What to Pack for Inpatient Rehabilitation
Find a packing list below for what to bring (and what not to bring) for an inpatient rehabilitation stay at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
The patient needs:
- Loose clothing that is easy to put on, such as sweat pants and T-shirts.
- Depending on the therapy goals, the patient may need something with buttons, but normally pull-over shirts and elastic pants are most appropriate.
- Shoes that don’t slip or slide; tennis shoes are encouraged. It may be necessary to provide one size larger due to swelling in the feet, which is common after injury.
- Undergarments (bras, socks, underwear).
- Toiletries (toothbrush, hairbrush, personal grooming products, etc.).
- As much as possible, we encourage items from home that represent a person’s personality prior to injury. It may not be necessary to purchase many new items.
The above items allow us to appreciate the value of physical appearance to a person’s dignity. It is important to us to allow a person to change out of a hospital gown during the daytime hours– as often as medically-able. This is one step to restoring a person’s sense of wellbeing after injury.
What should a patient NOT bring?
- Do not bring large sums of money, jewelry or valuables.
- Razors, until discussed with therapist.
Are laundry services available?
Laundry facilities are available on site on units 3-C and 5 for patient and family use. We cannot guarantee the availability of our staff to do a patient’s personal laundry, but the patient, family or caregivers are welcome to use the washers and dryers free of charge. We do ask that you provide your own laundry detergent.