Christmas gifts for residents
- 0Dec 3, '11 by laderalisOur facility is doing a program where each staff picks a resident to buy a Christmas gift for. I LOVE this idea :heartbeat, but am at a loss as to what to give my resident . She is 90+, half blind and half deaf... Any ideas???
- 2Dec 3, '11 by rn4life2009The year I work on ltc we bought like nice fuzzy socks with slip grip, nice smelling lotions(vanilla, fruit pleasant easy scents) and body sprays. We would make sure to use the lotions on them and make sure they had on their warm socks at night.
- 4Dec 3, '11 by MunchMoisturizing lotion, bath products. Does she have a favorite food? We always used to give my grandpa food cause he loved to eat...maybe her favorite chocolates(if she can eat solid food of course..then the food idea is out the window). Maybe a pair of slippers or pajamas? I think it's a wonderful idea the staff is doing, very selfless and giving gifts without expecting anything in return.
- 9Dec 4, '11 by Nascar nurse, ASN, RNCan you ask her what she would want if there was a Santa.
One of my favorite LTC Christmas memories - we had a learning disabled elderly gentlemen. When asked what he wanted for Christmas he said he wanted a superman cape. Someone searched everywhere and found him one. He was as excited as any 4 year old on Christmas morning and wore that cape for months.
- 2Dec 4, '11 by Lynx25I'm a sucker for my residents. (Most of them anyway)
If they mention they want or miss something, chances are I'm picking it up on my lunchbreak if it's reasonable.
I have just an unreasonable amount of LOLs that are not visited by family often, if at all, on my hall.
One, a lovely Italian lady- wanted a "Nice Italian meal" for christmas. We found someone to make lasasgna, I'll make some garlic bread and and a glass of wine if I can swing it with administration.
Another one is getting socks, another wants cherry earrings, another wants "A HUGE COFFEE! BIG! NO DECAF!" Two others are sick and tired of being cooped up, so I'm trying to arrange a field trip out to eat somewhere.
Some can tell you what they want, some you just have to guess. Lotion, Flavored puddings, and little hair doo-dads are always my fallbacks. Dollar store is good for that- and Bath and Body works sometimes has sales on those little bottles of lotion. Pudding is just good because everyone can have it.
- 0Dec 4, '11 by CapeCodMermaid, RNQuote from nursenotamaidIt sometimes helps to look at the specialty the post is posted in. Usually we call out patients residents in long term care.I was so confused until I read the age of your resident! I was reading the post trying to think of why in the world would I buy gifts for the residents (doctors) and wondering who came up with the idea to start gifting them! haha