Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Living in Long-Term Care

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Posted Nov 23rd, 2020 in Health & Wellbeing, Homecare

Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Living in Long-Term Care

Presents always make you feel special and memorable! When a loved one is living away from you, a thoughtful gift is a great way to show that you are thinking of them. By giving personalized gifts to your loved ones who are away can make them feel elated.

Here is a list that can help you plan a gift for your loved ones

Winter accessories

An excellent idea would be to expand their winter collection by getting them cozy winter wear that keeps them warm and comfortable. You can get them some fuzzy blankets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks by personalizing their name on it as that adds a personal touch.

Personalized calendar

Get your loved ones a personalized calendar to start the year off right. A large grid calendar can help them read it clearly. Add family pictures and highlight the upcoming birthdays as that can be a great reminder for them. You can include a quote for each month that will help them stay motivated and positive.

Digital photo frame

The next idea is to give them a digital photo frame with photos of your family and friends already loaded into it. Highlight memories of a memorable family gathering or vacation over the years. They can watch it anytime throughout the day, which could help if they feel lonely or depressed.

Essential oil diffuser

An essential oil diffuser can be a great gift as it has several health benefits associated with it. Some of them help in eliminating odours, improves respiratory health, helps with weight management, reduces stress and anxiety. Essential oils can boost your immune system and also helps you with sound sleep. It will also make you feel energetic throughout the day.

Hamper sets

Customized gifts are always special to everyone. You can make them a gift hamper with various things that will make them feel delighted. 

A few things that could be essential for them this winter are; Lip balm, moisturizers, hand creams, notebook, soft towel, toiletry set, hand sanitizers, pill organizers and hand warmers.

Games and puzzles

Getting them board games, Rubik cube, crossword puzzles, or a deck of cards can be a wonderful gift. Games are a great way to help them have some fun and improve their memory. Make sure you don't get them anything that takes up too much space in their room. There are plenty of other compact options out there that could be a great gift.

Plan a virtual reunion

This holiday season can be hard to bond with your family in person. However, you can still connect with them by organizing a virtual get-together through a video conference call. That will be a great surprise for your loved ones living in long-term care as they can virtually see everyone.

Sending them home-made food

Baking for your loved ones can make them feel important and purposeful. This holiday season, you can bake them cakes, cookies, or anything that they would love to eat which will make them feel at home.

Help them become tech-savvy 

It can be of great help to get them used to technology for their daily activities like reading, listening to music, playing games, or watching movies. You can get them a smart device that makes their activity easier like an Amazon Kindle, charging station, smartphone, Ipad, wireless headphone, etc. This way, it will be easier for them to stay connected with family and friends.


You can get your ageing family member a new walker and personalize their name on it. Get some accessories added to it like a cup/water bottle holder, hanging pouch, or a walker bag with a large compartment that helps them carry their essential items such as wallets, phones, reading glasses, tissues, medications, and snacks with them at all times.

Accessory organizer

It’s always a good idea to have all the essential items for seniors within their reach. That way, they will be stress-free and can locate their things without any hassle. You can get them a storage organizer for their eyeglasses, medicines, folders, binder, key holders, etc. There will be no clutter around them and will also reduce the risk of tripping or falling.

Due to the pandemic, it is challenging to meet your loved ones in person. It is of utmost importance to express some gratitude towards older adults and make their day more memorable. Particularly to those who are living away from you or living in long-term care. 

In this manner, they will not feel disconnected or disoriented. We all need to be together in these difficult times.

We are here to provide you or your loved ones with the extra care and comfort that is needed. Call ActivePro today to learn more about how our caregivers can support your loved ones living in long-term care in Toronto.

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