What can I buy my elderly Dad for Father’s Day

a fruit cake with the words in white icing "Happy Fathers Day" Men I find are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for and as they get older they don’t want things that gather dust.

If you are thinking “What can I buy my elderly Dad for Father’s Day this list may be just what you need!

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If your Father uses a walking stick these amazing Flexyfoot ferrule will make his walking safer. They are specially designed to be used on all surfaces including irregular ones and are also especially good for stairs and steps. There is a short video explaining how they differ from the usual rubber ones here.

There has been positive feed back from customers who have bought them and say they are also really effective on slippery surfaces, hopefully lessening the risk of a fall. Prices start at about £ 11.

SOCKS ! It is the old joke isn’t it that Dad always gets socks.

If your Dad has swollen feet and ankles you will know it is difficult to find socks to fit. Coseyfeet offer wonderful socks that I buy for my clients and I can personally recommend them. They are easy to put on, wear well and although they don’t recommend being tumble dried stand up to it well

Smoke alarm an/ or Carbon monoxide alarm not a fantastic gift he may think, but if he doesn’t have one they might be the best one ever. Smoke alarms are very affordable and both may one day save his life.

Does your Dad use a wheelchair ? Keep him cosey this coming Autumn and Winter with a specially designed rug . The “Huggerrug”  will not fall off or need adjusting and is made from a soft polar fleece. There are several versions available and now some lovely waterproof ones. These cost in the region of £40

Feeling Flush and want to spoil your Father or does he have Dementia ?  Have you heard of the benefits of an i Pad. More and more elderly people are being given them as a gift as there are now Apps to keep the mind active, entertained and calm. It is also a wonderful way to stay connected with you and share photos.

If Dad has poor sight this very inexpensive item will only help him find small items in dim light. Costing little over £3 this will fit all budgets. The “Glowmat” from the RNIB is a rechargeable coaster that glows in the dark. I have just bought one for a client of mine who has Age Related Macular Degeneration and always losing items. It works well and recharges with natural or artificial light.

If he has a great sense of humour and is not diabetic have you heard of “ Jellyatrics” 
like jelly babies but jelly elderlies ! A sweet edible gift, cheap and bound to raise a smile or at least be a talking point among friends.

Just a few ideas you may not have thought of and I hope your Father has a lovely Father’s Day.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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