Coming Into Care

Moving into a new care home can be daunting, to make things a little easier, here are some ideas on the sort of things you may want to bring :-

  • Personal possessions – favourite small items, such ornaments, pictures and books, are a perfect way to personalise your room.
  • Furniture – you can bring some small items of your own furniture with you – check with your care home manager first though.
  • Clothing – each care home has a laundry service so please label your clothes before you arrive.
  • Electrical appliances – these will need to go through ‘portable appliance testing’ (PAT)
  • Mobility aids – if you have your own wheelchair you’re welcome to bring it with you.
  • Pets – some of our care homes allow small pets. Check with your home’s manager if you’d like to bring a pet with you.

Remember to pack…

  • Daytime clothing
  • Two or three sets of night clothes
  • A dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • A supply of toiletries
  • Socks or stockings
  • Underwear
  • A coat or jacket
  • Medicines

Here are a few things you’ll need to think about before you move :-

  • Doctor, dentist, optician – you may be able to still see your own doctor, dentist and optician after you move, but do speak to each of them beforehand to make sure they’re happy to visit you at your new home.
  • Insurance – insurance for personal belongings isn’t provided, so you’ll need to arrange your own cover if you want it. Most homes have a safe where small items can be kept, but we recommend that you don’t bring valuable items with you.
  • Lasting power of attorney – it’s strongly advisable for you to appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney. This allows a trusted relative or friend to manage your finances and affairs should you be unable to do so. For advice, a solicitor or the Office of the Public Guardian will be able to help.
  • Let people know – tell people that you’re moving into a care home; for example friends and family, utility companies, your bank, pension provider and the council.