Caring Checklist: What to Pack When Your Loved One With Dementia Is Hospitalized

For Your Loved One

A complete list of medications (including name, purpose, dosage, and timing of doses)

Personal essentials such as dentures (and cleaning solution) and glasses

Toiletries (toothbrush, hairbrush, razor)

Pajamas and robe

Slippers with good, secure treads

Socks (feet get cold in bed)

Familiar personal items: blanket or pillow, photograph, favorite stuffed animal or doll, familiar music, frequently used lotion (whose scent will be familiar)

For Yourself

Cell phone and/or prepaid phone card and list of critical numbers (person's doctors, family members)

Key paperwork: insurance card, health care proxy or other authorization papers, living will or other advance directives

Nutritious snacks for energy, such as nuts, granola bars, fruit, or dried fruit

Book, cards, electronic devices for music or reading or games, or other pastime

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio