One of the best gifts you can give a caregiver is something that relieves their stress or provides a bit of respite.
Here are a few good ideas if you’re shopping for a caregiver:
The Gift of time: Cost-effective and truly meaningful gifts are self-made coupons for cleaning the house, preparing a meal, moving lawn. Respite times that allow the caregiver time off to focus on what they need.
Gift Certificates: Give gift certificates for restaurants and dry cleaning services, especially those that deliver; lawn care services; maid services; personal pampering services such as messages, facials, manicures/pedicures. Movie theater gift cards are another great gift.
Books: In addition to fictional and non-fictional books that a caregiver might enjoy, there are some books created to assist caregivers such as “The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life,” by N.L.Mace and P.V. Rabins.
Digital Video Recorder (DVR): Purchase DVR/TiVo and years worth of services that will enable a caregiver to record favorite shows he/she may not be able watch. Another idea is to purchase their favorite movies or music CDs to enjoy on their down time.
Buying gifts for your loved one might take a little more thought, but here are some gift ideas for people living with Alzheimer’s disease:
Items that may help with daily activities such as a memory phone that can store pictures, names and contact information of family and friends. Automatic medication dispenser that can help your loved one remember to take their medicine, nightlights that come on automatically when it gets dark, and clocks with the date and time in large type.
Items to help remember things such as magnetic reminder refrigerator pads, Post-It notes, baskets that can be labeled within cabinets, a small pocket-sized diary, erasable white boards for the house, a memorable calendar featuring family.
Items that provide sensory stimulation: In the later stages of the disease sensory stimulation may bring back pleasant memories, so gift ideas include scented lotions, a fluffy bathrobe in their favorite color, or a soft blanket to keep warm.
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Please call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo and we’ll see you again next week!