Packing Checklist


Move In Day:

When an Elder is initially placed in care at Kinsmen there are a few items to be brought right away.  These include:

  • Pajamas
  • Tooth brush and other personal toiletries
  • Underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Dentures
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids

Clothing items:

Prepare the wardrobe giving consideration to ease of maintenance and the limits of closet and drawer space in the room.  If possible, make arrangements for storing off-season clothing with family members.  Send clothing that is machine washable.  Through our extensive experience, we have compiled a list of clothing items that work best for the Elder moving into our care.

For men:

  • 6 sets of underclothing
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 6 shirts
  • 4-6pairs of trousers (jogging suits are a good alternative)
  • 3-4 sweaters
  • 2 dressing gowns
  • 4 pairs of pajamas
  • 1 pair of non-skid slippers
  • 2 pairs comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 coat/jacket/hat/pair of gloves/scarf
  • 1 suit or slack/jacket for special occasions

For women:

  • 6 sets of underclothing
  • 4-6 pairs of pantyhose or stockings
  • 5 dresses (front closure preferred)
  • 6 blouses (jogging suits are a good alternative)
  • 4 pairs of slacks or skirts
  • 3-4 sweaters
  • 2 housecoats or dressing gowns
  • 4 nightgowns or pajamas
  • 1 pair non-skid slippers
  • 2 pairs comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 coat/jacket/hat/pair of gloves/scarf
  • 1 “good” dress/skirt for special occasions

Toilet Articles

  • Toothbrush/denture care equipment
  • Comb/brush
  • Toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant/powder
  • Makeup
  • Electric shaver/razor
  • Cologne/aftershave
  • Kleenex tissues

Personal furnishings:

The bedroom is furnished with a bed, night table, lamp, and closet. You can bring other small furnishings and décor items provided they permit safe mobility for the Elder and allow for easy cleaning. Please be sure to label them. Upholstered items must be professionally cleaned prior to admission.  Upkeep of any personal item is the responsibility of the family.

Personal furnishings that can be brought:

  • Comfortable chair
  • Radio (good working condition)
  • Pictures to hang on the walls
  • Small dresser

Personal belongings that CANNOT be brought:

  • Rugs/carpets
  • Electrical appliances
  • Electric blankets


Putting business affairs in order
This may be an appropriate time to make arrangements for someone to assist your loved one with their business affairs including a will or to formalize funeral arrangements. Make arrangements for business mail – including cheques, charge accounts and other bills – to be sent to the individual who will be assisting your loved ones with their financial affairs.  Re-direct personal mail to Kinsmen who will be assisting the Elders financial affairs.