Holiday gift ideas for Long Term Care residents

Holiday decorations are already popping up in the Ozarks! As we consider gifts for loved ones this year, consider the following when giving to a loved one or friend who resides in a long term care facility, assisted living facility or residential care center.

Preferred and Safe Gift Ideas

  • Stationery, note cards, greeting cards, pens, and stamps
  • Lap writing desk
  • Calendar for 2013 with dates marked on it for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, etc. For birthdays, mark down how old the person will be on that day; for anniversaries, the number of years together
  • Address book with addresses written in for family and friends
  • Jitterbug cell phone with large buttons
  • Cardigan sweaters with large buttons, sweat suits, pajamas, and ladies’ housecoats and dusters
  • Firm shoes with rubber soles; enclosed slippers, non skid socks
  • Clocks with large numbers or verbal announcement capabilities
  • CDs of a loved one’s favorite music, such as songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s
  • Televisions, radios, and DVD and CD players
  • DVDs of favorite TV shows from years past
  • Magazine subscriptions, such as Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, etc. Also, large print magazines such as Reader’s Digest or a subscription to Netflix
  • Subscription to a local newspaper
  • Books in large print editions
  • Checkers, chess, and decks of cards
  • Large print crossword puzzles, word searches or Sudoku books
  • Digital photo frame with family photographs
  • Transfer old family videos and slides to a DVD
  • Tape recorder to log family memories and holiday traditions
  • Dry erase boards for communicating with persons who have serious hearing loss
  • Snack storage containers
  • For Men, boxer briefs, socks, v-neck t-shirts and aftershave

Not-so-good Gift Ideas

  • Fruit
  • Candles
  • Food in containers without a seal

Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility!

Debra Stockton
Director of Social Services, Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility


Category: Services
Tags: christmas gifts, long term care

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