Each nursing home is different. You are going to have to ask. It all depends on what size room you have and what size their rooms are to begin with. For the most part, you can rely on the fact you can take very little, so please, be prepared to leave pretty much all behind.
I personally think this is one of the cruelest things about moving into a nursing home. The losses. The lose of independance, privacy (lets face it, most can't afford a private room), and pretty much all your belongings. It's a hard situation and some people just don't adapt to it well.
The nursing home we used allowed a tv and a dresser more or less. My gram is in a semi-private (** see below) (due to the wing she is in) but still the rooms are small. Very much like the size of a semi private modern hospital room. All we managed to bring in was a 5 drawer slim dresser (about 16" wide x 12" deep x 40" high), and her tv which is a nice sized portable. We ended up having to move the bed around as well so these two items could fit! We were also allowed to bring her photographs and to put them on the wall in her part of her room.
As well as these two pieces of furniture we of course took her clothing, personal grooming items, and her walker.
Yes, there are rules to what you can bring in as well.
TV & STAND FOR IT:
When I discussed this with the nursing home we were told that we must have a tv stand with a lip on it to prevent the tv from toppling. This is a safety measure. I was told that if I couldn't find a tv stand with a lip on it that I could 'strap' the tv to a stand with strapping such as strapping you would use to hold something to a car. I found you can purchase this at Canadian Tire for $7.99. It's a good solid black strapping with a solid catch on it. It looks a lot like a seat belt.
I also had to buy a regular tv stand as well as my gram had had her tv on her wall unit so had no actual tv stand.
Now.. come the day we went to move this in we were stopped dead in our tracks. It seems that someone has to go over the tv and the stand to be sure they meet all the requirements and standards. Since we got special permission to move her belongings in on the Sat. there was no staff there on the weekend to do this and her tv had to stay in storage until the following Monday.
Come Monday though we discovered gram's tv in her room but on a stand we've never seen before that had no lip and it wasn't strapped down. Matter of fact, the stand looked a lot like the one we hurried out and bought at the last minute except a different wood colour. Mind you, they didn't strap it down to secure it! I have no idea where this stand came from but the one we purchased was still in the box in her closet! I'm going to talk to them about this yet as I don't appreciate being told one thing about safety standards and such and then doing the complete opposite, and making us run around town purchasing things we actually didn't need. The time restrictions on a person when moving are ridicously small (24 hours or so) so any additional running around is somewhat difficult to do. Especially if you are disabled yourself.
On more thing about the tv. You may need an extended cable for it. It all depends on where you are going to put it in her room and where the cable outlet is. Check for this.
You can bring pretty much all their clothing unless they are a clothes horse. Her closet is not a cubby hole but it isn't huge either, it's adequate for her, and there is a shelf that she can even put a couple of boxes on if needed.
Ask if you should put name tags on all the person's clothing. It turned out after I thought of this ahead and had some made we didn't need them. The nursing home we used does it themself because they use an industrial laundry to do all their laundry and each nursing home that uses this place has their own colour coded clothing labels so they know what goes back to where. So they label all the clothing. Try to bring in all clothing at once and any bedding you wish to bring in. We brought her own pillows and a comforter as well. These were also labelled.
Another point that was made to us was that since they use an industrial laundry to be prepared for elastic in clothing to wear out faster. I was told they use harsh detergents and it tends to eat away at elastic. So elastic in pants and underwear can and does wear out. Why they use harsh detergents is beyond me considering some of these people have sensitive skin or even bed sores. Cheaper I guess.
JEWELLERY: WARNING!! Do not bring anything of real value with you unless you have it well insured. Please keep in mind nursing homes are a lot like hospitals. No locks on doors. People moving about constantly. This includes staff, visitors, and other residents. THINGS GO MISSING!
PERSONAL GROOMING ITEMS: Hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, etc. You do not need to take things like shampoo or soap. They supply those for you. If you have a particular lotion you like, take it. Or talc.
** = Note: The wing they put my gram in has only semi-private rooms. She can't afford a semi private room and was only suppose to have a 'basic' which is a ward room. A ward room has 4 beds per room. Since they put her in this particular ward that only has semi-private rooms she is only charged for a 'ward' room. This is very much like a hospital situation, if you only have basic coverage but are put in a semi private you are only charged for basic.
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