As the holiday season approaches, you may be thinking about what you want to buy for your aging loved one. If you are a family caregiver, chances are that you spend a lot of time with your loved one and have a fairly good idea about his or her interests. But even so, it may still be difficult to come up with ideas about what presents to buy. ElderCare at Home will provide some gift ideas.
First, you should take into consideration your loved one’s current medical condition. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, then this will determine the kind of gift you should buy. For instance, if your loved one has a more advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, then it is unlikely that you would buy them a full-length book to read or something that would involve a heavy amount of concentration and cognitive energy. In this case, you can buy useful things like pillows or blankets for their bed. But if your loved one is fully aware and unimpaired by a neurological disorder, then your options may be more open.
Here are some ideas:
1) Clothes: This is a good idea for your loved one who may be unable to leave the house often and who need some comfortable new clothes to wear. Consider buying clothes that are comfortable to wear around the house like loose fitting pants or soft T-shirts.
2) Medication organizer: Managing medications can be difficult for seniors. If your loved one has to keep track of multiple medicines, then you should consider buying an organizer to help them keep track. Such organizers can range from a simple pill box organized by days to larger boxes that come with a clock and timer attached to remind those who have to take pills at specific times
3) Memory journals or photobooks: If you have the time and if you think it is appropriate, consider putting together a scrapbook of old pictures of your loved one, pictures of their children, or pictures of their grandchildren. Not only is making this book a wonderful way to be thoughtful and personal, but it is a great way to spend quality time with your loved one. Looking through such a book can encourage the telling of stories or jokes and sharing laughs.
4) Gift Cards to Their Favorite Stores: If you know where your loved one likes to shop, it is always a great idea to get them a gift card to their favorite places so they can buy the things that they like. This also makes your job a little easier since you are giving them control over what to get.
5) Exercise Equipment: If your loved one is active, perhaps they would appreciate exercise clothes, shoes, reusable water bottles, and the like!
6) Blankets, towels, pillows: These gifts work well in whatever kind of living arrangements in which your loved one lives. These items can be nice additions to their house or a nursing home room. They can easily be transported, too.
7) Their favorite foods: If you know what kinds of food they like, then this is always a great way to show how much you appreciate them. For instance, if your loved one is a lover of chocolate, then visit any local bakery or boutique de chocolat and see if they sell good quality chocolate or chocolate pastries. You should also make the gift presentable in nice wrapping or in a decorated box.
8) Tickets to events or shows: Try to look online to see if there are any coming attractions within the next year. If an artist or a play is coming to town and you know that your loved would like to see it, then taking your loved one to experience this show would be a very thoughtful gift. A lot of the times, good experiences and memories can make the best presents.
9) Electronic devices: Many seniors are jumping on the wagon and starting to use electronic tablets and iPhones. Fortunately, many of these electronic devices have tutorials on which your loved one can learn to use the device. This would be a very convenient gift since you can access the internet, read the news, send emails, and keep in touch with friends and family all on one device.
10) Make a gift: If you are crafty and have skills in sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, or writing music, then this is perhaps one of the most thoughtful gifts to ever give. This is also a wonderful idea for grandchildren to give to their grandparents since the latter will likely cherish the creative work of children very much.
Thinking of what to buy might be challenging, especially if your loved one is one of those people who doesn’t “need” anything. But, we hope that the above list has inspired you with some initial ideas. There is still time before the holidays, so we hope you find the perfect gift to give.
If you want more ideas or are interested in the services ElderCare at Home has to offer, then please call us at 800-285-0093 or visit our website to learn more!.