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What to bring with you when going into care

Deciding what to bring with you into residential care can be a lengthy process as you may be downsizing from a full-sized house or just have accumulated a lot of things within your own space!

Often, what makes a house feel like a home are the tangible things that have been collected over the years that remind you of certain memories created within your home, so it’s vital to remember everything important to you, especially those with sentimental value.

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What clothing should you take to a care home?

Going into a care home doesn't mean you have to leave your fashion sense behind, and we understand some clothing may have sentimental value to you.

On your transition, bring along a mix of outfits, from comfy everyday wear to something special for celebrations.

You have to consider storage, but most care homes suggest having enough clothes for about two weeks, including both daytime and nighttime attire. Remember to choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off, with simple washing instructions to make life easier for you and the care home staff.

Some good examples of clothes to take with you are:

  • Items like jumpers, cardigans, and sweatshirts that can be layered are crucial
  • A variety of tops, shirts, and t-shirts for everyday wear
  • Casual day trousers, skirts, or dresses for daily comfort
  • For special occasions, pack trousers, suits, skirts, or dresses to ensure you're appropriately dressed
  • Nighttime attire: pyjamas, dressing gown, and slippers for cosy evenings
  • Stock up on socks and underwear for everyday use
  • Outdoor shoes suitable for various activities
  • If you plan to participate in exercise classes or outdoor activities, comfortable activewear is a must
  • Accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, a purse, or a bag can add a touch of personal style and practicality to your outfits

What toiletries will you need to bring to a care home?

We recommend bringing toiletries and personal care products that are familiar to you and suitable for your skin. While many care homes offer these items, individuals often have their preferred soaps and shampoos. Care homes are accommodating and encourage residents to bring their preferred products if it helps them feel more comfortable and at home.

Some examples of toiletries to bring with you are:

  • Cleansing bar or liquid soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Antiperspirant or deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Body wash and moisturising lotion
  • Facial cleanser and moisturiser
  • Shaving supplies
  • Perfume or aftershave
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush or comb

What personal items should you take to a care home?

Now, let's talk about making your new room feel like your own cosy space.

Adding your personal touch through decoration is key to settling in smoothly. Bringing along items like family heirlooms, ornaments, and cherished belongings can instantly make your room feel familiar and comforting.

Examples of personal items to bring with you are:

  • Paintings
  • Framed photographs
  • Ornaments
  • Your favourite books or magazines
  • Hobbies like puzzles, knitting, crocheting, games, or embroidery
  • And of course, home comforts like your favourite cushion, blankets, quilts, throws, or even a special chair to make your room truly unique

Don't forget your mobile phone, tablet, and charger to stay connected and entertained!

It's important to note that if you are entering a care home for respite care, what you take with you may differ, as you might not need as many items if you are there for a shorter period of time. To discover more about respite care, visit the NHS website.

Let's embark on this journey together

At St Martins Care, we understand the importance of creating a true sense of home for our residents. We encourage you to personalise your space, making it uniquely yours and ensuring your comfort and well-being.

Our goal is to foster an environment where you feel not just cared for, but truly at home.

As you consider the transition into a care home, we're here to support you every step of the way. Get in touch -

You can also learn about choosing the right care home for you in our recent blog -


April 22, 2024


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