Valentine’s Day is around the corner! If you’re not sure what to get your senior parent this year, why not skip the sweet treats and get something they can really use instead? Eating too many sweets can be bad for seniors because it increases the risk of gaining weight, developing diabetes, and causing tooth decay.
With a little creativity you can get your senior parent a Valentine’s Day gift they will really love and use like:
In-home care is the gift that keeps giving all year. When you gift your senior parent in-home care, you are giving them the support they need to continue living independently. With in-home care seniors will have help with household chores, cooking, washing dishes, and reminding your senior parent when it’s time to take their medication. You will feel better about your senior parent living alone when they have in-home care.
A Cleaning Service
In-home care providers can help with light housekeeping, but it’s a great idea to gift your senior parent a monthly deep clean from a cleaning service. A professional cleaning service can do the heavy cleaning that your senior parent just can’t do anymore like cleaning baseboards, washing windows, and giving the bathroom and kitchen a real deep cleaning. Giving your senior parent regular cleaning will help them stay happy and healthy at home.
Laundry is a chore that seniors often avoid if they can because it’s very difficult physically to cart around big loads of laundry. An in-home care provider can help seniors with light laundry like everyday clothing. But, you could gift your senior parent a laundry service that will take care of heavy and large laundry items like coats, comforters, quilts, towels, and other items. All of your senior parent’s large items will be cleaned, folded, and returned to them promptly.
New Senior-Friendly Clothing
When was the last time your senior parent bought any new clothes? Do they have enough senior-friendly clothing? Take your senior parent shopping for clothes that will be easier for them to take on and off by themselves. Shirts and pants with magnetic closures, elastic waist pants, slip in shoes, and plenty of fluffy comfortable socks will make your senior parent feel better and look their best on a daily basis. Don’t forget to pick up some house shoes or slippers with non-skid bottoms that your senior parent can wear around the house to prevent falls.
A New Chair
As they get older seniors may have trouble getting into and out of regular accent chairs or easy chairs. If your senior parent has arthritis, a sore hip, a bad knee, or poor balance you could gift them a new lift chair that they sit in more comfortably than their current chair. A lift chair will help them get into and out of the chair safely and comfortably. Some also recline so that your senior parent can relax and put their feet up while they read or watch TV.
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