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9 Great Gift Ideas for Parents Aging In Place

Nov 9, 2023 | Children of Aging Parents

Christmas is just around the corner, and in the spirit of the season, our thoughts turn to giving, sharing, and expressing love and appreciation to those who mean the most to us. As we consider our aging parents, we want to find meaningful and beneficial gifts, that can help their comfort and safety as they enjoy their golden years in the comfort of their own homes.

So, whether you’re wrapping a surprise under the Christmas tree or want to make their day a little brighter, these gifts will say, “I care” in more ways than one.

Smart Home Technology Upgrades

Imagine your parents’ house responding to their needs with a simple voice command. Upgrading their home with smart technology like thermostats, lights, and voice-activated devices isn’t just about convenience; it’s about empowering them to control their environment effortlessly, bringing a bit of magic to their daily routines.

Personal Emergency Response System

The thought of an emergency is worrisome, but with a personal emergency response system, you can rest a little easier knowing your parents have immediate access to help if they ever need it.

Life Alert offers wearable pendants and bracelets that provide direct communication to a monitoring center at the push of a button.

Another notable option is Medical Guardian, which offers both at-home and on-the-go systems. These include models with GPS technology, ideal for active seniors who might need assistance outside their home.

Home Maintenance Service Subscription

Life’s little tasks – like cleaning the home and doing laundry – can become burdensome, but with a home maintenance service subscription, professionals can handle those tasks. It’s a practical, thoughtful way to lighten your parents’ load and keep their home safe and sparkling without lifting a finger.

Professional In-Home Safety Assessment

Safety at home is paramount, and gifting a professional in-home safety assessment can make all the difference. It’s about taking the initiative to ensure your parents’ abode is as safe as possible, giving you all less to worry about and more time to enjoy together.

When seeking a professional for this task, it’s crucial to find someone reliable and trustworthy. Look for a certified expert, preferably with a background in occupational therapy or aging-in-place expertise, who has positive reviews or testimonials. It’s wise to choose professionals who are affiliated with reputable organizations or who come recommended by trusted healthcare providers.

Subscription to a Meal Delivery Service

Nutrition is key to staying healthy, but it can be a challenge. Your parents can savor delicious, well-balanced meals that meet their dietary needs with a meal delivery service subscription. It’s a gift of health and time, taking the guesswork out of “What’s for dinner?”

  • HelloFresh: Known for its wide variety of fresh, wholesome recipes, HelloFresh offers customizable meal plans to suit different dietary preferences, making it easy to keep your parents’ meals interesting and nutritious.
  • Silver Cuisine by bistroMD: Specifically designed for those over 50, Silver Cuisine offers meals that cater to specific dietary needs such as heart-healthy, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly options.
  • Blue Apron: This service is renowned for its high-quality ingredients and diverse recipes, ideal for parents who enjoy cooking but want the convenience of pre-portioned, delivered ingredients.


Relaxation and Wellness Products

We all need a bit of pampering, and what better way to provide this for your parents than with relaxation and wellness products? Consider these thoughtful options that offer comfort and well-being:

  • Weighted Blanket: Perfect for a comforting night’s sleep, weighted blankets provide a gentle, soothing pressure that can help alleviate stress and anxiety, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation.
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser with Essential Oils: A great way to create a calming atmosphere in their home, essential oils like lavender or chamomile can help promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.
  • Comfortable Reading Pillow: For those who love to read or watch TV in bed, a supportive reading pillow can provide extra comfort, reducing strain on the back and neck and enhancing their overall lounging experience.

Vehicle Lifts for Mobility Scooters or Powerchairs

For parents who love outings, a vehicle lift for wheelchairs, scooters, or powerchairs can be a game-changer. It’s about maintaining their zest for life and independence, supporting their active lifestyle while providing safety and ease of use.

Modular Ramps for Easy Home Access

Accessibility can transform a living space. Threshold ramps give your parents freedom and ease, ensuring they can come and go without worrying about barriers at their doorstep. And modular elevation ramps can help them overcome obstacles like multiple steps.

Stairlifts: A Step Up in Care

Thinking of splurging on a life-changing present? A Harmar stairlift can be that grand gesture of love, making every level of the home safely accessible. But hey, it’s not just about the gift itself – it’s about the thought and care you put into it.

If a stairlift isn’t in the cards right now, no worries! Simply chatting with your folks about the option, sharing how it could boost their day-to-day, or just exploring the idea together can also be an act of love. It’s like saying, “I care about every step you take,” and that means the world to them.

Comfort and Care Beyond the Holidays

As the year winds down, it’s important to remember that the greatest gifts are those that keep on giving. The ideas we’ve shared are more than suggestions; they are extensions of love that will continue to nurture and bring peace of mind well after the holiday decorations have been packed away.

Choosing a gift that enhances the comfort and safety of your parent’s home is thoughtful and a celebration of their independence. It’s about making the golden years gleam brighter, ensuring that the environment around them is as supportive and uplifting.

And if you find yourself needing a little guidance or simply wish to explore more about how Harmar can assist in gifting an experience of comfort and accessibility, our doors are always open. Reach out to us or find a local Harmar dealer near you.


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