The holidays are upon us, and so is the holiday shopping season. As a family caregiver, you might be trying to decide on a gift for your aging family member. Shopping for older adults can be difficult because they often have everything they want or need, or they may have physical or cognitive limitations that make gift giving harder. On top of those challenges, family caregivers are busy people without a lot of time to wander through stores looking for just the right gift. Having some gift ideas in mind for your senior loved one can make shopping easier and faster.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
Customized photo gifts, like calendars, blankets, and puzzles are wonderful gifts for older adults who have everything. They are also meaningful gifts for people with dementia as it can be comforting to be surrounded by images of people they love and trust.
Cozy Blankets and Throws
It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel cold even when others are not. A snuggly blanket or lap throw can be a thoughtful gift. If you’re purchasing a blanket for someone in a wheelchair, look for one that is lap-sized and won’t drag under the wheels of the chair. If you’re crafty, a handmade quilt or tied fleece blanket can be an even more meaningful gift.
Sometimes a gift of time is better than a physical item. You can purchase a gift certificate for an experience at a place the senior loves, such as a movie theater or restaurant. Another option is to plan a day for the two of you and make your own gift certificate that explains the gift. For example, if you want to take the person to a museum and out for lunch, print out a certificate or note on the computer that gives them the details of the plan.
Items for Activities
Consider getting your aging family member things to do. Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzle books, craft supplies, and adult coloring books are all great options for older adults, especially those with limited mobility.
If the senior in your life would like to do some holiday shopping for their friends and family, a professional in-home caregiver can help them. A professional caregiver can drive them to the mall or other stores and go shopping with them. They can also help seniors to brainstorm ideas and make lists. Or, if the older adult prefers, the professional caregiver can help them to shop online.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring elder care in Walnut, CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266.