A nice gift for someone in a nursing home, either on a temporary basis (for rehab) or permanently, is a small metal lockbox that can fit in one of the small bedside drawers allotted residents. They sell for between $8.00 and $20.00 U.S. circa 2012 and come with either keys or combination locks. If you get one with a key have extra keys made before you take it to the home. Seal one key in an envelope and secrete it somewhere in the room (A good place is under a drawer) and keep the other one. If you get a combination lock set it to an easily remembered combination, such as the year the patient was born. A nice touch for a female patient is to spray-paint it pink and apply a floral decal. Though the amounts are small, money and inexpensive jewelry tend to disappear in nursing homes. I'm not sure if the issue is kleptomania, but there is a surroundings where there are many people with dementia wandering around. Patient's like to have a small amount of cash handy for vending machines and snacks. Keeping cash unsecured indefinitely is an invitation for problems.
Even better yet is to make sure the small box is secured to a shelf or other sturdy surface so no one can pick up the whole thing and walk off with it. Since it's not a fire safe, it would be fine to drill a couple of holes into the bottom of the box and insert screws through those and onto the shelf to keep it secure.
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