Rummaging Kits

hat box


Does your older family member or friend like to rummage through drawers or boxes? Can she be restless or fidgety? Does he enjoy exploring?

A rummage kit might be an interesting way for a loved one to “poke around” at things that you have put together and assured is safe. Rummage kits can have a theme or random things you have on hand that a loved one might sort through.

The following ideas are examples, however, use your best judgment when choosing items to include in kits.

Consider older persons who may harm themselves or things that might be a choking hazard. Include only safe items for your older family member or friend.

  • Purse-In an old large purse (many times you can find these at garage sales) you could include things that generally go into a purse such as wallet (might choose to keep only pictures in this), coins, keys, tissues, pen with small pad of paper, lotion, sunglasses, lip balm, and snacks.
  • Toolbox-Include small tools such as a hammer, screw driver, wrench, nuts and bolts, tape, small pieces of wood, etc…
  • Rummage box-This general box can include items like pictures, old programs, greeting cards, old recipes on index cards, buttons, artificial flowers, small stones, old newspaper clippings, poems, etc…
  • Hat box-I once found a very old hat box at a garage sale that stored old hats and gloves in it. I took it around to several nursing homes for residents to look at and it was quite a conversation piece!

What other boxes would you make?

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