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Choosing the perfect gift for an elderly loved one sometimes seems like an impossible task. You want something that’s going be useful in some way, but you also want something that’s not going to end up in a closet before the decorations are down. One solution to this annual Yuletide dilemma is to consider gifts that are creative, engaging, and functional. Here are a few favorites among the caregivers at Albuquerque Home Care Assistance.
1. Electronic Readers
The Amazon Kindle and other electronic readers can be an excellent gift for a senior loved one who loves to read but finds traditional books difficult to hold or read because of font size. Many e-readers are extremely lightweight with adjustable controls that allow for easy font size and brightness adjustments.
2. Blankets with Sleeves
Blankets with sleeves (like Snuggies) are a creative variation on traditional blankets or throws. Your senior loved one will appreciate the ability to keep his or her hands free while also staying warm on cold nights.
3. Tablet Computers
A recent Pew Research study found that more seniors are embracing technology, especially easy-to-use tablet computers. Lighter than laptops, tablet computers like iPads can also be customized with things like larger text that your senior loved one is likely to prefer.
4. Slipper Socks
For a variation on traditional socks, consider giving your senior loved cozy slipper socks. Some brands include treads or grippers to prevent slipping on surfaces like kitchen floors for added safety.
5. Personal Emergency Response Systems
From wristbands to pendants, the options for personal emergency response systems are less restrictive than previous incarnations of such devices. Some newer systems have a range that extends beyond the home to allow for added protection when your senior loved one ventures out.
6. Interactive Card Games
Grandparent Talk is one of a handful of interactive card games designed to spark a conversation between your senior loved one and other family members, especially kids and teens. Each card asks a question designed to inspire the kind of family discussions that used to be common before the days of computers and texting.
Aside from presents under the tree, you can also express your gratitude and appreciation for your loved one by providing him or her with additional support throughout the year. At Home Care Assistance, we offer live-in, part-time, and respite care Albuquerque families trust to help their senior loved ones stay happy, healthy, and safe year-round. To learn more, please call 505-798-0800 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.