Discover 7 ways to make your nursing facility's residents feel special

How to Make Your Residents
Feel Special

We all want to feel special. With a few, inexpensive supplies, you can make your residents feel special too. Here are a few ideas for creating personalized gifts for your residents:

  • Move-in Gifts. For each new resident, provide a welcome gift that includes balloons, a welcome card, and a copy of your latest activity calendar. If possible, coordinate with Dining Services to provide two warm cookies as a special, edible, move-in gift.
  • Welcome Back Flowers. When a resident returns from the hospital or a rehabilitation center, deliver fresh flowers (possibly from your garden) and a welcome back card that is signed by the resident's friends.
  • Birthday Cards and Cakes. On each resident's birthday, coordinate with Dining Services to provide a mini birthday cake or cupcake as well as a birthday card that is signed by staff and residents. (Don't forget to send out birthday cards to your volunteers; you want them to feel special too!)
  • Farewell Breakfasts. When a beloved resident is leaving your facility or moving away, coordinate with Dining Services to serve a delicious farewell breakfast that includes breakfast foods that you receive only on special occasions, like sunny-side-up eggs or blueberry pancakes.
  • New Resident Happy Hours. Each month, consider hosting a fun happy hour for your new residents to meet your facility's staff and current residents.
  • Centenarian Lunches. Whenever a resident turns 100 or more, host a special lunch featuring your resident's favorite foods. Invite family members to join them for lunch. Hire an entertainer to perform.
  • Anniversary Dinners. For your residents' anniversaries, consider hosting a fun dinner and dance featuring a special anniversary cake and a card that is signed by your facility's staff.