Keeping the bedridden senior citizen entertained is, in and of itself, a full-time job. Especially in our case, a lot of the time, Mom was not feeling well when she was bedridden from a broken hip; she moved in and out of pain. Our only option was the TV or visits from people who dropped by.
Since I had plenty of time to think about how to entertain my bedridden Mom, I came up with a few ideas that might help others in the same situation.
What you’ll find on this article are items that my Mom and I discovered toward the end of her life when she was fully bedridden. I hope you find something useful on this article – and, I wish you luck….
Make Reading Easy For The Bedridden Senior Citizen
Kindles are just the right size and weight for holding comfortably, even when reclining in bed.
You can even give a gift of a Kindle bed stand so that your senior citizen friend doesn’t have to hold the eReader. Look for a Kindle holder that will stand tall even when perched on a blanket or lap of a bedridden patient.
If our senior citizen is a member of Amazon Prime, you can’t go wrong with an Amazon Fire reader; there’s unlimited downloads of books and movies for those items available on Prime.
New – Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover – Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Fire HD 10 Tablet, 10.1Kindle Fire HDX 8.9Tablift Tablet Stand for the Bed, Sofa, or Any Uneven Surface – By NbryteRenegade Concepts Lap Pro – Stand/caddy, Universal Beanbag Lap Stand For Ipad
Prism Glasses Allow One To Read or Watch TV While Lying Down
I’d never heard of prism glasses before but they make perfect sense to someone bedridden! Just slip on a pair of these angled glasses on your favorite senior citizen, set the angle to see the TV and they can look straight up and watch TV! I love this idea.
Magazines And Crossword Puzzle Books Are Always Good Gifts For Bedridden Patients
A magazine subscription is not only a good gift for a bedridden patient, but, it’s a gift that keeps on giving each month. Mom and I used to really enjoy sharing the magazine ‘Reminisce.’ I found the time we spent beyond valuable as Mom shared many secrets with me during those moments. You can find more good magazines for senior citizens by clicking one of these links:
If your bedridden friend is not able to write, sit and do a crossword with them. Just give them the clues – you might be surprised to find that they know the answer and, if you’re lucky, they’ll even tell you a story. You can find a bunch of crossword puzzle books by clicking that link.
That’s my adorable Dad, Joe, trying to become the next Grandpa Moses. Not so much. We sure did have fun with one of those art sets though.
I was amazed at how inexpensive art sets are these days. I know I might be dating myself, but even the simple art kit below would have cost much more 10 years ago. I think the gift of one of these art sets might help us find the next Grandma Moses…and, I really love the idea of creating greeting cards while playing around with these art sets.
Darice ArtyFacts Portable Art Studio, 131-Piece Deluxe Art Set With Wood CaseStrathmore 105015 Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Cards, 5-Inch by 7-Inch, 10-PackLoew Cornell 1021095 Simply Art Watercolor Cakes
A Portable DVD And Some Favorite Shows Are Great Presents For A Bedridden Patient
I was confined to a bed for about 3 weeks after knee surgery a few years ago. I was going bonkers with boredom until my Mom walked in with a portable DVD and the Johnny Carson DVDs shown there below. We spent many wonderful hours together watching those DVDs on that itty bitty DVD player.
These days, my itty bitty DVD player lives in our camper. It’s the perfect size for the bedside stand in the travel trailer.
The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection – His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)Sylvania SDVD7027-C, 7-Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Bag/Kit, Swivel Screen, USB/SD Card Reader (Black)Best of Jack Benny
Electric Lap Blankets Keep The Chill At Bay For Who Are Bedridden
I gave my elderly Mom one of these electric lap blankets for her birthday one year. From the moment she opened the present, Mom was in love!
Electric lap blankets (ie, electric throws) are smaller than even twin size electric blankets but they provide just the right amount of warmth for sitting up in bed or in a chair.
Sunbeam Microplush Throw Camelot Cuddler Electric Heated Warming Blanket, Ivy GreenSunbeam Reversible Sherpa/Mink Heated Throw, Honey, TRT8WR-R230-25A00Sunbeam Faux Fur Ultra-Soft Heated Electric Throw Blanket – Light GreySunbeam Electric Throw – Reversible Imperial Plush with Sherpa – Premium Sherpa and Ultra Soft with 3 Heat Settings and 3 Hour Auto-off BLUE PLAID 50 x 60