As the holidays get closer, you’re probably trying to think of some creative ways to show your loved one residing in an assisted living community how much you care. The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to put others first, but finding that perfect gift sometimes can be challenging. For loved ones who have downsized a home and let go of many of the items they’d accumulated over their lifetimes, gift-giving becomes even more difficult. After all, they may not really need anything, and they do not have space for more frivolous items.
The Perfect Gifts for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities
There are still plenty of great senior gift ideas that your loved one will cherish and find useful. However, before you start shopping, keep a couple things in mind. First, large and bulky items may not be the best idea for residents of assisted living communities, as storage space is tight. Secondly, it’s important to consider your loved one’s specific health needs while you shop.
Here are a few of the best gifts for seniors residing in assisted living communities:
- Technology. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and give the gift of technology. Tablets and iPads can be pre-loaded with your loved one’s favorite games, apps, music and books, and after a quick tutorial they should feel comfortable using them. Or, a cell phone can help keep them connected and safe, as they can keep it with them all the time. Seniors today are more technology-savvy than ever before, and many are ready to embrace items that not only provide entertainment but can also make life easier for them.
- Large-type books or books on CD. If your loved one is an avid reader but struggling to read small type as well as they used to, books with larger print are a perfect gift idea. Or, consider books on CD. Your loved one can enjoy sitting back and escaping into a story, without the worry of straining their eyes.
- Photo albums/scrapbooks. Give the gift of cherished memories by putting together a photo album or scrapbook full of old family photos. Or, create an album full of recent photos of family and friends so your loved one always feels close to everyone. This also provides a great way for your loved one to remember all the important people in their lives.
- Homemade or handmade goods. Does your loved one have a favorite treat? If so, consider gathering the kids for a fun day of baking. Then, you can assemble a gift basket with baked goods, hot cocoa, tea or coffee so your loved one can enjoy a special snack. Plus, seniors love getting unique gifts specially-made for them by the grandkids! Get the kids together for a craft-making session to create a one-of-a-kind gift for your aging loved one, whether it’s an ornament, a painting, a photo collage, and so on.
- Newspaper or magazine subscriptions. A subscription to a favorite newspaper or magazine is a great gift idea for loved ones in assisted living communities. Consider a subscription to a newspaper from their hometown so they can stay up to date on all the latest news. After all, everyone looks forward to getting “real” mail.
- Blankets or throws. During these cold winters, who doesn’t enjoy snuggling up with a cozy fleece blanket or soft throw? Several companies offer custom photo blankets, so get creative and get a blanket made from a favorite photo of the grandchildren or a pet. Or, maybe your loved one lost their spouse recently- a wonderful idea is to take some of the spouse’s clothing and have it made into a custom quilt. This way, your loved one will always have the memory of their spouse close to them.
- Practical items. While these gifts might not seem very fun or exciting to you, they can be a big relief to loved ones who aren’t able to go out and purchase them on their own. Consider gifting practical items like tissues, toothpaste, and other toiletries, or stamps, stationery, and pencils. To make it fancier and little more festive, create a nice gift basket out of their favorite practical items.
- Spend time together. Keep in mind that your time costs nothing at all, but it’s a precious gift for a senior. Visit as often as you can throughout the holiday season, or help them put up decorations to make their living space feel homey. Sit and talk about holidays from the past, or take them out to a restaurant for a nice meal.
Compassionate Assisted Living in Tulsa at Saint Simeon’s
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