A #1 Mom mug, hand-painted card or dried noodle necklace are not gifts your mom would expect from an adult child.
On the other hand, chocolates and flowers are too common go-to gifts for mom who lives in a senior living community since they might spoil and create a mess for her and staff. Below are a few gift ideas that can warm your mom’s heart and still increase her quality of life in a senior living community.
Decorate her apartment
Help mom dress up her Riddle Village apartment, for example, by gifting items that will help update the décor. One of the things moms love and cherish is family photos. Get her a digital picture frame that constantly cycles some of her most meaningful memories.
In addition, homemade decorations will go a long way in livening up any room in her apartment while creating ambience. Have your kids (her grandkids) create decorations that can be used for sprucing up the space with colorful reminders of a family she loves.
Go further and throw in a warming comforter, pillow, soft bathrobe, slippers or pajamas – the list is virtually endless! Pillows will help in adding comfort into your mom’s life while updating the look of her space. Any of these suggested items will also be handy if your mom is constantly complaining about drafts, cold winters or she wants something that will help soothe sore muscles.
While fresh-cut flowers and bouquets can be a problem, consider beautiful dried arrangements that your mom will definitely want to show off to friends in the community. Perhaps you can even consider a yearlong floral subscription service. Moreover, your mom will enjoy extra beauty in her space all through the year.
The biggest advantage of wearable activity trackers like Jawbone and FitBit is that they can help anybody get healthier, more active and able to track progress as they go along.
For the senior averse to digital devices, a digital tablet is an easy device to master. Due to its large screen, a tablet can deliver hours of entertainment, videophone calling via an app like Skype, picture displays and numerous diversions.
Create a comfort zone
If mom is into a good cup of tea or coffee, consider presenting her with a tea or coffee sampler and self-contained electric kettle. Such a kettle features its own heat source, so all she does is plug it in and turn it on to get water at the right temperature. Throw in her favorite coffee and tea varieties, and she will sip the drink to her heart’s content.
Of course, don’t forget that every mom wants to feel pretty. Whether through facemasks, nice lotions, bath items or make-up, seek for gift sets that bring her a sense of luxury. If you are not familiar with her all-time favorite scents, brands or ingredients, explore her apartment the next time you visit for good ideas of what she likes.
It’s important that you keep the basics in mind – remember that spending time with loved ones is one of the most precious gifts. Mom will surely appreciate it when you plan a super-special day out with her, full of activities or even a trip down to her favorite restaurant. Include something that means the most to your mom, whether it’s a trip to the spa or a day at the movies.
No matter what day it is, it’s critical that you make your mom feel special regardless of where she lives. With some bit of planning and research, you can find a perfect gift for mum at every stage of her life.