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Gift hamper for elderly grandma
Who has just moved into nursing home

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#1 TopsyTurvy

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

My grandma has just been moved into a nursing home as she has developed alzheimers  and is unable to care for herself any longer sad.gif

So I was thinking of a nice pamper hamper for her to keep in her room with lots of small treats.

Some nice biscuits, chocolates, maybe a nice handwash and moisturiser.

What else can I pop in though, I though of teas and coffee, but I am not sure if she is allowed a kettle in her room or not, plus obviously her space to keep stuff is limited.

Any ideas please and money is not a problem so if its expensive I'd still happily include it original.gif

#2 MintyBiscuit

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Could you get in touch with the nursing home and ask them what the in room facilities are like? DH's grandmother is on a home and has her own fridge, so she can keep some ginger ale and lemonade, but no kettle facilities.

Maybe some nice cushions or a throw blanket or something to make it a bit more comfy and homely? Or something like a pot plant if she's allowed to have one?

#3 9ferals

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

Many people who have dementia have a fair recall of things from long ago but recent memory is usually much more impaired.
It would be nice to include things that she liked in the past (if you know that she always had a certain kind of soap or handcream for example).  Or music if you know what she liked and she has access to a CD player and someone who would put them on to play for her.

It might also be nice to include some family photos - maybe a combination of ones from years gone by as well as a current shot of the same people.  That way she has a point of reference for who these people are if she is having trouble keeping everyone straight.  Photos are also a nice talking point for visitors or staff - perhaps you could include labels or a note with the photo that says "daughter Mary in 1960, daughter Mary in 2012" etc.

#4 KnightsofNi

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

My GMIL really liked slippers and the Baileys in a hamper we made for her one year.

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

It would really depend how advanced her Alzheimers is to be honest.

For my grandfather - biscuits & chocolates are the most welcomed gift. As are DVD's of the old comedy shows, like "on the busses", "dad & Dave" & the Carry-on movies, plus Looney Tunes cartoons.

A nice cardigan that can withstand the hot industrial washing machines would never go astray. Likewise a small blanket that she can use as a knee rug or even an extra layer on her bed - particularly if she in an air-conditioned room.

Photos are also great - especially if they have a caption on them saying who is in the photo, the year it was taken & the ages of any children.

Edited by PrincessPeach, 12 December 2012 - 04:14 PM.

#6 causeway

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

Bed socks - my Grandma's feet & hands were always cold. Hand knitted ones would be even better. She also like a nice cardigan. There was a fridge in her room & she always had a box of chockkies & a bottle of scotch. If she doesn't mind a drink, perhaps ask the facility what their policy is. Her prized possessions were the many photos of her family.

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