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Ten Considerate Gifts for Nursing Home or Hospice Residents

When you have a friend or family member who lives in a hospice or nursing home, chances are you are not sure what would be a good holiday gift. Whether the individual is coming home for a quick holiday visit or you will be visiting them at their room during the holidays, chances are you’re stumped at what to purchase for a holiday gift. Chances are, they have already indicated that a gift is not necessary, but you may still desire to give them a thoughtful token for the holidays.

Most times, nursing home residents have little space for trinkets or furnishings. Often gifts of food or candy are frowned upon, and items like scented candles are a dangerous hazard since many residents require oxygen as part of their care regimen. Here is a list of good holiday gifts for nursing home and hospice residents.

1. Board Games – From Checkers to Rummy, the gift of a game this holiday season is something you might consider for a preteen, but nursing home residents enjoy sharing these classic toys with other individuals who live there and visitors who occasionally stop by. Whether you buy an oversized chess set or a handheld Soduku, your gift of a game is certain to bring a smile. If your resident is suffering motor-skill challenges or vision issues, be sure to select a game with larger pieces, and be sure to keep in mind the fact that residents with dementia should not always be allowed to own items containing small parts.

2. Silk Plants – Silk plants liven up any room and require little care to keep them looking beautiful. They are preferable to live plants because they do not require watering, which can cause safety issues due to spills and reaching (for hanging plants), or direct sunlight, which might not be available in every room. In addition, silk plants will not attract bugs and can stay more sanitary than live plants, giving a room a cheerful, homey appearance without risking the danger of having spillable dirt indoors.

3. Rocking Chair – Most nursing homes and hospices mention rocking chairs on the very top of their wish list for residents, and for good reason. Rocking chairs are easier to get residents into and out of than most types of chairs, and they are very comfortable to sit in due to their relaxed design. Whimsical or pretty cushions and soft padding (Velcro only, no ties) make rocking chairs even more comfortable to sit in, and the fact that they are made of wood makes the rocking chair an easy cleanup favorite for residential home housekeeping as well.

4. Lotion – Consider the gift of lotion for a nursing home or hospice resident. Skincare is often a challenge with aging skin. An easy to pump lotion or skincare gift basket including lip balm is a thoughtful gift. Be sure to choose hypoallergenic lotions without heavy scents, and ask the residential home staff prior to giving such a gift. For an even more thoughtful present, include a box of tissues, some sunscreen (if the resident spends time outside,) a pair of sunglasses, and a large-print book.

5. Large Print Books or Magazine Subscriptions – Large print books allow for less strain on aging eyes and can be shared between residents. Consider making a nice set of bookplates to go along with the gift of reading materials with the resident’s full name and room number. That way, is someone borrows a book, they know where to return it. Magazine subscriptions offer a year’s worth of reading delivered to their room with the mail. Choose fun magazines like National Audubon, Travel, and other exciting publications that show our colorful world.

6. Throw Blanket – Perfect for use on a wheelchair, a cotton throw can be both functional and beautiful. There are literally dozens of throw blankets in both fleece and cotton styles available online. These blankets are preferable to a bulky bed blanket because they are smaller and fit on wheelchairs and rocking chairs much easier. Consider a throw that displays a favorite hobby, faith, or subject.

7. Wall Clock – A lovely wall clock is a great gift for any nursing home or hospice resident. Consider models that are not noisy, that have colorful designs, and large easy-to-read numbers. Clocks are a thoughtful gift because many nursing homes have special activities for residents. A gift clock, which does not look institutional like the typical room clock, would be a great way for residents to stay on schedule for music sessions, craft opportunities, and other activities.

8. Jigsaw Puzzles – Easy to store and with so many varieties, easy to buy, the jigsaw puzzle is a gift that many nursing home residents enjoy. Puzzles help keep minds sharp and busy, and they are an activity that residents can do together. Consider thicker pieced puzzles with fun designs, and select puzzles based on the resident’s abilities. For residents with good motor skills, an 1000 + piece puzzle might be a fun challenge, but for those dealing with muscle issues including arthritis, consider a 500 piece or fewer puzzle.

9. Stationary and Greeting Cards – What better way for your resident to keep in touch than with the gift of pre-stamped stationary, greeting cards or satire essay. A basket of decorative paper, envelopes, and pens is a nice sentiment for residents who love to write. Consider including a “loaded address book” full of the addresses of family and friends, or a set of pre-addressed stickers for certain individuals they often write to so they can just peel the “To” name and address sticker for quick addressing of stationary.

10. Wall Hangings – What better way for a nursing home or hospice resident to create a home out of their room than with a decorative wall hanging? Wall hangings can be purchased in many styles and colors to coordinate nicely with any room. Consider decorative items in the resident’s favorite colors and subjects. Wall hangings are a preferred gift for residents because they don’t take up the space that trinkets do, and they can’t be as easily dropped or misplaced.

