Doesn’t it feel wonderful to find that perfect gift, the one that will make your loved one’s face light up with joy? For the older adults we love, it’s possibly even more gratifying, because it can be difficult to come up with new and creative ideas. The elderly have years and years of accumulated treasures, and let’s face it: there’s only so much pleasure to be experienced in receiving a pair of socks or another tie.
During the winter holidays, why not think outside the box? Hearts at Home In-Home Care, providers of respite care in Overland Park and the surrounding area, has created the following great gift suggestions for senior loved ones to help stimulate some brand new ideas that are guaranteed to brighten the day of the seniors you love!
- Personalize a treasure. Turn treasured photos into practical items that older adults will enjoy throughout the year, such as photo blankets, puzzles, calendars, and lots of other options. A hardbound photo book can be useful for people with dementia. Include 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 lovely way to reminisce.
- Make a game plan. Put together a basket of classic games, including large-print playing cards and any other family favorites. Coordinate in advance with local friends and family to designate a regular, ongoing game night that will, of course, also work well with the older adult’s schedule. Place a calendar in the basket with dates and times highlighted, and then take pleasure in a year of enjoyable get-togethers!
- Go high tech. Technology is progressing every day, it seems, with a lot of gadgets aimed at enhancing life for senior loved ones. Choose from senior-friendly computers, tablets, and smartphones, a smart speaker to provide news and entertainment, or a safety-enhancing medical alert system. Be sure to include enough time to help your senior loved one learn to work the brand new tech tool, too!
- Give an experience. Frequently, the gift most prized by seniors is the gift of enjoying an event with close friends and family. A gift card to an area 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 card to the senior’s favorite restaurant. For a more cost-conscious idea, make a customized booklet of coupons, redeemable when the older adult chooses for services such as mowing the grass, housecleaning, cooking, and so on.
At Hearts at Home In-Home Care, nothing makes us happier than witnessing the happiness in the older adults we serve! Reach out to us at 913-440-4209 any time for more holiday gift ideas, including the gift of specialized in-home care from our highly trained, experienced, and compassionate repsite care team in Overland Park or the surrounding areas.