Holiday Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Posted by Dr. El - November 29, 2009 - Tips for gifts, visits - 9 Comments

With Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering what would make a good present for a relative in a nursing home. If you check my sidebar under Products of Note, you’ll see some possibilities, a few of which I’ve blogged about earlier in the year. (Try using the Search tool in the sidebar to find a post on a particular item.) In my efforts to banish the barren nursing home room, photos are still my number one pick for holiday gifts, but here are other suggestions (be sure to label everything!):

  • Nice lotions, soaps, and grooming products
  • A special bedspread
  • A “lap” blanket to wear while sitting in a wheelchair
  • Wheelchair accessories (Google it) like cup holders, side pockets, wheel lights, etc.Mobility Saddlebag for Wheelchairs, Powerchairs & Scooters
  • Sturdy clothes that can handle being washed in an industrial washing machine
  • Colorful bangle bracelets to blend in with nursing home wrist bands
  • Plants, or potted flowers, especially if you can come by to water them regularly
Great gifts from the heart:
  • Make a commitment to visit once a week, or once a month
  • Make a commitment to call once a week, or once a day
  • Organize friends and family so that each person has a week to call or visit
  • Bring a home-cooked meal
  • Organize friends and family to bring a home-cooked meal on a regular basis