Hospital bag for the elderly

Pregnant women are advised to have a hospital bag packed for when they go into labour and to have a hospital bag for the elderly is also a very good idea.

No one wants to think about suddenly being rushed to hospital.However it could happen to anyone at anytime.

Hopefully it won’t be needed but if it is then it is one less thing for you or your family to worry about.

This is a good idea really for anyone with children too. I have found myself in casualty many times with my sons and then had to return home for night clothes,wash kit etc.

Items to pack

  • Night dress, Pyjamas or whatever you feel would be suitable and comfortable to wear in bed. Hospitals can be either too hot or too cold they never seem to be just right and an older person may feel colder anyway.
  • A dressing gown, cardigan or bed jacket in case it is chilly
  • Slippers
  • Wash kit including soap,flannels,toothpaste,toothbrush,hair brush/comb,shaving materials
  • Reading material if appropriate
  • Mobile Phone. Most hospitals allow mobiles to be used on the wards
  • Some money is always useful as the television by the bedsides have to be paid for as are any items needed from the ward trolley
  • A list of family and friends contact numbers is helpful both for the hospital forms and the patient
  • A full list of current medications and doses. Empty boxes from previous prescriptions are ideal although bulkier


Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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