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Home Health Care Holiday Gift Giving – Friends, Family & Caregivers

Home Health Care during the holidays can often become more challenging than usual for aging adults and their caregivers. 

The holiday season is a time for gathering, sharing, laughter and memories for most families. However, for those affected by memory loss or Alzheimer’s, the holiday season can be very stressful. Gifts with them in mind can be a wonderful way to lessen any feelings of loneliness or depression in many cases.

Gift-buying for aging parents isn’t a difficult thing to do and with aforethought and creativity, family members can often find the process fun. You can choose any of these recommendations or think of something else. Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or “just because,” it’s not that difficult to find a perfect gift for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. 

TIP: Two aspects to consider when giving a gift to a senior with dementia are overstimulation and safety. Avoid gifts that overstimulate. Make sure gifts are not tripping or choking hazards.’

If the senior has mild to moderate memory loss, a gift may be no different than what you would give before the diagnosis. As the illness progresses, however, the type of gifts require more consideration. For example, gifts that stimulate the loved one’s memory are more important. Here are a few gift ideas for aging seniors with memory loss.

  • Activity books, crossword puzzles or strategy games.
  • CDs of their favorite music will allow your loved one to reminisce.
  • Photo albums or a calendar featuring special family photos.
  • Large-type clock that highlights both date and time.
  • Fluffy bathrobe or picture blanket.
  • Comfortable clothes such as sweat pants or shoes with Velcro fasteners.

TIP: When you are unable to be present for the holidays, the gift of a FaceTime or Skype call can be very uplifting for people with Alzheimer’s.

And let us not overlook the caregivers! The love, service, and sacrifice caregivers provide while caring for aging seniors can involve a lot of time and effort. From shuttling them back and forth to appointments, administering medications to offering companionship and emotional support, providers of home health care in Overland Park can be invaluable.

Caregiving for aging seniors with chronic illness or Alzheimer’s can become even more difficult and time-consuming during the holidays. Often, when families have gathered together, additional help is needed with the care of an aging loved one. Friends and family can help make the holidays enjoyable for caregivers who already have a full plate. Here are a few suggestions that can make the additional seasonal stress more enjoyable for home health care providers in Overland Park.

  • Offer to Help – Most caregivers not only have the responsibility of caring for the aging loved one, but they may also have housekeeping, shopping and cooking activities to do. Friends and family can contribute by helping prepare meals, cleaning up afterward or helping their loved one get dressed.
  • Pamper the Caregiver – A personal gift from family members can show your appreciation. Giving the caregiver a spa-day at a local salon, or even a spa-basket is a great way to pamper the caregiver.
  • Regular breaks – Perhaps what home health care providers in Overland Park need most is to take regular breaks to rest and recharge. Give a gift of your time to care for your loved one.
  • A Nice Meal Out – A gift certificate to the caregiver’s favorite restaurant is a great gift.
  • A Clean House – Cleaning often gets pushed to the bottom of a caregiver’s to-do list. Roll up your sleeves and do some cleaning yourself to take this chore off their list.
  • Give a Special Gift – When the family is gathered around for an exchange of gifts, make it a point to give the caregiver something special. If he or she enjoys music, CDs to listen to throughout the day can be a great choice. If they love crafts, enjoy reading or watching movies – all can inspire ideas for gifts that are meaningful, letting the provider of home health care in Overland Park know he or she is appreciated.

Home Care Assistance provides excellent care for elderly adults and those with Alzheimer’s in the Kansas City metro. We provide whole-person health care – not only taking care of medical needs but catering to a senior’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. We hope that the suggestions we’ve provided will help you find the perfect gift for your beloved family member and home health care provider in Overland Park this holiday season. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Home Care Assistance!

Home Care Assistance caregivers in Overland Park are experienced, bonded, insured and rigorously-screened. Our team-based care approach provides seniors with comprehensive home health care from the comfort of their own home. For more information, you may call a Client Care Manager at 913-663-5000.