Written by Active Minds on Monday the 21st of December 2015.
If you or your loved one has a carer, or a family member who acts as one, you’ll know just how much hard work they put in and how many sacrifices they make to make the lives of those living with dementia easier. This Christmas, it’s time to say thank you with our guide to the best festive gift ideas for carers.
Carers are some of the sweetest people we know so they deserve equally sweet treats when it comes to Christmas. If you have a whole team of carers, treating them to luxury biscuits, boxes of chocolates, or any other festive goodies will always go down well. You can go shop-bought or even bake your own.
Carers spend so much time looking after others that they rarely get time to look after themselves. Whether you want to treat them to a manicure, massage, or a whole spa day, treating them to some pampering time will help them feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
If splashing out on some spa time is a little too costly, small gifts of pampering products like bubble bath and luxury lotions are just as good for relaxing at home.
If the carer you know is a family member rather than a medical worker, they might appreciate gifts that will help them and the person they care for around the home. Dementia signage or communication aids are practical gifts that can be really helpful to someone caring for a person at any stage of dementia.
Likewise, if you have a loved one who is caring for another family member – perhaps one parent looking after another, or a child looking after their parents – you might have noticed that, for them, caring is a full-time job. In these situations, the very best gift you can give them is some time off. Offer to step in for a day or two, or to organise some extra help. You can buy them a nice meal or some theatre tickets or simply let them decide how to spend their day off – it’s all about giving carers some much-needed me time in which to relax.