I’m so happy to share this post with ideas for a gift basket for a homebound friend. Thank you to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for partnering with me! All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias
Over the course of my life, I’ve had the honor of being a caretaker for some special people. My husband’s grandmother lived with us for the first three years of our married life. I learned very quickly that taking care of an older person brought with it special considerations.
My Pap and Gram years ago when they were first married.
My Pap and Gram lived with my folks until their deaths. While Mom and Dad were their primary caretakers, we made frequent visits. We also moved into my folks’ home on several occasions to give them a break and take over caretaking responsibilities.
My Pap and Gram years later when my folks were their caretakers.
All three of these treasured family members had different abilities and different caretaking needs. All were very special people who were loved and adored.
A friend of mine is the caretaker of her sister. Her sister does not get out of the home often due to mobility issues. We spend time visiting and giving respite care for my friend’s sister. The last time that we were visiting, I had an idea to brighten her day. I wanted to surprise her with a care basket filled with needful and fun items.
Gift Basket Ideas for a Homebound Friend:
To begin, I started purchasing small items for this basket. I wanted to include little items that would give her something to do, something to snack on, something to watch, something to record, and some comfort.
Here are the items I included in this basket:
1. A journal to record something each day
2. Note cards and stamps to keep in touch with others
3. An electronic photo frame to be filled with photos of loved ones (this is easier than hanging photo frames!)
4. A book light (even with a room light, reading can prove to be a bit difficult without focused light)
5. A magnifying lens
6. Snack items
7. Poise® pads to make life a little more comfortable.
8. A planner to have a calendar of events as well as record special days.
There are so many other items you can add to your gift basket!
Other items that could be added to your gift basket for a homebound friend include:
Mind games such as crossword puzzles
Microwavable heating pad
Large print playing cards
Just think of the items you use on a daily basis and see if you can add to this list. The basket doesn’t have to be overflowing nor expensive. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Your gift could be as simple as the gift of your time. Or bringing your little children over to visit. I know that my grandparents’ eyes always lit up when I’d arrive with my little people for a visit!
After a shopping trip to Sam’s Club, I was ready to assemble the care basket!
I added a large package of Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads as my friend prefers this brand to all others. She says that they provide even more absorbency, which gives her the confidence and protection she needs for her Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). The absorb-loc® core quickly locks away wetness and odor, while the leak-block sides provide discreet and worry-free protection. I was happy to give her a gift that makes her feel more confident in her daily life.
I noticed that Depend ®® offers underwear, should her needs grow in this area. I think it’s pretty wonderful that these products are available from Poise and Depend, giving folks who deal with bladder issues the confidence and ability to get out of the house in spite of their issues. What a boost to freedom for them!
The Depend packages available at Sam’s Club also feature a sticker inside that can be redeemed at the pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit. Sam’s Club is my go-to store for so many items, but for those who are homebound, it’s such a wonderful way to shop. Did you know that they offer a free pickup service and even a convenient subscription service?
One other fantastic service that Sam’s Club offers is a caregiving section to their website. If you download their Digimarc Discovery app, you can scan anywhere on the packaging, and it will take you directly to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website.
Most of us at least know someone who is homebound or someone who is a caregiver to a homebound person. I guarantee you that you’ll brighten their day (or week!) by bringing a gift of goodies to them the next time you visit. Make a point to make that visit happen. It’s important to keep in touch. It’s also important to let those who are caregivers know that you are there for them.
Who can you bless with a gift basket? I’d love to hear any additional ideas you have to fill that basket!
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