3 Tips for Packing Assistive Devices

Packing is a science, even more so when you’re transporting special equipment. Whether you’re helping a parent move to a senior living facility or preparing for a vacation with the whole family, packing up and moving assistive devices should be done carefully so that there’s no costly damage or loss. 

So here are 3 packing tips to do just that. 

Prioritize Accessibility 

One of the first things to keep in mind is that assistive devices often provide essential support for mobility and daily living and in case of an emergency or immediate need, having quick access to these devices is a safety and comfort measure.

So you want to pack assistive devices easily during the move, both before and after arrival.

For example, say you want to pack a wheelchair. Before the move, select a secure and easily accessible location for your assistive device(s). Ideally, choose a spot where you can reach it easily without obstacles. During the move, place the wheelchair in an easily accessible location, such as the front seat or trunk of your vehicle, if you have enough space.

Then, on arrival, it’s a good idea that assistive devices are among the first items to be unloaded and placed in their designated locations.

Secure and Protect

There’s a reason why insuring items during a move is commonplace. Accidents happen and it’s important to take measures to disassemble(where applicable) and secure your assistive device(s) to prevent damage during the move.

Any damage could compromise their functionality, making them less reliable for daily use, and repairs or replacements can be costly and time-consuming.

If the assistive device can be disassembled, carefully take it apart according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, this includes removing detachable parts or components. Use appropriate protective materials such as bubble wrap, foam padding, or blankets to wrap each component of the device individually.

Place the device(s) securely in a sturdy box or container. If there’s space within the box, fill it with additional padding or crumpled paper to prevent shifting during transit.

Label and Communicate 

Proper labeling and communication is how you’ll make sure that the assistive device(s) receive the care and attention they need during the move. 

Use large, legible labels on boxes or containers containing assistive devices; preferably bright colors or a thick marker to make labels stand out. Clearly write the name of the device on each box, so it’s easily identifiable, including “Fragile” or “Handle with Care” to draw attention to their need for gentle handling.

It’s also a good idea to have a conversation with your movers or helpers, explaining the importance of the assistive devices and the need for careful handling. Share any specific instructions or concerns you have regarding the devices.

By following these detailed instructions, you can effectively pack and protect any assistive devices during a move, ensuring they arrive in good condition and remain readily accessible when needed.