As Christmas quickly approaches, time is running out for those last-minute shoppers. But Hints from Heloise offers some practical suggestions from a nursing assistant for those in need of a gift for a loved one in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility.
Socks: An elderly person’s feet are often cold, so socks are always a safe bet. They can also get lost in the laundry, so it’s a good idea to put the person’s name on the socks.
Shawls for Women: It can be cold during the day and a shawl is a great way to cover the shoulders when a patient is sitting up.
Blankets: Blankets are another great way to keep warm, for both men and women. A bed blanket or a lap blanket are two options.
Slippers: Slippers make great gifts for keeping a patient’s feet warm, especially if circulation is bad.
Sweaters: Sweaters made from sweatshirt materials can be very warm as well as easy to wash. Try to find sweaters that button down the front instead of pullovers that can be diffcult for an elderly person to take on and off.
These simple ideas give you some great gift options for a loved one in a skilled nursing facility, nursing home, or independent living facility. They also show that you’ve put some thought into the gift and that you care for that person’s needs. Best of luck with your shopping!