Now that you have made an informed decision about the care that is right for you, let's discuss what to expect at our skilled nursing & rehabilitation center.
What will I do at a Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility?
- Participate in a therapy program
- Participate in your normal daily routine, such as dressing and grooming
- Use individual and group leisure activities to help you resume normal activities
- Eat meals with others in the dining room or café. You may also order Room Service
- Work with Staff to plan your transition home
How is skilled nursing & rehabilitation different from the hospital?
- You will want to wear your own regular and comfortable clothes.
- You can use your own personal care items – soap, shampoo, shaving supplies, facial care items, cosmetics, hair dryer, etc.
- If you're most comfortable sleeping with your own bed pillow & blanket (comforter, throw) – bring them with you for a good night's sleep.
- If keeping a schedule is important, you may want to bring a watch with you.
- You will be followed by your personal or Genesis Physician who will visit you within 2-days of your admission. Physicians make regular patient visits during a skilled nursing & rehab stay. You will see a physician less frequently than when you were acutely ill in the hospital.
- You may have visitors when you want them but keep in mind the needs of other patients, your rehab schedule & your need for rest to regain your optimal health as quickly as possible.
- Wireless internet service is available if you want to bring a laptop with you. You will want to take responsibility for keeping your computer secure.
- Use this time to enjoy your favorite relaxing leisure activities - consider bringing books, DVDs, iPod, personal CD player or cards with you, or the Center will have many choices as well.
- You may want your family or friends to launder your clothing. But of course, the Center can take care of this for you as well.
What should I bring?
You will probably be getting dressed and participating in therapies and regular daily activities, so you should bring:
- Clothing (several changes of exercise clothing is a popular choice)
- Comfortable shoes
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
- Grooming items such as shaving equipment, hair brushes, and make-up
- Glasses and/or hearing aids
- Personal assistive devices, such as a walker or wheelchair
Your Checklist to make packing easy (printable version)
- Pajamas or nightgowns
- Sturdy shoes & slippers (non-skid soles)
- Shirts or blouses
- Slacks, jeans, or jogging suits
- Sweater or jacket
- Laundry bag
- Denture cup
- Shaving equipment
- Blow Dryer
- Hearing aid
- Glasses or contact lenses
- Cleaning supplies : For glasses/contact lenses/dentures
- Splints, cane or walker
- Leisure time items - books, cards, CD's, laptop, etc.
Helpful Documentation to Bring:
- Patient Proof of Citizenship or Residency (e.g., U.S. Passport, or Birth Certificate and State Issued Photo ID). Non-Citizens must present temporary or permanent resident card with photo.
- Patient Medicare, Medicaid, Manage Care, Social Security, and Insurance cards - including prescription drug cards, if applicable
- If the Patient has a Representative for Financial Decisions, Supporting documents such as a Power of Attorney for Financial Decisions, Guardian, Surrogate, or other
- If paying privately, a check or credit card
- In the event that you have applied for State Medical Assistance (Medicaid), a copy of the application
- Bring clothing that can be machine-washed.
- Bring clothing that is easy to pull on or remove, such as pants with elastic waistbands.
- Bring items to make your stay comfortable.
- Very expensive or irreplaceable items such as jewelry or large sums of money are better left at home.