The holidays spark a spirit of giving back to the community and unfortunately, assisted living homes are often overlooked places in need of donations. Residents living in these homes don’t always have visitors or loved ones who live nearby. A simple gift or donation to an assisted living home can brighten dozens of people’s lives. If you want to donate but are unsure of what to give, here are some ideas for this holiday season.


Board Games

Although we live in the age of electronics, sometimes residents in assisted living homes either don’t have access to them or spend all of their time with their eyes on a screen.  A board game can provide entertainment for many years to come and even prompts interaction with peers.



Although not a standard donation item, stationery can be a great item to give to an assisted living home. This unique donation item can help residents keep in touch with their loved ones not just during the holiday season, but all year long!


Large Print Books

Books are almost always a good donation item, but large-print books are especially great for assisted living homes. A book with a larger font can make it easier for residents of assisted living homes to read. Books can be shared and enjoyed by many and are long-lasting, making them the perfect donation!


Monetary Donations

If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to donate items, you can also consider monetary donations. This type of donation is accepted at most assisted living homes and enables the staff to invest in the greatest needs of the residents. This ensures your donation is going right where it’s needed.



Spending time with someone in an assisted living home could be one of the greatest gifts you can give. Residents of these homes typically see the same people day in and day out, especially if their family isn’t around or involved in their life anymore. Having someone to listen to them, orhaving someone to listen to, can be the greatest gift of all. A new friend or lent ear can go a long way to someone who has limited people to talk to. Donating your time can also be a cheaper alternative to buying a donation item.  Also, it is important to remember time can be the greatest gift you can give not just during the holidays, but all year long.


There are many things that you can donate to an assisted living facility that will sincerely make someone’s day. If you are looking to donate items, or if you are concerned that your loved one may need additional care, feel free to contact us today to learn more! We offer caregiver support, as well as long-term care. Loretto is proud to offer 19 specialized programs and facilities with over 2,500 dedicated caregivers, providing a system of care that addresses the unique needs of every individual.



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