Prepare for a Stay

Prepare for a stay at Melrose Center

We know there’s a lot that goes into the decision to seek treatment. Knowing how to prepare for you or your loved one to stay at Melrose can help.

Our amenities

When you enter Melrose Center, you’ll be welcomed into a peaceful, safe environment that fosters trust and promotes healing. We provide the following amenities to help make your time with us as comfortable as possible:

Common spaces

We have many inviting common areas throughout the center with comfortable seating and lots of natural light. Some have fireplaces and other touches to help you feel comfortable, including a piano you can play.

Outdoor spaces

We have two tranquil spaces where you can spend time outside. Our healing garden provides walking paths, a soothing fountain and ample seating with space for therapy sessions. Our deck faces Bass Lake Preserve so you can soak up nature while relaxing.

Laundry facility

Washers and dryers are available to all residential patients at no charge. Detergent is provided.

Fitness center

We provide cardio and strength equipment in our Physical Awareness and Rehabilitation Center (PARC) so you can work with fitness specialists and physical therapists to create balanced exercise routines.

Dining center

Mel’s Café offers balanced meals and healthy grab-and-go snacks for patients and their guests.


We’re part of the St. Louis Park school district and provide instructor-led classes throughout the schoolyear in our dedicated schoolroom.


Our on-site chapel provides private space for prayer and spiritual reflection.

What to pack

At Melrose Center, we provide many basic items like towels, laundry detergent and bedding to help keep you comfortable during your time with us. You’ll only need to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing like jeans and t-shirts
  • Personal care items
  • All prescription medications, including, but not limited to birth control, inhalers, and insulin.
  • Other personal effects like photos, books or blankets.

Some patients choose to bring:

  • A freshly-laundered blanket, to make your room feel more comfortable.
  • Photos and drawings to decorate your space.
  • Books, sketchbooks and journals so you can read, sketch or write in your free time.
  • Other personal items to help you feel more at home.

For your own safety and the safety of the other patients, our nurses will inventory your belongings when you check in to the intensive residential or residential unit. For more details on what to pack, check out the packing list under “Forms & resources” at the bottom of the page.

Frequently asked questions