The holidays are approaching and many people enjoy giving meaningful or useful gifts to the people in their life that they love. If you have a senior parent or loved one receiving home care, you may be wondering what you can give them this year that they will appreciate.
Here are a few ideas:
Journal- If your senior does not have any impairments that would inhibit them from writing, consider gifting them with a beautiful journal for them to write their thoughts and feelings down in.
Items of warmth- Soft and cozy blankets or throws, warm slippers, scarves, and hats, or any other items that would offer warmth and comfort to your seniors are great to give for the holidays and can be used all year long.
Tablet or another device to keep them socially connected- If your senior struggles with feelings of isolation or is unable to get out and about as much as they would like, tablets or other electronic devices can be a good way to let them feel included and give them an opportunity to interact with their family and friends on a regular basis. There are also a plethora of other ways that tablets can be used for seniors receiving home care, including games, music, and for taking pictures of friends and family.
Something sentimental- Is the senior in your life sentimental? If so, consider giving them a unique and personal gift they will treasure forever. Using old photos or other special mementos, create something that will make them smile. Getting the grandchildren involved is an almost certain way to bring a smile to your senior’s face and uplift their mood.
Companionship- Sometimes, the very best gift that you can give to the seniors in your life is your time and companionship. Especially for those getting home care, they value the time they have with their family members and it is a bright spot in their day when they are surrounded by the ones that they love. Find something that can bring the family together with the senior in your life and put aside everything else during that time and concentrate on your family and just being present.
Mind games- To encourage mental sharpness, give your senior games and things like puzzles, word games, and other things that require them to use their brain and skills and which make great gifts. In colder months when it is harder to leave the house, having games at the ready will be beneficial both for your senior and yourself.
Hobby materials- If your senior has a particular hobby, you can always give them supplies that they need which will encourage them and motivate them to keep themselves busy doing what they love.
Special gift idea: One way to cross off two of the above ideas at once is to gift your senior a memory quilt using items from their life or the items that may have special representation for them. Not only is it a gift of warmth, but it is something they will love and that can be passed down to future generations to come.