We recommend that a responsible party or family member be present during admission. When you arrive, expect the process to take approximately two to three hours, depending upon your loved one’s needs. You will be meeting with each department (Nursing, Social Services, Activities, and Administration) to complete the necessary paperwork. During this time, you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. You or your loved one will be introduced to our facility and personnel who will assist you in getting settled.
What Should I Bring—Clothing and Personal Items
The ability to dress in attractive, properly fitted clothing promotes self-esteem and positively affects the quality of life of the resident. Everyone enjoys having their own things around them when they move to a new place—whether for a short stay or long term.
- You should bring clothing items such as undergarments, socks, pajamas, pants, shirts, slips, dresses, shoes, slippers, etc.
- Styles with easy-pull zippers and snaps work well. If closures/clasps seem difficult to the resident, look for house coats with large neck and armholes for women, and long or short-sleeved polo shirts for men. Pull-on, elastic waist pants and stretchy pull-on tops are popular.
- Make sure that the resident’s name is marked on ALL items in an inconspicuous place. A sewn-in name tag works best.
- Residents are encouraged to create a personalized atmosphere in their rooms. Meaningful items from home add additional warmth and comfort. You are welcome to provide books, a TV, a small recliner/rocker, family photographs, a favorite blanket, etc. Just remember to choose items that will not hinder the resident or staff from moving about easily.
- Mini-refrigerators may be allowed and, if so, must be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.
- Snacks and coffee are served daily. Residents are allowed to keep nonperishable items such as crackers, cookies, etc., if they are enclosed in a sealed container. Please check with nursing staff to determine which snacks are appropriate for your family member.
If you are unsure of what to purchase, facility staff are familiar with items that work well for some situations and not so well for others.