What is typically required to move a loved one from their current community to an assisted living community closer to their family?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Like with all major life decisions, helping your loved one move from an assisted living community to another one that's closer to you and the rest of the family should take careful thought and planning. The most important factor is if the senior is behind the move in the first place. Consider how happy and settled in he or she is, and if starting over in a new place will be an improvement or a challenge.

    Assuming the resident is happy to make a new start, you'll want to research the new facility just as you did for the first move. You can explain to the administrators the situation and the type of care plan that is working for your loved one, so that you can determine if the same level of services is available.

    From there, it's just a matter of handling the paperwork and other pre-admissions procedures, including organizing medical transportation for long distance moves. The case file can most likely be transferred over to the new location so that you're not starting from scratch.

    It's important to go over the contract from the original assisted living community to see what refunds (if any) you're entitled to.