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Inexpensive gift ideas for nursing home residents

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If you have an elderly friend or relative in a nursing home, it can be hard to choose the right present. Before doing any shopping, check with the care facility to see if there are items a resident shouldn't be given. Nursing home residents will alwa

Inexpensive gift ideas for nursing home residents

If you have an elderly friend or relative in a nursing home, it can be hard to choose the right present. Before doing any shopping, check with the care facility to see if there are items a resident shouldn't be given. Nursing home residents will always appreciate the time you spend with them the most, but when you want to give them a little more, consider the following gift ideas that are budget-friendly.

Audio Books or Books in Large Print

Reading is a favourite pastime for many, but can be hard for those who can't see well. Bring the joy of reading back to a person in a care home by giving the gift of a book with large text or an audio book. Many large-print books are available today, as are subscriptions to magazines printed in a larger text, such as "Reader's Digest." Audio books can be purchased at most big bookstores. However, they can also be downloaded for free from many library websites, and listened to for up to 21 days. Some libraries even give their patrons permission to legally burn the audio book onto a CD for indefinite use at no cost.

Grooming Services

Everyone loves to get pampered, and this doesn't change once someone enters a nursing home. Provide a woman hairdressing services by helping her dye and/or perm her hair. Give her a manicure that ends with painting her nails in a fabulous colour. The gift won't only be the personal attention, but also the creams and fingernail polish used. For men, pamper them with an old-fashioned hot lather shave and, if you know how, a haircut. A nursing home may not allow you to give a man aftershave or cologne in a liquid form, but it might be acceptable to give the honoree a solid perfume or pomade for his hair.

Birdfeeder and Birdseed

If the person you visit in a nursing home has a window in their room, hang a bird feeder filled with seeds outside of it. Refill the feeder every time you visit.

Calendar and Stationery Set

When one lives in a nursing home, they still like to have contact with the outside world. Give your friend or family member a large-print calendar with special dates pre-filled with birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and other special events. If budget allows, give the honoree a stationery set with stamps, envelopes, blank cards and paper so they can send well wishes on the appropriate days.

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