Moving home can be incredibly stressful, so it stands to reason that moving into a care home could prove to be an even more daunting idea. One of the biggest concerns that a lot of people have is that they won’t be able to take any of their belongings with them when they move, but this isn’t always the case.
Some care homes will allow you to take your personal belongings with you, including large pieces of furniture such as armchairs and bookcases. This can help you to create a more homely atmosphere within your new residence, which can make you feel more comfortable.
Finding out if it’s possible
When considering a potential care home, you should always ask the staff there what their policy is concerning personal belongings. This may factor into your final decision on whether you actually move there.
What if I can’t take my belongings?
If you find a care home that is absolutely ideal in every way, but they don’t allow you to bring large home furnishings with you, you will need to figure out what you would like to do with your belongings.
Your options could include the following:
1) Selling your personal belongings
If you feel that selling your belongings would be the best bet, you can do this quite easily. You could list particular items on sites such as eBay or Gumtree.co.uk, or you could sell them to businesses that accept second hand furniture. If you are planning on selling your home in order to finance your care home fees this could be the best option. However, you might want to find out if you are eligible for NHS Continuing Care funding, which could help you to avoid care home fees.
2) Give belongings to charity
Giving your belongings to charity could help someone else further down the line, so it may be a great way to do your bit for those less fortunate than you. Most charity shops are happy to accept furniture and electrical items, along with clothing and knickknacks.
3) Put belongings into storage
If you simply cannot face the idea of selling your belongings or giving them to charity, consider putting them into storage. This could be ideal if you are only planning on moving into a care home for a short while.
4) Give belongings to friends and family
Some of your friends and family members may find use for your belongings, so they could welcome your contribution. Before doing anything else with your possessions, ask around to see if anyone could do with them.
Getting rid of your personal possessions can be quite distressing, so it’s important that you choose the right method for you. You should also remember that you can still take small items with you, such as pictures and other sentimental possessions. This can help you to get used to your new home.