Patients Residents & Families

What to Bring

Whether you are a patient at Bruyère or you are visiting a loved one, you need to know about the services and accommodations available to you. Having the information you need ahead of time will help make your stay as comfortable as possible.



On admission to any site at Bruyère, bring with you a current list of medications including herbal supplements. Your doctor, pharmacist and nursing staff will work together to review your medications to ensure your safety. Family and friends should not be bringing any medications for you as all medications during your stay must be ordered by your doctor. A pharmacist is available to assist patients and residents in any medication-related matters.

Personal Effects

As space is often limited, we must ensure that personal belongings do not present a risk to patients, residents or others using our facilities. Please take the time to discuss any personal needs with the Clinical Manager before bringing any items in. Bruyère is not responsible for theft, loss or damage of personal belongings. Bringing expensive jewelry and valuables such as credit cards, cheque books or cash is not recommended.


Small electrical personal grooming appliances or equipment such as laptops, radios, CD and, MP3 players, e-readers, and clocks are generally acceptable.


All electrical items must be inspected and approved by our electricians prior to their use. This can be requested through the Ward Clerk on each unit. Patients, residents and families are responsible for all repairs to personal equipment that may be required. Please note that hot plates, toasters, refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee machines, kettles, space heaters, humidifiers, heating pads, microwave hot packs, electric blankets, fans, lamps, holiday decorations, extension cords and halogen bulbs are not permitted for safety reasons.


Patients and residents should bring comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Closet space is limited so please bring only the essentials to ensure comfort.

Personal Laundry

Washers and dryers are available for use by patients and family members on the patient care unit. There is no cost and no supplies are necessary to do the laundry. If you are unable to do your own personal laundry, family members or friends are welcome to do it for you. Staff members do not assist with laundry.


Patients are also required to bring their own toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, unscented shampoo, body lotion, shaving supplies and a comb or brush. We ask that you not bring or wear scented personal products including soap, deodorant, powders, hair care products, cosmetics, perfumes and aftershave lotion.


You are asked to bring any orthotics and specialized equipment that you normally use and may need. Please note that patients, residents and families are responsible for repairing or replacing such items. All privately owned wheelchairs must be in good and safe condition before they are brought to the hospital. All power mobility devices must use maintenance-free gel batteries. Lead batteries are not permitted.


Footwear for patients and residents should be solid, comfortable, and suitable for walking. Unless otherwise suggested by staff, footwear should also have low heels and a good slip resistant sole.