Friday, February 23, 2007
Care facility gift shop suggestions
If I were to open a gift shop for family and friends visiting anyone at a medical care facility, some of my suggestions would include …
Artifical flower arrangements! ... Cut flowers soon to ‘die’ are not the best thought out gifts. Living plants aren’t much better. They demand ‘care’. Staff already has plenty to do with patients.
Toiletries are gifts! Facility or hospital provided toiletries are boring. Tasty brand name toothpaste, deodorant, a favorite or nostalgic after shave (Old Spice, Bay Rum), a fun scented body mist spray, hand lotion, and ‘real’ facial tissue, etc. are MORE than appreciated.
Socks ... are a fashion statement when you spend your day in a wheel chair, because pants' legs ride upwhen sitting all day. Patti likes her socks ‘loud’ and comfy. (TIP – Check the sock ribbing. Tight is bad, comfortable is what it is all about.)
Potpourri can create an oasis. Incontinence and health problems generate odors and facility air circulators take time to work. A basket of fresh potpourri in a room is marvelous. We stock up on ‘holiday’ potpourri at Christmas time and simply refresh Patti's basket regularly.
Sleep machines with under pillow speakers are perfect for blocking out institutional noises or competing sounds of other patients. Radio Shack offers models in the $20 range or you can spend over $100 for designer type models. They all work exactly the same surrounding your head in choices of soothing sounds (falling rain, surf, rolling train, etc) assisting sleep.
Aromatherapy ‘sleep’ pillow spray takes the edge off institutional starched clean pillow cases and helps surround your loved one in a personal sleep atmosphere. A super comfortable personal pillow makes a great additional gift. Institutional pillows suck!
Febreeze or any fabric odor neutralizer is thoughtful. Unlike a chair in a home, a wheelchair is lived in and the chair and cushion can use daily freshening up while the occupant sleeps.
A Permanent Marker for labeling ALL personal items ‘prevents’ disputes.
An Oversized Wall Calendar is ideal for tracking visitors, outings, upcoming family and personal dates and easily viewed. Helpful both for visitors and the patient when memory is a challenge.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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