Gifts for the elderly this Christmas.
Hopefully you are starting to get nicely organised? Gifts bought and wrapped …….No…..struggling to know what to buy for an elderly relative ? Here are a few simple ideas. Simple but also very practical….
Find a person anywhere ! Perfect for a relative with dementia, someone living with a life threatening condition or someone at risk of falling. Help keep someone elderly safe with a personal GPS tracking unit.
A helping hand for someone you care about who struggles to pull out wall plugs Plug mates
A smoke alarm – surely everyone has one ? Shockingly many elderly people still don’t have one . Buy someone a smoke alarm it might just save their life. Did you know most fires start at night ?
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer ensure your friend or relative is alerted to any dangers and give them a carbon monoxide alarm
A hot water bottle, many elderly people have them and never check to see that the seal is in good order. Consider buying them a lovely new hot water bottle.
Available now as an attractive alternative to the traditional hot water bottle are the hot wheat bags that you heat in the microwave. Who could resist snuggling up with Rudolph? Take care to follow the manufacturers instructions closely however as they have been linked to house fires when over heated
If they don’t receive their medication in blister packs consider an easy to use pill organiser
Socks,socks and more socks !!! But not all socks are the same. I cannot praise highly enough the socks from CosyFeet. Not cheap but definitely the best socks for swollen feet and ankles.
A Hamper of tasty treats is always welcome. You can always make one up yourself with items you know they love. It gives it a personal touch and works out better value.
Leading on from tins, do they have an easy to use can opener ? Arthritis and weakened hands can make using a standard one difficult.
A remote control that turns on electrical devices in a room is a huge help for anyone with limited mobility remote control electrical sockets
Does your relative or friend have impaired sight ? I love the RNIB glowmats, they are the size of a coaster and glow in the dark, they charge using natural or artificial light and are useful for keeping useful items such as house keys and hearing aids on.
I also like the RNIB sticky dots which help people with sight loss know which washing machine progra to use, where to turn the microwave dial to and allows them to align a plug with the socket. Once again very cheap but very useful.
I love the Flexy foot ferrule walking stick device. It provided increased safety and stability to anyone using a walking stick. Flexyfoot also now have their very own stylish walking stick incorporating the ferrule.
Awarded the Reddot design award best of the best 2013 this battery operated alarm clock is simplicity itself. Measuring only 2.5 x 4 inches and lightweight it is also extremely portable. When the alarm sounds the user simply has to turn the whole thing over. It is clearly marked ON one side and OFF the other and is a useful gift for someone who has arthritic fingers and finds small button or switches a fiddle.Click here to buy one.
Some ideas from a compan, whose products I love are these lovely gardening tools, designed with arthritic hands in mind.
Pill boxes are usually functional but lack style. If you are looking for something a little more exciting the Sabi range have stylish and ergonomic shapes.
Now I just love the next item. The Flipstick is ideal for not just the elderly but also younger people at festival, sports events etc.
The Sabi Sport Cane is also a stylish alternative to a standard walking stick although I have to say the flexy one will always get my vote.
High visibility vests save lives! Make sure anyone you know who uses a mobility scooter puts one on the back of the seat. Be Safe, Be Seen !
This is a must have item. True Call blocks nuisance phone calls protecting the elderly and those living with dementia from malicious phone scams and may just protect their life savings. Watch the video on their website which explains how it works. There is also a reader discount, just quote Caron Cares on ordering to save £15. Prices start at £119.99. There is also a rental option.
Hearing Direct are offering 10% off all readers first orders. Time to buy those amplified headphones and loud alarm clocks. Simply quote CC10
Some of these gifts for the elderly are less than £10 yet still allow someone you care about to have a safer and easier time at home. Don’t forget too, the elderly still like to look good and smell lovely, so toiletries and perfume are always useful.
I have free room thermometers to send out on behalf of Age UK. These cards clearly show if a room is too hot or too cold. Please contact me if you would like one using the form at the top right-hand corner of this page. Please remember to leave me the name and address that you would like it sent to.