Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all on the way! The beautiful, glorious holiday season will soon be here which means feverish shopping excursions are now the norm. It’s hard enough to know what to buy for your family members and friends. Purchasing gifts for older adults can be particularly difficult. What to buy?
In this week’s blog, we’ll offer up some suggestions for the perfect holiday gifts for your elderly loved ones.
A robotic vacuum.
We all need to keep our homes clean. But, for elderly adults, the acts of sweeping, mopping and vacuuming can be particularly taxing. Does the senior in your life like to keep things nice and neat? Does he/she contend with mobility issues that make cleaning up a more difficult chore than it needs to be? A robotic vacuum is the perfect way to clean the floor without having to lift a finger!
“A robotic vacuum can be a smart and worthwhile investment for those who have difficulty keeping up with cleaning floors,” reports GreatSeniorLiving.com, “Some models include Alexa device connectivity, allowing even more remote controlling options. Robotic vacuums tend to work best when the floor is uncluttered, so this may be worth taking into consideration depending on the senior’s living environment.”
Most people complain that making purchases for their elderly loved ones is difficult because they either “have everything” or “don’t need anything”. This is why avoiding “things” is a great way to go when holiday shopping for elderly people. Instead, opt for enjoyable experiences. Take them to a live theatre production. Bring them to a restaurant for a celebratory meal. Enjoy a boat ride or a bus tour or even a visit to the Zoo. Such experiences are often a lot more valuable than material goods.
DailyCaring.com suggests gift certificates to restaurants. “They can enjoy a wonderful meal from you, or if you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll go out for a special meal together,” says the site. It also suggests gift certificates for personal services like hair styling, manicure, pedicure or massage. “If you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll accompany them to their appointment,” the website recommends, “Some spas even offer special geriatric massage!”
A pill organizer.
When it comes to holiday gifts, we don’t always think with a “health first” mentality. However, when it comes to our elderly loved ones, it’s wise to keep their overall health and well-being top of mind at all times. Like the majority of older adults, the senior in your life is likely to have medications that need to be taken regularly. A pill organizer will help to ensure that he/she is taking the appropriate medications in the right doses on the right days.
“Keeping track of medications and when to take them gets increasingly difficult as people age, but pill organizers can help,” contends GreatSeniorLiving.com, “You can sort out a day’s, week’s, or month’s worth of medications and set automatic alarms to alert your loved one when it’s time to take their pills. Be sure to look for a model that has easy-to-open compartments.”
For many seniors, mobility issues prevent them from enjoying their own households. At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we identify product solutions that match their specific needs, giving them freedom and independence at home and beyond. We have many high-quality solutions available. We will consult with you to fully understand what you’re trying to accomplish. That way, you can purchase the best solutions for your elderly loved ones.
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