I think all of us will agree that it’s so important to know that our elderly relatives are as safe and secure in their homes as possible. I know with my Nan at 91, I worry a lot about her safety at home and although she is very independent, Christmas is a great time to give them a little more security, disguised as a gift. Sometimes with stubborn Grandparents, it’s the only way!
I have 5 ideas of gifts for elderly relatives this Christmas.
1. Security Cameras
Regardless of where you live, or who you live with, knowing that your house has security cameras up is not only reassuring for an elderly person, but for those who love and care about them. Time2 has some great products available such as the Clan at home app which gives you control over the security of your home and protection of the things you love and value, even when you’re asleep. You can also share the camera with friends and family to look after your home if you’re away or simply, as quite often we do with parents and grandparents, to make sure they are okay.
2. Non-slip socks
How many times have you worried about an elderly relative going up and down the stairs alone at night? I know I have. One great way to keep them a little safer is with non-slip socks to wear around the house.
This is one of the most useful gifts for elderly people who constantly misplace their house keys. Key finders vary, but some work up to 300 feet away which is just perfect for those who are getting a little forgetful. Elderly people who are a little more clued up on smartphones may appreciate a finder that uses Bluetooth technology. Saying that, at 38 I am more than guilty of losing my keys on a daily basis!
4. Electric Blanket
An electric blanket is a great way of making sure that your elderly relative is keeping nice and warm at night, especially through the winter. Costing far less than using the central heating throughout the whole house, you can at least make sure they are staying warm as they sleep, something which is so important given older people are more susceptible to illness.
5. Pill tray
When you think of a pill tray you automatically think of those clear plastic ones from the pharmacy, although there are some lovely decorative ones available which make a really nice, practical gift. For elderly relatives who take a lot of medication and can become a little muddled, it’s so important that they know exactly what to take each day.
So there you have it, five practical gifts for elderly relatives to keep them as safe as possible at home. Of course, flowers, chocolates and bottle of wine always go down well too!
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