Before you run over to the hospital with a fistful of flowers, you may want to review these 7 tips:
1) Find out if the patient is allowed to have flowers. Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) aren't allowed to have flowers as long as they are there. Is the person allergic to flowers? You want to cheer the person up, not make them feel worse.
Hospital Flowers in a Vase2) Always bring the flowers in a vase. You can purchase a flower arrangement. You can make one yourself. Or you can bring flowers, scissors and an inexpensive vase to the hospital and hook them up when you get there. Some hospitals have spare vases, but don't count on it, because many don't. Be prepared!
Be Considerate with Flowers
3) Most patients have little space to put flowers. Don't send an over-sized, lightweight vase that can be easily knocked over. A short or low vase with a bit of weight will work best on a cramped hospital nightstand.
Get Correct Information4) If you're having the flowers delivered be sure to have the patient's first and last name, the correct hospital and the patient's room number. You can get this information from a relative or a friend or you can call the hospital patient information desk directly.
5) Make sure the patient is still at the hospital when the flowers are delivered. Hospitals don't keep patients as long as they used to no matter why they were admitted. When in doubt, contact the hospital directly.
Card with the Flowers
6) Remember to include an enclosure card with your flowers so that the patient knows who they are from.
Get Well Soon?
7) I know companies write get well soon all over everything related to giving gifts to people who are ill. But not everyone who is ill will get better. You want to encourage and be sensitive to both the patient and their loved ones in your choice of words.Hopefully these 7 tips for taking flowers to the hospital were helpful to you. Any other ideas on this subject?