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What to Pack for Assisted Living

Moving into an assisted living community like Lester Senior Living in NJ is a big transition for any senior. While the move is in everyone’s best interest and will give your loved one a much better quality of life, it’s important to remember that it can become overwhelming for your family member. Knowing what to pack for the move is a good way to prepare ahead of time and keep this change a positive and enjoyable one.

Home decor and furnishings 

Our assisted living apartments are designed to be as spacious, safe and easy-to-navigate as they are comfortable, but nothing will settle your loved one as quickly as their familiar home comforts. After measuring your furniture and reviewing the floor plan, you can move in the following:

  • Favorite home furniture, including a comfortable sofa, chairs, coffee tables and more. Don’t forget to include chairs for guests and visitors.
  • Kitchenware, including dishes, storage containers, glasses and cutlery. If you choose to utilize pre-prepared meals, then you can limit prep dishes and ovenware. Remember to include enough kitchenware for visitors and additional quantities of frequently used items, for example, coffee mugs.
  • Bedding
  • Lamps for additional lighting next to the bed or at a reading spot
  • TV and or radio
  • Any appliances that are not included, for example, microwave oven or kettle


  • Several comfortable day-to-day outfits
  • Pajamas and a robe
  • Socks, slippers and shoes
  • Warm winter clothing
  • A couple of more special outfits for attending events and get-togethers


  • Basic everyday toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Makeup (if applicable)
  • A list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications

Sentimental items 

These are just as important as the practical items and will give your loved one a real feeling of being at home. They could include:

  • Paintings and family photos
  • Books
  • Soft linens
  • Decorative items

Comfortable assisted living apartments with expert support services in NJ

Assisted living at Lester is all about keeping you as independent as possible with support services to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Our community calendar encourages senior residents to socialize with other residents at a level they are comfortable with. We can also easily tailor our services to ensure that each resident gets the daily assistance, amenities and extra support they require to live a full and happy life. 

If you are unsure about what your loved one will require in our assisted living community or you would like to talk to us more about assisted living, contact us today or visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/assisted-living-morris-county-nj/