When you tour your facility of choice, you should enquire as to its
admission process, as this varies somewhat among facilities. If you still have
question, ask the CCAC
The following are examples of what the facility may do upon admission:
- It may contact your physician for confirmation of orders and to advise the
doctor of your admission. The doctor is required to visit and examine you within
seven (7) days of your arrival.
- It may order all prescribed medications from the pharmacy. The facility is
not allowed to dispense medications unless they are properly labeled and ordered
from you current physician and only those medications sent by the facility's
- It may advise you and your family of the rules and regulations of the
- The facility may provide you with a "Standard Admission Contract" which must
- It may advise your family of their rights to be a member of the Resident's
Council. The Resident's Council is the family's voice to discuss
concerns/requests on the resident's behalf. Any requests or concerns of the
Council must be responded to, in writing, by the administrator within fourteen
- You are generally able to the leave the facility. You or a responsible party
will be required to sign in and out. A physician's orders may be required.
- If you are going to miss a medication round during an outing, please advise
the staff prior to leaving so that the medication can be prepared to go with you
- There is a 21 day medical leave or vacation leave and a 30 day psychiatric
leave of absence permitted, if needed.
What to bring the day of admission
Bring those things that you will need immediately, but the rest of your
clothes and personal items can be brought later when you have become familiar
with your room.
- Basic clothes such as night wear, socks/panty hose, undergarments,
dresses/slacks, tops/shirts, sweaters.
- Assistive devices that are used (wheelchair, walker, brace) need to labeled
and brought with you.
- Toiletries including kleenex, hairbrush/comb, deodorant, shampoo,
toothbrush, razor, etc. (It is the caregiver's responsibility to ensure that all
personal items are marked to identify the owner)
- All clothes should be machine washable. Jogging suits are warm, easy to care
for and stand up to many washes. Most facilities DO NOT arrange for dry
- All personal belongings must be labeled. Sew-on or iron-on name tags are
generally preferred. Some facilities will assist with labeling at the time of
admission. Inquire about the facility's practices regarding name tags when you
- Label all glasses and dentures. Jewelry stores are equipped with a marking
pencil and are quite agreeable to engraving resident's first initial and last
name on glasses.
- You may wish to take pictures and familiar articles such as a favorite
afghan or bedspread.
- Some small items of furniture - check with the facility first.
- Any electrical appliance (e.g. radio) must first be checked by the
facility's maintenance department for safety - even if it is new. It must also
be tagged. Earphones or head sets may be required for televisions and radios.
Suggestions of what not to bring
- Large sums of money - a sum of $20.00 is generally sufficient
- Precious jewelry, figurines, art work
- Food that is not kept in closed containers
- Alcohol can only be dispensed with a physician's approval
After You Move In
Even if you have participated in choosing your new home, it will probably
take time to become used to it. Change is difficult. No place will be like your
own home and therefore some adjusting and compromising will be necessary.
However, it can also be a time of new beginnings, new friends and new
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