• Gifts for Elders in a Nursing Home

    Gifts for Elders in a Nursing Home

    Sometimes it's hard to think of what gifts to buy for your loved one in a nursing home. It can be difficult to envision what their everyday life is like and what would make them happy. This can be especially true when you have decades of memories of them leading an active life and living in their own homes. Here are some ideas to get you started.



    Your loved one will definitely want to update her collection of family photos. If she is a widow, you could find an old photo of your loved ones and put in a Curved Anniversary Frame. The photo goes on the left, and a personalized message goes on the right. Your loved one would love such a classy memento celebrating her life with her spouse.


    The photo frame comes in three sizes: 3 ½ x 5 ($27), 5 x 7 ($34) or 8 x 10 ($39).

    You could also get your loved one a Curved Baby Frame. The dimensions and prices are the same as the anniversary frame. The baby's photo goes on the left, while an engraved birth record and baby graphic go on the right.



    A similar gift that will bring a smile to your loved one's face is a new photo album filled with family pictures. D B; Photo Albums offers a sturdy wooden 12 x 12 album that you can customize with a title and personal message.


    In fact, you can get creative with the design of the album, and the creative staff there will work with you. D B; is also offering 20 free photo refill pages with the purchase of a new album.


    Pioneer Photo Albums is another option for your photo album selection. The company offers a wide variety of album styles, including book-bound, spiral-bound, 3-ring, flip-up and screw-post albums.

    Pioneer also provides an array of photo accessories, including photo/video boxes, glue sticks, caption stickers and double-sided tape.



    I'm not a senior citizen, but I always have a hard time finding the remote control. Imagine how difficult it can be for your loved one. You can solve this problem with a remote control holder.


    Valhalla Designs offers a remote control holder for $17.60. It has a simple wooden design, measuring 8 x 5 x 6 ½ inches.

    Another option is the Uncle Sam Remote Control Holder. Now, your loved one won't have to wonder who has the remote - Uncle Sam has it. This item has been marked down to $5.99, so maybe you can pick one up for yourself, too.


    Uncle Sam is 8 ½ inches tall and 6 ½ inches wide.

    In a democracy, the remote control should be available to all. Give it to this resin Uncle Sam to hold - and protect your freedom to choose. 8 1/2"H x 6 1/2"W



    This is a great gift for your loved one. Senior citizens often have trouble with the tiny print in books and newspapers. This would be a thoughtful present, since you will have made the effort to adapt it to your loved one's specific needs. She will appreciate it.


    Largeprintbooks.com has a huge selection of titles. The categories include biographies, cooking, history, romance, novels, sewing and cookbooks. The text is not abridged.


    You can also go directly to Amazon.com and check the large print books section to find the genre and title your loved one would enjoy.



    Your loved one may have a collection of items that they have carefully nurtured throughout their lives. Now that they live in a nursing home, they may not be able to display their collection properly. You can solve that problem with a memorabilia holder.


    E-bay Canada offers acrylic display cases for figurines, as well as cubes to display baseballs and footballs.

    If your loved one is a big football fan, you can get her a football helmet in a nice case from Displaycasesrus.com for $50.

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    Your loved one probably enjoys playing cards with her friends, and she could use some new card sets. Try to stay within her age range, as it may be to much to ask her to learn new games. So save the Yu-Gi-Oh cards for her great-grandkids.


    Instead, you can go to Etoys and pick up Canasta Caliente for $6.99. It adds a Latin flair to a game your loved one probably knows. The cards are big and the scoring is easy.


    Another fun game idea is the "Deal or No Deal" DVD game. If you loved one is a fan of the show, now she can play with her friends. It costs $19.99.

    You could also go to Toysrus and pick up Uno for $6.99 or a Tripoley card pack (hearts, poker, Michigan rummy, blackjack and Texas Hold 'em for $14.98.

    All of these items will make your loved one smile, but nothing will make happier than a visit from you.

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