“Oh, you don’t have to get me anything.”
How many times have you heard that from a parent or grandparent when the holidays approach?
It’s true that as people get older, they want or need fewer things. But at the same time, you probably don’t want to leave anyone out when you do your holiday shopping.
So, what do you get for the man who has everything or the woman who doesn’t need anything? Read our list of holiday gift ideas for seniors to get some answers.
1. The bathtub grab bar
Bathrooms can be dangerous places for senior citizens with mobility issues. Accessories such as bathtub grips offer an extra level of security. Just make sure you offer to help install them.
The ideal version of these grips is the kind that lock over the side of the bathtub and won’t slip out of place. We’ve seen versions that feature padded cushions, can support up to 250 lbs., and are compact enough to take on vacation.
2. Medication organization
Next on our list of gift ideas for seniors is something to help them stay healthy and independent: a medication organization system.
Keeping on top of medications can be difficult, particularly if you’re taking several prescriptions at various times throughout the day. The more drugs you take, the greater your chances of forgetting.
A pill organizer can help give you and your loved ones some piece of mind. They come in a range of styles, with daily to monthly storage options. Look for something that’s easy to open. “Childproof” tops can be almost adult-proof for some seniors, who are more likely to suffer from arthritis or neurological problems.
3. Food delivery
Your parents spent years worrying about you getting enough nutrition, and now that they’re older and on their own, you find yourself dealing with the same worry.
That’s where a membership to a fruit of the month club, or some sort of meal delivery service, can come in handy. And if they’re not in the mood to prepare Blue Apron style meals and get enough fruit from the grocery store, consider signing them up for a coffee or tea club.
4. Memory journals
Your parents and grandparents want to pass on their story to future generations. Help make that possible with a memory journal. This is a book that contains memory-jogging questions about their life, and allows them to answer those questions, thus telling their life story.
5. Massage pillows
It’s taken mom or dad or grandma three hours to get to your place, and they’re dreading the drive back.
Part of that is time spent on the road, but another is the aches and pains that come from age-related illnesses, exacerbated by sitting too long.
If your parent or grandparent is suffering from neck or back pain, a massage pillow can help ease their strain. Many of these pillows use rotating balls to provide a kneading motion, with a heating element to make the muscles feel even more relaxed. And because they’re pillow sized, they can take them with them whenever they travel.
At Pennsylvania Stair Lifts, it’s our mission to make life safer and more comfortable for senior citizens. Our stair lifts, chair lifts and platform lifts may not be the type of thing you’d find on a normal list of holiday gift ideas for seniors, but they can make life easier this year, whether you’re renting a stair lift for a visit, or purchasing one as a practical gift.
Contact us today to find out how a stair lift can make things simpler and safer for the senior in your life.