When arriving at the Kiwanis Pavilion for the first time, bring a few days' worth of clothing, including undergarments, socks and nightwear. You can bring more clothing in the days to follow.
Give the clothing to the health care team for labeling. It will be returned to your loved one's room once labelled. You probably want to hold back a few items for the next day or so until the labelled clothing arrives back to the room. All clothing you bring needs to get labelled; that includes coats, jackets, sweaters, pyjamas, socks and undergarments.
Kiwanis Pavilion is kept fairly warm so it's best to provide layers of clothing for your loved one. A t-shirt layered with a shirt and a sweater or zippered hoodie is preferable to a single heavy garment. Elastic-waist or drawstring pants allow for comfort while sitting and exercising. Athletic wear works well, if your loved one is used to wearing that type of clothing.
Clothing should be wash-and-wear. Kiwanis Pavilion’s laundry services use heavy-duty washers and dryers which can be a little hard on clothes, so no wool, linen, silk or fine garments, please. Polyester, cotton, corduroy and other hard-wearing materials are your best choices.
You can ask that clothing be labelled "Not to be laundered," but everyday clothing should generally be wash-and-wear. We cannot guarantee these items will not be sent to the laundry accidentally.
Coats and suits should be taken out for dry cleaning periodically. Special occasion clothing that requires fine laundering or dry cleaning should be taken home right away after it is worn.
Wire coat hangers are provided by Kiwanis Pavilion. There's no point in bringing fancy hangers as they will not end up being used.
There will be times when someone else’s article of clothing ends up in the wrong closet or dresser. Simply take it to the health care team who will ensure it finds its way to its rightful owner.
Don't forget to bring sturdy, but comfortable footwear, if your loved one is mobile. Even sandals and slippers should be of the supportive variety to prevent accidental falls.