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Senior Safety (and Gift Ideas) | Victoria, TX

Nov 30, 2017 by Larry Morgan

Safe Gift Ideas for Seniors (Figuratively and Literally)

It’s that time of year again – there are so many gift options, but you never quite know what to get your senior.

You’re not the only one who feels this way. Not only are people concerned about getting something their senior will enjoy, but they care about the safety and overall nature of the gift, as well.

What if I told you there are gifts to meet both of these needs? Here are some great present ideas for your loved one:

Help Your Senior Get Around Easier

A common concern with seniors, especially during these cold and slippery months, is loneliness and isolation.  Many seniors don’t feel comfortable travelling in bad weather or in the dark, and decide to lock themselves in their homes instead. These two things can actually lead to depression and increased risk of death.

Getting them a mobility aid can therefore not only help them get around their house easier, but can help them get out of the house more safely and easily as well! This provides so many benefits to your senior, and it may even allow them to spend more time with you and other loved ones.

Make Your Senior's Home Safer

This may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “gift,” but getting them something to help them feel safer in their own home shows how much you care for them.

A home security system is a great option for preventing burglaries, as seniors are a very targeted population for home invasions. An electronic keypad for door locks is also a nice option, as it helps reduce the worry of forgetting or losing keys.

If your loved one has dementia, getting a video monitor can help you keep an eye on them more closely. This can give you a better idea of how well they’re getting around their house, if they’re up all hours of the night, or if they wander off.

Fun Senior Gift Ideas

Maybe your senior already has all that they need to get around and have a safe, comfortable quality of life. What options does this leave you?

A fantastic idea for your senior – especially if they have some form of cognitive impairment, like dementia – is an artsy gift. Examples include:

  • A CD or musical DVD of their favorite artist or band
  • Tickets to a musical or play they might enjoy
  • Signing them up for a photography or art class
  • Buying them a tablet and installing an art program on it

Don’t Forget the Caregiver!

If you have hired professional help to care for your loved one, it’s important to recognize their hard work and show your appreciation for them just don't spend too much - it's the though that count. If a family member has been doing the lion's share of caregiving work this is a great time of the year to recognize that and let them know their efforts are not taken for granted!

Contributing towards a vacation for them is a very thoughtful gift; you can do this by giving them your hotel rewards points or frequent flier miles, or even a simple Visa gift card to go towards the cost of their trip.

Whatever you decide to give them, they’ll be appreciative regardless!

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