measuring your furniture and reviewing floor plan, you can move in the following:

  • Favorite home furniture, including a comfortable sofa, chairs, coffee tables and more. Don’t forget to include chairs for guests and visitors.
  • Kitchenware, including dishes, storage containers, glasses and cutlery. If you choose to utilize pre-prepared meals, then you can limit prep dishes and ovenware. Remember to include enough kitchenware for visitors and additional quantities of frequently used items, for example, coffee mugs.
  • Bedding
  • Lamps for additional lighting next to the bed or at a reading spot
  • TV and or radio
  • Any appliances that are not included, for example, microwave oven or kettle


  • Several comfortable day-to-day outfits
  • Pajamas and a robe
  • Socks, slippers and shoes
  • Warm winter clothing
  • A couple of more special outfits for attending events and get-togethers


  • Basic everyday toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Makeup if used
  • A list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications

Sentimental items 

These are just as important as the practical items and will give your loved one a real feeling of being at home. They could include:

  • Paintings and photographs
  • Books
  • Linen
  • Decorative items

Comfortable, homey assisted living apartments with expert support services 

Assisted living at United Methodist Communities is all about keeping you as independent as possible with support services to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Our programs encourage residents to get involved with their communities at a level they are comfortable with and we tailor our services to ensure that each resident gets the help, services and support they require to live a full and happy life. For more information, please contact us today.

If you are unsure about what your loved one will require in our assisted living community or you would like to talk to us about assisted living, contact us today.