While the holiday season might be met with some unforeseen difficulties this year, there are still plenty of ways to bring joy and cheer into the season. For most of us this will mean smaller gatherings, and zoom holiday parties, but no matter what the occasion it’s important to still right in the seasonal spirit.
If you have family members who are in one of the country’s assisted living facilities, they may be feeling a little more down this season having to miss the normal family celebrations. While zoom is a perfect way to include them at home, there is no better time than Christmas to make them feel extra loved and special with these five holiday gift ideas:
A custom photo album
Memories bring back great times, emotions and experiences for seniors who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. So, what better way to ignite your loved ones’ memory than by giving them a custom photo album that contains the most beautiful photos of you and your family together? These might be the gift that just keeps on giving as these photos can even help introduce some daily memory exercises for your loved one in assisted living facilities.
You can add texts and notes on each photo to make them look and feel extra special.
Seniors in assisted living facilities are encouraged to engage in different activities and games to allow them to socialize and keep their memories fresh.
If your loved one likes art, then you can give her adult coloring books that will surely keep her busy for hours. If the senior loves solving puzzles, you can opt for a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. You can also go for playing cards, board games or video games that seniors will surely love.
A special relaxation treat
Some assisted living facilities have their own salons and spas that you can treat your loved one to for a day. You can also fin a local spa or salon where you can book a day of pampering with your loved one where you can both enjoy a facial, massage, manicure, haircut, and even threading.
Seniors rarely have the chance to get themselves treated to a spa or salon day, so your loved one will surely appreciate this sweet gesture in time for the holidays.
An e-reader, tablet, or phone
Although most seniors are not well versed with technology, staff and members of assisted living facilities are more than happy to aid your loved one in mastering the basics of a tablet or e-reader. This way, you can still allow them to enjoy the convenience of these gadgets to entertain themselves and keep in touch with you.
If your loved one is into reading books, you can give her an Amazon Kindle or if she is into movies, then she’d love a new tablet with a subscription to Netflix or Hulu.
A beautiful blanket
Nothing is more comforting for a senior who experiences anxiety than a beautiful, weighted blanket. This type of blanket has been scientifically proven to help reduce anxiety and distress, and it is beneficial for seniors who have dementia or those that have difficulty sleeping or always anxious while in the assisted living facility.
Do not forget to make your loved one feel loved and remembered during the holiday season.
We may be experiencing some very rough times, but we should always make the effort to spend time with the people who once made sure that our holidays were extra special. Which one of these five gift ideas are you planning to buy for a loved one?
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