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Christmas ideas for the elderly

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Christmas gift ideas for someone elderly or someone with dementia.

With less than a week to go to Christmas Day I hope you are all sorted by now. If not and you are struggling to think what to buy someone elderly hopefully this will help you.

What DO you buy someone elderly that has all they need and what would be a thoughtful present for someone with dementia to enjoy?

I tend to think foodie gifts are welcome and many local Deli’s will make up a hamper to suit your budget and choice. The UK have some amazing cheese makers  many of whom offer online hamper options. A useful alternative to a sweet one for anyone who is diabetic.

Indoor plants add a splash of colour and seasonal bouquets makes someone feel special. Ladies appreciate smellies, National Trust shops offer a lovely array of locally made artisan soaps and smells.

Gardening vouchers, book tokens or a magazine subscription are thoughtful ideas,

Replace traditional walking sticks with one from Flexyfoot, fashionable, comfortable and safer on un-even or icy ground. Available on-line www.flexyfoot.com and from selected stockists.

A promise of a meal out in the New Year is always a thoughtful gift, one to look forward with good food in good company always enjoyed.

For someone with dementia, a photo book of memories, digital photo frame, or photo cushion are thoughtful ideas. Soft blankets made into dementia blankets (sew on buttons, ribbons, zips, jingle bells and Velcro) provide both comfort and warmth plus relief to agitated hands.

Adult colouring is huge at present and seen as both therapy and brain stimulating. For someone with dementia, Aqua Paints are enjoyable and rewarding. www.active-minds.co.uk/ I had fun testing them!

Music, music and more music! Buy an MP3 and record all the music someone with dementia likes. I have seen the magic of music for someone with dementia, from agitated to calm and toe tapping in a matter of notes. Big headphones are more comfortable and better with hearing aids.

Soft pyjamas are ideal for both men and women. Feeling nice and keeping them warm in bed. For someone in a care home you can never have too many pyjamas.

Socks! Who doesn’t appreciate a really nice pair? For anyone with swollen ankles Cosyfeet sell socks which fit comfortably, wash well and last. Slippers? Check your loved one’s slippers, do they still fit well? Sloppy slippers are one of the main trip hazards leading to falls.

Make some of my FREE to make at home range of assistance items. Available are cards, adhesive labels and iron on transfers for clothing. What better gift than keeping someone with dementia safe or independent. Free yet priceless according to the feedback. Make them here, www.dementiaassistancecard.co

I have a practical streak to me, and think something to keep someone safe is one of the most caring gifts for someone elderly.

A high visibility vest for mobility scooter users, carbon monoxide monitors, smoke alarms, a GPS tracker for someone with dementia, really useful ideas. One of my favourites is the electric one-handed can opener from Kenwood. Safe, easy can-opening. A one-cup water boiler makes brewing up safer too with no heavy kettles of boiling water to lift they are available from all major electrical retailers both online and on the high street.

A trip to the local nail bar or visit from a nail technician will brighten anyone’s nails for the festive season – women mainly- but who knows? Choose something festive and fun and don’t forget the glitter.

Cook a Christmas meal for someone as a gift. I have been doing this with my husband, Paul, for five years, adding more and more people to our list. A delicious meal beats a ready meal on the Day and makes people feel thought of and valued at what is for many a very lonely time of year

This year via my blog Caron Cares and social media platforms we have launched “Operation Christmas Dinner” and managed to engage people all over the U.K. to cook Christmas meals for elderly people near them who wouldn’t have one otherwise.

Not difficult for most of us to do and there is still time for you to join us doing so. We cook on the 23rd and plate up in foil trays and deliver on the 24th. For more information contact me on using the contact form at the top of the page. It’s the best gift we give over the Festive season.

 

 

 

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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