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
  • Nightgown/Pajamas
  • 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)

Clothes

  • Pajamas or nightgowns
  • Robe
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sturdy shoes & slippers (non-skid soles)
  • Shirts or blouses
  • Slacks, jeans, or jogging suits
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Laundry bag

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Denture cup
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Shaving equipment
  • Makeup
  • Deodorant
  • Blow Dryer

Assistive Items

  • 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

Important Tips:

  • 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.