Deciding what to pack when preparing for a short- or long-term stay at a nursing and rehab facility can be difficult. You want to have the comforts of home, but are limited on space. Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion Admissions Manager Sigred Chasey, walks you through the essentials on what to pack.
Many people entering a nursing and rehab facility for a short-term stay, usually 20 to 100 days, are coming from the hospital after surgery or a stroke.
While they may have spent their hospital stay in a gown, at Silver Cross, they will be going to and from rehab multiple times a day, going to meals and participating in planned activities. That means they need seven to 10 comfortable outfits, preferably with elastic waistbands, one or two pairs of comfortable shoes undergarments and socks.
Patients may also wish to bring their own toiletries and some women prefer to bring makeup. A radio, books, and laptop or iPad are also recommended to help pass the time between treatment and activities. One often overlooked item is a phone and address book.
“Phone numbers are kind of the biggest concern,” Chasey said. “People want to be able to call out and talk to people and you want to make sure they’re ready for that.”
For people who will be staying longer than three months, there are additional items to consider bringing to the nursing and rehab facility to make the surroundings more comfortable, such as a favorite chair, dresser, and pictures.
“Certainly the family is going to want to look at the room and think, ‘How can I make them feel at home,’ ” Chasey said.
At Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion, long-term stay residents are allowed to bring in any personal items they want as long as they fit in the room. They are encouraged to hang artwork and photos on the wall, and there is a bulletin board for cards.
Long-term stay residents may also want to consider bringing some additional nicer outfits to wear to activities and meals.
“If you’re going to stay long-term, it kind of depends on what level of care you are at,” Chasey said. “If you are slightly independent, family is going to come and you’re going to go to the Bistro and eat. You’re going to want more clothes.”
Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion is a fully licensed, 94-bed skilled nursing and rehab facility, it’s conveniently close to all of our residents right here at Friendship Manor.
There are private and semi-private rooms available and Medicare, Medicaid, and private pay are all accepted. Each room comes with a bed, nightstand, closet, lamp, chair, TV, and wireless Internet.
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