It is not easy for an elderly loved one is homebound. Not only is the situation frustrating for them, but it also makes things difficult in terms of staying happy and positive.
And while you cannot change their situation, you are in a position to make it easier.
How can you help your homebound loved one to maintain a positive mindset? Try giving them a thoughtful gift that will enhance their surroundings.
In light of helping you find the right gift, here are some suggestions you can run with.
Best Gifts for Homebound Seniors
This selection of loose teas was specifically chosen for their anti-inflammatory benefits and are loaded with anti-oxidants. Oh, and they are delicious too. Varieties included: Turmeric Bliss, Happy Belly, Skinny Tea, and Tea-Tox. A great choice for seniors with arthritis or who just enjoy warming themselves with a cup of tea.
This stoneware mug is made to go from microwave to table and includes a vented, splatter-free lid. Great for heating up oatmeal, hot chocolate, chilis, and soups and then eating right out of the bowl. Seniors can warm their belly and their achy hands by holding onto this warm mug/bowl combo. Dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe.
Many seniors can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscriptions: from active seniors who like to exercise to elderly people who are homebound or even bedridden. Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment, education and enlightenment. Plus, they keep seniors minds busy as they pass the time.
For the burger lover, consider this gift of 8 half pound USDA Prime steak burgers mage from steak trimmings and aged perfectly. Only 2-3% of beef qualifies to be labeled USDA Prime! Individually packaged and vacuum sealed and delivered in a black and gold gift box.
This set of greeting cards prepares your loved ones or friend for any and all upcoming events. They can write out cards for holidays, send letters of appreciation, condolences, or congratulations. Throw in a set of lifetime stamps while you are at it so that they can mail their cards when it's time. For forgetful seniors or those with dementia, fill them out in advance and hold onto them until it's time to mail them.
Enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started? Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you.
Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and they tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve too for the puzzle lover.
Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports ans such).
The Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner is designed for smaller framed seniors and has a short seat height. Simply press a button on the wired remote to get in or out, or fully recline. Plus, the causal look blends with your existing furniture. Other sizes and colors avaialable.
Mahabis slippers are unique because they are convertible depending on the environment you are in. The natural rubber sole is removable for indoor use or pops on quickly for a run out to the mail box. Supportive felt upper with 100% organic wool lining. Men's and Women's styles and sizes are available in tons of color combinations.
Magazine subscriptions provide a ton of benefits for seniors: education, entertainment, a way to pass some time. They can also be a great link to the outside world. Look for large print magazines like Reader's Digest for seniors with vision problems.
The Mikasa Saturn collection features an elegant but traditional pattern. This candy dish features a festive ruby red color and is perfect for offering your guests (or grandkids!) candy and other sweet treats. Measures 6-1/4 inch diameter x 5-1/2 inch high (with lid). Available in clear too.
The Spa Wrap Slipper from Acorn pampers your feet while providing support and a flexible fit. The soft terry cloth fabric feels like velvet on the feet. But, these slippers also have a contoured footbed with an enhanced arch and heel for support and comfort. For swollen feet, the adjustable strap offers a custom fit and makes them easy to take on/off. Machine washable
Storyboards are a great way to keep seniors updated with photos of their family and your lives. Simply upload photos and they will be converted to 8X8 photo boards that can be stuck to the wall. The best part? They don't leave any marks on the wall when removed so they should be nursing home or assisted living approved!
A gift like this provides cozy comfort that will keep your loved ones warm and comfortable. Warm afghans like these make for the perfect senior gift. Prone to cold more than in younger years, elderly people will appreciate the opportunity to wrap up tightly no matter the weather. I chose this one because it is super soft and large enough to cover up without being hard to manage.
When the grandkids come to visit, have an engaging activity ready to keep them busy. Playing games is also good for a senior's memory, mental health, and socialization too. This particular game set is not only beautiful, with two reversible wooden tables, but it has drawers for storage built into it so none of the pieces get lost along the way. Play one of seven different games using just one set.
A beautiful piece of jewelry can make your loved one feel beautiful and pampered, especially if it has significant meaning. Find one that matches her style, or maybe take a look at birthstone necklaces if this is a gift for her birthday. Pick her brain a little and find out what her favorite stone is, and maybe get her a whole matching set (necklace, earrings, rings, and a bracelet) that features that stone. Pair it with a jewelry box.
Sadly, when our senior loved ones leave us, their stories and history goes with them. This workbook encourages them to share this history with your and provides a place to record memories through a series of questions and prompts. It will quickly become a treasured heirloom for the family.
A great gift for an older adult who is a lover of great music, or even a tech-savvy relative, will truly appreciate a senior friendly MP3 player. Music can bring back positive memories, increase stimulation, and provide a chance to interact with those around them. Load it up with their favorite music before giving it to them. This easy to use model has simple instructions and a large easy to read screen.
Amazon Kindle is a reliable electronic reader that is available in many sizes and weights plus the fonts can be enlarged for easier reading. Set it up to have some of their favorite books ahead of time. Take it one step further and load an app like Skype onto a newer Kindle version so that they can sign in and chat with family when you are apart.
Wireless headphones will let your loved one enjoy their TV viewing, audiobook listening experience, or just shut the world out for a little while. These headphones fit right over the ear and cancel out the noise around them in an otherwise noisy common area. This model has a 30 hour battery life and can be synced to a wide range of devices via Bluetooth. Check out my guide to buying headphones for seniors and the elderly in this article.
