Are you or a loved one going to a skilled nursing community? Whether you are preparing for a few days or a long-term stay, these helpful tips can prepare you or your loved one to make the most of your skilled nursing stay.
Have your paperwork in order
During the admission process, there are many documents the SNF team will need from you, so have these gathered and ready for them. These will include your proof of medical insurance, social security card, state driver’s license or photo ID card, copies of physician directives for skilled nursing care and any power of attorney documentation or court order.
Leave monetary valuables at home
While you may want to bring your phone or a personal electronic device for your own use, SNF communities maintain patient and resident trust funds to help fund small purchases, so large amounts of cash are unnecessary. Also, leave jewelry or other valuables at home or with a trusted loved one.
Bring clothes and toiletries
While you will be provided a hospital gown and some basic hygiene toiletries, you will want to bring some comfortable clothes and shoes that are yours to help you feel more like YOU. Make sure whatever clothes you bring are not constrictive and allow caregivers to access what they need to provide your care too.
Make your room your “home” – even if it’s just temporary
Unless you are preparing for a very long term stay in a SNF, you will be unable to bring large furniture or other decor items. However, you may want to bring some favorite pictures or a snuggly blanket that comforts you. Have your family create some inspiring art pieces – usually done by children – to provide encouragement and be taped temporarily on your walls.
Even if you have a private room, you will share community spaces and live near other patients and residents. Refrain from loud music or conversation and try to avoid any fragrant perfumes or overly fragrant food items to be considerate of your neighbors.
Even if you only will be in a SNF community for a few days, it’s important to make the most of it while you are there. These tips hopefully will help you prepare for that journey.