Commonly Needed & Requested Items - Wish list

Commonly needed and requested items

When you have a loved one who needs to move into a nursing home, it can be overwhelming. There are so many details to think about, but you want to make sure that your loved one is comfortable and has everything they need.
You might not know exactly what your loved one will need when they move into the nursing home. However, you can make a general list of items that might be useful for them. A lot of people find this helpful when moving their loved one into the facility since you can bring them small care packages with things like books or games. Here’s a list of commonly needed items for a nursing home:

Games and activities

If your loved one is cognitively impaired, they will probably do best with simple games and activities. You may want to try a board game, knitting, or puzzles. If your loved one is not cognitively impaired, you can still bring games, but make sure they aren’t too stimulating. They shouldn’t leave your loved one feeling frustrated or anxious. If your loved one doesn’t have any other hobbies, try bringing them something creative to do, like painting or sewing. You can also bring books to the nursing home. Many nursing homes have libraries, but they are often very sparse. If you have a specific book in mind, you can also buy it as a gift for your loved one.

Food and nutritions

If your loved one needs special foods or nutrients, bring them foods that are similar to their favorites. You can also bring them small gifts related to the foods they need. For example, if your loved one needs to eat more vegetables, you can bring them something like a gardening set. If your loved one has trouble eating, you can bring them a device that makes it easier. For example, you could bring them a spoon that bends to make it easier for them to scoop up food.

Current needs in short supply

Most important products:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Disposable cups, bowls and plates
  • Trash bags
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • 3-section styrofoam plates
  • Latex-free vinyl gloves
  • Cereals and Breakfast Foods
  • Bakery and Bread
  • Frozen Foods
  • Pasta and Rice
  • Soups and Canned Goods