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Meaningful Gifts to Give Your Parent for Valentine’s Day

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Elder Care in Duluth GA

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, and while this holiday might bring to mind showing your partner how much you love and appreciate them, this is also the perfect opportunity for you as their family caregiver to show how much you love them. While you spend a considerable amount of time devoting your energy and resources to fulfilling your parent’s needs, it is easy for your relationship to become all about these care efforts. Taking the time to show your loved one that they are truly meaningful to you and that you appreciate them for the role that they have played in your life brings meaning to your care journey and helps to support better mental and emotional health and well-being for both of you. 

The gifts that you give your parent for Valentine’s Day can not only show them that they are important to you, but can also help you to pursue some of your care goals with your loved one. Let these ideas inspire you for meaningful gifts that you can give your parent for Valentine’s Day:

• Body products. Elderly adults tend to have skin that is thin and vulnerable. Not only is this uncomfortable but it can put them at risk of injuries and infections. Choose natural, nourishing body products in a smell that your loved one will enjoy so that they can feel pampered while taking care of their skin.

• Home enhancements. Your parent might not wear perfume or cologne any longer, but that does not mean that they cannot still be surrounded by wonderful fragrances. Gift them with home fragrance products such as scented candles, potpourri, and infusers to create a customized atmosphere in their home. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your parent having lit candles in their home, consider also giving them a candle warmer. These electric or battery-operated devices warm the wax in a candle to release the fragrance without the flame.

• A day together. A gift does not have to be just an item. Combine a special item with the opportunity to make meaningful memories by planning a day together. For example, give them fun new kitchen items such as mixing bowls and measuring cups along with silicone molds, and then spend the day together baking goodies to bring to friends and family members.

• Family pictures. Give your parent the gift of memories by putting together a collection of family pictures. Include them in a scrapbook or album, put them in frames to hang around the home, or add them to an electronic frame that moves through the pictures gradually so that they can look at them throughout the day.

Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the most meaningful and nurturing decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can create a highly personalized set of care, management, assistance, and support services tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. This ensures that your parent is able to live the quality of life that is right for them while encouraging safety, health, independence, and autonomy. As a family caregiver this can help you to feel more confident knowing that your parent will get everything that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Duluth, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.