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Nursing home residents need to be shown love. The best way is to visit them and spend quality time with them. If visiting them is not possible, what can you do to show that you still love and care for them?
Simple! Just buy them a gift.
Hmmm, is it still that simple? Finding a gift idea for assisted living residents can be challenging, because seniors have usually done a lot of downsizing in their lives already. They had stuff – now they don’t need it!
Let’s look at the best ideas for gifts for our nursing home residents.
While you show your love to the seniors in your life, you may also want to help them select a gift for the nurses and care aides who help them every day.
1. Body Lotion
Dry skin is a common problem experienced by seniors, therefore, a good lotion that will keep their skin moisturized is recommended.
Paintings will make their rooms lively and attractive.
3. Picture Frames
A picture frame with their favorite pictures taken in years back will be a good way to remind them of their past. You could also give them a frame with new family photographs from the last few months.
4. Bath Towel
They also need soft towels to keep them dry after a bath, and everyone loves a luxurious new towel.
5. DVD Player
A DVD player is equally important, together with old school CDs for them to listen to their favorite songs.
6. Large Print Books
Seniors love reading especially if it is a habit they had from childhood. A large print book will be appropriate to keep them busy and entertained.
7. Large Print Crossword Puzzles
This is a good indoor game to keep the mind working and trigger some good memories.
8. Low Vision Playing Cards
Ideal for indoor games with friends or solitaire.
Most people love to have flowers in their rooms to brighten them and make them attractive. Surprise your loved one with flowers and replace them frequently to keep their room bright and cheery.
10. Fleece Blankets
Let the older folks enjoy the comfort and warmth of a fleece blanket. They are especially handy for wheelchair rides.
Due to their health problems, old age nursing home residents can be greatly assisted by having a grabber to help them around their room.
12. Magnifying Glass
A magnifying glass comes in handy because with old age our eyes lose the ability to see small prints.
Hats are important for helping them stay warm during the cold seasons.
14. All Occasion Greeting Cards
This will help them to always have a card for all occasions like birthdays, wedding and friendship.
15. Address Book
The address book should contain addresses for family member and friends. You can pre-populate it as part of the gift.
The clock should have large numbers. The clock will help them in keeping track of their daily activities. Dinner time is a big event in a nursing home!
17. Combs and Brushes
Pamper them with combs and brushes to help them keep their hair neat all the time.
Old age comes with its own problems and feeling cold is one of them. A warm sweater will help the old feel warm and avoid health issues.
19. Shaving Kit
Nursing residents need to keep clean and organize their stuff too!
For the nursing home resident to remember their family member’s birthdays and anniversaries for special events they should have marked calendars. Every year make sure that you present them a marked calendar that includes birthdays, anniversaries and important occasions like graduations.
Do you have more gift ideas for nursing home residents? Please share them in the comments!
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