What are appropriate gifts for nursing home staff?

There are about 4 staff workers in each unit - an RN and several aides. The Nursing Home sent a note saying that cash gifts aren't permitted, but cookies or fruit are ok. The aides rolled their eyes at that. I got the impression that gift cards might be ok, but don't know how much to purchase. One aide in particular has spent a lot of time with our family member and with us. Family member was recently admitted to a unit with 16 patients.

Asked By: Neonzeus - 12/6/2009
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I've worked in either nursing homes or assisted living facilities for 20 years, and it's never been okay for staff to accept gifts from a resident or their family. I'd strongly suggest NOT giving a gift card -- while the staff might take it gratefully (times are tough right now and you can hardly blame them), they... More
Answered By: debbie011669 - 12/10/2009
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If you are going to get a gift card i'd say $100 would be an appropriate ammount. You don't want them to feel to guilty and like they should go and buy you a giant gift and you don't want them to feel like you don't really appreciate their efforts. A nice card to go with it telling them how much you appreciate their... More
Answered By: Izzy - 12/6/2009
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