Mother’s day gifts for an elderly Mum

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May the 11th is Mothers’s Day in many countries including Australia, America, New Zealand and Canda.

Mother’s day gifts for an elderly Mum.

Here is a list of useful items that may make a thoughtful gift for an elderly Mother if you don’t want to give the same old flowers or chocolates.

Older people don’t really need any more objects to gather dust and although the following ideas are not sexy they are useful, problem solving and potentially life saving !


small personal sat nav to be carried or work, pale blue

A personal sat nav monitor. Find your Mum anywhere ! Perfect if she has dementia or is at risk of falling or living with a life threatening condition. This is an expensive gift but if several family members contributed it becomes more affordable. Also anyone with a diagnosis of dementia in the UK can get a free monitor(Monthly charges apply). Please contact me for more details.

thin plastic strips designed to make removing plugs easy for the elderly Does your Mother struggles to pull out wall plugs? Plug mates are a very cheap helping hand.

a white smoke detector against a black background showing some smoke nearlby

I am hoping you Mother does have a smoke alarm ? Shockingly many elderly people still don’t A  smoke alarm is a cheap life-saver.

a sleep safe carbon monoxide detectorCarbon Monoxide is a silent killer. Ensure your Mother is kept safe and is alerted to any dangers by giving her a carbon monoxide alarm


red advertisement with white writing advertising the medicinal benefits of a hot water bottle

Is your Mother’s hot water bottle in good order ? If it is the seal may have perished. Time for a a lovely new hot water bottle. Wheat bags are a good alternative, however make sure your Mother follows the instructions ,as there have been fires.

a weekly pill box crammed full of vitamins and suppliments

If your Mum does not receive her medication in blister packs consider an easy to use pill organiser

lots and lots of different colour socks

Socks,socks and more socks !!! But not all socks are the same. I cannot praise highly enough the socks from Cosy Feet. Not cheap but definitely the best socks for swollen feet and ankles.

a bottle of carex handwash

Hand wash is always useful and an anti-bacterial one will keep germs at bay.

a hamper of princess tinned foods

I am sure your Mum will welcome a hamper of tinned food .Soup, rice pudding, spam, corned beef and baked beans will ensure there is always something hot and filling in her cupboard.

a culinaire one touch can opener and a tin of tomatoes

Leading on from tins, does your Mum have an easy to use can opener arthritis and weakened hands can make using a standard one difficult.

universal remote for electric switches

A remote control that turns on electrical devices in a room is a huge help for anyone with limited mobility remote control electrical sockets

a coaster that glows in the dark

Does your  Mother 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.

raised sticky dots for people with sight lossI also like the RNIB sticky dots which help people with sight loss know which washing machine programme 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.

flexy foot ferules. flexible walking stick ferules

I love the Flexy foot ferrule walking stick device. It provides increased safety and stability to anyone useing a walking stick.

Most of these gift ideas cost less than £10 a tiny price to pay to allow someone you care about to have a safer and easier time at home.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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