When purchasing a gift for a nursing home or hospice resident, be sure to ask staff about the home’s guidelines and restrictions. After all, it’s important to follow the rules of the residential home when selecting a gift for a resident. Never forget that the gift a nursing home or hospice resident wants most is time with family and friends. Be sure to commit to visiting whenever you can, and volunteer to help with activities if possible. Happy Holidays.

Maternity Nursing Scrubs And Uniforms

Maternity clothing is a challenge for most women, but finding maternity nursing scrubs is even more of a challenge. There are so few places where you can find inexpensive, comfortable, but stylish maternity scrub uniforms, and the places that do have them, generally charge you an arm and a leg, just because they are maternity scrubs.
Being a nurse is very taxing, and being a pregnant nurse is even more so. The last thing you want to do on your off days is fight traffic, look for parking spaces, and stand in long lines, just to buy your maternity scrub uniforms.

Save your gas, your back, your feet and your sanity and order your maternity nursing scrubs on line, in the comfort of your home. There one hundred other things you can spend your time on. Like house cleaning and grocery shopping, which in itself can be taxing, when you’re pregnant.

So here is a list of 5 places to order maternity scrub uniforms. Look them over and see what they have to offer. May particular attention to the special offers and any discounts you get on shipping.

SassysCrubs

Sizes:
XX Small to6X

Sassy is different in that you choose the fabric you like, then you choose the scrubs you like, and your outfit is custom made. They offer the newest fabrics and seasonal fabrics. All together they have 1400 different fabrics to choose from. All the scrubs are custom made in the US.

You can choose from solids, prints, blends and 100% cotton. Their clothes are comfortable from the beginning of your pregnancy, right on to the end. The prices on their individual garments will be indicated during the process. You also have to set your browser to accept “cookies” to place an order on line.

Maternity Brand Names Offered:
– Custom Made

Clothing Offered:
• Maternity Scrubs Top
• Maternity Scrubs Pant
• Maternity Scrubs Jacket

Special Offers:
– Gift Cards
– Gift Wrap ($6.95)
– No Sales Tax (Except For New York State)

Shipping:
5 – 12 Business Days (Allow Time Because Items Are Custom Made)

A2Z Uniforms

Sizes:
Extra Small to 3X

This site specializes in hard-to-find maternity scrub uniforms that are comfortable and inexpensive. They have a variety of colors in maternity nursing scrubs and maternity medical scrubs. You can also find sets, which is easy on the budget. The prices here, range from $21 to $30 dollars.

Maternity Brand Names Offered:
– Landau
– Cherokee
– Grey’s Anatomy

Clothing Offered:
• Maternity Empire Tops
• Maternity Wrap Tops
• Flare Leg Scrub Pants
• Straight Leg Scrub Pants

Special Offers:
– Embroidery
– Monogram
– All Orders Over $50 Dollars Earn An Extra 5% Off (Limited Time)

Shipping:
– Free Standard Shipping For Website Orders $75 dollars and over
– Shipping Charges Depend On Order Weight

All Heart

Sizes:
Petite, Regular, Plus, Short and Tall

If you like pastels, then you will love the colors at Allheart, but they also have navy and white. Again, the colors are all solids, and the prices range from $22 to $36 dollars.

Maternity Brand Names Offered:
– Dickies
– Cherokee
– Barco
– Landau
– Grey’s Anatomy

Clothing Offered:
• Maternity Mock Wrap Tops
• Flare Leg Scrub Pants
• Straight Leg Scrub Pants

Special Offers:
– Embroidery
– Personalization
– Clearance Close Our Prices 75% Off

Shipping:
– Free Standard Shipping For Website Orders $129 dollars and over
– Shipping Charges Depend On Order Amount
– International Orders Accepted
– Ship FedEx Ground, 2-Day Air and Premium Ground

 

Uniform City

Sizes:
Extra Small to 5X

This site has at least two different styles and several colors to choose from. The colors are denim, navy, chocolate, black and white. However they are all solids. No prints are sold here. The prices range from $17 to $23. They also shoes, stethoscopes and other accessories.

Maternity Brand Names Offered:
– Cherokee

Clothing Offered:
• Maternity Empire Tops
• Maternity V-Neck Tops
• Flare Leg Scrub Pants
• Straight Leg Scrub Pants

Special Offers:
– Custom Embroidery (Extra)

Shipping:
– Shipping Charges Depend On Order Amount
– No International Orders (Exceptions Are Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, US Virgin Islands)
– Ship FedEx 2-Day Air, Next Day, USPO

 

Cheap-Scrubs

Sizes:
Small to 3X

Even though there are only two colors to choose from, the maternity scrub uniforms are well made and they come in a set. The colors are a solid navy and teal, and the price for the set is only $29.99 dollars. If you need shoes, stethoscopes or other accessories, they offer those also.

