If you’re visiting someone at the hospital or helping someone pack for a longer stay, it’s tempting to bring everything from home to make their stay (or yours) more comfortable.
That said, there are some things we recommend leaving at home. We have put together a short list of essentials you need to bring along, and recommendations for items that you should leave at home.
What to bring to the hospital
A list of all medications the patient is currently taking with the names and dosages, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals, and any diet pills
Any Lab and/or X-ray results performed recently at a different facility
Cases for glasses, contacts and/or dentures
The patient’s insurance card
The patient’s valid ID, such as a driver’s license
Form of payment
A copy of the patient’s Advance Directives such as his or her Living Will if he or she has one
Sleepwear, footwear and other personal items for overnight stays
What NOT to Bring
Valuables, such as cash and jewelry(rings)
Electrical appliances, including cellphones, TVs and radios
Cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal drugs
If you have any other questions or need more information, please call us at (205) 877-1000.