Guidelines: How to Ensure Your New Home Is a Safe and Functional Living and Working Environment:


Your room is furnished with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe and a chair that you can replace with your own furniture as long as it it fits with the following furniture policy:



Not Permitted

Personal chairs may be brought in, however, all chairs must be sturdy and stable. Sit-to-stand lazy boy chairs are acceptable.

Swivel chairs and rocking chairs are not permitted (unless rocking mechanism can be locked out).

Lazy boy chairs with heating mechanism are not permitted for safety and resident health.

Residents may replace the bedside table and small dresser with their own, however, all furnishings must be fully intact and able to be cleaned with our facility disinfectant.

Nothing is to hang from the ceiling or near any fire detection or suppression device. Display areas will be limited to the shelving areas provided.

Televisions must sit comfortably in the provided built-in shelf (27”) or on a sturdy table 2” from all edges of the table. Televisions with the wall hanging capabilities are permitted up to 42”, however it is the responsibility of the resident or family to purchase the appropriate wall hanging device. Our maintenance staff must install the device and hang the television. Cable and telephone vendor hook-up is the responsibility of the resident/family.

Doors to all resident rooms must close freely and tightly in keeping with fire regulations, so door-hanging devices for wreaths or other display items are not recommended.

Furnishings cannot be placed in any areas which will hinder egress for the resident or staff evacuation.

Computers are welcome, however Internet hook-up and service is the responsibility of the resident/family.

Footstools are not recommended.

Photographs or pictures may be displayed on the walls. The John M. Parrott Staff will install the appropriate picture hangers, etc.

Floor mats are not permitted. As an alternative, we encourage residents to bring in rubber-soled slippers, which can be kept by the bedside.

Telephone and cable (if required) is the responsibility of the resident; arrangements to be made through Bell and/or Cogeco directly.

All small appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, space heaters, portable air conditioners, humidifiers, heating pads/blankets or any other heating devices are not permitted for safety reasons

Bedside table lamp (inspected and approved for safety by our maintenance staff).

Personal beds, mattresses or mattress pads are not permitted.


  • All electrical devices must be inspected and approved for safety by our maintenance staff.
  • Combustible articles and furnishings must be monitored through Environmental Services, and all upholstered furnishings must be steam-cleaned upon admission and treated with a fire-retardant product.
  • Flame- and fire-retardant, colour co-ordinated window coverings are provided and cannot be replaced with personal draperies.
  • Bedding and linen is provided.
  • To ensure the safety of the resident and staff providing care, other furnishings may not be practical and will not be permitted.


If you’d like a phone in your room contact Bell Canada directly at 310-2355 or 1-866-310-2355 or Cogeco 1-800-267-9000 to arrange for the connection.

You can have cable in your room through Cogeco. Contact Cogeco directly at 1-800-267-9000 and arrange for the connection and to discuss cable package and payment options.                                                  

Here are some suggestions for the clothing you should have. Closet space is limited so if you can, store your seasonal items. Clothing Guide: 5 outfits, 2 housecoats, 5 nightwear,

5 sets of underclothing (bra, panties, undershirts, socks), 2 pair slippers, 2 pair of shoes and seasonal outerwear.

Don’t keep valuables and large amounts of cash in your room. The John M. Parrott Centre does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to residents’ personal belongings. You can start a Comfort Account system and withdraw small amounts as needed.