Get tips and ideas on care packages for seniors. Seniorly offers advice on what to include in senior care packages, for the holidays and beyond.
When you can’t be with your loved one in person, or if you just want them to know that you’re thinking of them, a thoughtful care package can lift a senior’s spirits and provide them with special treats or useful items. But what to include in care packages for seniors? We’ll give you some ideas so that you can customize a care package to send to your loved one, whether they’re far away, recently moved into an assisted living community, or just need something to look forward to.
You’ve decided to put together a package for your elderly loved one, but what to put in it? We recommend a mix of the following. Don’t feel like you need to go overboard, either, though: a small package of just cookies or a large envelope of the kids’ drawings will still be as welcome as larger boxes of gifts.
Here are some gift ideas to put into holiday care packages. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another fall/winter celebration, your senior will appreciate a package that shows you’re thinking of them, even if they’re able to celebrate in their assisted living community or with other family members.
We know how busy it can get around this time of year: try to send something off to your loved one early but remember “Better late than never” is true (provided you’re not sending perishables). Your loved one will almost certainly forgive a care package that missed the holiday date. If the holiday is a gift-giving holiday, try to include it with your care package. If you can’t, simply make it clear that this was a “Thinking of you!” package and that the gift is arriving separately.
If you can spare a few moments to put together and ship a care package every month, more power to you! But for many, it can be difficult to remember this kind of task, especially if your loved one is difficult to shop for or you want to avoid simply sending impersonal kick knacks. An occasional care package of thoughtful goodies assembled will be better received than constant boxes of not-so-welcome stuff.
Emma Rodbro is Seniorly’s Head of Product Experience & Operations. Emma’s passion for reducing social isolation in aging populations was undoubtedly influenced by her own experience as a teenager and spending time with her grandfather. Emma went on to earn her Bachelor or Arts in Public Health and Sociology from Brown University and holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not at work, Emma is a volunteer at DOROT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of an aging population.
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