A short stay at a nursing home or rehabilitation facility lasting around 20 days is not uncommon. After working out the details of the stay, someone may find herself asking, “But what do I pack?”
First, be sure to pack clothing. No, short stay patients will not be living in an open-back hospital gown for 20 days. Yes, Friendship Manor staff is happy to do laundry each week. Pack enough outfits for about five days, including underwear, pajamas, and slippers. Don’t forget proper clothing for outdoor excursions, too, like a coat, hat, and gloves if it will be cold.
In terms of personal care, most toiletries are provided at our Silver Cross Health Care and Rehabilitation Pavilion. Shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and items of that nature are available.
Admissions Coordinator Sigred Chasey advises, “We do provide [toiletries], but if you have a favorite shampoo or lotion you want to bring… well, I recommend you do that!”
Electric razors for men to shave, hearing aid kits, and denture care products should be brought from home.
However, most medication should probably stay at home, as medication may be brought in for respite care only, according to Chasey. Otherwise, “medication will be ordered for you,” she says.
Lastly, bring something to pass the time!
“There is down time… you do have to fill that time,” says Chasey.
While Friendship Manor offers a wide variety of activities, those going through rehabilitation or respite may not be up to taking part. Chasey recommends bringing books, an iPad, or other things to entertain oneself during a short stay at the Silver Cross Health Care and Rehabilitation Pavilion.
Learn more about our nursing and respite care on our website!