My husband is moving to a retirement community and has early onset dementia. He wants to bring things with him but I am worried they won't all be able to fit in his new room at the community. What do you suggest bringing and what should stay at home? Thanks for your help!

Asked by: Michele Trice |Posted on: December,21 | Viewed: 475 times


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Thanks for your question! This is a fairly common question for people transitioning into a community. 

In general, the community should provide the basic furniture for your husband: a bed, side table, dresser etc. However, this can vary from community to community, so you will want to tour beforehand to get a sense of what his room will contain on arrival. You can also contact the community manager for any additional questions you might have. This will help you plan for a seamless transition. 
Residents are free to bring keepsakes from home with them, so you may want to consider packing pictures, music players, books, clothing, or anything else that will help him feel at home in his new space. Have a conversation before the move so that you're both on the same page when it comes time to move. You should be aware of what keepsakes he wants to take with him, as well as what he's okay with you giving away or clearing out after the move. With open communication, the two of you should be able to figure out what to bring to the community, as well as what's best to keep at home. 
If you need any more help planning your transition, feel free to email us at or browse articles in the Seniorly Resource Center. Our incentive offer also gives you the chance to gain back a portion of the first month's rent to cover moving costs. Check it out here:

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