Patient Packing Lists and More
What will I need to wear?
Please limit your clothing to three (3) changes of clothing. A washer and dryer are available on each residential unit to wash clothes as necessary. Casual clothing is recommended.
What should I pack?
- Three casual outfits, with clothes that do not have drawstrings or offensive/inappropriate graphics or logos.
- We recommend slacks or jeans with comfortable shirts/tops or comfortable, casual dresses. No short dresses, short shorts or very low shirts showing cleavage are allowed.
- A supply of socks and underwear that will last three to five days. Please note that we do not allow tube socks or leggings.
- Two pairs of comfortable shoes that do not have shoelaces. Please note that boots are prohibited, and we discourage open-backed slippers due to high risk for falls.
- A sweater or light jacket without drawstrings or hoods
- Personal toiletries including comb, brush, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste. The hospital can also provide toiletries as necessary.
What should I leave at home?
- Electronics including mobile phones, MP3 players, radios, electronic readers, laptop computers, tablets, alarm clocks or other corded items
- Makeup, aerosol cans, glass/aluminum containers, mirrors, products containing alcohol, flat irons or curling irons.
- Jewelry and other valuables
- Large amounts of cash
- Adult patients are permitted to keep the money to use in vending machines for drinks and snacks.
- Children and adolescents are not allowed to use vending machines, so money is not necessary.
- Clothing with drawstrings including sweatpants, running shorts, hoodies, pajamas, etc.
- Belts (pants need to fit enough that they don’t sag or fall)
- Tobacco products, lighters or matches (Brentwood is smoke/tobacco-free)
- Pillow, blankets or stuffed animals
- Outside food and drinks (hospital provides meals and snacks)
- Luggage should be taken home by family or friends upon admission; if luggage is left, it must be labeled appropriately for storage.
What about my medications?
Please provide a list of your current prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including dosages and frequency. Medications should be left at home unless they have been approved by hospital staff or physicians. Your intake counselor will check with the nursing or pharmacy unit to see if your medications are on our formulary. If we are not able to provide your prescription, your supply may be sent from home.
Facility Storage & Notification
Residential unit staff must be notified at the nurses’ station when patient belongings are brought into or removed from the unit. This ensures a secure environment and reduces loss. Prohibited items will be stored in a storeroom, placed in the unit safe or sent home with family or friends.
While storage for some prohibited items is allowed, Brentwood Hospital is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles. We ask that you refrain from bringing valuable items to the hospital.