Charles' wife is bedridden and needs something to keep her occupied. Leo says the iPad is an ideal choice. It has a nice screen and decent speakers. She could stream video and even watch live tv. Then she can switch to playing a game. Leo says it's the ultimate entertainment device. Leo would recommend the 12.9" model.
They can even get a floor stand that will let her put it by the bed so she doesn't have to hold it. Here's one called LEVO. The best discount price Leo has found is $50 off at B&H Photo. There's also refurbished from Apple. They could save a little there that way.