Type of clothing needed at nursing homes PRINT
Dear Heloise: With spring-cleaning time approaching, please keep nursing homes in mind for donations of clothing.
Many people arrive at nursing homes with virtually no clothing. Perhaps they have lived alone for many years, have no family, have little money, etc.
For women, tops and bottoms, especially washable elastic-waist pants, sweat shirts and pants, pull-on washable sweaters, button-front or pull-on blouses, etc., are needed.
For men, washable pants, shirts, sweat shirts and pants, socks, belts, cotton T-shirts, white undershirts and T-shirts, pull-on shirts and lightweight jackets are best.
Also welcomed are pull-on and lace-up comfortable shoes for men and women.
Seasonal sales are going on, so please consider picking up a few extra items appropriate for someone in a nursing home. Both men and women need underwear. Generally, elastic waists and easy-fitting clothes work best. Everything should be washable.
Call around to find a nursing home with needs. Generally, the activities director or one of the administrators can help.
If your closets are overcrowded, the needs in a nursing home can help fix the problem! — Rita from Belton, Texas
Your letter speaks volumes, and I know my readers will take action. I’d love to hear from facility administrators with more input. — Heloise
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