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Not sure what to get your dad this Father’s Day? Buying a gift for people who are ageing can be challenging. People who are ageing are more interested in comfort, practical support and improving their quality of life than novelty gifts. Of course we know that the gift of our time and companionship is most valuable to them, but reaching a ripe old age needs to be acknowledged with something special, something that they really need and would appreciate.
With a bit of thought and planning, you can find something to both surprise and delight your senior dad. Here are some suggestions:
Personal care service
You can hire a care worker from Better Caring to cook their favourite meal, light housekeeping, escort them on a visit to a relative – perhaps their sister or brother or old friend, or to travel to their favourite place, the movies, a play or some other special event.
Home maintenance service
You can hire a worker to do some heavy duty tasks around their house – gardening, lawn mowing, window washing, carpet cleaning, spring cleaning, etc.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for the home. Arrange pre-season inspections of the air conditioner systems, oil/gas heater. Install an emergency alert or home security system.
For food items, long distance phone calls, taxi cabs, beauty/barber services, etc.
Bath safety equipment (grab bars, shower bench, hand-held shower wand, raised toilet seat). Large numbered clock, watch or telephone. A magnifying glass that can be worn around the neck. A long-handled shoe horn or reaching device. A lap board for writing.
Large print materials or audio books, large numbered playing cards, crossword or puzzle books, a bird house/feeder, stationery and assorted greeting cards, envelopes, stamps and address labels, easy-grip pens, newspaper/magazine subscription, plants, craft equipment, recordings of old songs, remote earphones to better hear the TV or their favourite music.
Track pants, sweater, shawl, bath robe, electronic lap blanket, cotton socks and underwear, head scarf/muffler, sturdy tie shoes, non-skid slippers.
Cosmetics and toiletries in unbreakable containers, a standing mirror, a waist pouch or a cloth bag to hang on a walker. A pocket clip-on eyeglass case or neck chain for eyeglasses. A visor to reduce glare when reading. A U-shaped inflatable neck pillow. Notepads and a clipboard.
A daily or large-print wall calendar. An address book. A guest book for visitors to sign. A scrap book or family photo album. Audiocassettes/videos of family members. Framed photos or a picture collage.
Visit with your family/grandchildren, make a special phone call on Father’s Day if you can’t. Take them on an outing, or video record their stories using your phone. Construct a family tree chart together. Look through old photo albums. Play a board game.