Personal Belongings

Clothing

Generally speaking, clothing should be washable, comfortable to wear, and loose-fitting.

Clothing is laundered at least once a week (see additional details about laundry service later).  For this reason it's best if residents bring enough clothing to last for a one week period based on their individual hygiene and health needs.  

Suggested items to consider bringing include:

    * underwear
    * brassieres and/or undershirts
    * dresses and slips (if appropriate)
    * pants and/or trousers
    * powder, soaps, lotions
    * sweaters, shirts or tops to wear with pants and/or trousers
    * cardigan sweater(s) and/or sweatshirt(s)
    * socks and/or pantyhose
    * nighties and/or pyjamas
    * housecoat(s) and slippers
    * at least one pair of supportive shoes with rubber soles
    * a coat or jacket and a hat
    * mittens or gloves and boots (if applicable)

Some residents may also wish to bring make-up or costume jewellery if they usually wear these items.

For the convenience of our residents, the Centre organizes regular visits from companies that specialize in adaptive clothing (or clothes designed to make dressing/undressing easier for people with special physical needs). Information about the suppliers of adaptive clothing and the next scheduled clothing sale can be obtained from the Recreation Therapy program or each neighbourhood's nurse manager.

Due to limited storage space, 'out-of-season' clothing (such as winter coats in the summertime) should be stored with the resident's family.


Toiletries                                           
 
In long-term care, basic toiletry items such as hand soap and body lotion are provided. Nevertheless, residents are more than welcome to bring in preferred items from home.

Dentures/ Glasses/ Hearing Aid

Residents should ensure that dentures, hearing aids and/or glasses are marked for identification before they're admitted to St. Joseph's and when new items of this kind are purchased.

Incontinence Briefs             

Residents who require incontinence products will be assessed by trained members of our nursing staff to ensure that they receive a product that's best suited to their needs.

Televisions and Electrical Appliances
       

Hand-held hair dryers are available on each neighbourhood, but residents can bring their own. Electric razors are recommended over the manual kind.

Residents can also bring their own radio, cassette tape or CD player, television, VCR, or fan.  However, before any of the electrical equipment listed above is used it must be:

    * marked or labelled with the resident's name;  and,
    * certified by our electrician to ensure that the item is safe for use.  

Each bedroom is furnished with a dresser that can hold a television and VCR; however, we ask that your television not be any larger than 28 inches measured diagonally.  If you have shared accommodation, we request that you purchase wireless headphones.  Cable television access can be purchased through the business office

Telephones

There are telephones in each neighbourhood that residents can use or they can also arrange to have a personal line installed in their bedrooms.  Residents should contact Bell Canada and our Business Office directly to activate their personal service.  Once the telephone is in service Bell Canada will bill a resident directly for the cost of installation and any subsequent monthly or long-distance charges. To make a long distance call from a neighbourhood phone a resident will need a calling card.