Holiday Gifts for Those Who Help Your Loved One

Dorian Martin Health Guide
  • One of today’s tasks was to bake the cookies that I’ve been promising Mom for awhile. I’ve learned that an easy way to make my mom smile is to bring cranberry/walnut cookies that I find already prepared (but not baked) in the dairy section of a local grocery. That 17 minutes of baking time ensures that she gets a little treat and a lot of enjoyment.

    While shopping, I made a snap decision; I picked up two more packages of cookies (one package that has chocolate chunk cookies, and the other that holds oatmeal raisin cookies). I’ve been baking these extra cookies to take as a surprise to the nursing staff members who are working this weekend.
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    I learned from working in school districts that doing things for an organization’s employees can mean all the difference. We always had “thank a teacher” day, but what about the maintenance guys, the cafeteria staff, or the aides? A little treat goes a long way in showing appreciation.

    The same holds true with the staff at the nursing home staff. Who ever thanks the dietary folks, the physical therapists, or the bookkeeper? I know that we won’t reach some of those employees this weekend, but we will reach the nurse’s aides who end up with many of the menial tasks. So I anticipate that those two plates of cookies will go miles in building goodwill.

    Last year for Valentine’s Day, I talked my dad into buying gift certificates to a local restaurant that (1) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; and (2) delivers. We then gave the gift certificates to the lead nurses in the secure unit and asked them to plan to bring food in during their shift to share with all the staff. We also asked those who worked the day shift to make sure to invite the custodian, the physical therapist, the dietary workers, the laundry workers, and the guy who drives the van that takes Mom to her doctor’s appointment.

    So with the holidays quickly approaching, I’d encourage you to start thinking creatively how you can thank the people who help care for your loved ones. The gifts do not have to be expensive; they just need to be heartfelt and easy to enjoy!

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Published On: November 09, 2006