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Top Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Updated on September 27, 2014

Bring a Smile to a Nursing Home Resident with a Useful and Thoughtful Gift they'll Love!

Nursing home residents have a lot of free time on their hands and often feel bored and can easily become depressed. Sometimes, it's the little things they have that make them the happiest such as a new blanket, socks or a little box of puzzle books. They're away from their homes, families, friends, pets and feel true loss as they grow older and can no longer care for themselves.

I work with nursing home residents and wanted to share the top gifts for nursing home residents to help you find the best gifts to give someone that you may know that is either living in a nursing home temporarily or permanently.

These gift ideas for Nursing Home Residents will also help you to stay on budget while giving a thoughtful and useful gift that your loved one will use and appreciate often especially when there are no activities in the early mornings or late evenings.

Many nursing home residents have no friend or family support and are oftentimes homeless, so adding a gift for someone you don't even know that lives in a nursing home is a wonderful and caring idea.

As you plan your holiday shopping this year, I thank you for thinking of people that live in a nursing home and sharing your good fortune with them by giving a thoughtful and useful gift. You'll make someone smile for days, weeks and months to come.

Bath Body Lotion Spa Gift Basket Set - Top Gift for Nursing Home Residents!

Hospital and Nursing Home body lotions are simply plain and boring!

Wouldn't it be awesome if each of our nursing home residents had luxurious bath and body products that make them feel and smell fabulous! This delicious jasmine spa set is a great choice to boost someone's spirits.

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Kiss My Face First Kiss Gift Basket
Kiss My Face First Kiss Gift Basket

Facial skin care is very important at every age and the products offered in a nursing home are usually not specific for the face and could be too harsh. Get them their own gift basket of goodies just for them to keep safely in their own room.


Who do you know that's having joint or muscle pain and is unable to bend over as well as they used to?

Unger Professional Nifty Nabber, 36”
Unger Professional Nifty Nabber, 36”

A Grab It Tool is so amazingly useful for anyone that is in a wheelchair and can't get up, anyone with an amputation, anyone with joint pain or circulation problems or just can't reach needed items!

It's lightweight, 36" long and easy to use by pinching the handle together to grab items.


Many nursing homes simply do not offer enough variety of healthy fruits, vegetables or nuts to the residents. Sometimes, it's a matter of scheduled meal times that aren't what your loved one is used to or they want to snack when the kitchen is closed.

If you have someone and are concerned about them not getting the healthy nutrition they need, consider providing more in the way of a dried fruit basket/tray. They can keep it in their room and it will last longer than fresh fruit and offers a great snack idea.

Many of the nursing home residents I care for often complain of their neck feeling cold. They often sleep in their wheelchairs too so they get stiff and sore necks making a simple scarf something that helps a little.

Cashmere Feel Unisex Scarf - Top 4 Star Rating. Gifts for Nursing Home Residents: Luxurious Cashmere

Peach Couture Soft and Warm Cashmere Feel Light Unisex Scarves Black
Peach Couture Soft and Warm Cashmere Feel Light Unisex Scarves Black

I love this super soft cashmere type scarf that is unisex for men or women and in a classic light blue color, plaid design with light fringe at the ends that will warm the neck indoors or out. Find the perfect one with six color options and at less than an expensive coffee drink.

Fun and Games Snacking Gift Box Care Package
Fun and Games Snacking Gift Box Care Package

Games that stimulate the brain are a smart gift for a loved one that is aging. I've noticed working with the elderly that those that stay active with puzzles, word games, cards on the pc and other alone or group activities show less dementia and memory loss. Plus, it's a fun way for them to spend a few hours in the afternoon or before bedtime.


Fun and Games Snack and Treats Gift Basket - 8 Games and Card Sets with Snacks in a Reusable Keepsake Box!

I love gift ideas that help to keep our nursing home residents active either alone or with a friend. This Fun and Games Snack Basket makes a Great Gift Idea for Nursing Home Residents to keep the mind active and reduce boredom!

New Warm Unisex Slippers your Nursing Home Resident will love and appreciate!

Nursing home floors are typically tile or linoleum and cold. These cozy slippers will help your loved one to keep their feet warm while in their room or attending any group activities.

Top Rated Socks/Slippers

Wool or cotton options for tall socks that hug the lower legs to keep them warm while at the same time have a shoe like bottom of leather for walking safely.

Throws to Stay Warm and Cozy - Hospital and Nursing Home Blankets Just Aren't Warm Enough!

Nursing home residents will love these warm and cozy blanket throws to use in their rooms over a bed, for sitting in a chair or wheelchair and will help to take the chill off when they attend the group activities. And, you'll love the price. Plus a warm and cozy throw blanket will look great and help a nursing home feel more like home too!

Northpoint Cashmere Plush Velvet Throw, Chocolate
Northpoint Cashmere Plush Velvet Throw, Chocolate

Six beautiful color options for a super soft and warm cashmere velvet throw blanket to cover up while in a wheelchair, on the sofa or for cuddling up in bed.


A Big Thank You for thinking of Nursing Home Residents!

Word games and word puzzles help to pass the hours of the day as well as help to keep the mind sharp.

This large puzzle book offers perforated pages so they can be torn out and shared with friends.

Suggest them to someone you know and love in a nursing home to keep memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease at bay for as long as possible.

One of the most frustrating parts of aging for people in a nursing home from what I witness is vision loss. Residents get very upset when they can't see the print of their favorite newspaper, magazine or novels. A magnifying glass can help so that reading continues well into the later years of life.

Everyone deserves an indulgent treat now and then.

Walkers classic shortbread cookies are nice, small, sweet cookies for that sweet tooth craving.

Moderation is key but, good luck with that:)

Learn How to Make a Gift Basket Video - full of your own Nursing Home Resident Gifts!

More Gift Ideas for Senior Citizens

* Spend some time visiting with someone in a nursing home that maybe has no family - call your local Nursing home and ask for the Social Worker that can give you a list of these residents.

* Magazine subscriptions make great gifts and arrive every month so is something they can look forward to receiving.

* Small gifts that several of the residents can receive during games and parties such as nail polishes, word books and games, dried fruit and nuts, warm socks. Notify the Activities Director for more suggested ideas.

* An ipad or mp3 player.

* Books that can be shared in the facility's library.

What other things can you think of that Senior Citizens would love to receive?

© 2012 Cindy

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