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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Senior Loved Ones

Gifts for SeniorsThe holiday season can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to shopping for gifts. To help, we asked some of our Client Care Managers for last minute shopping advice and came up with a list of gift ideas for senior loved ones.

“I recommend getting blankets or throws that can be customized with pictures of family members, especially grandkids, or favorite paintings. This will not only keep your loved one warm and cozy during the winter months, but it will also remind him or her of favorite things/people! You can create customized blankets at Shuttferly.com or CostcoPhotoCenter.com. A Keurig coffee machine is also a great gift for coffee lovers – it’s a quick and easy way to make a cup of coffee. For book lovers who may have difficulty seeing fine print clearly, audio-books are popular among our clients.”

– Kristel Escal, R.N., Client Care Manager

“I think a fantastic gift for a special senior would be a lift-assist recliner. So many seniors suffer from chronic illnesses that affect mobility, so a lift-assist recliner can be a huge help in transferring from a sitting to a standing position without putting added pressure on their joints. For a more cost-effective present, a great idea is a subscription to a lifeline emergency system for one year. Seniors are most at risk for falls; a lifeline emergency system will ensure your loved one is safe and provide peace of mind to the entire family.”

– Anna Maurizi, M.S., Client Care Manager

“I love personalized gifts for the holidays! Photo albums, scrapbooks or videos from loved ones are sentimental and often easy to put together. Gift certificates to your loved one’s favorite restaurants, museums or other places are personal and very sweet too.”

– Jennifer Ducharme, Client Care Manager

“My all-time favorite gift ideas are crossword and Sudoku puzzle books! These are always fun for clients and their caregivers to do together, not to mention puzzles are great ways to engage the brain. I would also recommend Great Grips Doorknob Covers as they have come in handy for many of my clients and are a simple way to show you care. The Pik-Stik reacher is another great gift and helps seniors with limited mobility reach the things they need without assistance.”

– Lena Vyrva, Lead Client Care Manager

“CD’s make great gifts! Classical music or relaxing nature sounds are two genres that I would highly recommend. For a more personal touch, gift the soundtrack from your loved one’s favorite movie or musical!”

– Michelle Misleh R.N, MSN, Nursing Administrator

“I love to give gifts that keep on giving. Personalized DVD’s of family videos or slideshows with pictures of loved ones are always fantastic. An iPod loaded with your loved one’s favorite tunes is another great idea and brings with it the healing power of music, as shown in the documentary ‘Alive Inside’. Taking your senior loved one on a special outing is also a great way to show how much you care. Attend a local concert, organize a picnic in the park, or drive him or her to a scenic location nearby; I promise it will be a lot of fun and you can take plenty of pictures for next year’s customized DVD!”

– Francie Bedinger, Client Care Manager

“Gifts can be simple and meaningful at the same time. A framed photo of a loved one in his or her heyday, or a framed version of his or her family tree are great ways to reminisce. If you want to take your loved one out, I would recommend going to a theater for a play or musical performance.”

– Bridget Lynch, OT Client Care Manager

“Framed photographs are a great idea; I love to take it up a notch by ordering the big canvas prints from Costco.  They look beautiful and are easier for those who are visually impaired to see. A more costly item, but worth every penny, is an Ipad for FaceTiming with family members who don’t live nearby. Audiobooks are also fantastic for stimulating the mind without having to read fine print.”

– Jesse Walters, Client Care Manager

We hope that the advice we’ve shared helps you find the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season. Happy Holidays from all of us at Home Care Assistance!

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