Top 5 Nursing Home Gifts

Nov 10th, 2008 by keelyh | Be The First To Comment

1. Personalized Gifts

Here at HealthyFeetStore.com we think that foot health is of paramount importance, but we also know that being happy yourself boosts your immune system in ways that can only help your feet. Although not all nursing home residents suffer from feelings of loneliness and isolation (in fact many older people decide to live in nursing homes as a method of combating chronic loneliness), these feelings are nevertheless common among elderly people living in assisted care facilities. The most important gift you can give your parent or grandparent who is in a nursing home is something that reminds the person that they have family who love them. Cards, photo collages, mixed CDs of familiar songs, and art from grandchildren are all good choices. One family I know made their grandmother a calendar with everyone’s birthday clearly marked because she was complaining that she had trouble keeping track of family holidays. When it comes to a good nursing home gift it really is the thought behind the gift that counts.

2. Healthy Slippers

Seniors often have problems with cold feet due to decreased circulation, particularly if they are suffering from diabetes which can damage blood circulation pathways to the feet. Slippers keep even the most frigid feet warm and cozy. The lanolin in sheepskin slippers can also provide much needed moisture for dry, cracked skin on the feet, another common foot problem among the elderly. Choose a pair of slippers with a durable, non-skid outsole that allows for indoor/outdoor wear. This keeps a nursing home resident’s feet comfortable while preventing slip and fall injuries and foot wounds.

3. Foot Moisturizing Lotion

Because of changes in skin elasticity that naturally occur with age, seniors are at a higher risk of developing cracked heels than other age groups. One way to prevent this painful condition is keep the feet adequately moisturized with daily applications of foot lotion. Foot Miracle Cream is Dr. Hurless’ favorite foot lotion, but there are many others to choose from.

4. Elastic, Draw String, No-Tie Shoe Laces

Many older people find that their finger dexterity is not what it used to be. When a person is suffering from pain and stiffness in the hands, previously effortless acts such as tying one’s shoelaces can be a daily source of hardship. Many elderly people are forced to switch to shoes with adjustable Velcro brand straps which may not offer as precise a fit as lace-up shoes do. Speed Laces are stretchable laces that come with a cord lock that can be adjusted simply by tugging it tighter or looser. Speed laces allow your parent or grandparent to tie their shoes in one easy motion saving them time and joint pain. Speed Laces can be fitted to any pair of lace-up shoes. Just be advised that if you’re mailing this as a gift rather than delivering it in person, you may want to purchase a new pair of shoes for the recipient, fit them with the laces, and then mail them to the recipient since installing the lacing may prove too difficult a task for aging hands. Stretchable shoes often work best for older feet because they make allowances for edema, bunions, and hammertoes.

5. Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel

Elderly people frequently suffer from joint pains, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. Effective pain relief can really brighten up a person’s holiday. Biofreeze is an analgesic cream that contains ilex, a potent South American herb that produces a soothing, cooling sensation on the skin. Because the cooling sensation registers in the brain faster than the pain sensation, Biofreeze is able to provide temporary pain relief more swiftly than an ingested pain killer and without the risk of harmful side effects. Biofreeze Pain Relieving Spray is also available.

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