Buying gifts for your loved ones can be challenging. Finding a gift that is useful, yet personal and meaningful takes thought and effort. When you’re shopping for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the challenge can become even more difficult.
What does your loved need? What will they actually use? If your loved one lives in a memory care home, what gifts are most practical? These questions are valid, and that is why we are here to help.
Memory loss disorders are usually classified into three groups: mild, moderate, and severe. This gift buying guide is categorized accordingly.
Gifts for Loved Ones with Mild Memory Loss
At this stage of memory loss or dementia, your loved one may be able to still communicate and function to a higher degree with some assistance. If your loved one lives in a memory care home in Dallas, think about gifts that are practical, such as:
- Shoes with Velcro: Seniors in dementia assisted living facilities can forget the steps to tying their shoes. Shoes with Velcro straps allow them to maintain some independence and out their shoes on without needing help from a staff member.
- Simple board games: The Cottages memory care homes in Dallas and across Texas are designed with family in mind. Not only are residents encouraged to spend time in community activities, but family members are always welcome to stop by to enjoy some quality time together. Board games area a favorite activity among seniors living in assisted living or memory care facilities. Be careful not to choose something complex, but stick with games that are familiar, with simple rules.
- Flowers: A bouquet of flowers can brighten the room for those experiencing dementia and assisted living and are always a welcome gift. If you want to provide something that’s longer-lasting, consider a low-maintenance indoor house plant.
Gifts for Loved One with Moderate Memory Loss
As memory loss progresses, fine motor skills often deteriorate, both for those living independently and seniors living in dementia assisted living facilities. There are some practical gifts that will help your loved one maintain his or her fine motor skills, along with creating memories for you.
- Coloring Books: With the innovation of coloring books for adults and kids, you are sure to find one that your loved one will like. Holding a crayon or pencil involves fine motor skills that are important and require practice.
- Inexpensive Jewelry: If your loved one still likes to dress up, jewelry can be the perfect gift. Putting on jewelry provides a sense of independence and can spur memories of life as it once was. Sometimes, just getting up and getting dressed nice can make all the difference in how your loved one’s day goes.
Gifts For Loved Ones with Severe Memory Loss
At this stage of memory loss, it can be challenging to find the right gift for your loved one. Here are some practical examples:
- Manicure/Pedicure: Spend some time pampering your loved one with a manicure and pedicure in the comfort of his or her own room.
- Lap Robe: A lap robe or blanket will keep your loved one’s legs warm and cozy. This is the perfect for loved ones who are confined to a wheelchair.
- Non-Slip Slippers: Even walking can be hazardous for people living with severe dementia or memory loss. Non-slip house shoes or slippers will allow your loved one to safely move about their room and the memory care facility.