11 Important Things You Can Easily Donate To Your Local Nursing Home To Make A Difference

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

When my grandma was spending her last days in a nursing home, my family would of course try to make sure she was as happy, comfortable, and well looked after as possible.

Luckily, the facility where she was staying was filled with such amazing staff members that we didn’t have to worry too much. It’s always tough to see a loved one nearing the end of their lives, and at times they are ignored when the reality becomes too painful for some.

That’s why it’s so essential for neighbors to offer support, regardless of whether or not they happen to know someone in one of their town’s nursing homes or assisted living communities.

Of course the one thing that means the most to those folks: Getting the chance to spend time together. It’s one thing to donate a few of the items below, but it would make it even sweeter if they were able to make a new friend at the same time.

Take a look and let us know in the comments if we missed any other simple things you know people in nursing homes need to have donated.

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1. Diabetic Socks

diabetic socks

It’s common among residents to have diabetes, and those special socks make life so much more comfortable for them. Just be sure they’re slip resistant!

2. Pampering

2. Pampering

You don’t have to be a professional salon stylist to help them feel special. Chatting with them while you paint their nails or give their hair a simple new style is all it takes.

3. Cute Stationary

greeting cards

Since they haven’t necessarily jumped on the technology bandwagon to keep in touch with their loved ones, stationary and all-occasion greeting cards come in handy. Be sure to include stamps!

4. Large-Print Books

large print books

Reading is one of the best ways for them to pass the time and keep their minds sharp, and the larger font will help make sure everyone has the ability to enjoy them.

5. Magazine Subscriptions


These have a similar benefit to books, but having a subscription gives them something to look forward to every now and then too!

6. Puzzles And Board Games

board games

Keeping their minds active is especially important for warding off dementia, and playing through a few rounds of Candy Land would definitely put a smile on their face at the same time!

7. Crafting Kits


Art is a great tool for keeping minds active too, and gives them an opportunity to channel their emotions in a way they might not be able to articulate otherwise.

8. Flashlights


A former nursing home employee revealed this was one of the requests she got most often from residents who wanted to sneak in a few extra moments of reading without bugging any potential roommates. A flashlight can also help them find their things in the dark more easily. Night lights are also commonly requested.

9. Air Fresheners

9. Air Fresheners

No one likes living in stale air, after all, and you can even find something with essential oils to disinfect any germs flying around the rooms.

10. House Plants

house plants
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Keeping in mind their various energy levels, these low-maintenance plants are a perfect way to provide a manageable responsibility they can feel proud of each day.

11. Fresh Fruit

11. Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit is another frequently requested item, according to nursing home employees, and it’s better for them than hard candy. You can even set up a monthly delivery, but be sure to keep any dietary restrictions in mind.

Did we miss any simple things you can give to nursing home residents to make their days brighter?

Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your friends!