ALZHEIMERS, YOUR PARENTS AND THEIR WISH-LIST
Dad has learned to cook. He’s learned to charm Mom into clean clothes. He’s learned to do laundry. Here are 11 budget-friendly gifts for your Alzheimer’s Caregiver Dad that will wrap him in love every day. After all, who deserves your love more?
Brighten His Day
Life as a Caregiver means that your Dad is caring for your Alzheimer’s Loved one around the clock. Along with preparing food and providing a safe home, Dad is the household source of love, laughter and joy. That means that Dad needs to be filled with joy enough for two. Here are some reasonably priced gift ideas that Dad and Mom can both enjoy together.
1. A card – sweet, funny, or musical
2. Recent photos, printed and mailed
3. Old photos, printed and mailed
4. A spare phone charger
Make Every Day Easier
Caregivers are on-the-job twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They take on household duties more and more as the Alzheimer’s Loved One becomes less able to remember the sequence of steps. So a gift that makes a Caregiver’s day easier is always a great idea.
5. Pre-prepared meals
6. Sign Dad up for online grocery ordering, so he can pick up at the drive-through.
7. Clean laundry / laundry service
8. A simplified wardrobe for Mom. Having only this season’s clothes in the closet, helps her dress appropriately for the season.
9. A clean, orderly living space that is safe for Mom
Before you visit, talk with your Dad to identify a convenient time to arrive. Your Alzheimer’s Loved One has good times of day, and better times of day. Remember that your Caregiver Dad needs a hug and a friendly face as much (or more) than your Alzheimer’s Loved One
10. Try 2 by 2 visits. Visit in pairs. This way, one visitor can talk, listen and laugh with the Caregiver while the other does the same with the Alzheimer’s Loved One.
When did your Caregiver last have a few minutes on their own? The answer may surprise you. Getting a haircut used to be simple, fun errand. So was getting the oil changed. Now, your Mom may come along on these errands (and others) because it is safer for her than staying home alone. Give your Caregiver Dad the gift of a free hour, an afternoon, or longer by caring for your Loved One yourself. Plus, you will learn a lot by walking in his shoes.
11. Take a turn caring for your Mom
Whether you live near or far, whatever your budget, there are many priceless gift options you can give to your Caregiver Father that really will make life easier for him as he cares for your Mom. And remember – a generous serving of love makes every gift better!