It can be difficult to find the right gift for an elderly parent, grandparent or relative living in an assisted living community. We recognize that they have had a lifetime of gifts, and as they are no longer running their own household, they not only do not need as much but have a limited amount of space.
The A Place for Mom website has a few suggestions for gifts that are sure to please. One suggestion is to give them a blanket or throw as seniors often suffer from the cold. However if you want to personalize your gift, there are several companies that will create a cozy throw using one of your family photos. A talking photo album also lets you create memories through family pictures and when it has recorded voices of the grandkids, it is really special.
Another idea is to give them a lap desk that allows them to easily read a book or to write a letter from the comfort of their chair. You could add a couple of adult coloring books illustrated with things they enjoy or places they have been along with some colored pencils and markers to complete your gift.
A personalized gift basket can be filled with all kinds of things such as their favorite soaps, lotions and perfumes or colognes. You can also fill a basket with special treats including chocolates, cookies and a small plug-in teapot and tea bags, or do one up with slippers, grippy socks, and a couple of pairs of fashionable compression socks.
Furthermore, tablets and iPads make good gifts as their touch-screen technology and large print options make them easy for seniors to use. If your loved one is not tech savvy, set up the tablet before you give it to them with their email address, facebook page and other personal items. It may be fun to pre-load a few games that you think they would enjoy and add some photos of the family. Include with the gift the offer to be their “tech support” if they have any problems.
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents. Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our comfortable, home-like atmosphere.