Making the Skilled Nursing Care Experience as Comfortable as Possible

When you are planning for a stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), it can be hard to decide what to pack and what to leave at home. To help you navigate this process, we’ve put together this list of the essential items you or your loved one will need to ensure a comfortable stay that feels like home.


Packing lots of light layers gives you the most flexibility to adapt to the environment when receiving skilled nursing care, whether you feel too hot or too cold. We recommend bringing about seven different seasonal outfits that can all be mixed and matched for various kinds of weather.

When it comes to shoes, non-slip footwear is a must, patients receiving senior health care tend to be more susceptible to falls, which can cause serious injuries, so every pair of socks, slippers, and shoes should have good grips on the soles.


Standard bedding is usually provided by the SNF, but many patients like to bring at least one or two of their own items to make it feel more comfortable and homey. This could include a favorite blanket or pillow.

Decorations and personal items

We also encourage you to make your room your own with a few well-chosen personal items to spruce things up. Flowers are a wonderful way to bring life to your space, as are framed photographs and scrapbooks. These also provide a constant source of support and motivation for patients who wish to get well enough to return home.

Other important items

Of course, it’s important to bring any medications and personal devices that you use on a daily basis. Reading glasses, hearing aids, a walking cane, dentures, and compression garments are all things you won’t want to be without.

Electronic devices are also very important, since they let you stay connected with friends and loved ones. A smartphone or tablet can provide hours of fun and family time in the form of video calls, games, text messages, chat rooms, and more.

Key takeaways

No matter how long you plan to stay in an SNF, you want to be as comfortable and prepared as possible so that you can focus on your health and well-being. A little planning goes a long way to making the experience pleasant, productive, and stress-free.

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