Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. You have brought your loved one home, how what? You will need a few things right away to contribute to safety and comfort. These items are available in a variety of places from online to medical supply shops, to community organizations, to buying used on craigslist. If you have been unable to source them used or simply need them quickly, online can be a great option. If you have Amazon Prime they will reach you more quickly than ordering from a supply company and for less cost. This is not at all an exhaustive list of everything you may need, but includes some common items. Bed Pads: Disposable vs. washable. There is a place for each type. I absolutely say to have both. Use fabric ones under the sheet and it gives discrete protection against occasional accidents. Disposable ones don't hold up well, send to shift and crinkle. A fabric one can stay there even through sheet changes, until it needs to be changed. For fabric, I like this brand. Four is plenty to start with. As incontinence becomes a problem, you may want a few more, and you may want the smaller (24x30) size to use in recliners or wheelchairs. As illness progresses, you will begin using these on top of the sheets, directly under the patient both for cleanliness and to help move them up in bed. At this point you may want another package. I never needed more than 8, even when using two at a time. Use disposables for other things, such as a changing pad, or to sit on during bath or toileting transfers. Disposable pads are often called "chux" but that is simply one brand. I don't have a favorite brand or one to avoid, so I haven't linked any. I will only link to things I've personally used.
Sheets: Once you get a hospital bed, you will need stretchable sheets. Knit jersey is a good choice, they are comfortable and allow for the mattress to move and have room for air pads underneath. I bought these and they worked well. Of course they got stained pink by a red towel almost immediately, so my thoughts of bleaching them and maintaining pristine white sheets was shattered. However, I found that they get stained with lotions and creams anyway, so being pink was not a big deal.
Transfer Belt and Slide Board: *Please do not use a transfer belt unless your loved one's medical professionals have recommended it and showed you safe use. We liked this belt because it is wide and has multiple places to hold on for the caregiver. The slide board has a learning curve but was invaluable for our transfers. We used it until mom was simply too weak to sit up and we had to use a hoyer lift instead. The slide board is easy to transport and pretty discreet as well. We used it at home of course, but also at church to move from wheelchair to seat.