Guard your records. Along with your medications, pack medical records and other important documents in a different colored box or in a briefcase you keep with you. “Make digital copies of these as well in case the hard copies are misplaced,” says Gellert.

Plan for protection. “Keep a list of family and emergency numbers within reach,” says Daigle, “as well as your cell phone and charger.”

Use local resources. “Services like AAA and travel bureaus can provide information regarding handicap accessible lodgings,” says Gellert. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, website can provide information as well.

Evaluate your new digs. Are there grab bars in the shower, by the toilet? Is there a shower door or curtain? “Curtains are safer and make getting in and out easier,” says Daigle. Are the rugs tacked down? Are lights and light switches easy to reach? Do the stairs have a railing? Can you easily turn on the water faucets? Does the refrigerator door open away from the counter so that it’s easy to put groceries away? Can you get up and down the stairs, or is there an elevator? If there is an emergency, can you easily get out?

“If you use a wheelchair, doorways should be at least 30 inches wide,” says Daigle. “And bare floors are easier to wheel on or use a walker on than carpet.”

Know the new community. “Location is key,” says Gellert. “Easy access to the grocery, post office, and medical facilities can reduce daily stresses.” Check out the neighbors as well, says Daigle: “How close are they? Who are they? Are they the type of people you can call at 10 p.m. if you fall?”

Plan for night one. “Have a plan in place so you are not left without electricity or a phone when you move in,” says Daigle. Before you arrive at your new home, confirm with service representatives and/or your new neighbors that utilities are connected and available.

Pace yourself unpacking. Moving into a new home is an exciting, yet stressful time. Establish a plan to unpack gradually, just as you packed.