Because many seniors live on fixed incomes and have medical expenses that eat away at their budgets, buying necessities isn’t always easy. The gifts younger generations might think of as too practical often are the most appreciated by older family members and friends, according to Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence products and other home health care supplies.
“When shopping for the elderly, there are a few rules of thumb: Consider whether the recipient is capable of comfortably using the gift and whether it can be stored within safe reach. Also look for items that are easy to use even with mobility or dexterity issues and are of premium quality that older generations grew up appreciating,” she says. “Although blankets and slippers always make good gifts, sometimes shoppers want to give something no one else will or something they know their recipients don’t already have.”
Wilson offers the following six unique gift ideas for seniors of all ages and abilities:
Even a senior who has everything will appreciate a convenient way to eat healthy. Mom’s Meals provides freshly prepared meals to a loved one’s doorstep. A study published in May 2012 by Meals on Wheels Association of America reported 1 in 7 seniors is threatened by hunger because of a variety of factors such as financial limitations, limited mobility, physical factors that make eating difficult or food unappealing, depression and more. Mom’s Meals offers special dietary choices, including meals low in sodium, fat or carbohydrates.
An easy-to-use, amplified telephone provides peace of mind to caregivers and seniors who are hard of hearing. At minimum, a model designed for the elderly should include enhanced ring volume and visual ring indicator, hearing aid compatibility, oversized keypad and display, and speed dial.
Independence tools make aging in place safer and easier. A top-selling product at The CareGiver Partnership is an adjustable bed rail by Stander. The 2-in-1 rail serves as a sturdy assist while getting in and out of bed and a full-length safety rail while sleeping.
Ideal for the reader or crafter, Beam N Read is a hands-free LED light that offers high, low and night vision settings. A neck strap keeps it within reach and a clip-on magnifier reduces eye strain. The Beam N Read also is perfect for outdoor activities like walking and camping.
Seniors managing incontinence are likely to love the gift of normalcy and dignity. High-end absorbent products like Depend Silhouette for Women or Depend Real Fit for Men are a step up from regular adult diapers. They’re designed to look, fit and feel like regular underwear, but their clothlike fabric is discreet under clothing and comfortable for most activities.
Triderma is skin relief that combines the effectiveness of prescription treatments with over-the-counter safety, convenience and affordability. Triderma comes in several formulas that use natural ingredients to heal dry skin, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, ulcers and facial redness. This drug-free treatment has no side effects or interactions with medications.
“When giving items like a telephone, bed rail or reading light, be sure to set it up right away and explain how to use it, so it doesn’t get stored away and forgotten,” Wilson adds.
“For gift ideas tailored to meet an individual’s unique needs, our team of product specialists provides free, personal, one-on-one assistance. And with fast shipping right to your door, you still have time to order; shipping is free on orders of $50 or more. To get started with your gift giving, call 1-800-985-1353 for a free catalog and $60 in money-saving coupons.”
The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer of home healthcare products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, daily living aids, nutrition support and more. In its sixth year of providing products and services that help caregivers and loved ones maintain personal dignity, the company also offers an online library of more than 1,200 family caregiver resources and personal service by experts in caregiving. Call 1-800-985-1353 or visit online.
The CareGiver Partnership