When someone is in the hospital or stuck at home during the recovery period following surgery, visits from loved ones are an important source of comfort and distractions from pain and boredom while staying non-weight-bearing. Post-surgery gifts can also help provide a welcome distraction, but sometimes it’s hard to know what to give someone to help them feel better. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 of our favorite post-surgery gift ideas for men, women, and children.
Laughter is the best medicine, and comedy leads to higher pain tolerance. These videos will do double duty by providing some entertainment and releasing the pain-killing, euphoria-producing endorphins that will help your loved one heal happily.
Anatomy sticky notes
Options for these little sticky pads from Blue Tree Publishing include a lung sticky note pad, heart stickies, bones, and more. They’ll help your loved one keep a light heart during the recovery period – and maybe write down his lunch order for you to pick up and deliver.
For someone who usually bears a lot of responsibility around the house, this gift will provide not just a clean house but also a great deal of peace of mind. If you’re the one who usually does the tidying up, consider the extra help around the house a gift of your time to your loved one. It will free you up to do the caregiving.
Otherwise known as stuffed animals, these sweet little companions can provide more than just something squishy to hold. Studies have found that playing with stuffed animals after surgery can actually help soothe physical pain in children by providing a distraction as well as feelings of comfort and safety. For bigger babies, try the plush organs (hearts, brains, even testicles) at IHeartGuts.com.
A Recovery Brobe
This beautiful robe is the perfect gift for any woman who’s recovering from a mastectomy. It features a built-in bra that fastens with Velcro and contains pockets designed for a prosthetic breast and/or ice packs. It also includes hidden pockets to hold post-operative drains.
One of the hardest parts of recovery is when you start to feel a little bit better but must limit activities due to the doctor’s orders. Puzzle books can help teens, children, and adults help pass the time. Try Sudoku, crossword, word jumble, and word search books.
Create a sense of adventure during the recovery period by providing your loved one with a set of Walkie Talkies. This is an especially great option for teens and younger children with siblings. It can also provide great peace of mind for caregivers who want to remain accessible but still free to work in other parts of the home or out in the garden.
Having a project is a great way to pass the time while recovering from surgery. Craft kits can provide projects that last from anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours – ore more. Options include jewelry kits, model airplane kits, scrapbooking kits, woodworking kits, and so many more.
Indoor basketball hoop set
If your loved one is the sporty type, keep her engaged with an indoor basketball hoop set. Then offer your ball-retrieval services while she practices her skills from the bed.
Even though your loved one may be able to get back and forth from the bed to the bathroom on his own, his limited mobility during recovery might mean he can’t get outside by himself. Renting a wheelchair for a couple of weeks and taking him for a walk every day is a gift he probably wouldn’t think to ask for but would appreciate deeply. You could also rent a hospital bed that allows him to achieve more comfortable positions while sitting up or lying down.
We can help
At PA Healthcare in San Diego, we understand how challenging it can be to adjust to the slower lifestyle often required for healing after surgery. Our wheelchairs, hospital beds, and mobility devices can help provide comfort and assistance to you or your loved one. So whether you’re looking for long-term hospital bed rental or short-term wheelchair rental (or vice versa), we can help. Plus, we’ll deliver anywhere in San Diego County.
Give us a call and let us know what we can do to help you or your loved one heal in comfort.