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What is Assisted Living?
Do most assisted living communities allow residents to bring their own furniture? Do they provide rental furniture?
Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM
Moving into an assisted living community is a big step – many times, it involves downsizing from a larger home and parting with some cherished mementos. Sometimes, being able to bring a favorite recliner is all that's needed to feel at home in a new abode.
Seniors who require minimal assistance in their day-to-day lives do best with their own furniture, while those who have difficulty moving around benefit from an already-furnished living space that has beds and chairs that are easy to get in and out of if that's a concern. Often, it comes down to personal preference – some folks want to have as much of their ""old lives"" around them as possible, while others are content with smaller, decorative items sprinkled throughout their new living space.
Sometimes, rental furniture better serves residents of assisted living facilities. For instance, a traditional recliner can be traded in for an electric model that helps lift the user up to a standing position if getting out of the chair becomes an issue.
Every assisted living community has its own rules and policies when it comes to furniture, but it's usually not a problem to bring in a few pieces of your own when you move in – after all, being comfortable in your own home should be a top priority.