TheirDaughter Asked September 2012

How do we thank assisted living caregivers during the holidays?

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I know it's not quite October, but the time goes by quickly and suddenly we'll be into the holidays. My parents have just moved into assisted living and the staff is excellent, every one of them! There are so many people to thank and show our appreciation to, but I'm not sure how.

It would be nice to give small gifts, but as I've mentioned, there are a lot of people. I would feel horrible if we gave to some and didn't realize there were others we'd missed and to be honest, I'm not sure what we could afford.

I'd love to hear some suggestions. There is also someone who does my mother's hair and she's an outside contractor. Normally we gave the woman who did her hair an extra large tip and would gladly do that now, but again, we don't want others to feel slighted.

Thanks you!

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BusyMe Nov 2016
I used to be a CNA accepting gifts were against policy....we always enjoyed the bagels, cookies etc.
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Rocknrobin Nov 2016
Assisted living are all different with their gift policies. I did marketing for an AL for 10 years. At Christmas time, the places are flooded with sweets (candy, cookies, fudge etc.) for the staff. I would suggest a couple of delivered pizzas for each shift or a couple of buckets of chicken. Maybe the first shift (morning) could get sweet rolls, bagels with cream cheese or breakfast dishes. Chips and salsa or cheese dip. The beautician is an independent contractor and her tip is ok. We also thought if family would do these things at other times of the year, that would be great.
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cwillie Nov 2016
Stewart, have you read any of the other answers? I think a verbal thank you and perhaps a nice card with a personal message for anyone who has gone above and beyond would be sufficient, perhaps praising the extra helpful staff to management as well. I know where my sis works they are very strict about accepting even token gifts, sometimes residents or their families will bring in a coffee or a cookie from the shop across the street and sis was expected to refuse to take it.
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stewartb Nov 2016
How much money should I give as a gift for the Xmas season for the entire staff ? I have not given before as I have only been in 9 months.
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msdiva Sep 2012
I am a caregiver and i used to be a C.N.A in nursiing homes and assistant living and one thng for sure we have to sign a documents that says we cannot accept gifts from families for the work we do indivaually, but you can do a group gifs like the others mentioned above that would be great!!! but there are some that do this, then you wnt half to worry about missing anyone
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JMHK Sep 2012
At my father's assisted living, family may not single out any staff member or even a shift. We can bring cookies etc. but they must be given to the director who then uses them at a staff party. Also, we can donate money, but again it's at the director's discression as to how it is used. I'm usually concerned that the hardest workers, the aides, won't get a fair share.
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195Austin Sep 2012
I think taking cookies or donuts into the staff at times is a great idea -when I worked in the hospital we all appreciated families doing that for us. Also just saying thank you for all they do for your loved one makes a difference and asking them how they are is really appreciated and calling them by their name means a lot to the caregivers. When I got help in Macy's a few weeks ago one of the salesladies was so helpful when I needed to buy a dress for a wedding I am going to when I was paying for it I asked her if I could talk to her manager to tell her how helpful she had been to me she called her manager right up she was so pleased I wanted to tell the manager how she really helped me so a note to the director would be a nice jesture.
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Thank you. Those are wonderful ideas. These people have a difficult job and make mine so much better. I thank everyone who helps me every time I'm there. I always tell them how much I appreciate them and I love your idea of doing something on a regular basis!
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naturpartnr Sep 2012
our family takes cookies or cake from Sam's Club...one for each shift... every four
or five weeks...in summer we may take watermelon filled with fruit, or pre-sliced
pound cake, chocolate,vanilla,cream cheese and all three shifts can share. Halloween is coming and we will take bags of good candy individually wrapped. Every so often, we take several boxes of doughnuts, some for each shift. As we go down the hall to deliver, we tell everyone we see to come and get some. Our mother was in the skilled nursing, and now in the dementia unit, so even though she is out of skilled nursing we also take treats for them. It makes a significant gesture and costs about $50 - $75 once a quarter or so. We have also taken cupcakes decorated for the holiday...A fruit tray with grapes, pineapple, whole apples and oranges and banannas...have also taken sandwiches and fruit,such as chicken salad and pimento cheese and assortment of fruit salad. We get all at a Sam's or Cosco or BJ's...the best route is always through their stomachs...also take small paper plates and cheap napkins for all but candy treat. I make fudge in large pans, cut and deliver in little cupcake papers. I make the fudge with the recipe using chocolate and white chocolate morsels and Eagle Brand milk. We always get such a nice reception for several visits..and I feel it helps mom's care.
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