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Thread: Nursing home gifts

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    Help !! I need ideas for small gifts for nursing home residents
    maybe about 100 to 150 residents.
    our auxiliary is choosing a nursing home to make small gifts for. We made Easter baskets this time but need more ideas for the next one.

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    what about tote bags, with all the activities that they have going on for the residents at most homes maybe they could use them for transporting there stuff. Or small table runners for their rooms. I'll keep thinking

    is there some kind of picture frames that you could make?

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    One year I made little sachets. I had some rose potpouri, so I chose a fabric with roses. I also had some lavender, so I made the sachets with fabric with lavender. Another popular item is a pillowcase, as you can make them for both the male and female residents.

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    i like the pillow case idea..they will need thier name on them though,if the nursing home does thier laundry.

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    For those with walkers - walker bags.
    Those with catheters - catheter bags (with ties).
    Mugrugs.
    Adult Bibs.
    Toiletry bags.
    Bible covers.
    Embroidered washcloths.
    hmmmmmm.........what else....????

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    sm lap quilts ( I do this fir the veterans)
    tray favors (melted styrofoam cups ib microwave... made bonnwt shape & decorated for easter. for fall we used film canisters decorated with stickers, flowers. a litter ribbon...

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    I did a walker bag for one of my co-workers mother. See was just as happy. Keep asking me how did you do that.

    Sewfine

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    There are a lot of patterns for carriers that fit over the top of walkers, if a lot of them use regular walkers instead of the push ones with a seat. Maybe some kind of bookmarks. My mom was always thrilled when she got one.

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    snap bags to keep little things organized :D:D:D

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    Large, soft, huggable Teddy Bears. Baby sized dolls with clothes and blankets. Men and women both love them.

    My DH was in a nursing home for his last 3 years, and I discovered that a lot of the residents who were stroke/brain damaged wanted something soft to hug. Some of them actually carried around rolled up towels held together with rubber bands.

    I got a bunch of big dolls at Walmart and dressed them, the workers there told me which ones would be good "Mommies".
    I saw them around for the entire time DH was in there.

    Ask someone who works there what they need or want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i like the pillow case idea..they will need thier name on them though,if the nursing home does thier laundry.
    The nursing home that my mom was in had a number for each patient and that number was put on everything that belonged to them, no matter what it was. That way it was easy to keep up with their things.

    sassy granny

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    that is sew cute do you have the pattern or where can I get it?

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    I want to throw in a plug for the teddy bears - I got one for my mom after my dad died, she said it was the best thing I ever gave her - gave her hours and hours of comfort and a feeling of security. Who knew? Teddy bears, not just for kids anymore!!

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    Some like to have something distictive to hang on the door to their room. All the doors look alike, so having something to give them a bit of an individual look as well as a good subtle hint for those who occasionally need help with which door is the right door. Something a simple as a door knob hanger !
    Tissue box covers in bright colors so they can find the box without their glasses. ( do find out what brand and box size is used)

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    Lap quilts? anyone knit? if so slippers would be nice. Maybe hats or scarves? My Mom always said her head was cold..glasses case? crafty_linda_b

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    My guild made Christmas placemats for the clients that got meals on wheels. They were so thrilled to get one. We had over 100 to make. I am sure it would decorate up their tables at Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    I did a walker bag for one of my co-workers mother. See was just as happy. Keep asking me how did you do that.

    Sewfine
    Sewfine did you have a pattern for this bag?

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    I don't knit, but I crochet and would love to help out. PM with info and what I can do to help.

    Sewfine

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