Buying holiday gifts for a loved one in a care facility can be mind rattling and frustrating. Most of the time people in that situation are in a small space, and already have much of what they need. There are, however, a few great last-minute ideas to provide an excellent and thoughtful gift.
- Robe, weighted blanket, comfy clothes – Elderly people often have poor circulation and get cold easier. What better to receive than cozy, warm items?
- Slippers, fuzzy socks, Shoes with Velcro – With age comes stiff fingers, so easy to slip on slippers, fuzzy socks with grippers, or shoes with Velcro closure are best for footwear.
- Doll, stuffed animal – There’s something comforting for dementia patients about being maternal and snuggling something. They will often snuggle and sooth the doll.
- Music from childhood – Find music from their childhood and play it on your visits or purchase an easy-to-use player of some sort. Watch as they remember “the good ole days.”
- Digital Picture Frame – Fill the SD card with a lifetime of memories and they can see their loved ones rotating through all day. If you’re able to label photos, that can be helpful as well.
- An Album of pics from their life – If digital isn’t their thing, you can also create an album of photographs, being sure to clearly label how everyone is related in large print.
- Clock with time, day date – Oftentimes dementia patients forget what day it is or even what time of day it is. This clock tells them all that information in a large, clear format.
- Fidget blanket / fidget board – If you notice your loved one constantly fidgeting or picking, a fidget blanket or board is an ideal gift. Many of these can be found on Etsy.
- Manicure/pedicure – The best gift, is always the gift of time with a loved one. Pick up your loved one for an afternoon and go get a manicure and pedicure together.
- Meal out / homemade cookies – No one turns down sweets at the holidays. If you make family recipes or traditional treats, your loved one can savor their holiday gift.
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