A bright, bountiful vase of flowers is a wonderful gift for anyone to receive. The beauty of flowers and their lovely scent make them one of the most popular gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and many other occasions. When someone is recuperating in the hospital, many people choose this gift to help brighten the often gloomy or bland hospital decor. While most people will appreciate the thought, there are some reasons why a bouquet, or at least certain flowers, are not appreciated. Here is what to know about get-well flower gifts and how to avoid sending a gift the recipient cannot enjoy.
Understand Hospital Policy
Policies banning flowers from hospital rooms or specific wards are increasing. There is concern about the risk of the flowers spreading mold, bacteria or causing allergic reactions. Contact the hospital to learn about their policies before purchasing a bouquet that cannot be delivered. If they are not allowed, talk to the florist to see what other items they may offer. A get-well basket can contain food, spa gifts and many other items. Many florists will arrange a beautiful flower-free display for these items and deliver them as they would a traditional bouquet.
Consider Allergic Reactions
Even if they are allowed, it is possible for a bouquet to cause allergy issues for the recipient. Since the point of a get-well gift is to make them feel better, the idea of sending a gift that makes them physically uncomfortable is concerning. Choose low-pollen flowers if the person does have allergies or if their allergy status is unknown because they are a work colleague or casual acquaintance. Azaleas, pansies and irises are examples of beautiful blooms that are less likely to trigger a sneezing fit. Talk to the florist to request they create a bouquet with only flowers that are known to cause fewer allergic reactions.
Choose for Mood
Colors are known to affect moods. There have been numerous studies that have proven this over the years. With this in mind, it is possible to design a bouquet in floral shades that may help to influence calmness, well-being or energy. The color of the flowers in the bouquet should be chosen to help the patient based on what their recovery needs are. For example, in homeopathic practices using color therapy, the color blue is used to reduce pain and red to increase circulation. Soft pastels will generally be more soothing and brighter shades more energizing.
Hospitals that ban flowers are doing so in an attempt to ensure a healthy setting for patients, but there are other studies that prove flowers are beneficial. Flowers are known to make people feel happy, and being remembered by someone also helps to improve any mood. Since so much of healing is dependent on people being in the right mental state, it makes sense to allow people to be surrounded by those things that make them feel good.