Father’s Day is a day to recognize all the great things your dad has done for you - a day for ballgames, barbecues and special gifts. But for dads who are spending the day in the hospital, the day can appear pretty bleak. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the day extra-special, even if your dad is sick or injured. Here are four ideas to get you started:
- Decorate the room. Choose a theme your dad will enjoy. Keep it bright and light-hearted, but leave the flowers behind - some patients are allergic, and many hospitals ban flowers as a result. Bring along a bright-colored pillowcase while you’re at it.
- Bring treats. Even patients on dietary restrictions may be allowed specific types of treats. Be sure to ask the nurse or nutritionist before bringing any food or beverages to ensure you don’t run afoul of your dad’s diet restrictions and wind up having your treats tossed in the trash.
- Rent a DVD or stream a movie. Some hospitals have DVD players available, and you can always stream a movie or play a DVD on your laptop. Choose one of your dad’s favorite flicks, or opt for a new movie in his favorite genre. Comedies (as opposed to maudlin dramas or horror films) tend to be good choices.
- Give a useful gift. Gifts that can be used in the hospital or during recovery are ideal. Puzzle books or a book on a favorite subject, a new CD or DVD, or a comfy robe and slippers can all be good choices.
Celebrating your dad doesn’t have to be delayed or deferred because he’s in the hospital - in fact, his medical issues should serve as added incentives for you to show him how much he means to you. Be creative, and remember - the gesture doesn’t have to be big. Just your presence can cheer your dad and provide him with happy memories to brighten his mood.
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For more useful tips to protect dad, review: 10 Tips Patients Can Do to Make Your Hospital Stay Safer.