A Holiday Gift Guide for Aging Homeowners
Updated: Aug 17
Gift ideas for homeowners seem simple enough, but senior adults who’ve lived in their home over the years may require extra thought when it comes to everyday tasks. Consider the following gifts this holiday season that will provide more convenience and less complication.
Exercise is important at all stages of life, but it is especially crucial during our golden years. Many seniors enjoy attending Silver Sneakers, a special exercise program for people over 65 available through Medicare plans. More than 14,000 exercise facilities participate in the program, so chances are there is a convenient location near your loved one. If your friend or family member does not qualify for the program, you can always purchase a membership for them at a private gym or the YMCA. The important thing is that everybody stays active, especially when it may be difficult to get out of the house or when boredom and loneliness lead to depression, which discourages people from being active.
Everyone who’s ever had cable knows just how expensive it can get, averaging around $217 per month, according to DecisionData. Alleviate the hassle and purchase a streaming service for your aging loved ones. It will not only help slash their bill, but it will provide them endless entertainment in their hands, while in the comfort of their home or on the go.
Making your bed promotes better sleep. However, your sheets are also important to getting a good night’s rest. Choose a fresh set of soft linens that will keep your aging loved ones comfortable. While some luxury brands can be expensive, others brands offer equally soft sheets and blankets at an affordable cost. There is also an array of colors available, and you can choose from percale, linen, or sateen threads.
Lawnmowers can be challenging to push, and raking can be strenuous on the joints. For this reason, professional lawn care maintenance is the easy solution when it comes to ensuring that your loved one’s yard is in top shape, particularly during springtime when plant growth peaks. Make the job easier by enlisting the help of experts who can trim, prune, and mow to perfection.
According to Bob Villa, the average cost of mowing and maintaining a lawn is $129. Prices may vary depending on location, but a reputable expert who guarantees quality is the perfect gift this holiday season.
Virtual assistants are everywhere; they’re on our phones, our laptops, and even in our rooms. They can help add convenience to the lives of our favorite aging homeowners. They can help with all simple phone tasks, such as sending messages and making calls. They can take notes or dates, remind us of upcoming appointments, and they can even answer questions. They can help play our favorite songs, tell us what the weather forecast is, help us order food, schedule a ride, and even tell us a joke any time of the day. Of course, this all requires internet access. It’s still useful, hands-free assistance that our elders may need.
As we get older, reaching high spaces gets more difficult. A step stool is handy for reaching the tops of your closets, cupboards, and shelves. Bulky ladders can also get in the way, eliminating closet space. However, step stools with space-saving designs, form and function takes precedence. Hang your step stool on the wall when not in use, or you can fold it out of the way.
Bluetooth trackers are an easy way to keep track of personal things. These trackers can help find the commonly missing items at home, such as keys, wallets, and even the remote control. Using Bluetooth, an LED light, a beeper, and an app on your phone, these plastic cards are simple to use. Bluetooth trackers are perfect gifts for aging homeowners who sometimes lose things.
As Christmas rounds the corner, think of your aging homeowner’s convenience. Make life easy on those you love most by keeping these helpful gift ideas in mind.
Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it.