The following was originally posted on the Inspired Memory Care, Inc. blog by co-owners, Kelly Gilligan and Nettie Harper, in their article on "Supportive Gifting Opportunities that Last Beyond the Holidays for Care-Partners and Persons Living with Dementia".
The holidays present a unique time for reaching out to family and friends in a thoughtful and meaningful way. If you have a family member or friend partnering with a loved one living with dementia, supportive gifting can bring success and stress-relief well into the New Year.
Coordinating care, household tasks, bills, and shopping can be overwhelming. Here are some ways to support the care-partner and person living with dementia in the daily grind:
- Purchase a certificate for a cleaning service. This will free your family member or friend to be able to kick up his or her feet and not have to worry for once about having to clean up. This allows more time to just sit and be present with their loved one.
- Arrange for a regular delivery of favorite snack foods. It doesn’t have to be an expensive subscription service. This relieves care-partners of another task and keeps your love and gratitude top of mind each time they open a new box. (Read more here)
Here are some ways to encourage and support an active and engaging lifestyle for care-partners at home and in the community:
- Arrange a regular flower delivery for someone who enjoys clipping flowers or creating floral arrangements. They’ll have a bit of beauty each day.
- Consider purchasing some creative art supplies to create art side-by-side. Examples include paints, watercolor paper, paint brushes, colored pencils, art books, etc. Depending on your budget, once a person finds the right medium, a regular supply shipment can be set through a subscribe and save program. This can be a wonderful way for care-partners to connect and express [themselves] creatively. (Click here for more gift ideas)
When it comes to care-partner support, asking for information and tailoring the response to the specific needs of the care-partner dyad is the most important piece of the puzzle. When it comes to holiday gift-giving for care-partners, it truly is the thought that counts. We hope these ideas spark some inspiration with your family and friends.