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Gift for Patient in a Nursing Home
Gift Guide especially for Nursing Home Residents!
You want to get something special for the family member or friend who is in a nursing home. It puzzles gift buyers, knowing that space is limited and there may be some dietary restrictions.
Don't give up, as I've found some great ideas for you. Make this a Merry Christmas or a Happy Birthday for the nursing home patient with gifts that put a smile on their face. They will be thrilled that you put so much thought into the right gift for them.
Don't wait for Christmas, get a gift for their birthday or just any day. They will feel so special to get a present from you.
Take a look at the selections below. Often the nursing home has a Christmas party for the residents before December 25th. They encourage family and friends to attend this and bring a present for the resident. Check with the nursing home to see when the party is and what the format is. This varies from nursing home to nursing home.
Graphic available from Zazzle: Candy Cane Christmas Stickers by AJsGraphics
Make a Photo Collage for the Nursing Home Patient's Wall
You can use an online service to make a photo collage poster or get this collage with pockets for the photos to slip into. Chose photos showing different aspects of the patient's life. Be sure to include their hobbies and work.
Besides providing enjoyment for the patient, the poster serves as a reminder to the nursing home staff that this person had a full life beyond what they currently see. It can be a conversation starter for staff and visitors.
Keep Them Warm with a Shawl with Pockets - This One Has Electric Warming
What's great about this gift?.... If a nursing home patient is on blood thinners, they get cold easily. The cozy shawl keeps them warm and is easy to wrap around the shoulders without having to put the arms in a sweater. The pockets lets them keep things they want at hand, like a tissue or their glasses. Fine for use in their room.
For use while in a wheelchair, take a look at similar shawls that don't need electrical power.
Get a Nursing Home Patient a Fun Christmas Hat - to brighten their day
These don't cost much, but get lots of attention for the wearer from the nursing home staff and visitors. They will love the response they get when they wear it. Especially good is a hat with music or lights or both. There are hats for other holidays too, like Easter or 4th of July.
This one is lightweight which is an advantage for an older person.
More Ideas for Funny Hats or Special Occasion Headgear
- Funny Hats for Holidays and Other Occasions
You don't need a special occasion to wear a funny hat. Anytime you want to get a laugh, don one of these goofy headgear. Actually the more unexpected it is, the better.
Get the Patient Something to Give to the Nursing Home Staff - like microwave popcorn packs
Nursing homes have a lot of people on staff, working different shifts. If the patient has something they can give to each one, it lets them be the Santa. Keep it simple, like these microwave popcorn packets. Take them out of the boxes and put them in a basket. You can put a sticker on each packet saying MERRY CHRISTMAS from put patient's name. Just type these on your computer and stick them on ahead of time.
Ask the nursing home how many people work there, so you can get the right amount. The popcorn is a good choice, as staff like to put it in the microwave in their break room. Candy is another option. You may need as many as 50 or even higher, so keep it simple.
More Ideas for Gifts for Nursing Home Staff
- Gifts for Nursing Home Staff
It's not always easy choosing gifts for nursing home staff. These employees have assisted your loved ones during a difficult time in their lives and you want to give them something special. These suggestions will help you with your decision and even
Offer to Address Christmas Cards for the Patient in a Nursing Home
Take several boxes of Christmas cards, some stamps and a pen with you to the nursing home. Ask if they want to send some cards. Let them tell you who the card is for and sign the cards if they are able. Your role will be to fill out the addresses, stamp and mail the cards. If they can't sign the cards themselves, have them tell you what message to put in the card and sign for them.
Help with the Holiday Cards
Take a stack of cards with you to the nursing home.
Rudolph Christmas Lights Card by mistyqe (available from Zazzle)
A Tiny Tree for the Patient's Room in the Nursing Home
This one holds their Christmas cards or photos. You may need to offer to store it for them after the holidays until next Christmas. The rooms don't have space for out-of-season items.
See How Small the Room Is
Patients Taking Blood Thinners Have a Hard Time Keeping Warm - Try a gift like these warm booties for them
I am in love with this whole idea. My grandmother has trouble with her feet as they swell, ache and she has a hard time getting them warm. After giving her these neat booties she props her feet up every night, has her warmed booties on and just grins. What a great thank you each time I see her. (review by J. Babcock on Amazon)
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Get the Patient a Subscription to a Magazine Related to an Interest of Theirs
Patients look forward to receiving mail in the nursing home. Getting magazine subscriptions gives them something to anticipate in the mail.
Reading a Magazine Helps Pass the Time
Give a Gift That Comes All Year Long
Opt for a magazine to fit their special interest or get a general one like Reader's Digest in large print.
My brother can no longer work on the hot rods that he loved to customize. He still enjoys reading about them and seeing what others are doing with hot rods.
More Ideas of Magazines for Someone in a Nursing Home
Besides the specialty magazines on hobbies or general interest magazines like nature or their home state, consider these memory inspiring magazines. I'll bet they'll read them over and over. My mom and dad enjoyed these very much when they were in their eighties.
Also keep in mind that older folks may have limited vision. Reader's Digest puts out a large-print magazine and there are large-print crossword puzzles. Best-sellers and other fiction come in large print too.
Reminisce, a magazine about the good old days, makes a great gift for a senior. Filled with nostalgic memories, it gives them hours of pleasant reading and remembering.
A similar magazine is one called The Good Old Days.
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Hanging Bag for a Walker - to tote things around
This gives them a place to stash their glasses, tissues and even the book they are reading and have all those with them as they move around during the day.
The hanging bag keeps their belongings with them wherever they go in the nursing home such as down to the dining room or when they go to therapy.
Bedside Caddy - to hold a book and other needs
This saves them from having to get up after bedtime. The things they might want are right at hand. No need for them to call for an attendant to help them up or to fetch something.
Keep in mind that if they have an adjustable bed, this might not work for them.
Bedside Storage Caddy
Make the Wheelchair More Comfy
Sometimes the arms of the wheelchair get shabby and cracked. Covering them with these cushy armrests makes it more comfortable for someone who spends a lot of time in one.
These are washable and feel very smooth under the patient's arms.
Help the Nursing Home Resident Save Their Life Story
Get one of the books with questions about their life and space to write their memories. Offer to write in the things they remember if they have trouble writing due to arthritis. Talk with them about the topics and make return visits to work on filling in the book.
Click on this book to see variations of this.
A Memory Book for a Man
This book has spiral binding so stays open for easy-to-write in it. It has questions to inspire memories and the nursing home resident can pass the time by noting down their life experiences.
For some, it might be easier if you read the questions and discuss the topic with them, then write it down for them.
There are similar books for women as well.
If you are too far away to visit often, then send a short note or a postcard every week or several times a week. Residents look forward to mail time and it really brightens their day.