I’ve spent more time in a hospital waiting room than I’d ever hoped to. But life takes unexpected turns like that. When people show up to a waiting room, it’s most often unplanned. So people find themselves huddling in stark waiting rooms, unprepared, stressed out and emotional. If you ever want to offer help to a friend or loved one who finds themselves waiting it out at the hospital, but don’t want to burden them with a, “What can I do?” phone call, here is a great list of items you can throw together and deliver to them.
- Blankets/sweatshirts, etc.: Those rooms get cold!
- Games, puzzles, sudoku, reading material/deck of cards: Keeping them busy and their minds off the wait is a great help.
- Food: Easy snack foods, some healthy options the vending machine wouldn’t provide or a meal that can be easily reheated. Never provide food in a container they’d have to return or keep track of!
- Bottled water: Save them a trip to the vending machine to buy and overpriced bottle.
- Toiletries: Throw a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, chapstick, a comb, some soap and deodorant into a gift bag and I bet at least one time in there gets used.
- A pillow: If their stay is going to spread into the night, this will be invaluable!
- Gum: This might be beneficial for everyone given the close quarters!
- Handi-wipes/hand sanitizer: Those rooms are a germ haven!
- Sewing projects: This is a must for me!
- DVDs: Most waiting rooms have a DVD player, but you could also bring a laptop or portable DVD player for them to borrow if necessary.
- Notebook and pen: If a doctor is relaying a lot of info, it might be nice to have a quick place to jot it down.
- Clean clothes: If they can’t run home to grab a clean pair, do it for them. Or if that’s not an option, some comfy new sweats might be a nice touch.
- Yourself: Waiting alone during an already emotional situation will make said situation worse. Surrounded them with love will give them strength, especially if they are emotionally exhausted and scared!
Here’s hoping you never have to put one of these care packages together, but if you do, I hope these ideas help!