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I am thinking a gift basket with goodies, and maybe a gift card from Dunkin Donuts for each of the staff?


Is cash better? What has worked well for you?


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Mom is an adult care home. There are 10 rotating nurses as well as the home owner and her husband. I just got little individual gift bags and put a different ornament in each one with a candy cane. No names, that way they can just pick a bag. The whole thing cost about $50. I, too, try to thank and show my appreciation to these angels who have made my life so much less stressful and mom safer.
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Speaking as a nurse who has worked in LTC's.... ANY recognition is always welcomed and appreciated. We get to hear a lot of negatives, for things totally out of our control and for things we can fix, but a simple "thank you" is often overlooked. Bless you for being the kind of person who recognizes the staff and the care and commitment they show to the resident's. I'm guessing that they already know you appreciate them just by the way you talk to them. On a side note, I think your idea of a gift basket and donuts is absolutely lovely and would definitely be appreciated. A note with some kind words, even more so!!
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Rabanette Dec 19, 2018
They are taking care of my mother! I can't be anything but thankful.
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Hello local friend. Thank you for the suggestions.
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When my Husband was in a facility for Respite as well as 3 days a week for Day Care I would make treats to bring in for the staff. I would bring in a box in the afternoon hoping I would catch both shifts.
Check with the director some may prohibit gifts to individual staff.
Another option might be to ask when the shift changes are and for AM bring in coffee and donuts, for Afternoon and PM maybe a pizza delivery or Sub sandwiches.

I think anyone would appreciate a handwritten note and a copy to the director if a particular person has been particularly helpful, kind or just makes your visit special and makes your Mom comfortable.
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We have a “family coordinator” where we send cash donations and then family council votes on how to spend for staff and aides. This year they are using collection to create holiday dinner baskets (turkey and trimmings) for each associate and then purchased a $25 Walmart gift card for each. These will be distributed end of this week. Additionally there was a giving tree where associates anonymously requested modest wish list and visitors were encouraged to pick and return gifts.
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Rabanette Dec 17, 2018
Those all sound good, and it sounds like the facility has a plan. I haven't been notified about any plan though!
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Talk with the director. The one I was involved with had a party for the aides/staff and all non-management members got to pick one gift brought in by family members. Apparently, the quantity always worked out. It was STRICTLY voluntary and gift cards were suggested (local supermarkets and the 'mart' stores).
Another place had a no- gift policy so I brought in goodies for the employee break room. Bring it in this coming week, as the day itself may be overloaded. Another family member brought her goodies in around Thanksgiving. Items that are wrapped may be divided amongst the staff so they can bring it home.
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Rabanette Dec 17, 2018
Thank you!
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Rabanette, first check with the facility head person to see if gifts are even allowed. Some will ok bake goods but nix any gift cards/cash.

When my Dad had around the caregivers at home, the Agency was ok with small gifts. I did the Target gift card route as one can also go on-line to buy what they want.

As for Dunkin Donuts gift cards, you need to know if everyone drinks coffee. I use to get such gift cards and had to give them away as I wasn't a coffee drinker :(
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Rabanette Dec 17, 2018
Thank you for the helpful suggestions!
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They have a collection where my mother is. It is totally voluntary. No pressure. I think cash may be frowned upon at least at certain facilities. I think a basket for staff near her might be best and easier for you. I have heard this suggested by others in previous posts. It's very nice of you to be focusing on this.
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