Are you moving a loved one into a long term care home soon? This is a big step in their life and to make it as easy as possible, we have compiled a list of everything you may need to make the transition smooth for them. Having a planned out list with all of the necessary items can alleviate stress and concerns when assisting with the move.  

Here’s a list of things you should consider bringing along with your loved one to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay at the long term care home. 


It is important to consider packing comfortable and easy-to-wear clothing that is suitable for daily activities and outings. Having a mix of different tops, bottoms, jackets, hoodies, and undergarments will be necessary for the different seasons. Another important necessity are non-slip socks or slippers. This is  to ensure safety and warmth when walking around the facility and in the rooms where there is no carpet. 

Personal Care Items

Personal care items are necessary to ensure healthy hygiene. Items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and other personalized dental supplies are necessary for oral hygiene. Bringing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that cater to the specific hair and skin needs of your loved one is also important. Bringing deodorant, lotion, and other toiletries are essential for self-care. Consider bringing along some facial tissues, wet wipes, and small hand sanitizers for hygiene help on-the-go. Bringing sheets, blankets, and pillows that are familiar help with the process of adjusting to a new living space and bringing towels, washcloths, and a bathrobe are essential for after bathing and personal care. 

Assistive Devices

Should your loved one use any assistive devices at home, it is a good idea that they come along to the long term care home as well. If eyeglasses are required, it is important to bring at least one or two pairs. If applicable, hearing aids and spare batteries are necessary for an improved sensory experience. Aids such as walkers or canes should be packed for easy mobility, and any other prescribed medical devices or equipment should also be brought along.

Entertainment and Personal Items

During the evenings there will often be a lot of downtime at the long term care home. To avoid boredom, consider packing favourite books, magazines, or even an e-reader for leisure reading. Bringing puzzles, card games, crocheting materials, or other mentally stimulating activities are also great options. If your loved one enjoy using a phone or tablet for activities or contacting others, consider packing these devices along as well. Another important choice is to bring personal mementos such as family photos to create a sense of comfort and familiarity during the transition period and throughout the stay. 

Medications and Medical Records

If your loved one require prescribed medications, it is vital that they come along clearly labeled and organized. It is also important to check the expiration date and ensure the medication is in good condition. Having either a printed or digital copy of medical records, allergy lists, health conditions, and emergency contact information is also essential. Often, the long term care home will ask for this information and indicate their preferred method of collecting the information. 

Comfort and Safety

Long term care homes put in their best effort to provide enough materials and equipment to ensure comfortability for all of their members; however, some of us need extra supplies for comfort and safety. Consider packing extra pillows or cushions if necessary for additional comfort when sitting in chairs or in a wheelchair. Consider packing a nightlight or lamp for aid in visibility at night. 

This packing list covers the essential items that will allow your loved one to have a comfortable and homely stay. Transitions are not always easy; therefore, It is important to consider personalization to the list according to the personal needs and preferences of the individual as it can help ease them into the new environment.

If you’re looking for a long-term care home in the Lower Mainland, Shaughnessy Seniors Community offers personalized and high-quality nursing care to support your parent or loved one. Located in Port Coquitlam, our boutique-style residence is warm, inviting, and can provide the resources required to keep your loved one comfortable and happy despite age-related health problems. If you’d like to learn more about our facilities and care plans, you can always visit our website or reach out to a member of our team and we’d be happy to help.