Gift Ideas for a Loved One in a Long-Term Care Community
December 10, 2019|
Finding the most useful gifts for a family member who lives in a long-term care community to enjoy can be challenging. Older adults have received a lifetime of gifts, but over the years, their needs may have changed, according to aPlaceforMom.com. They may be dealing with physical health issues or memory loss and have needs for everyday items that wouldn’t normally come to mind.
What most people want is TIME with their family members over anything else. If you can’t be there in person, an old-fashioned phone call is the next best thing. If your loved one can’t make it home for the holidays, bring some of their favorite foods and decorations to them.
In addition to giving your time, Masonic Village team members offer the following suggestions for appropriate holiday gifts for loved ones residing in a nursing or personal care home:
quilt or blanket, especially memory blankets with pictures on them
watches or clocks that say the time of day (for people with visual deficits)
snacks like soft cookies, raisins, peanut butter crackers, cupcakes and cereal they can enjoy and share, if desired
word search books
adult coloring books and colored pencils
photo albums or scrapbooks
framed pictures of family, or digital frames with photos uploaded
toiletries such as body wash, lotions or shampoo and conditioner
hats, gloves and scarves for going out on trips
a music player with CDs of their favorite singers or music downloaded onto them
restaurant gift certificates they can use for a meal trip
large piece jigsaw puzzles
cards, notepaper, envelopes and stamps
jewelry sets for women
At Masonic Village’s Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Warminster locations, browse the gift shops for ideas and ask about gift certificates.