The rooms themselves are always so sterile, it's nice to have some little luxuries around.
- A nice pillowcase
- colorful placemats for the bed tray
- a small vase with flowers for the tray (large arrangements are wonderful, but too big to go next to your plate)
- a subtle room or linen spray
- maybe even a personal cd player with a cd of soothing sounds (my granny and I both love thunderstorm sounds)
Snack food is a good option, just keep in mind any dietary restrictions the patient might have. But even when the patient can't snack, the family members staying with them might appreciate a quick bite they can grab without leaving the room...
- fresh fruit or veggies that won't be messy - grapes, baby carrots, or strawberries don't even leave a peel - in a resealable container
- granola or cereal bars
- cookies and a small jar of peanut butter (and a plastic knife)
Pampering products usually lift a person's spirits.
- lotions (unscented unless you're pretty sure the patient will love the scent)
- super fluffy socks
Entertainment...there's only so much tv a person can watch!
- playing cards (and offer to play a game while you visit)
- beautiful magazines that don't require any deep thought
- crossword puzzle books or even coloring books and crayons (not just for kids!)
And the thing I appreciate the most in hospital is good company!