Brandywine  - Elder Care Management, llc
 
Gift
Ideas

Gifts to Improve Memory & Cognitive Function:
  • Crossword Puzzle Books (word search, Sudoku)
  • Hand-held video games such as Solitaire, Bingo
  • Books on Tape or MP3 players (books can be downloaded from the local library for little to no cost)

Gifts for Safety:
  • Medication compartment boxes, boxes with reminder alarms, alarm watches.
  • Driver’s Safety Classes www.aarp.org/families/driver_safety to find classes in your area. Many automobile insurance companies also have programs—check with agent
  • Installing door alarms for wanderers. Available at RadioShack and www.improvementscatalog.com
  • Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return Program (pay the enrollment fee) www.alz.org/SafeReturn (800) 272-3900
  • Emergency Response Systems (Go on-line to find coupons for free installation and discounts)
  • Motion activated lights for path to bathroom,www.improvementscatalog.com
  • An electric tea kettle with automatic shut-off
  • Cell phone & air time

Gifts for Comfort and Sensory Stimulation:
Look in catalogs such as Easy Living, Gold Violin, or Solutions for ideas.
  • Pillows and throws in unusual textures, stuffed animals, and small sculptures
  • A new bathrobe
  • ‘Pillow pal’ for something to cuddle that also supports aching backs
  • Potpourri, flameless scented candles/tart warmers and scented bath items--lavender scent is calming for “sundowning”—spray on pillowcase at bedtime or tuck a sachet in nightgown drawer or between linens
  • Music box, wind chimes, portable radio or TV, audiotapes, or an audio-clock
  • Shatter resistant magnifying glass
  • Creative ceiling decorations for someone living in a small space such as kites, posters, or mobiles
  • Buckwheat neck pillow for when sitting in wheelchair or geri-chair
  • Microwaveable heating pads
  • Wheelchair Accessories - backpacks, oxygen carriers, rim covers, brake extensions, trays and seat cushions
  • RadioShack’s Clarity line of telephones designed for hearing enhancement
  • WeMontage - removable wallpaper 
 

Gifts from the Heart -- Gifts of Time (that cost little or no money):
  • Scrapbook
  • Creating a family memory video
  • Writing a memoir/personal history
  • Weeding their garden
  • Planting their flowers
  • Membership to local science center, zoo, museum (and you taking them!)
  • Trips to the local library
  • Enrolling the person in the Library of Congress’ Recorded Books Program for those with impaired vision or fine-motor coordination/strength www.loc.gov/nls or downloading MP3 audiobooks to inexpensive MP3 player                         (available at Wal-Mart, Staples, Target, Kmart) through local library: www.netlibrary.com/RecordedBooks . Some libraries carry audiobooks pre-loaded onto MP3 players.
  • Compile family recipes into a book
  • Pre-addressed & stamped family birthday/anniversary cards with the date to mail it written on the envelope flap
  • Personalized Calendars with family photos and birthdates, other special anniversaries (Sam’s Club Photo, Costco, Shutterfly.com)
  • Jar with decorated lid (or box) filled with pieces of paper, each with a memory involving the elder and you. Open one each visit!
  • An IOU for a year’s worth of lawn care or 52 car washes
  • Personalized gifts, such as a deck of cards or jigsaw puzzles using their photo or a favorite grandchild or pet
  • Storage boxes in bright colors
  • Bird feeder (plus the IOU to keep it filled) would add some interest to their window, and include a book on bird watching or a book or pictures of birds
  • Storage boxes in bright colors
                                                   some ideas taken from ALCA website