Care packages are a fantastic way to let your elderly family member know that you love her and that you miss her during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re also a way to ensure that she gets vital items that she needs. Dropping them off yourself on her porch is a possibility that can help her to keep social distancing, too.
Cloth Face Masks
Cloth face masks are becoming easier and easier to find. If you can make them yourself, that is even better because you can tailor them to your senior’s personality and likes. Now that the CDC has recommended cloth face masks when out in public, your senior may appreciate having a few different masks that she can use, especially if your senior lives in an area that requires masks.
Non-perishable Food Items
It’s also a good idea to include non-perishable food items. If you live in the same town, you might be able to get away with perishable items like milk or eggs, but it’s best to try something like that only if you know your senior will bring the supplies in immediately. Otherwise, you’re better off with foods like canned goods, cereals, and other shelf-stable foods.
The coronavirus pandemic has left a great many people self-isolating for quite a while. It’s very easy to go through over-the-counter medications and need to resupply them, but that’s sometimes difficult. Adding them to a care package is a great way to help your senior to restock her medicine cabinet.
Cleaning supplies have been notoriously difficult for people to find. Your elderly family member may appreciate getting some if you’ve been able to find her favorites. Or you might have tried your hand at homemade versions that you want to share. Rubbing alcohol can function as a disinfectant, for instance, and it’s easier to find than commercial cleaning products.
Something else that people are finding difficult to procure lately are household paper products. In some areas it has gotten easier to find paper towels, facial tissue, and toilet paper, but there are still some limitations. If you can drop some off for your elderly family member or have them shipped to her, that’s a huge help.
It helps to talk with your elderly family member about what she might need. As her caregiver, you probably have an excellent idea already what she uses and needs on a regular basis. But there might be that little something extra you could add to a care package that would make her day.