Gifts for Family Caregivers Working with Alzheimer’s

A little bit of help…that probably describes an appropriate gift for a caregiver. They work, they care, and they have their own lives. The best gifts you can give someone caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s are those that relieve stress, bring a moment of calm, or provide a bit of respite for the caregiver.

Here are some ideas for last minute shopping…

The Gift of Time:

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s is a job that never ends. The disease causes continual deterioration. There is no real break from caregiving. So a cost-effective and truly meaningful gift might include helping the caregiver. Create coupons for cleaning the house, preparing a meal, mowing the lawn or shoveling the driveway, or for providing respite time that allows the caregiver time off to focus on what they need.

Gift Certificates:

Isn’t it nice to have someone else do the cooking on occasion? Give gift certificates for restaurants. Also laundry/dry cleaning services, especially those that deliver; lawn care services; computer/technology support; housekeeping services; or personal pampering services, such as massages, facials and manicures/pedicures.

Magazines and Books:

Do you remember getting lost in a good book? Or is their a favorite magazine subscription that might bring a wide smile? Any favorite reading material can be a wonderful gift. And, in addition to fiction and nonfiction books that a caregiver might enjoy, there are a number of books created to assist caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends “The 36-Hour Day” by N.L. Mace and P.V. Rabins; “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care” by V. Bell and D. Troxel; “Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook” by H. Gruetzner; and “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” by F. Broyles.

DVD’s or Digital Video Recorder (DVR):

A set or series of favorite TV programs to watch in a quiet moment. Or you can think about the purchase of DVR/TiVo and one or more year’s worth of services that will enable caregivers to record favorite shows they may not be able watch in real time but can enjoy later during downtime.

Hire Some Help:   

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Contact us today @ (781) 378-2164 to inquire about our affordable rates and to find a solution that fits your shopping/gift list and budget.