Maternity Brand Names Offered:
– N/A

Clothing Offered:
• Maternity V-Neck Tops and Straight Leg Scrub Pants Two Piece Set

Special Offers:
– Free Tote Bag With Order

Shipping:
– Shipping Charges Depend On Order Amount
– Shipping By Parcel Post Only
– Canada and US Shipping Only

This completes the list of the 5 places to order maternity nursing scrubs on line. I hope you were able to find something you like. As stated before, finding maternity scrubs can be a difficult process, but the sites above can be utilized to your best advantage.

A lot of them don’t have maternity scrub uniforms in prints, but you can still find very stylish
maternity scrubs in a variety of solid colors, plus the scrubs are comfortable, and that is what’s important. So I hope you enjoyed the article, and please check out the sites.

If you should decide to order from any of the on line sites, please don’t forget to read their return policy, their shipping policy and any other policies that are important for you to have a beautiful shopping experience with your chosen store.

How to Survive Tandem Nursing – Tips for Mothers Nursing Two Children at Once

Life doesn’t always work out the way we plan. While some women are ready to jump into a tandem nursing relationship, others are reluctant. Just breast-feeding one child is a commitment, and taking on two at the same time is a major commitment. I know this because I am breast-feeding my 6 month old son Caleb while also nursing my 2 ½ year old son Jacob. I never expected to be nursing two children at the same time especially when they are over 2 years apart in age. Weaning Jacob is a challenge and I am still working with him hoping to have him fully weaned before he turns 3 years old in November. Jacob is the type of child that is very persistent and doesn’t want to give up the breast so easily.

So rather than having a war and going through weeks of sleepless nights to wean him cold turkey I have decided to wean him gradually as that seems to be less traumatic for him. I also need the sleep right now because my other son needs me so nursing them both was the best solution for my situation. There are days when I feel like every ounce of energy has been zapped from my body due to nursing both children, so I felt that it was a good idea to share some tips for survival in order to help other mothers who are also tandem nursing.
Rules

One of the first things I did when I started tandem nursing was develop some rules to follow. Just because your nursing two children doesn’t mean that you need to nurse both of them all the time and always at the same time. Yes there are times when I nurse them both, but that is on my terms. I explained to my toddler that the baby needs to be nursed first because breast milk is the baby’s only food source while he can eat regular food un like the baby. There have been times when the baby is nursing and Jacob wants to nurse also, and yet I wasn’t in the mood to nurse both of them, so I tell him that he will have to wait his turn.

Nursing a toddler is much more challenging than nursing a baby because toddlers are very demanding at times. Even though Jacob (my toddler) doesn’t talk much yet, he still understands just about everything I tell him. Jacob doesn’t need to nurse for nutrition, but he nurses for comfort which is very different. You set the rules based on what is comfortable for you, and your family. Remember that you’re the boss.

Take time out for yourself

When you’re taking care of two little ones there will be times you feel as though you’re being spread to thin. You might feel tired and exhausted. It is essential to find time for your self. Have your partner or husband watch the kids while you take a hot bath, or go spend the evening with your girlfriends. You will need to plan for this by pumping for the baby, and carrying a hand held pump with you in your purse when you’re out and about. It is so important that you have supportive people in your life who will allow you to do this. All mothers needs special care.

Take care of your nutritional needs

When your nursing two little one’s, your body can quickly become depleted of essential nutrients. If you’re not giving your body what it needs, your body will leach it from your bones, teeth, liver and other places where nutrients are stored in order to make milk for your babies. This same rule applies to any nursing mother. Be sure to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis as well as some type of lean protein such as eggs chicken or fish just about every day. If you’re a vegetarian be sure to consume other non meat protein rich foods such as beans, soy, or protein shakes. Supplementing with Brewers Yeast can also help you to stay healthy and keep a good milk supply. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of purified water each and every day, and if you’re working out drink more. Listen to your body. You can become dehydrated very quickly nursing two babies. Listed below are other essential nutrients that I take on a daily basis in addition to eating healthy.

Juice plus- This is a whole food multi-vitamin and Mineral supplement made from actual food. Whole food vitamins are much better for your body as compared to synthetic (lab created) vitamins. Other great whole food multi vitamins can be found at your local health food store or pharmacy. Another great brand is Garden of Life.

Calcium- In addition to taking a whole food vitamin I also take extra calcium, 1000 mg per day to be exact.

B-vitamins- I take a chewable B-complex supplement to help increase my energy levels. B-vitamins are essential because they help with stress as well.

Fish Oil- Depending on the season I usually take pharmaceutical grade salmon oil, fish oil, or cod liver oil. Cod liver oil is best to consume during the winter months because it has extra vitamin D.

Floridex- Floridex is a non constipating iron supplement that works wonders for nursing mothers.