5 Tips for a Smooth Transition to Assisted Living


According to the National Center for Assisted Living, 70 percent of all assisted living residents move to a care facility from a private home or apartment. Transitioning to an assisted living facility often means downsizing, and the associated stress can delay a much-needed decision to improve quality of life. The great news is that there are several ways to approach this downsizing process that reduce tension and anxiety.

Here are 5 tips that may help make your move more manageable.

  1. Plan ahead. Have a full page floor plan of the unit including wall measurements.
  2. The Green Sticker Trick. Place a small green sticker on each piece of furniture that you use every day. Then draw those pieces of furniture into the floor plan diagram first.
  3. Think Small. Avoid oversized furniture
  4. Get Creative. Make the most of the space by using multi-purpose furniture.
  5. Pack a “First Night Box. Pack all the items you will need for that first day or night in one easy-to-use container. A few of these items include:
  • Medications
  • Glasses
  • TV remote
  • Daily use personal hygiene necessities
  • Comfort items (i.e. book, crosswords, sweater)
  • Hearing Aids
  • Dentures
  • Phone

If you’d like to know more about assisted living care, or to speak with one of Shell Point’s assisted living experts, call (239) 454-2077.