We know that older adults living alone often experience social isolation and chronic feelings of loneliness, which can have a serious effect on their health. If your senior loved one lives far away, sending a care package is a great way to stay connected and make him or her feel special and loved. Additionally, it may help alleviate boredom and decrease feelings of loneliness.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to prepare a good care package. Getting a surprise gift in the mail will be exciting for your loved one no matter what you send. However, the best care package will include items that are both fun and practical. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Consider their interests
Does your loved one enjoy knitting? Include some new knitting needles and colorful yarn. Do they love crossword puzzles? Throw in a couple of new crossword books with pencils. Including items they love will not only show your thoughtfulness but will also ensure the items are actually used and enjoyed by your loved one.
Focus on the season
Is summer right around the corner? Include items like a battery-powered handheld fan, sunglasses, and a new hat. If winter is approaching, send a cute mug with some hot cocoa mix and a bag of marshmallows, along with some new cozy slippers. You can also focus on upcoming holidays. Send a Valentine’s package filled with your loved one’s favorite candies and homemade valentines from the grandkids.
Keep them “in the loop”
Today, most people are sharing photos via email or social media, and your loved is probably missing out on them if they are not very tech-savvy. Keep them in the loop by sending printed photos in your care package. A few photos from recent family events, candid shots of the grandkids, or even funny photos with the family pet can help your loved one feel connected and brighten their day. Consider including one or two in frames so your loved one can put them around the house and be reminded you love them every day.
Take them to the movies (sort of)
Chances are your loved one would be more comfortable watching a movie at home than sitting in a crowded theatre. But you can still create a fun theatre experience for them in a care package! Send a couple of classics you know they will enjoy watching along with some microwave popcorn and some of their favorite snacks. You can even include a cozy throw blanket that is sure to be used again and again.
Send homemade treats
Many seniors enjoy a sweet treat, so try sending a small package with some of your loved one’s favorite baked goods. Not only is this inexpensive, but it will make them feel extra special that you took the time and effort to make something just for them. Get the kids involved by having them help decorate some cookies, or draw a picture to include with the items.
Remember that no matter what your care package contains, it’s the thought that counts. Receiving a surprise gift in the mail is not only exciting, but it will remind your loved one that you care about them and is sure to make them feel loved.
If you or your family member is considering in-home care as part of a plan to age in place, contact Family Matters In-Home Care today for a free consultation. Our team is dedicated to supporting your family and helping older adults enjoy life in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.
Some of the services offered by Family Matter In-Home Care include: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Bed & Wheelchair Transfer Assistance, Companionship, Housekeeping & Meal Preparation, Personal Care, Recovery Care, and Transportation.