November 11, 2019
Are you struggling to think of a holiday gift for an older adult who lives in an assisted living community? Here are a few ideas you might find helpful.
Every year as the holidays approach, we hear a familiar question from adult children: what gift can we get our mom or dad? Purchasing a holiday gift for a senior who seems to have everything because they live in an assisted living community where most of their wants and needs are provided.
We do have a few suggestions for gifts residents enjoy and several ideas for meaningful experience gifts.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Assisted Living Residents
This is a generation that still believes in writing letters and sending personal thank-you notes. A thoughtful holiday gift might be stationery set with their name and address printed on it, along with address labels, postage stamps, and a nice pen.
While a senior may not have a lot of extra room in their apartment or suite, there’s always space for plants! In addition to making the home look more inviting, many plants also purify the air.
While many senior living communities offer cable, they don’t usually include subscriptions to specialty channels. You could pay for a yearly membership to Netflix or Hulu so the senior has instant access to movies and favorite television series.
Arts and crafts supplies:
Ample research shows the health benefits of engaging in artsy pursuits. From better brain function to a stronger immune system, supplies that spark creativity make for some healthy fun. You can also purchase or put together a fun craft kit or scrapbooking sets, such as drawing supplies or a beginner watercolor package.
A senior on a tight budget might not indulge themselves often. That’s why gifts like a favorite perfume or cologne might be appreciated. A gift certificate for a manicure or hair cut at their assisted living community’s beauty/barbershop or gift cards to local restaurants are also treats.
You might consider donating to a charity the senior feels passionate about. You could include logo gifts from the charity’s online store. Many sell T-shirts, mugs, hats, and more to raise additional funds.
Giving Experience Gifts during the Holidays
For many older adults, quality time may be the greatest holiday gift of all. You can plan a special outing or gathering to celebrate the season with your loved one. Bringing together several generations of the family is a gift that keeps on giving. Giving Seniors “Experience” Gifts this Holiday Season has a variety of suggestions.
Visit a Legacy Community during the Holidays
If you’ve been considering visiting a senior living community on behalf of a loved one, drop by during the holidays. From joyful choral concerts to games, the holidays are a festive time to visit. Call the Legacy community nearest you to set up a time.