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5 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Family Caregivers

By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on

When considering holiday gifts for at-home North Broward caregivers this holiday season, money is but one option. There are many other ways to show a loved one appreciation for the job they do caring for an elderly parent or family member. Here are a few thoughtful gift ideas for you to consider.

1. Offer Your Time

Managing a household and caring for youngsters along with an elderly family member leaves little time for much else. Other family members might consider offering their time and services for a few hours a day each week to accomplish household or yard chores, service a vehicle or run errands. Perhaps volunteer to spend a day with the older adult and give the caregiver a day off.

2. A Day Out

Plan a special outing with the caregiver and their elderly loved one. Offer to take them out to a movie, have lunch or dinner or maybe do some self-indulgent shopping together. The day out gives both parties a chance to relax, unwind and recharge.

3. Dining Gift Certificates

Perhaps it has been awhile since the family caregiver and his or her significant other have had time together away from home. A gift certificate to a nice restaurant enables them to reconnect without interference from family, household or work. Arrange to stay with the older parent in their absence or recommend North Broward respite care.

4. Gift of Reading

Consider gifting your family member with a book about providing elderly care or concerning a specific medical condition that his or her senior loved one has. Buy one or more books or have them downloaded onto the family member’s mobile device. This type of gift offers helpful insight along with tips and advice.

5. Ongoing Surprises

Caregiver burnout is a real risk for someone caring for another day in and day out. Consider indulgences that the person might never choose for himself or herself. Perhaps a yearly membership to a local fitness center or a subscription to a movie channel would be welcome treats. Enter them into a monthly club that delivers fresh flowers, confections or cheese and wine.

You can also recommend that he or she turn to Home Care Assistance of North Broward, FL, for help throughout the year. Our comprehensive live-in and hourly services are customized to meet our clients’ schedules and give family members the time they need to regroup. Call 954-906-5161 today to learn more about our services and how they benefit the elderly.

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