This gift idea is a fun way to keep track of visitors and get some great stories along the way. Having a sign-in journal in their room encourages guests, family, and friends to leave notes, stories, and other keepsakes. I chose this one because it looks great and will lay flat and is made from natural walnut.
This book reading light charges in a USB port so it can be plugged right into a tablet or kindle device while elderly owners are reading or working. There are multiple color modes and brightness levels including a night light setting. The best part is that it slips easily around the neck - no difficult to use clamps to cause pain for arthritic hands.
Even on my best days I’m not always on top of what day of the week it is or what the date is. That’s not likely to get better as I continue to age over the next several decades. This large clock/calendar is perfect as it shows the date, day of the week, time, and year all there at once to make it very handy.
These are easily put over electrical outlets and provide natural nightlights that give enough light to help elderly individuals make their way around the house but not so much as to be a nuisance. These guidelights are a very nice addition to any house and a very useful and practical gift.
Makes organizing the pills needed for the day easy as an entire month can be planned out with this organizer. That makes it easier to plan out various medications, make sure they’re all stored in one place, and a handy alarm can bring your attention back to it if things slip your mind.
Help revive a senior's old hobby or passion give your loved one the tools to take up a new one with this artistic kit. Doing creative tasks like this is good for better developing the more creative part of the brain. While challenging, it will help to teach a new skill, occupy their time, and give them something to be proud of.
This affordable subscription box ships internationally and is a good choice for those who have dietary restrictions.
It is a box of treats that includes ‘free from’ goodies. There are lots of options for those who need to avoid wheat, gluten, common allergens, and even dairy products. They offer lots of Organic and All Natural snacks too!
This box is a nice way for someone who has to avoid common snacks for the elderly to treat themselves.
Plus Snack Nation donates a meal to needy families for every box sold!
Eat Me Guilt Free is a line of healthier formulated sweets for those late night cravings. Created by a Registered Nurse and Certified Sports Nutritionist and started in her own kitchen.
These delicious treats get rave reviews for their taste and include selections of brownies, cakes, cookies, breads and even tortillas. Sign up for their monthly subscription service and save.
This HD video doorbell makes it possible to see who's at your door from a phone or tablet. It can also record video footage of your porch. It's a lovely gift for someone that might struggle to answer their door or for anyone that has concerns about how security. If the user authorizes you to use their account, you can also use Ring to check in on them throughout the day.
With this gift, it's possible to use laptops, write letters, and even engage in crafts while sitting in a wheelchair. This lapdesk is comfortable to use thanks to the built-in cushion, which conforms to the shape of the user's lap. It's available in a range of styles and colors, allowing you to select the perfect style for the person you're shopping for.
Don't you hate it when you are trying to cuddle on your couch and your feet slip outside the blanket? This cool (but warm too) electric throw blanket has a foot pocket at the bottom. Just tuck your feet into the pocket and throw the blanket over the rest of your body and warm on up.
Entertainment Gifts for Homebound Seniors
Spending so many hours inside the house is challenging. So, consider the following gift ideas to make this challenge easier for your friend or loved one.
1. Music Albums
Vinyl albums made a huge comeback in recent years, and what can be more nostalgic than putting on a record? However, these can be a little pricey. The alternative is to buy a cd or a senior-friendly MP3 player with their favorite songs as part of the playlist. Because at the end of the day, music is a universal language that everyone can enjoy. It also helps the imagination to be free and careless.
2. Jigsaw Puzzles
Another excellent entertainment gift for homebound seniors come in the shape of jigsaw puzzles. In addition to keeping elderly individuals engaged and entertained, it helps them to maintain their mental health. And what about using the finished puzzles as decor?
3. Coloring Books
Not all coloring books are created for kids. There are some with more detailed drawings worthy of a place on the wall once the colors are added. These large print coloring books are fun, engaging, and mentally stimulating.
4. Digital Assistant
Digital assistants can really make life interesting at home. While they cannot cook or clean the house, they are able to read news and books, search the internet, play music, and much more. The best part is that digital assistants are voice-activated.
Communication Gifts for Homebound Seniors
One of the biggest challenges for homebound seniors is based on losing touch with the outside world. Hence the reason for these communication-related suggestions.
Most people avoid buying tablets or computers as gifts because many seniors have difficulty operating them. But there are many tablet models available specifically with seniors in mind.
Everything is straightforward and much easier to understand, which allows homebound seniors to stay in touch with the outside world. This includes sending emails and skyping
Just like you get senior-friendly tablets and computers, there are easy to use smartphones for seniors that function with the same direct approach. Icons and buttons are bigger while making video calls or accessing the internet is incredibly simplistic.
Decor Gifts for Seniors
One of the reasons why being homebound can be so frustrating is the view. Sure, most people feel comfortable in this space. But if the walls of their home are all they really get to see every day, consider the following gifts to cheer the place up.
1. Digital Photo Frames
These are great for two specific reasons. Firstly, they look very stylish and present well. Secondly, one frame can slide between hundreds of photos and bring a certain magic to a room. Nothing is more precious than the memories we make. And with a digital photo frame, there is no need to dust off the albums every time you want to take a trip down memory lane.
2. Novelty Items From Different Locations
Novelty items are not really expensive and they can bring another dimension to a home, especially when a person is unable to personally visit the location where the items come from. These items spur the imagination and help to break away on a mental level.
Homebound seniors often suffer from loneliness and boredom. So, think about gifts that can help solve these problems. Gifts that link the senior to the outside world, change their daily view, or help occupy their mind are always best.