What to Bring

​​ For your loved one's inpatient stay, bring the following items:

Documents and Information

  • Health card (OHIP card)
  • Information about private health insurance or other health benefits. If you or your loved one has private health insurance or receives other health benefits, this may help to cover the cost of preferred accommodation if you request for your loved one to stay in a semi-private or private room.
  • A copy of any advance directive (power of attorney or living will) your loved one may have
  • Contact details for other health care providers who have been involved in your loved one's care to help us ensure continuity in care
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of your loved one's family members, friends or other emergency contacts and family doctor


  • A complete list of medications your loved one is currently taking, including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Loose, comfortable clothes to wear during the day that are easy to put on and appropriate for exercise, such as sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Clothes to sleep in, such as a nightgown or pajamas and a robe
  • Socks and comfortable shoes with non-skid rubber soles, such as running shoes. For individuals with limited movement in their arms or hands, we recommend bringing shoes with Velcro straps.
  • Slippers (rubber soles and closed backs are preferred)
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, tissues or lip and skin moisturizer. Please do not bring any scented products.
  • Hearing aids and batteries, dentures and eyeglasses
  • Walker, wheelchair or other mobility aids, labelled with your loved one's name and phone number

If you forget to bring anything with you, you can bring the items after your loved one has been admitted.

You May Also Want to Bring

  • A cell phone and/or a phone card for local and long-distance calls.
  • Small personal items, such as books or magazines.
  • A personal device for music or entertainment, and headphones or earplugs so you do not disturb other patients. Free UHN guest wi-fi is available throughout the hospital.
  • A small amount of money for newspapers, coffee or other small purchases in the hospital.
  • Anything else that will make your stay more comfortable.
We do not take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.