Seniors who are moving to memory care shouldn’t bring bulky items, clothes that are hard to put on or objects that may be a safety hazard, such as electric blankets. It’s also best to avoid packing low-contrast belongings that may be difficult for them to see. Below, you’ll find a list of items seniors should and shouldn’t bring to memory care.

Items You Shouldn’t Bring to Memory Care

When packing your loved one’s belongings, avoid bringing items that are no longer safe for them to use or take up too much space in their room. Some items, such as cleaning supplies, can also be left behind because the facility is responsible for housekeeping and maintenance. Seniors don’t need to bring pots, pans and utensils because cooking is handled by the facility. Other things to avoid packing include:

  • Heat-generating items, such as space heaters and candles
  • Large furniture that’s difficult to move
  • Throw rugs
  • Guns, knives and other weapons
  • Tools and household supplies

Memory Care Packing Tips

Moving to memory care can be a big adjustment, so pack your loved one’s favorite things to help them feel more at ease. Include comfortable clothing, such as warm socks, nonslip shoes, robes, sweaters and loose-fitting pants. Avoid items with buckles, buttons and shoelaces because they can be difficult for seniors to fasten. Pack soap, shampoo and other toiletries, if allowed by the facility. Some facilities don’t let residents have free access to toiletries because there’s a risk of seniors using them in an unsafe way. Other items to consider include:

  • Sentimental items, such as old photographs and letters
  • Electronics, such as music players and tablets
  • Books with large print, simple games and hobby supplies
  • Mobility aids and medications
  • Pet supplies (if the facility allows pets)