How to Make a Senior Care Kit
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The relentless 2020 has been, in a word, tough on all of us. I would be willing to bet that you don’t know anyone who hasn’t been impacted by this pandemic in some way or another, whether it be through sickness, job loss, or socialization deprivation.
But I have to say, I think the past several months have been the hardest for senior citizens, especially those who live in assisted-living facilities. In my state, those facilities have been locked down for quite a long time. And that means residents can’t leave the premises or receive visitors.
It is looking like my grandmother will be celebrating her 99th birthday all alone, and that just breaks my heart.
My grandmother, otherwise known as Nonnie, is one of those seniors caught up in the lockdown. We haven’t seen her since March. In fact, it is looking like she will be celebrating her 99th birthday all alone, and that just breaks my heart. There will be no big family party this year. We won’t get to see her face light up when she realizes all her favorite people are gathered together in one room, just to celebrate her.
The thought of her sitting lonely in her little room on a momentous occasion like the first day of her 100th year on the planet has really been weighing heavy on me. So, I’ve been brainstorming ways that we could show her how much we love her, even though we can't be with her.
I remember when my Nonnie first moved into a facility after leaving her beloved home, the thing that bothered her the most was losing most of her belongings. Senior citizens often struggle with the lack of control over their surroundings.
And I just hate that she feels that way. It’s been over eight years since she sold her house, and it hasn’t seemed to get any easier for her. So, considering life is even harder for her now, I wanted to put together a care package that would give her a comforting sense of familiarity. I call it a senior care kit, and I think it will be just the thing to put a smile on your favorite senior’s face, too!
Now, the key to the senior care kit is to stock it with items that will soothe your loved one and provide a nostalgic pick-me-up. Below you will find a few ideas to get you started.
Senior Care Kit Essentials
- Fuzzy slippers (older people tend to be cold, so warm slippers are a must)
- Soothing lotion (my Nonnie wore the same perfume for years, so I picked up a lotion in that same scent)
- Cozy throw blanket or shawl (again, they’re forever chilly)
- A new nightgown or pajamas that are easy to slip on and off
- Sweet treats, like cookies and banana bread, made with her own recipes that she passed down to us
- Popped popcorn to enjoy with her favorite movie
Now all you have to do is customize your senior care kit to fit your dear family member and, hopefully, knowing that you’ve been thinking about them will help them get through this isolating period until you can be together again!