Below are some possible items that we try to include in a care package.
When you don't want to leave their side in the hospital and the coffee is expensive anyway! There is a K-Cup machine in the Unit so caregivers can brew a soothing and much needed coffee or tea.
You are bombarded with information, thoughts and fears. These can help caregivers organize their thoughts, write down important information and journal their experience.
This is a multi-use item. Not just a book light, but a night light and flashlight as well. When as a caregiver you are up all night and unable to sleep, this helps you read, move about the room and check on your child without waking them.
Who wouldn't want some new toys and games to help pass the time, especially if you are in isolation and can't leave the room. Card games, board games, educational games and puzzles are always a hit. Play-dough, paint sets, coloring sets, crafts, science kits. Items that are easily played on the hospital bed or bed tray.
Any gift card is much appreciated, from groceries to gas to Skip The Dishes to Netflix to Amazon....and everything in between.
Often needed, and can be used for future admissions to the hospital and stored in their emergency bag. Some items include a toiletry bag filled with (travel size) shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, hand lotion, antibacterial gel, tissue, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, nail clippers...
Warm, soft and much better than the hospital ones!
Many children lose their hair during treatment. We try to put in hats that range from toques, to beanies, to caps.
You can only handle so much hospital food, no matter how good it its.
Many families need an accurate and reliable thermometer to monitor for fevers which could mean life-threatening infections.
For both child and caregiver. Unfortunately the rooms do not get very dark and can be very bright for much needed naps during the day and hopefully sleep during the night.
Slippers for everyone! Easy to take on and off for climbing into the hospital bed and snuggling with your child.
Parking is very expensive for families in treatment. Sometimes you are there for days, weeks, and even months.
These siblings need a little lift me up too. They are often feeling lonely and not important.
Perfect item to hang in the hospital room window to block out the bright light(s) and helps keep away the draft from the window....where the parent bed is located.
Once home you never know when you may be headed back in for an emergency. Many families keep a bag packed full of essentials in case of a rushed trip out the door.
We are fortunate to have a parent bed in the rooms but I dare say they consist of a very thin foam pad. Many families use these to help get a better sleep.
Great for the patient and the caregiver. Keeps you warm and will help with the stiff muscles and aches and pains.
For both child and caregiver these are great to pass the hours and hours in the hospital.
Just think about what you would like to have if unexpectedly admitted to the hospital with no timeline as to when you will be discharged. What would help you? That's what we need.
These are wishful items, but those that have a huge impact on comfort at the hospital. Tablets, laptops, portable gaming systems...