The holiday season is busy for so many reasons! You are trying to find the perfect gift, you are scheduling weekend plans, and you also want to spend some quality time with your loved ones who are living in skilled nursing homes. It is easy to buy gifts for children because they tend to be quiet vocal about what they want. But what about gifts for seniors? What do you buy for the elderly loved ones in your family or friends circle who are nursing home residents? You don’t want to give them something they already have and at the same time, you want to give a gift they will use! Presents should bring a smile on their faces, make them think of positive memories and give them hope.
What can you include in a Nursing Home Care package? Here is a helpful list:
- Lip balm
- Hand creams
- Soft towel
- Toiletry set
- Hand sanitizers
- Pill organizers
- Hand warmers
The great thing about gifts is that they can be personalized. You can get items that will be useful and leave a lasting impression in their memory.
We have made a list of gift ideas for nursing home residents that could help you this holiday season:
You can involve children in this craft based activity and make some door decorations for your older loved one in the nursing care facility. Or you can take the craft items to them to the nursing residence and turn this into a family activity. Making Christmas wreaths is one of the most popular decorative items but you can make anything that could make them smile. Adding ornaments, berries or pine cones will make the door decoration look more festive. Add a family picture to the decor, an image of their pet, their favorite vacation spot or an inspirational quote to personalize it!
The holiday season is festive but it’s also very cold! Cold weather tends to trigger arthritis pain in older people. How can you help your senior loved one stay warm? Skid-resistant socks are great not just for warmth but for easy and safe walking too! They come in a variety of colors and gripper treads help against potential slips and falls. Non-slippery socks are perfect for seniors in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement facilities. Wheelchair blanket is another practical accessory that provides light-weight warmth. The wheelchair blanket comes with a large handy pouch where seniors can store some items for convenience. A women’s Bed Jacket is perfect for added warmth. Easy hook closures secure the cape and prevent falling off shoulders. It makes a great gift for seniors as an alternative to robes!
Not getting enough sleep can exhaust us and for seniors and patients at nursing homes, their sleep can get disturbed due to a variety of reasons. This could be a great Christmas gift for seniors. An uncomfortable pillow is one of the main reasons why people are unable to sleep properly. Using the wrong pillow increases the chances of neck and back pain, headaches and insomnia. Although finding the right pillow can be a challenge, it could be the perfect gift if you can find the right one!
Who doesn’t like comfortable and cozy slippers in winter? They are great for walking indoors and it is very important to wear slippers that are slip resistant. Good and sturdy footwear gives comfort, balance and stability to an elderly persons gait. Whether you are looking for men’s house slippers or women’s extra-wide slippers, both provide comfort while protecting against slips or falls. You can choose from the variety of colors available to suit your loved ones needs.
Seat cushions are great for a senior or older persons comfort especially in a nursing care facility. You can either get those decorative soft cushions that can be placed under the arms or those special cushions that prevent sores. The best way to prevent sores is to keep the elderly or senior from staying in one position on the bed or chair. Gentle reminders are great so they can shift their weight to a different position and seat cushions or small pillows can be very helpful for that. With the help of a seat cushion, your loved one can sit in a comfortable position and feel relaxed.
Walker/ Wheelchair pouch
Nobody likes to forget those small essentials! We all love to carry small items that we always need, it could be a small hand cream, a pill-box, a picture or a little snack! A wheelchair or a walker bag/pouch is a great handy item that your senior loved one will adore. The pouch has 2 zippered pockets and 2 open pockets that are great for holding personal belongings or small items.
Is your elderly loved one a big fan of literature? If you know their favorite author, get them a book that you know they will love! These days books come with such gorgeous covers, and you can choose one that will surely make them happy. Is your loved one not fond of holding books and do they find it difficult to hold it for an extended period? If yes, then an e-reader is the best option. E-readers make the perfect gift for seniors as they are not just light to carry, their screen light can be adjusted to suit the readers’ comfort level. You can download their favorite books before gifting it or simply ask them before downloading any!
We all know someone who forgets where they kept their glasses! An eyeglass holder is a perfect gift for seniors, especially those who often forgets where they kept their eye wear. You can personalize an eyeglass holder by painting it, adorning it with beads or write a small note on it. A personalized gift is always loved by a senior residing at a nursing home or a nursing care facility. Older people who are living in nursing homes want to be remembered and loved. What better way to honor them than to think of gift ideas that are personalized and thoughtful.
It would be so much better to have all our essential items in one place, right! These days there are so many practical and functional organizers that make life easier. Your senior loved one will love an Umbra accessory organizer. They are affordable, practical and have a clean minimal design. The stylish tabletop storage hammock features a sturdy wire-frame and suede-like microfiber fabric pockets to neatly store everyday items.
What did you think of our holiday gift idea blog post? Is there anything you want us to add? Leave a comment and let us know!
Related: Are you looking for gift ideas for grandparents? Check out our blog post here.