The Essential Assisted Living Move-in Checklist

Senior man moving into an assisted living community with the help of his son to lift boxes

By Jeannie Finnegan, CDP, Elder Care & Dementia Care Specialist at Stanton Aging Solutions

Moving a loved one to assisted living can be an overwhelming transition for everyone involved, even when your loved one understands and accepts that they need to move.

While each assisted living community will generally provide a list of items you should bring, it is usually not comprehensive or specific to each new resident. We have compiled an Assisted Living Move-In Checklist as a resource for families, based on our experience placing individuals in communities and providing ongoing care management and concierge care services.

Our checklist includes items and details that a family might not think of. We want to help them make their loved one’s apartment as homey, comfortable, and functional as possible.

We often partner with movers, “downsizers,” and professional organizers who can be an invaluable resource. We can also link families to physical/occupational therapists to make sure your loved one’s environment is safely and appropriately furnished, whether they are moving to independent living, assisted living, or remaining at home with caregivers.

If you’re wondering if it is time for your loved one to move to assisted living, are curious about the cost, or would like guidance in having these difficult conversations with your loved one, we can help.

To request our comprehensive assisted living move-in checklist, please use our contact form, call us at (443) 812-1028, or email We are here to be your partner in care.

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