Things to Bring

It is understandable that as residents prepare the make the transition to living in University Housing and Beckwith Residential Support Services have a lot of things to remember.  To ease the transition for residents, we have compiled a list of things to bring. Please consult with University Housing’s recommendations found at

In addition, below is a list of items that that members of the Beckwith Residential Support Services program should bring. Items in bold are required.

  • Shower chair.
  • Gait belt or other items used to assist with safety of transfers.
  • Disposable Latex free Medical Gloves – for your PAs – bring enough to last the semester, not just 1 box;
  • Paper towels for your bedroom, and a paper towel holder (free standing);
  • Disposable wipes (Do not bother purchasing “flushable” wipes. No wipes are to be flushed; they all clog the toilet.
  • Surgical masks (protect resident and/or staff when you/they are ill);
  • Toolbox (Allen wrench, Duct Tape, zip ties, tools and spare parts, bolts, screws, nuts (part specific to each resident’s wheelchair) Velcro);
  • First Aid Kit (stocked with various sizes of band-aids, thermometer, pain reliever or other over-the counter meds, zip lock bags for ice, antibiotic ointment);
  • Extra bedding (minimum of two sets of twin sheets);
  • Draw sheet – if the resident is assisted with repositioning. (May be an extra flat sheet or towel, you do not need to purchase an actual “draw sheet”);
  • Garbage bag liners-to use for non-routine laundry, flushable wipes, or items to address incontinence
  •  A permanent marker (like Sharpie) to mark on white garbage bag liners.
  • Laundry soap\clothes softener for High Efficiency (HE) products. Please bring more than one container of laundry detergent. One will be stored in a locked room to be used for laundry service. The other can be kept in the resident’s room for unscheduled laundry needs.
  • A pouch/bag where you plan to keep your wallet/I-Card attached to your wheelchair.
  • Washable or disposable incontinence pad for resident’s bed.
  • Mattress topper.
  • Reachers or other adaptive devices used by resident.
  • Storage: Each resident receives one shelf for storage in the basement of Nugent Hall. This shelf can be used for storing bins and other items that can fit securely. The dimensions of the shelf are 4x2x2
  • Please note: There is not extra storage space for backup wheelchairs (power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, or travel wheelchairs) or equipment (i.e., walkers) that cannot fit on the 4x2x2 shelf. If a resident wishes to bring these items with them, they must be stored in the resident’s room.

Resident Medical Supplies

Residents are responsible for setting up their own accounts with durable medical vendors for supplies and medications if you prefer having items shipped to you regularly.  


Beckwith staff will not store supplies for residents that do not fit on their assigned storage shelf in the basement. Nugent Hall and BRSS are not responsible for lost or stolen supplies and/or medications. It is the responsibility of the resident to assure that medications and supplies are delivered and securely managed. 

BECKWITH RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE DISPOSABLE MEDICAL GLOVES FOR USE BY THEIR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS. Beckwith Personal Assistants are required to use disposable gloves as a means of providing safe, efficacious care to the residents with disabilities. Gloves provide a barrier between infectious agents and the skin. Glove use is a basic precept of prevention of blood borne pathogen transmission. Breaks in the hand’s skin barrier are common. Gloves are used for the protection of the Personal Assistant and the Beckwith resident.