If you live with a family member who is affected by Alzheimer's disease, the thought of moving to a new home might give you some trepidation. Moving is always an odd experience, isn't it? To say goodbye to the familiar surroundings that you called home for years (or even potentially much of your life), and then to say hello to a new home that will be unfamiliar for a while. The unfamiliarity of your new home might be problematic to someone with Alzheimer's disease, so you want to minimise stress as much as is possible. The extent of any additional preparation work that is needed will depend on the severity of your loved one's Alzheimer's, but this preparation work can help to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Before Moving Day Arrives
If possible, take your loved one to the new home on several occasions before actually moving there. Allow them to soak up their new surroundings, perhaps even spending time in what will be their new bedroom. This can be beneficial in speeding up their familiarisation with their new living space.
On Moving Day
Before the removals company arrives, take a few photos of your loved one's bedroom. You want some clear photos showing the configuration of furniture. If you feel that seeing the removalists at work will create unnecessary stress, you might wish to arrange for your loved one to be elsewhere for the day. They might be happy to spend the day with another family member or friend, somewhere that is familiar to them. Ask the removalists to leave your loved one's bedroom until last, so that their furniture and possessions will be the first to be unloaded at your new home so that they can be settled in their new room as soon as possible.
Once you arrive at your new home and your loved one's things are about to be unloaded, refer to the photos you took of the old bedroom. With help from the removalists, try to place and arrange the furniture so that it matches the configuration of the old bedroom. Given the shape of the new room, an exact match might not be possible, but you should at least try for a rough replication. This ensures that your loved one will know where everything is, despite the fact that it's now housed in a new space.
Moving can be a trying time for all the members of your family, and yet if you live with a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease, you'll want to make the effort to make the experience as low stress for them as possible.