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Gift Ideas for Someone Coming Home from the Hospital

Updated on October 13, 2016
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Sadie Holloway likes giving practical yet thoughtful gifts to loved ones. She enjoys hunting around for the best presents she can find.

"Down the hall and to the right." When your friend is ready to come home from the hospital, one of these gift is sure to please.
"Down the hall and to the right." When your friend is ready to come home from the hospital, one of these gift is sure to please.

After someone has had a long stay in the hospital, thoughtful welcome home gifts that help the patient ease back to normal are always appreciated. Here's a list of some of the best gifts you can get for someone who has just come home from the hospital.

Gift Cards. Gift cards for grocery stores, pharmacies, take out restaurants and downloadable entertainment such as iTunes are good gifts to give to someone just returning home from the hospital. Gift cards are especially handy when a caregiver needs to run out to the store to get the patient something to make her more comfortable. The patient can also give the the gift cards to friends and family members who want to help out by running errands or picking up supplies. The patient can send a friend to the store with a list and a pre-paid gift card to pop out for a quick comfort item---no one has to worry about paying anyone back or rounding up cash.

A Mini Fridge or Cooler. Staying hydrated is vital to a patient's recovery after a stay at the hospital. A mini fridge or a small cooler that can hold bottled water by the bedside means your friend or loved one will always have convenient access to plenty of refreshing fluids.

Housecleaning Services. Coming home to a clean, tidy home is one of the first steps a patient takes on the road to recovery. But after a long stay in the hospital, patients and caregivers alike are probably too tired to give their home a thorough cleaning. That's why gift certificates for housecleaning services are one of the best welcome home gifts to give someone after a stay in the hospital.

Help getting to and from appointments. After being discharged from the hospital, many patients are told not to drive until they've been assessed by their family physician. But how can the patient get to the doctor's office when they're not allowed to drive? That's where you come in. Offering to drive your friend or loved one to doctor's appointments or physiotherapy sessions is a valuable gift that shows you care and want the patient to get better.

Sleep Headphones. Many patients recovering after a stay in the hospital find that listening to audiobooks, music, and podcasts is a gentle and entertaining way to pass the time when fatigue keeps them in bed. Listening to soothing music can also help patients cope with any lingering aches and pains. Downloadable guided meditations and relaxation recordings might help the patient fall asleep when they're feeling restless or anxious about the long road to recovery ahead of them. Sleep headphones fit comfortably over the ears and can be worn in almost any position. There are no metal bands or hard plastic earpieces to pinch and poke the scalp and ears.

Cookies made with love brighten spirits and bring hope to people recovering at home after a hospital stay.
Cookies made with love brighten spirits and bring hope to people recovering at home after a hospital stay.

Homemade Treats and Goodies. If you have a talent for baking delicious cookies and treats, take a care package of baked goods the next time you go to visit someone who has just come home from the hospital. Before you start baking up a storm though, find out if your friend or loved one has any dietary restrictions while they recover from their illness or recent surgery. It would be disappointing for both you and the patient if she couldn't enjoy the delicious treats you bring her.

An e-Reader. Reading is a wonderful way to pass the time when getting over an illness or injury. When you give an e-reader as a gift, it's like giving someone and endless supply of their favorite books and magazines. And you don't even have to know who their favorite author is.

Coloring books and markers. Many people turn to coloring books to unwind and relax after a long day. Some people even say that working on coloring books can be good for your mental and physical health too. An adult coloring book bundled up with a set of juicy markers and colored pencils is the perfect gift to take along on your next visit to someone in the hospital or at home recovering from an illness or injury.

Frozen Meals. Casseroles, meat pies, lasagnas, stews, and other frozen entrees, whether store-bought or homemade can help take a load off busy caregivers and family members who are taking care of someone returning from the hospital.

Bringing comfort food for both the patient and caregiver ensures that everyone feels nourished and cared for.
Bringing comfort food for both the patient and caregiver ensures that everyone feels nourished and cared for.

What is the one thing you appreciate the most about home after spending time in the hospital?

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© 2015 Sadie Holloway

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