Great Gifts for Skilled Nursing Residents

Cheerful senior woman receiving a gift box

For many, giving is the true joy of the holiday. For a loved one living in a skilled living facility, it can be a challenge finding the perfect gift. Limited living space places a limit on what’s appropriate and many residents of a nursing home already have many of their day-to-day needs met. But, with a little thought and consideration, finding the right gift can be a joyful experience. Here are some ideas for the loved one in your life.

A CD with their favorite music or a preloaded iPod
Music has the power to stimulate emotions, enhance one’s mood and soothe. Giving your loved one a CD or iPod with their favorite tunes can be a perfect gift.

Framed pictures of special memories
Find a photo of you with your loved one when you were celebrating a wedding or birthday, or when you were vacationing together. This will serve as a reminder to them that they are special to you. It will also provide a constant mood boost.

Board games
If you visit your loved one regularly, board games can be a great way to spend time together. They also help engage your loved one’s mind, which may help keep their brain healthy and active.

Lap desk with book holder  
For those who have to spend a good part of the day in bed, a lap desk with a book holder makes it easy to write, surf the internet, or read a good book. It also provides easy access to things like water, books and magazines, or the television remote.

Clothing/blankets
A warm cardigan sweater, a hand-knit blanket, a sweatsuit or some non-skid slippers will provide comfort, while making your loved feel stylish, as well! Remember that the best choices should be comfortable, loose fitting, and easy to put on, with no difficult fastenings.

Homemade treats
Homemade cookies, candies and cakes can make the holidays special, particularly if it’s something that’s part of a family tradition. Be sure and check with your loved one’s doctor and facility staff first.

Grandkids’ arts and crafts
A mug made from clay, a crayon picture or even a poem from a grandchild is always a sweet idea. These creations not only provide a constant reminder that someone loves them, but also provide a good conversation starter with friends that visit.

Phone cards
If most of the time spent with your loved one is over the phone, get them a prepaid phone card, so they can call you whenever they like. This lets them know your connection with them is important and provides some peace of mind that they can always reach you.

Still brainstorming about the perfect gift?
Consult with the staff at the facility to see if they have any suggestions. As people who interact with your loved one on a daily basis, they may know some secret desire your loved one possesses.

Remember, the best gift, of course, is a visit from you. Enjoy the season!

Source: Real Properties in association with IlluminAge Communication Partners; copyright 2018 IlluminAge.