If a special relative or someone close to you is in a care home and have a birthday or other special occasion coming up, it can be quite difficult to know what to get them to make their day.
Choosing a gift when the person is active and healthy can be a little easier, but if the resident has conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can seem much tougher to find them something that they will really enjoy.
Therefore we thought we’d come up with a few ideas to help their special day to be just that!
Gifts your loved one would no doubt really appreciate is something practical that they can get a lot of use out of. They’re great if the person has limited mobility and can’t easily get their favourite everyday products for themselves. These can include – but are not limited to:
- Clothing and accessories to keep them warm
- Grooming products, such as razors
- Makeup and bath or shower products
- Hair cut or colour vouchers
- Manicure/pedicure set or vouchers
- Pyjamas, nightgowns and slippers
- Wheelchair or walking stick accessories
Never underestimate the power of something that really says how much you care, regardless of how much it did or didn’t cost you. The whole family could work together on something really special to go that extra mile, and children will no doubt love getting involved on making or buying something for their grandparents. Some of our favourite ideas include:
- Personalised family photo albums or scrapbooks
- A year’s subscription of flower deliveries
- A family tree illustration
- Special keepsakes and trinkets
- A homemade family video for you all to watch together
- A special message recorded for them by all of their family and friends
- One-of-a-kind jewellery
Activity or stimulating presents
If you want to get the person something that will keep their brains – or maybe even their bodies – active, this is a great idea! If you’re unsure of suitable things, you could speak to the director of the care homes who will be able to advise you further, and can give you ideas that they have seen work in the past before. In the mean time, here are some other things you can think about:
- Tablets like iPads have been recommended to help stimulate brain activity and keep minds active
- Gifts related to hobbies; i.e. knitting patterns, fishing rods etc
- Board games or cards
- Books or an E-reader
- Special items that revoke memories
- Special interest non-fiction
- Food and drink gifts, including cook books
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