Creating A Nursing Home Care Package

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It’s important for me that my boys grow up to be kind to others. I believe teaching this character trait is not something that can be done only with words but has to be modeled through actions. Whether it’s dropping off toiletries to a homeless shelter, holding a door open for the person behind us or assisting a friend, there are a variety of ways to model kindness. One of my mom’s groups has arranged for visits with a local nursing home so I figured it would be the perfect time to talk with my boys more about caring for our elderly and ways we can show kindness to them. We talked about how some residents of nursing homes may not have any family around and how excited they would be just to have some company.

We wanted to make their day extra special and decided to create a care package to bring along that had some gifts to pass out along with some essentials that residents may need. The first thing I did was find a reusable container to put everything in. Since space is probably at a premium I wanted to bring something someone could use for storage. Once I had my small plastic bin I thought about what they might like to do and bought some things to keep them busy. I chose to add in an adult coloring book with colored pencils, some blank cards for letter writing, a crossword puzzle book, some women’s magazines and a small embroidery craft kit.

I wanted to include some essentials as well so I added in some luxury hand soap, pocket packs of tissues, slipper socks with no-skid bottoms and a blanket.

One other important thing I chose to bring along for the staff to hand out to those who need it is Depend® Fit-Flex® Underwear for women. These new Depend products provide protection with a smooth, close-to-body fit for outstanding comfort.

I found a great deal on Depend products at Sam’s Club and you’ll want to be on the lookout for the special packaging shown above. When you open your Depend packaging it will have a sticker inside that you can use to redeem at the pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit. I’m going to stop by Sam’s Club to redeem it and add the items to my nursing home care package.

Other things you may want to add to your nursing home care package include:

  • Lip balm
  • Poise® pads or liners
  • Housecoat
  • Book with large print
  • Newspaper
  • Flowers
  • Lotion
  • Reading glasses
  • Tea
  • Small seasonal decor

There are so many things you can add to your nursing home care package. You could even write a handwritten card or note and add in some hard candies as a special treat.

If you are a caregiver to a parent or grandparent, or just want to learn more about the resources that Sam’s Club offers, there is an app to download called Digimarc Discovery where you can scan the Depend product box to be taken to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. On the site you can place orders online for nutritional, incontinence & personal care products to have them delivered to your home or to be ready for you at your local club with free Club pickup. It’s such a convenient, time-saving perk of being a Sam’s Club member!

Have you ever visited a nursing home with your child? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.


  1. Catherine Sargent says

    What a nice and great idea. I will have to put together a gift basket to take to my grandmas assisted living facility.

  2. These are great items to donate to a nursing home! I know my grandma used to LOVE reading Woman’s Day wen she was in a nursing home. Nice socks and mints are a great idea too.

  3. This is a great post. I have visited nursing homes and the people look very sad when no one is coming to visit. I think this would go a long way to help cheer them up

  4. I actually went to Sam’s Club just tonight and picked up the briefs for men and women to give to my town’s survival center. They get so happy when I donate personal care items. I will do the same for our nursing home – thanks!

  5. This is perfect. My grandmother spent time in a nursing home and I know she would have loved this.

  6. What a fun service project for the kids! Lots of great ideas to put together for the folk in the home.

  7. great tips. I used to put together a care package for my grandmother all the time at Christmas.

  8. These are great ideas and such a thoughtful gesture. I’m going to have to put together some of these and bring them to our local nursing home.

  9. my grandma is in an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer’s Disease. There are some people in there who have nobody to come visit them – so sad. My kids and I go there to see Grandma every chance we get – we miss her. (client)

  10. What a great idea! Every time I’ve been to a nursing facility, I always wonder what else I could do to make the patient’s lives a little better. I especially like your thoughts on giving time as well as materials. I think that’s the greatest gift of all.

  11. what an awesome gift package for a nursing home. I love this idea.

  12. my dad was just put in an assisted living location and I would love to make something up. THanks for sharing this great idea.

  13. What a great idea! This would be fun for church groups or play groups to put together and then deliver.

  14. Such a good lesson to teach the kids – giving back is so important. Even if you can’t afford to buy items – just giving some time to read a book or listen to a story can make a big difference in a nursing home.

  15. These are really important when creating a nursing home care. I’m really glad that you shared it.

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