At Carolina SeniorCare, we value our participants and their families. Often, family members become the caregivers of their loved ones. This may create stress and sometimes gilt for not giving enough of themselves.
Is there a family member caregiver on your holiday gift-giving list this year? This group is often difficult to buy for, because the bulk of their time is spent tending to an aging loved one or spouse. Whether you’re out battling long lines during the busiest shopping season of the year or you plan to cash in on digital deals, here are some great gift ideas for the caregivers in your lives.
A journal. Documenting your thoughts and emotions is a welcome release for many caregivers. From simple to fancy, journals can make a great gift for caregivers who enjoy writing or journaling.
An Amazon Kindle or a Nook. A Kindle or Nook is an easy-to-transport reading device that can allow a caregiver to read a favorite book, newspaper or magazine anywhere. Long waits in doctor’s office waiting rooms or time spent keeping watch over an elderly loved one can be more enjoyable with some entertainment. Load it up with an inspirational book, such as Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul, or a new novel by a favorite author.
A smartphone. Caregivers have a lot to keep track of: Medications, appointments, notes and reminders, lists of supplies needed, not to mention important contact information for healthcare providers. A smartphone can be an invaluable resource for a caregiver who’s always on the go but needs to be constantly connected.
A “gift certificate” for free respite care along with a restaurant or shopping gift card. Offer up your services to provide some respite for a few hours or a few days, and include a gift card for a favorite restaurant or retail store so you know your loved one will get out and do something fun for themselves.
A photobook or scrapbook. Caregivers are sometimes so busy keeping track of medications and appointments they lack the time to do what’s really important: Document memories. A gift of a photobook or scrapbook can be a gentle reminder to take time out to appreciate the memorable moments–and makes it easier to get started.
A spa gift certificate. Caregivers spend hours on their feet tending to their loved ones. A gift certificate for a spa treatment, such as a pedicure or massage, would offer some rest and relaxation along with some well-deserved pampering.
The best gift for a caregiver might not be expensive; it could even be free. If you have a caregiver on your list this holiday season, choose a gift from the heart that they’ll cherish and utilize for a long time to come.
Carolina SeniorCare located at 802 East Center Street, Lexington, NC serves seniors in Davidson, Rowan, Davie and Iredell counties. Visit our website at www.carolinaseniorcare.org.
Reprint in part from Angela Stringfellow, www.seniorhomes.com