Doesn’t it feel fantastic to find that ideal gift, the one that will make your loved one’s face brighten with joy? For the older adults we love, it’s perhaps even more fulfilling, considering that it can be difficult to come up with new and creative ideas. Aging parents have many years of acquired treasures, and let’s face it: there is only so much pleasure to be experienced in getting a pair of socks or another tie.
Bring joy to the winter holidays for older people by thinking outside of the box. The Franklin senior home care team at Live Free Home Health Care has collected the following great gift ideas for senior loved ones that are bound to brighten the day for the seniors you adore!
- Customize a treasure. Turn treasured photographs into useful items that your senior loved one will enjoy all through the year, such as photo blankets, puzzles, calendars, and many other options. A hardbound photo book can be useful for people with Alzheimer’s. Incorporate images of members of the family with names to help the senior remember who’s who, or create a book with photos from his / her childhood for a wonderful way to reminisce.
- Make a game plan. Assemble a container of classic games, including large-print playing cards and any other family favorites. Coordinate beforehand with local friends and family to designate a weekly or regular game night which will, of course, also work nicely with the older adult’s schedule. Tuck a calendar in the basket with dates and times highlighted, and then enjoy a year of fun get-togethers!
- Go high tech. Technology is advancing on a regular basis with lots of gadgets geared towards improving life for older adults. Select from senior-friendly computers, tablets, and smartphones, a smart speaker to deliver news and entertainment, or a safety-enhancing medical alert system. Be sure to plan for sufficient time to help the senior learn how to work this new tech tool, too!
- Give an experience. Frequently, the gift most valued by cherished older adults is the gift of enjoying an event with close friends and family. A gift card to a nearby spa for group manicures, hair styling, and a massage is a wonderful way to create new memories together; or keep it simple and select a gift certificate to the older adult’s favorite restaurant. For a more cost-conscious idea, put together a personalized booklet of coupons, redeemable when the older adult chooses for services such as mowing the lawn, housecleaning, cooking, etc.
At Live Free Home Health Care, nothing makes us happier than seeing the delight in the seniors we serve! Email or call us at 603-217-0149 any time for even more holiday gift suggestions, including the gift of specialized in-home care from our highly trained, experienced, and compassionate care team in Franklin and the surrounding communities.