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This is the first year she’ll be in a rest home at Christmas/birthday. What kinds of things did/do you buy for your parents now that they’re in a rest home?

11 Thoughts on Adult children of rest home residents – what do you buy your parents at the holidays?
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    Godfather DocBC30
    August 8, 2011 at 1:33 am


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    Nina... 14 weeks to go
    August 8, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Tshirts, dominoes, Reeses PB cups

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    sage seeker
    August 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

    The types of gifts changed as my mom became older and less interested or engaged in some activities.

    Earlier we bought clothes, plants, books, CD’s, DVD’s, dinner out, jewelry.

    Now we only get clothing — and sometimes a small plant or sweet ‘goodies’

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    August 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    If they’re mobile and can leave the home, a day out is the most wonderful thing in the world to them…take them out to dinner, and shopping (not that they’ll buy anything, it’s just good to get out and poke around).

    If they cannot leave the home, then bake them something (if there aren’t any strict dietary restrictions)…..they’d appreciate that.

    Heck – people stuck in those places just appreciate being remembered.

    A scrapbook of things / places / people that mean something to them is also a nice gift.

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    ♣♣ Can I get a witness? ♣♣
    August 8, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Afghans, comforters, house slippers, magazines/books/activity books, a Bible, pretty smelling lotion, pretty smelling powder, (can make a gift basket or buy a gift basket pertaining to those things) a nice lounger or house dress, holiday candy, cookies, hair accessories, buy craft idems if she crochets or knits. You can put the items in a pretty album. Buy a small plant that is easy maintenance and purchase a photo album with pics of all of you so if she gets lonely, she can view the album and relive memories. Then you can ask what she’d like. That helps. 🙂

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    August 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

    As a former Health Care Provider in a Nursing Home I would suggest robes reading material a CD player & CD’s of favorite music lotion for woman & picture albums or scrapbooks OK

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    August 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

    This story is very dear to me, I hope you get as much pleasure as I do from it.

    My M-I-L is in a home. We have a fairly large family but she is the last of her generation and very dear to me. Last Christmas I drew her name in the Santa Pool. We aren’t poor by any measure but only one of us is a millionaire so we draw names rather than going broke every year. Anyway; I contacted all her siblings, her children, grand children, and all the great-grand kids old enough to have an email address. I requested digitized photos of them, their families, activities and so on and so forth. Then I bought a nice digital photo frame and got to work. My oldest and I collaborated on putting all those pictures (over 400 were selected from about 1500 received) into some semblance of order. We made two CDs; one with everything on it and the other with the select and organized 400. We then loaded up the frame. I was careful to buy one with an AC adapter so now it sits on a shelf where she can see it and it runs 24/7. She says it is her whole life and she loves it.

    It was a hit at the party as well. Most of the family members took their turn playing with it. I hadn’t seen Mom smile for years, in fact, not since before her husband died. She smiled that day and many times since. I catche her looking at it and grinning every once and a while.

    If your parents still have their wits about them I bet this suggestion would go over very nicely.

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    August 8, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Her favorite chocolate, her favorite flowers. Mine has been there years. A bedjacket, bedroom slippers. Her favorite other kind of candy.

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    Are you kidding me?
    August 8, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I work in an assisted living home. I can tell you things they would appreciate. At Christmas, a small tree with lights. Any kind of plant. Most like any kind of hard candy. Please no chocolate. If they can work a CD player, that is nice with a few CD’s of their favorite singer or band. If they can still write, notepaper, envelopes and stamps. Oh they always love snacks of any kind like crackers or cookies. Oh we have a couple ladies who love to do puzzles, my mother included. Or the puzzle books like the word find or crossword puzzles. I hope this helps. Email me if you’d like to talk further.

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    August 8, 2011 at 5:35 am

    After Mom’s eyesight went south, we brought a CD player and audio books. She loved to read.

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    Spiritual Paradigm Shift
    August 8, 2011 at 6:34 am


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