At Helping Hands, we want each resident to feel as comfortable as they would feel in their own home. While we recognize that the transition to a new residence takes time, there are many suggestions we can make from experience that can help speed up this process.
To have familiar objects, furnishings, art items, and photographs close at hand always helps new residents to feel more at home. We encourage residents and their families to bring in any items from their previous residence that would be appropriate for their new place at Helping Hands. Anything the resident wants can be hung on the walls of his or her room, and lots of photographs always seem to help us get to know the resident better as well as bring to mind many fond memories for the resident. If there is an important item that will only fit into one of our “common rooms” such as the living room or family room, we may be able to make room for it there.
If a resident is unable or unwilling to bring his or her own furnishings into Helping Hands, we provide full furnishings for each resident room including:
- twin bed & bedding (or hospital bed if required)
- bedside table
- comfortable chair
- dresser with a mirror or a tallboy dresser
Clothing, Toiletries, and Linens
Residents should bring their own clothing to Helping Hands with their initials or first name written on the inside labels. This assists our homemakers to know where to put things away when they are doing each resident’s laundry. In some cases, new clothing, undergarments, outerwear, or footwear have not been purchased for quite some time. Given that peoples’ shape changes and clothing items do wear out, staff may make discreet suggestions if new items are required. Such suggestions may come to you via the resident’s primary care provider.
Residents should also bring their own personal toiletries such as:
- toothbrush, toothpaste, denture cup/paste/tablets, mouthwash, dental floss, etc
- hair brush and hair styling products
- underarm deodorant and perfumes/colognes
- shaving items
Other toiletries that can be shared are purchased by the home and for the use of all residents:
- bath oils & bubble baths
- nail care products
Linens can be brought to Helping Hands by the residents if they so choose, but we do supply all required sheets, blankets, bed comforters, washcloths, and towels. Our bedding is attractively patterned for both men and women, and we offer a choice of cotton or flannel sheet sets.