Chances are, your dad's assisted living community is already planning a celebration for Father's Day — but you definitely want to be part of the picture. Clearly, Dad doesn't need another tie at this stage in his life, so what do you get him to share your love and add to his enjoyment? Take a look at 10 great ideas for Father's Day gifts for your dad living in assisted living senior housing.
1. A Set of Grabbers
Sometimes it's tough for seniors to climb up on chairs or ladders, or to contort themselves into an awkward position when they've dropped something behind the sofa. Give your dad an extra hand — literally — by gifting him with a set of mechanical grabbers that help him reach that top shelf with ease.
2. Activity Books
Whether it's Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word search or other puzzle books, a pack of these are a great way to challenge Dad's mind. Search out his favorites, whether he prefers challenging double crostics or puzzles based around sports teams, and include a package of pens or mechanical pencils to get him started.
3. Tickets to the Ball Game
You know your dad's favorite sports, so indulge his love of the game with tickets to a big match-up. Whether he prefers baseball, football, basketball, or hockey, you should be able to find a pair of good seats to your local pro or college team — A pair, because of course you're going to go along with him so you can cheer side by side.
4. Dad's Favorite Coffee
Get Dad his own electric kettle or even a coffee maker so he can make a refreshing cup of coffee any time he wants one, and top off the gift with a basket of top-of-the-line gourmet coffees. You can add a fun mug and some flavorings for good measure.
5. A Unique Deck of Cards
Your dad probably gets into poker games with his buddies on a regular basis, so help him host the game in style. Decks of cards are available with all sorts of decorative and themed backs to highlight your dad's passions — and add some chips as well to complete the set.
6. Something Good to Read
Pick up the latest thrillers by Dad's favorite authors. You can buy him paperbacks to make them easy to hold or — even better — surprise him with an e-reader or tablet pre-loaded with his favorite books. One great benefit of an e-reader is the ability to change its font size. Or, if reading has become difficult, give Dad a subscription to Audible, so he can listen to new books every month.
7. A Netflix Subscription
Help Dad catch up on the latest movies and TV as well as revisiting old favorities by getting him a subscription to Netflix. You can help him through the easy set-up process and show him how to find what he's looking for on the channel. A large-button remote control would be a great gadget to add to this gift that brings hours of enjoyment right to his room.
8. Comfy Clothes
One of the best parts of retirement is not having to put on a suit and tie every day, so help Dad make the most of it. Cozy pajamas are always welcome, but think about expanding your father's options a bit. If he's got an eye for the trendy, get him a pair of elephant pants to lounge around in during the daytime, paired with some soft tees or sweatshirts.
9. A Digital Photo Frame
With these snazzy frames, Dad isn't limited to looking at the same picture of the grandkids day in and day out. Every time you visit, you can upload a new batch of the latest photos so he can be reminded of how the kids are growing and what they're up to.
10. Gift Cards to Local Hot Spots
Help Dad enjoy his time away from the assisted living facility by giving him a packet of gift cards for Father's Day. Buy him tickets to the movies so he can catch the latest summer blockbuster, and don't forget restaurant gift cards so he can enjoy a bite out. Ask the activities director at his facility for suggestions on popular local places.
All these gifts are sure to be greatly appreciated, but the one gift Dad will appreciate most is your time. If you're close enough for a visit, set aside Father's Day to deliver your gifts in person, and enjoy time with the guy who helped make you the person you are today.
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