With Black Friday right around the corner, consider looking for a deeply discounted item this year that might be useful for your elderly loved one. Though there’s no guarantee any or all of these items will go on sale, the staff at Bridgewater Home Care Assistance suggests keeping an eye open for items such as these.
Help your loved one take home movies to a whole new level with a GoPro or similar type of camera. Your loved one can catch all of the action and favorite family moments without having to steady the camera or phone with his or her hands. The device can also be attached to a helmet, bike, or even a dashboard for hands-free operation.
2. Kitchen Gadgets
There are a number of kitchen items available that can make it easier for your loved one to engage in his or her love of cooking. For example, a one-handed can opener eliminates the squeezing and turning required with a traditional can opener. If your loved one is a wine enthusiast, consider an electric corkscrew that opens a bottle of wine with a push of a button without the need for twisting and tugging.
3. Cell Phone
Help your loved one stay in touch by getting him or her a new senior-friendly cell phone. There are a number of options, such as Jitterbug, that include a large display and buttons, an easy to understand interface, and enhanced speakers. Many of these phones also come with pay-as-you-go plans so your loved one never pays for more minutes or data than he or she actually needs.
4. Computer Keyboard
Diminished eyesight and dexterity can make it difficult for your loved one to operate a traditional computer keyboard. Senior-friendly options like the Big Keys keyboard address these issues. The keys are larger and clearly marked, and some keyboards even come with yellow overlays for better visual contrast.
5. Alarm Clock
If your loved one has impaired hearing, a traditional alarm clock may not be loud enough to get him or her up in the morning. Consider getting your loved one an alarm clock that uses visual or tactile alarms. For example, Sonic makes an alarm clock that comes with a vibrating pod that will shake your loved one awake, and BioBrite offers one that turns on a bright light along with the alarm.
Getting your loved one a special gift can bring a smile to his or her face, and it may even enhance his or her quality of life. Another way to help your loved one is by hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with cooking, exercise, grooming, and much more. For more information on the live-in and respite home care Bridgewater, NJ, families rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.