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Moving Guide for a Seamless Transition to Senior Living

Making the transition to a senior living community marks the beginning of a new, enriching chapter in life. At John Knox Village, we’re committed to supporting future residents and families with this journey. This guide aims to assist you and your loved as you downsize by offering insights and advice for a seamless move.

Understanding Common Moving Concerns for Seniors

Emotional Connection to the House

Leaving a familiar house can be an emotional transition, but it can also be the gateway to a more enriching and fulfilling lifestyle. We understand the depth of this decision and are here to support you through every step of the moving process.

Downsizing Strategy

What stays? What goes? We can help guide you through these decisions with compassion and practical advice.

John Knox Village: Your Partner in a Positive Move

We go beyond merely understanding your concerns — we actively provide solutions to assist you make a smooth transition. Here’s how we can help:

Downsizing Assistance

Our team offers tailored advice on decluttering, helping you make decisions that feel right for you. We also can help with unpacking or arranging furniture. We’ll set up your utilities and services and help you feel at home quickly.

Practical Moving Tips: Your Senior Moving Checklist

Stay organized and move with confidence, equipped with this detailed checklist:


Finalize decision: Research, tour, and confirm your choice of senior living community.

Secure accommodation: Pay deposit and sign contract for your new residence.

Downsize belongings: Declutter and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or dispose of.

Efficient box labeling: Save time and avoid confusion by labeling your boxes clearly.

Measure & plan: Measure your new space and create a floor plan to determine furniture placement.

Schedule services: Schedule professional movers, utility disconnections, and cleaning services for old residences.

Gather vital documents: Pack essential documents like ID, medical records, insurance policies, and financial statements.

Update prescriptions: Refill medications and transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy near your new home.

Notify your connections: Inform family, friends, doctors, and service providers of your move and new contact information.

Pack an “essentials” bag: Pack toiletries, medications, change of clothes, and comfort items for easy access on moving day.

Confirm movers: Verify arrival time and discuss any specific instructions.

Moving Day:

Delegate tasks: Don’t hesitate to ask for help from family, friends, or moving professionals.


Unpack essentials first: Focus on unpacking essentials like medications, toiletries, and a change of clothes.

Organize belongings: Unpack and organize your belongings according to your pre-planned layout.

Connect with community: Meet your neighbors, explore amenities, and participate in activities offered by the community.

Update information: Update online accounts, driver’s license, memberships, and voter registration with your new address.

Embrace Support from Friends and Family

Moving is a collective effort. Lean on family members, friends, and our dedicated team at John Knox Village for support.

Your Future at John Knox Village

Choosing John Knox Village is more than a change of scenery — it’s stepping into a community where your well-being, independence, and happiness are our top priorities. We’re dedicated to helping you make your transition smooth, allowing you to quickly immerse yourself in your new residence and the vibrant life that awaits.

Eager to discover how John Knox Village can facilitate a positive moving experience?

John Knox Village is a leader in senior care in Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City community. From free-standing homes and apartment homes to cottages and villas, there’s a place for you at John Knox Village. With more than 700,000 square feet of common space across the beautiful campus, you’ll find more opportunities and experiences right outside your door.

Contact us or call (816) 261-8000 to learn more about our senior living options, our Move Assist Program, or to schedule your personal tour today.