If you’re one of the millions of adult children that now have parents or loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility, holiday shopping can be tricky. There are facility rules and regulations you have to consider when buying a gift. In addition, your loved one may suffer from mental or physical ailments that prevent him or her from using certain products. In order to prevent unnecessary holiday shopping stress, try some of the gift ideas below.
You’d be surprised how much the gift of a well-loved magazine can brighten up the day for seniors. When you purchase a magazine subscription, however, it’s a gift that just keeps on giving. Interesting and colorful magazines add some much needed variety and mental stimulation to the day. Reading and visually processing images is a great way to exercise the brain. It’s also worth noting that many popular magazines are now available in large print and for e-readers.
A Bulletin Board and Camera
For a senior living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, visits from you and other loved ones are special occasions. So, why not help her capture the moment? Giving the gift of a bulletin board and simple instant camera can do just that. With these items, you can take instant photos during each family visit and tack the photos on the bulletin board for your loved one to enjoy at any time. It’s the perfect way to create a visual display of love and support.
iPod Shuffle with Preloaded Music
Music has a special way of bringing out our emotions. For someone living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, access to their favorite tunes can make a huge impact. All you have to do is add the music to the iPod Shuffle and show your senior how simple it is to operate the device.
No matter how you slice it, nothing is a better gift to your loved one than the time spent together. Seniors living in a nursing facility appreciate visits more than you could possibly imagine. Plan to visit the facility more often during the holidays and bring grandchildren along for an added treat. The gift of your time shows them they haven’t been forgotten and illustrates just how loved they are.