10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for those living in long-term care

If you've been following me since the Fall then you'll remember back in October we made the difficult decision to move my Mom into a long-term care facility. As the first Mother's Day since her move approaches, I'm struggling with gift ideas. What do you get when Mom only has a small hospital-like room? The gift can't take up much room, shouldn't be too valuable that it risks being stolen,  and falls within the facility's safety guidelines.

As I struggle to come up with ideas I thought perhaps some of you may be experiencing the same challenge. So today I'm sharing 10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas that provide comfort, hold precious memories, and hopefully bring joy for Moms, Mother-in-laws or Grandmothers living in long-term care.

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10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

For Those Living In Long-Term Care

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You Are Loved, Throw Pillow

As soon as I saw the sentiment on this pretty pillow my heart melted. What a lovely daily reminder to have on a bedside chair or at the head of their otherwise institutional looking hospital bed.

Twin Patchwork Bedspread

Most long-term care facilities encourage personal blankets or bedspreads to give the room a homey feel. As we recently learned, an expensive duvet can mysteriously disappear. This pretty patchwork quilt style not only conjures feelings of comfort but is inexpensive and machine washable.

Lavender Skin Lotion

Frail skin tends to get so dry and the staff at Mom's facility encourages us to keep a supply of body lotion on hand for them to apply before bedtime. The scent of lavender should help calm and relax Mom before bed.

Paper Flower Arrangement

While flowers are always beautiful, sometimes it is a danger to have real plants within arm's reach, especially with Alzheimer's patients. This is a great alternative that keeps on giving colorful blooms throughout the year.

Floral Hospital Gown

It is difficult for staff to put a regular nightgown over Mom's head now that she can no longer dress. These pretty floral polycotton open back gowns provide complete coverage but make it easy for the staff to slip on and off.


With Mom in a wheelchair, it is so much easier, and I'm sure more comfortable, to put a pair of slippers on rather than shoes. The hook and loop strap on these pretty Champagne color velour slippers it much easier for staff to slip on and off. They come in multiple colors pretty colors too.

8-inch Digital Photo Frame

I love the idea of family being able to upload photographs into a digital photo frame. I especially like that this frame comes with an auto On/Off Timer so the light from the screen isn't bothersome at night. Even better is that it has a video player so you can upload video clips of special events she may have missed.
M808z 8-inch 800x600 High-Resolution Digital Photo Frame - Micca

Multi Picture Hanging Display Frame

If the facility your loved one is in does not allow digital photo frames because of the electrical cord factor, this is a great alternative. I love how this has 30 clips and adjustable twine so family can easily interchange photos with recent events. 

Inspirational Wall Art

I think the sentiment on this adorable Metal Pigeon Heart Garden Wall Art is so fitting. It could be hung on the wall with a photo collage or on the room door.

Summer Wreath

Most facilities encourage hanging wreaths on the doors for a personal touch but also so the residents can easily identify their rooms. This pink peony wreath is so pretty for Summer and at only 14-inches, perfect to hang on a room door.

I hope you were inspired by these gift ideas and found the perfect gift for your loved one.

Happy Mother's Day

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