UPMC Senior Communities

What to Bring/What to Expect

What to Expect

  • Your typical day will be designed personally for you. Our staff will develop an individualized care plan with goals set specific to your care needs.
  • You will be seen by your physician within 48 hours of your admission.
  • The frequency of your physicians’ visits will vary based on your needs. Physicians managing the patients in the transitional rehabilitation units of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute will round more frequently due to the expected short-term stay before discharging. Physicians managing long-term care residents are required to round every 30 to 60 days which is subject to individual patient needs. Physicians are frequently consulted by the nursing staff even when off-site for continued oversight. Telemedicine capabilities are also used for consults.
  • There are certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) in the building daily Monday to Friday.
  • The nursing staff consists of RN unit managers who coordinate care, an RN wound care nurse, an RN infection control nurse, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants who provide personal care.
  • Occupational, physical, and speech therapy are provided according to physician orders and your individual plan of care. If rehabilitation services are ordered, you will be evaluated by a therapist the day after you are admitted.
  • Family and friends may visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however there are no overnight accommodations available. Visitors may gain access to the building by ringing the buzzer after hours.
  • Meals are served in the main dining room or on the care units in a group or individual setting. Having your meals in the dining room is encouraged in order to socialize with others and build relationships.
  • Daily activities are provided by our activities department. A monthly schedule of the activities is posted in all of our facilities. Chaplains are also available.

What to Bring

  • Residents should bring enough clothing to last one week. Sweaters and light jackets to layer are suggested, as the temperature varies in different parts of the building. All clothing should be washable and labeled with the resident’s name.
  • Residents should bring their own personalized items, such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, and assistive devices. Please mark these items on the resident’s inventory list upon arrival and label them with the resident’s name, if possible.
  • For your safety, all electronics must be inspected by maintenance to ensure safety. Please check with your nurse before bringing in any appliance to make certain it is allowed. Extension cords are not permitted to be used.
  • For long-term residents, personalization of your room with bedding, lamps, throws, and wall art is encouraged.
  • You might want to consider bringing a few of your own activities, such as books, magazines, or playing cards for any “off time” in your daily schedule.

What Not to Bring

  • Clothing that requires special handling
  • Valuables, such as jewelry
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Please note that all UPMC facilities are smoke-free and smoking is not permitted.

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