Senior Assisted Living Gifts and Gift Baskets
The perfect gift for a senior citizen is sometimes difficult especially if they have special dietary or medical needs. Individuals in long-term care facilities generally do not need a lot more than the everyday necessities to keep them comfortable.
The Keep it simple rules applies here since many seniors basic needs are taken care of. Also remember that in many instances their rooms and lockers remain unlocked, so you will want something that isn’t of high valuable. A large number of times it may get broken or misplaced. I know of one instance where the senior had Alzheimer and could not remember where her clothes and personal items were and had started finding what she needed in other’s lockers/drawers.
It’s such a nice gesture to bring homemade goodies, but remember in some places this may not be allowed. So ask first especially if they are on a special diet.
Suggestions on Gifts for Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities
- Soap, lotions, antibacterial creams and other toiletries
- Tissues with decorative tissue holders
- Postcards or greeting cards with pre-stamped envelope
- Pretty writing pads, Pads of paper and pens to write notes
Filled picture frames and photo albums
- Beautiful hand towels
- Throws and blankets
- Get the kids to make some homemade arts and crafts
- Pretty cardigan or sweater
- If you know their favorite music on CD
- Books and puzzles
- Soft Fluffy Robes and slippers
- Ladies love receiving blingy hair clips accessories
- Comfortable clothes
- Hats, scarves and gloves
- Room decorations
- Coloring books
- Large alarm clock or watch
- Some women love, large vibrant costume jewelry
Gifts That Keep On Giving and Most Appreciated
Someone living in an assisted living facility may appreciate so much more the things that money can’t buy; those things that won’t cost you anything more than your time. Handwritten notes:
- A skill – computer, knitting, crocheting, arts and crafts,
- Conversation: Who doesn’t like talking about themselves? And, seniors have stories to tell. Just ask.
- Reading a book to them: Spend sometime each week or month reading to a senior who used to love reading but can’t anymore or who never did and would love to be read to.
- Music: If you or someone you know has a talent like singing, playing a musical instrument or any creative gifts, make sure you share it. It can brighten up the lives of a large group, not just one.
Friendships: Many residents of assisted living facilities don’t have families or friends who visit so add them to your list or schedule for visits or birthdays or Christmas gifts. These are the things that leave lasting memories.