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With the American holiday of Thanksgiving around the corner, and the spirit of giving in the air, we invited a guest writer to help us celebrate the caregivers that mean so much to all patients.
Beverly Nelson advocates on behalf of caregivers and has provided us with a helpful list of potential gifts to give to those who have given so much.
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So enjoy Thanksgiving, whether it is a traditional feast or a vegan family meal.
We in the CLL community have much to be thankful for in 2017 and much to look forward to in the coming years
And we at the CLL Society are especially thankful to all those who support us and use our services and make this such a vibrant and committed community
We are all in this together
Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for the Most Giving Person in Your Life
If you’re looking to make the holidays bright and cheery for a special caregiver in your family’s life, read on for suggestions to fit all budgets.
Weekend getaway. We all need a break, even those who provide care for others. If you really want to show your appreciation for a job well done, consider sending your care provider packing for the weekend. US News lists Williamsburg, Virginia, as the most relaxing getaway in the US but there are destinations worth considering in all 50 states. Estimate cost: $300 to $700
Audible subscription. For the always-busy person who loves to read, Audible is a lifesaver. This Amazon service offers “readers” one free audiobook each month and a generous discount on additional purchases. Books can be listened to across compatible devices with a free app download. As of 2017, Audible is the #1 rated audiobook service available. Estimated cost: $15/per month
Smart home device. Smart home devices are those that offer remote and voice controls and the ability to interface with other smart technology. Many, such as Nanoleaf Aurora lighting kit by Apple, can be controlled via iPad or iPhone and significantly change the look and feel of a room. Google Home and Amazon Alexa are two of the most popular devices. Both are easy to use and serve as a control hub for other devices on top of playing music, providing news and weather updates, and setting timers and reminders. Estimated cost: $50 to $500
Dog walking services. When the caregiver in your life cares not only for humans, but furry friends, too, his or her life can get hectic. Give them a break by pre-purchasing dog walking services that can be utilized at their convenience. This is an especially good gift for older attendants who may be beginning to experience aches and pains associated with age. Estimated cost: $25 to $100/week
Snack subscription. Nutrition is important but many people who provide care for a living fail to care for themselves through diet and exercise. Give your favorite home-care professional (or family member who cares for an aging grandparent) the gift of good taste and sustained energy via snack subscription service. CrateJoy lists dozens of monthly subscription boxes including Rosehive Superfoods and Tea Runners. Estimated cost: $35 to $300
Massage. Send your recipient for an afternoon pampering with a one- or two-hour massage. Therapeutic massage has been known to lower stress and serves as sort of a mini vacation for the mind and body. Estimated cost: $50 to $125
Music Lessons. There are multiple benefits one can get from music: music is a great way to relax, ease stress and anxiety, reduce depression and even improve communication. Consider gifting your caregiver with online guitar lessons, piano lessons or find local in-person music lessons.
Tablet. As technology continues to get cheaper and cheaper, devices get smarter and smarter. A handheld tablet computer is an excellent gift option that will provide an opportunity to access information, play games, and keep in contact with friends and family. While the top-rated tablets ring up at more than $600, there are plenty of budget options that consistently receive high ratings from CNET, one of the most trusted tech review companies in the world. Estimated cost: $50-$200
Bath bombs. Bath bombs popped up on the bath and body scene a few years ago and have turned into a billion-dollar business. These compact fizzy bath drops come in all shapes and sizes and some come with a few surprises. Fragrant Jewels offers made-in-the-USA bath bombs with specially-selected jewelry for adults and kids alike. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and will completely change the way your recipient looks at bath time. Estimated cost: $15-$40
While the holidays certainly aren’t about giving the best gift, it does offer you the perfect opportunity to say “thanks” to those who love and care for your loved ones. Even on a limited budget, you can give a gift from the heart that will benefit the health, well-being, and quality-of-life of the receiver.
Author: Beverly Nelson is the creator of Stand Up For Caregivers, which aims to help protect and advocate for the health and well-being of adult caregivers.