The season of giving is right around the corner! Although Christmas may look different this year, we still welcome the tradition of gift giving to family or friends living at our various communities! That being said, it is important we maintain safety protocols during this ongoing pandemic. Please continue reading to find out all of our gift giving guidelines for this 2020 holiday season!
If you would like to deliver a gift for your loved one, ideally it would be in advance of Christmas so it can be delivered to the resident in their room on Christmas morning.
If you're wondering what to send your loved one living in a senior living community this year, here are a few gift ideas that are perfect to bring back memories!
Rechargeable wireless MP3 player with their favorite songs
Photo album or scrapbook
Talking cards or photo frames with your message recorded
Digital photo frames with photos loaded.
Tablet or laptop to use with your loved on to Facetime, SKYPE, etc.
Personalized blanket or pillow (Shutterfly has some great ones!)
Build A Bear stuffed animal with message that you can personalize
Button up/cardigan style sweaters
Socks with grippers on the bottom
A magazine subscription- Reminisce is always a good one!
Puzzle books- word find, sudoku, crosswords- large print is best
Large print books
Hair care supplies- barrettes, headbands, scarves, sleeping curlers, etc.
Many may desire to decorate a loved one’s room. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately we are often having to move rooms to cohort residents. We also have to be very mindful of infection control. Window decorations are always fun. The best to choose would be the kind that peel and stick to windows for ease of cleaning.
A seasonal bedspread, blanket, or pillow would be nice. We cannot permit live trees or plants. We ask that families and friends not deliver a special meal that requires refrigeration or reheating. Instead, family and friends are welcome to drop off cookies and treats in a sealable tin/Tupperware. It should be labeled with the resident name and be diet appropriate. If they have questions about diet please call the nursing team for recommendations.
We appreciate the outpouring of support toward our team members. If you desire to send a treat please only send commercially prepared and individually wrapped treats. Fruit is also appreciated. Communal sharing can increase the risk of also sharing COVID-19 so we cannot accept items that are not individually packaged or washable before consuming.
What is most appreciated are notes and cards of gratitude. A holiday card with a heartfelt sentiment is what is most memorable. You may also want to consider making a donation to the community. Donations will be used toward resident programming and life enhancement opportunities.
Caroling outside the building is permitted but we ask that you please follow all state guidance on COVID-19. Mask wearing and social distancing is required.
For questions specific to gifting at one of our PSL communities, please visit the question form on our COVID updates page.
About Presbyterian Senior Living
Presbyterian Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization, fulfilling its charitable purpose and mission by providing high quality retirement choices, healthcare services and affordable residential living options for people 55 and older for more than 85 years. Headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Senior Living provides services to approximately 6,000 seniors in 30 locations in the mid-Atlantic region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware.