What to bring

During your stay in rehabilitation, you will get up and get dressed for therapy every day. To be prepared, you will need an assortment of comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, as well as other personal items.

Be sure to review this checklist to ensure that you have all of the necessary items for your stay.

Clothing Suggestions

It is important that you are as comfortable as possible during your rehabilitation stay. The following are tips on how to dress and what to bring:

  • You will wear your own clothing  so pack comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Label clothing with your name-sharpie pen works great
  • Clothing should allow you to exercise with freedom of movement.
  • Soft-soled shoes or athletic shoes with nonskid soles.
    • Shoes should be sturdy with closed backs, tied or velcroed with rubber-sole bottoms, i.e. sneakers/tennis shoes
  • Several sets of comfortable athletic clothing, including:
    • T-shirts
    • Sweatpants or stretch pants
    • Shorts, if you have had leg surgery
  • Typical clothing that you would wear at home — such as shirts with buttons — so you can practice getting dressed.
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas, a robe, and slippers with tread or traction


  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Toothbrush, Mouthwash, Floss and Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and other hair care products
  • Makeup/Nail File
  • Denture adhesive and cleaner, if applicable
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Other Items to Bring

  • Dentures, hearing aids, and/or glasses
  • Splints, braces, or orthotics, and customized equipment — such as a wheelchair — that you are using at home
  • Any assistive devices you own, such as a cane or walker
  • The name and phone number of your primary care physician
  • A list of any medicines you currently take
  • Any prescription plan identification cards
  • A living will or advance directives, if applicable

Items to Consider Bringing

  • Activities for your “off time,” such as books, magazines, cards, etc.
  • A small amount of cash ($15 or less)
  • The phone numbers of relatives and friends, including the numbers for your emergency contacts
  • A small pad of paper and a pen
  • A laptop computer so you can use the free wireless Internet service

Medications: If you bring medications or vitamins from home, please check them with your nurse or the doctor.

It is important to label all your belongings. Please do not bring valuable or irreplaceable items.


Rest is important for people with brain injury, so after 8pm we would expect clients to be left to rest. In the mornings clients will be showering and getting ready for the day and privacy is appropriate. In the early stages, we may have to limit visitors to immediate family in order to avoid fatigue or overstimulation for clients.

Families are encouraged to be part of the rehabilitation process. Children are welcome to visit but must be supervised at all times due to the health and safety hazards. It is recommended that any visitors under the age of five stay for short periods of time.

Some clients will be at different stages of recovery and may find a lot of noise and visitors quite disturbing. So please contact us.

Mail address

Clients Name:
PO Box 17-045 Greenlane,
Auckland 1546.

Staying Safe

At LFR we work hard to give safe, high-quality health care to everyone in New Zealand. For example, preventing  falls, infections and giving people the wrong medicine.

There are also things you and your family/whānau can do to help you stay safe in hospital.  Read more